Nutritional Counseling

BMI- Bariatric & Metabolic Institute

Vishnu Subramani, M.D.

Bariatric Medicine & Internal Medicine Physician located in Cape Girardeau, MO & Sikeston, MO

Did you know that you can eat a balanced diet and still have a nutritional deficiency? That’s because illness, stress, age, and being overweight or obese place extra nutritional demands on your body. At BMI- Bariatric & Metabolic Institute, Vishnu Subramani, MD, offers comprehensive nutritional counseling. Dr. Subramani can treat chronic health conditions, improve your overall wellness, and support weight loss by identifying nutritional shortages and developing a customized plan to fill the gap. To schedule an appointment, call one of the offices in Cape Girardeau or Sikeston, Missouri, or use the online booking system today.

Nutritional Counseling Q & A

Why is nutritional counseling important for my health?

If you want your body to generate energy, heal, stay strong, and function normally, you need an adequate daily supply of all the essential nutrients.

Nutrition is important, so much so that your diet can prevent or cause chronic health conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure. You also face nutritional challenges when you diet to lose weight.

Why do I need nutritional counseling for weight loss?

People who are overweight or obese frequently have nutritional deficiencies. Dr. Subramani identifies and treats these problems during nutritional counseling.

You also need close nutritional supervision when you’re on a weight loss program. Though there are many diet plans, they all depend on consuming fewer calories than your body burns.

When you cut back on calories, it’s hard to get all your nutrition through your food. Nutritional counseling ensures you reach and maintain a healthy weight without lacking nutrients.

What should I expect during nutritional counseling?

Dr. Subramani may ask you to keep a food diary for a few days before your appointment. With this information, he can review what you eat and determine if your diet is balanced or if you’re missing key foods and nutrients.

Your food diary isn’t the only information used during nutritional counseling. Dr. Subramani also reviews your medical history and asks you questions to assess your diet. Then he may order blood tests to specifically identify any deficiencies and the severity of the problem.

Dr. Subramani works with you to develop a healthy diet plan that meets your nutritional requirements. Depending on your personal health needs, he may also evaluate your gut bacteria or perform food allergy testing.

Food allergy testing

When you eliminate foods due to an allergy, you’re at risk for nutritional deficiencies. With food allergy testing, Dr. Subramani can identify problem foods and find solutions that support your nutritional health.

Gut bacteria evaluation

Your gut bacteria contribute to your overall health and metabolism in many ways, from vitamin production to supporting the immune system. Your diet directly impacts the health of your gut microbiome.

Dr. Subramani runs a stool analysis to determine the type of bacteria in your gut and adjusts your diet as needed to include prebiotics and probiotics.

Whether you need nutritional counseling to support weight loss or improve your health, call BMI- Bariatric & Metabolic Institute or book an appointment online today.