Our Registered Dietitian Alexandra Raymond, contributed to an article titled 14 Reasons Why Most Diets Fail by Nicole Jusutus, RN, BSN for The Diabetes Council.

Over 1.4 million of Americans are diagnosed with diabetes each year (The American Diabetes Association, 2017). These diagnoses include all races, ethnicities, genders, and ages though there are risk factors for prevalence. Guidance and knowledge from a registered dietitian is extremely helpful for many who want to find ways to incorporate a healthy lifestyle change including a change in diet.

Alex Raymond RD,LD, a dietitian here at Rebecca Bitzer & Associates, strives to help her clients who are struggling with their diagnosis of diabetes whether newly diagnosed or have had diabetes for some years. Alex provides knowledge, support and expertise as she creates individual nutrition plans for each patient, making sure she incorporates their likes, dislikes and the nutrients and foods she believes are best.

Here is a testimonial from one of her clients:

I learned so much information from Alex, that I didn’t learn with my physician. When I started with Alex, my A1C number was very close to 10, after a year of consults with Alex I can say my last visit to my physician, my A1C count had drop to an amazing 6.6. How can I not be happy for taking the steps and advice of my consultant Alex Raymond. Thank you Alex and Rebecca Bitzer & Associates. God bless you!”

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Non-dieting approach

Alex is an advocate for breaking away from the stereotypical dieting plans. She recommends non-dieting by focusing on intuitive eating while listening to hunger cues. This can be accomplished from eating all kinds of foods ranging in colors, sizes and tastes in order to create a well-rounded diet fit for any nutritional diagnosis. Not only does Alex extend her support and knowledge for diabetes, she also is able to help her clients see results. Many clients see changes in their attitudes and confidence towards managing diabetes. Client success is also shown with lowered A1C levels, lowered blood pressure and overall senses of a healthier lifestyle.

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Dieting Fads

In addition to diabetes treatment and management, many dietitians see problems with the dieting fads that individuals try to follow. Many people start diets only to quit after a few weeks or even days. Diets also get their fame from “results” that are not always accurate or truthful. While a person diets, it is important to not solely focus on losing weight but to focus on changing your lifestyle. Therefore, dietitians recommend non-dieting as diets tend to fail, but why exactly do diets fail so easily and so often?

In addition to the list of reasons mentioned in the article, 14 Reasons Why Most Diets Fail, RD Alex contributes to the article as expert #39 informing us on her top three reasons why she believes diets fail. Alex informs readers a phrase she wants everyone to remember, “YOU didn’t fail; the DIET failed you” as well as more insight and personal thoughts around non-dieting.  Check out Alex’s editorial as well as the full article here.

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Facts and statistics brought to you from The American Diabetes Association. For more information check out their website.Thanks to The Diabetes Council for their information and allowing contribution from experts within the field. 

If you would like to make an appointment with one of our dietitians to help you manage your diabetes, click here or call 301-474-2499