Lifestyle Modification Counseling
Lifestyle modification counseling can be a helpful way for individuals to assess the choices they make in their life, identify areas for improvement, and implement necessary changes. For these reasons, chiropractors and physicians may recommend this specific type of counseling, as it can help take patients to a higher level of health and fitness.
Lifestyle modification counseling can mean different things to different people. For some, these counseling sessions can help identify poor eating habits and other dietary concerns; for others, lifestyle modification can mean quitting smoking or drinking, improving posture, or even addressing potentially destructive activities that can have a serious effect on an individual’s lifestyle. Regardless of the specific goal, the purpose of lifestyle modification counseling is to develop a personalized plan for the future and provide support to the patient – in one-on-one sessions, and in a group setting.
Types of Counseling
One of the most common types of lifestyle modification counseling is diet counseling. Diet sessions are usually seen as the first step toward overcoming obesity because they offer a personalized diet plan and a meaningful support structure. Typically, counseling begins with an assessment of the individual’s overall health and a thorough review of their daily food intake and exercise. With this information, a licensed dietitian will identify problem areas in the diet, offer suggestions for improvement, and work with the individual to develop a plan that takes into account specific circumstances, such as:
- Cost of diet change
- Religious or ethnic requirements
- Food preferences
- Overall health
Nutrition counseling is another form of lifestyle modification counseling that can help individuals who have developed food allergies, are worried about food-drug interaction, and have other dietary concerns.
Perhaps the most significant benefit of lifestyle modification counseling is the support structure the sessions provide. Making the decision to significantly alter a part of your life can be extremely difficult – even if it’s for the best – which is why having positive influences around you is so important. Whether you’ve quit drinking, you’re trying to overcome obesity, or you’re concerned about another self-destructive aspect of your life, having the support of a counselor or group of like-minded peers can make all the difference.
The First Step
Prior to scheduling lifestyle modification counseling, it is a good idea to meet with your doctor to learn about all of your options and for help selecting the counselor that is right for you. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and, above all else, be prepared to commit to change.