‘How we start’ a tailored nutrition plan matters

Patient-centered strategies and a teamwork approach with registered dieticians may benefit the creation of tailored dietary interventions for treating obesity, said a speaker at the Obesity Medicine Association Spring Conference. “The treatment of obesity is not simple, and we need a whole village to help support our patients through this journey … you can’t do it yourself,”

Lazarus E, Winchester E. Tailoring a nutrition plan to your patient. Presented at: Obesity Medicine Association 2022 Digital Experience; May 18-21, 2022 (hybrid meeting).

Patient-centered strategies and a teamwork approach with registered dieticians may benefit the creation of tailored dietary interventions for treating obesity, said a speaker at the Obesity Medicine Association Spring Conference.

“The treatment of obesity is not simple, and we need a whole village to help support our patients through this journey … you can’t do it yourself,” Ethan Lazarus, MD, FOMA, owner of the Clinical Nutrition Center, president of the Obesity Medicine Association and delegate of the AMA, said during the presentation.

Before deciding on a nutrition plan, Erin Winchester, RDN, a dietitian nutritionist at the Clinical Nutrition Center and a professional chef at the Cordon Bleu Institute, asks the patient what change they think they could implement reasonably, easily and consistently for a long period of time. Patients and providers should keep in mind that the nutrition plan will vary as time goes on and differs from patient to patient.

“You are not marrying this diet,” Winchester said. “We can always make changes.”

There are several established diet plans, such as the Mediterranean diet, ketogenic diet, paleo diet and intermittent fasting. However, there is no need to prescribe just one diet approach. A combination of several can be pursued depending on what works best for the patient, according to Winchester.

Lazarus and Winchester described the four streamlined food plans they use at the Clinical Nutrition Center: individualized, advanced, modified fast and meal replacement. The plans can be modified for each patient.