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Q.1. What is nutrition?
Ans. Nutrition is the science that studies the relationship of humans to food. It also studies
- The chemical content of food
- Body’s use of food
- Techniques to modify food habits
- Diet as treatment for disease
- Relationship between medications and food intake
Q.2. What is diet planning?
Ans. It is the process of planning and scheduling intake of meals for general or specific individual requirements.
Q.3. Why should I consult a professional dietitian? The importance of professionally diet planning?
Ans. Getting a diet planned from a professional dietitian ensures that your nutrition requirements are met. Your diet will not only provide adequate kilocalorie and protein but also minerals and vitamins. A professional dietitian takes into consideration your work/ study timings and keeps into mind your likes and dislikes as well as cultural and ethnic differences found in your diet.
Q.4. What is calorie?
Ans. The energy content of food is measured in kilocalories, often abbreviated as kcalories or kcal. A kilocalorie is the amount of heat required to raise 1 kilogram of water by 1 degree C. Kilocalories is what people incorrectly call “calorie”
Q.5. What is daily calorie requirement?
Ans. Energy requirement vary depending on age, sex, physiological condition, nature and duration of physical activity & geographical location. However, for an adult woman it ranges from 1800 to 3000 kcal and for an adult man from 2400 to 3800 kcal.
Q.6. Tell me about balanced diet?
Ans. Balanced diet is one which contains different types of foods in such quantities and proportions so that the need for calories, proteins, minerals, vitamins and other nutrients is adequately met and a small provision is made for extra nutrients. In addition it provides active phytochemicals such as dietary fibre, antioxidants and nutraceuticals which have positive health benefits.
Q.7. What are the common sources of protein for vegetarians?
Ans. Milk, curd, yogurt, tofu, cottage cheese, paneer, pulses and dried beans like green gram, red gram, rajma, lentils, moth beans, soyabean etc, Whey protein, nuts, protein supplements etc.
Q.8. What if I want changes to my diet plan once I receive it?
Q.9. How can I monitor my progress?
Ans. The nutritionist will arrange weekly follow-up sessions to monitor your progress. Also, as part of your diet plan, you will be provided a food diary where you will record all food and drinks consumed each day to aid you in better calorie control. Progress can also be measured by observing changes in your medical condition.
Q.10. Is there a guarantee that I’ll be able to achieve my goal?
Ans. It all depends on your commitment to the diet plan. Follow the diet plan strictly for the suggested period along with the fitness plan. Ensure you maintain your food diary and participate in the follow-up sessions with the nutritionist.
Q.11. How do you define good health?
Ans. It is the state of complete physical, mental and social well being and not merely the absence of disease.