For Mt. Kisco Nutritionist Dina Khader, signing on to the latest diet fad is a little too much like shopping for adjustable baseball caps. “It’s not one size fits all,” she says, and that departure separates her clients’ successes from the hype driven programs that others may fail with.
An M.S. in nutrition along with 18 years serving Mt. Kisco in their dietary needs has taught her that similar goals do not warrant the same approach – even when people share the same surname. “If you come to me for weight loss and your brother came for weight loss, you would be on totally different programs,” she says.
For instance, someone with blood type “A” won’t get the same kind of results that Atkins lays claim to. “They’ll do better on a vegetarian diet,” she says, while type O’s will fall more in line with the Atkins plan.
Of course, diet in any form assumes a certain amount of discipline. “A good gage is if you can have one more bite of food, that’s a good time to stop eating,” she says, but either way, 20 minutes later your brain will tell you that you’re not hungry anymore, she adds.
People can then build upon earlier and earlier exits from their place setting but feeling full should still be synonymous with the word diet. “Healthy food is pretty filling,” she says of swaps like brown rice over white rice or pasta made from brown rice over regular pasta.
Individually, she makes similar types of substitutions for favorites that normally bog people down and give rise to spring resistance at Monday morning weigh-ins. “I always try to match what their favorite food is to something that’s close to it as possible,” she says.
In between meals and after, sweets take a toll that Ms. Khader doesn’t look to exchange. “Sugar tends to be huge,” she says, but super strong will power is not necessarily the answer.
“It’s very addictive and apparently some people have a gene that makes them more susceptible to it,” she says. So like other addictions, Ms. Khader prescribes a detox program.
She puts clients on a rice protein powder shake that addresses body deficiencies in vitamins, proteins, minerals and so on. “What it’s doing is it gives the body what it needs so the body is satisfied and it’s no longer looking for sugar,” she says. Within a week, she says the craving changes for good.
The overall agenda is the same when the body finally intersects itself with a healthy regimen of ingestion. “They feel better, they have more energy and they do find that they don’t eat as much,” she says, because again the body is getting what it needs.
Clients also seek out Mr. Khader’s experience to address afflictions like diabetes, heart disease and the digestive side effects of chemotherapy. In addition, she offers genetic testing to determine where future problems may arise and how to deal with the possibility now.
Clients come from once a week to once a month and can expect results even if they are not perfect. 80% compliance of her regimen will do and will fit a lot less painfully than the hats of other well-known approaches. “There doesn’t need to be suffering,” she concludes.
Rich Monetti interview of Dina Khader