At Nutrition Link Services we utilize a variety of interventions and customized meal plans targeted and personalized for each individual client. Our nutrition counseling provides a strong foundation and helps you develop skills to create long-lasting changes. Through individual counseling, nutrition education, assistance with meal planning, and on-going support, we help clients seeking weight loss accomplish their goals of getting to a healthier weight.
Nutrition Services for Weight Loss
We Are Registered Dietitians Nutritionists that Take a One Step at a Time Approach to Weight Management
Making Modifications Makes All the Difference When It Comes to Weight Loss and Health
Not maintaining a healthy weight is associated with serious health risks and complications, such as coronary heart disease, diabetes, and end-stage renal disease. Data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey reported that the prevalence of severe obesity was highest among adults aged 40-59 compared with other age groups (1,2). What is very alarming is that based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) latest findings is that obesity prevalence among children and adolescents continues to be high. The October 2017 Data Brief from NCHS, states for children and adolescents aged 2-19 years, the prevalence of obesity was 18.5% and affected about 13.7 million children and adolescents (3,4).
Our nutritionists work with clients of all ages with all types of risk factors in making lifestyle changes through behavior modifications that promote healthy weight loss and long term weight management. Internal motives, self-esteem, and believing in yourself with having realistic goals can help with long-term success. Some examples of behavior modifications are:
• Having healthy snacks available at your disposal such as fruits, vegetables, low-fat cheese, or yogurt.
• Not working through meals. Skipping meals can slow down metabolism and may result in overeating at the next meal.
• If you must have tempting food, buy individual-sized packages and try to find a lower-calorie alternative.
How to Determine If Your Weight Is Increasing Your Chances of Obesity-Related Diseases
Three things can be used to determine if a person’s body fat gives them a higher chance of developing obesity-related diseases:
• Body mass index (BMI) (though not appropriate for pregnant women or athletes)
• Waist circumference
• Other risk factors, i.e. Hypertension, Type 2 diabetes, Coronary Heart Disease, Stroke, or Mental illness such as clinical depression, which increase the risk of obesity-related diseases (5)
The following ranges of BMI are used to describe levels of risk:
• Overweight (not obese), if BMI is 25.0 to 29.9.
• Class 1 (low-risk) obesity, if BMI is 30.0 to 34.9.
• Class 2 (moderate-risk) obesity, if BMI is 35.0 to 39.9.
• Class 3 (high-risk) obesity, if BMI is equal to or greater than 40.0.
Health risks increase for the following medical conditions if you have a BMI of 29.9-40.0:
• High blood glucose (sugar) or diabetes.
• High blood pressure (hypertension).
• High blood cholesterol levels and triglycerides (dyslipidemia, or high blood fats).
• Heart attacks due to coronary heart disease, heart failure, and stroke.
• Bone and joint problems, more weight puts pressure on the bones and joints. This can lead to osteoarthritis, a disease that causes joint pain and stiffness.
• Sleep Apnea (stopping breathing during sleep).
• Gallstones and liver problems.
• Some types of cancers, such as breast cancer
Our nutrition counseling provides a strong foundation and helps you develop skills to create long-lasting changes.
How to Tell If Your Waist Size Is a Risk Factor
Women with a waist size greater than 35 inches (89 centimeters) and men with a waist size greater than 40 inches (102 centimeters) have an increased risk for heart disease and type 2 diabetes. People with “apple-shaped” bodies (waist is bigger than the hips) also have an increased risk for these conditions.
The Weight - Risk Factor Connection
Having a risk factor doesn’t mean that you will get the disease, but it does increase your chances. Some risk factors, like age, race, or family history can’t be changed. The more risk factors you have, the more likely it is that you will develop the disease or health problem.
Your risk of developing health problems such as heart disease, stroke, and kidney problems increase if you’re obese and have these risk factors:
• High blood pressure (hypertension)
• High blood cholesterol or triglycerides
• High blood glucose (sugar), a sign of type 2 diabetes
• These other risk factors for heart disease and stroke are not caused by obesity:
• Having a family member under the age of 50 with heart disease
• Being physically inactive or having a sedentary lifestyle
• Smoking or using tobacco products of any kind
Learn to Control Your Risk Factors with Our Outpatient Nutrition Services
You can control many of the risk factors we have outlined by changing your lifestyle. A starting goal of losing 5% to 10% of your current weight will significantly reduce your risk of developing health problems and other related diseases.
If you have obesity, our Registered Dietitians / Nutritionists can help you begin a customized weight loss and management program.
Contact us at 845.566.3506 or click to make an appointment www.nutritionlinkservices.com and get started on your weight loss journey!
Our Nutritionists Staff the Following New Jersey Locations:
Iselin (Middlesex County)
Princeton (Mercer County)
Berkeley Heights (Union County)
Hoboken (Hudson County)
Jersey City (Hudson County)
Paramus (Bergen County)
Redbank (Monmouth County)
Freehold (Monmouth County)
Brick (Ocean County)