Being underweight is often associated with inadequate nutritional intakes and muscle wasting, and if not addressed, can lead to serious health consequences. Unintended weight loss can occur as a result of not eating enough energy (calories) to meet requirements. Or when excess energy expenditure occurs, such as with athletes or workers with very physically active jobs. Weight loss can also happen from poor absorption and utilisation of food consumed. Wasting diseases such as cancer, hyperthyroidism, or psychological distress can also cause weight loss. Nutritional support and dietary changes can be effective when the reason for the underweight is due to inappropriate or inadequate food intake, and for other situations once the underlying problem has been found and addressed.
This program runs over 8-weeks with bi-weekly sessions, individually or in supportive groups of 4-8 people. Each session comprises nutrition education and opportunities for practical skills development to help you understand the causes of underweight and treatment options available to help you improve your weight and health.
Session 1 Nutrition assessment and dietary plan
- Nutrition Assessment includes identifying your current concerns; diet history, including food preferences; relevant medical history; height and weight and waist measurements; lifestyle balance; and digestive function.
- Provide a nutrition meal plan to meet your nutritional needs and weight gain goals.
- Nutrition education for strategies to increase weight, and to monitor dietary intakes with a food diary (paper or mobile app option).
Session 2 Nutrition education – protein, fats and probiotics
- Nutrition education – Protein, optimum intakes and distribution between meals to improve and maintain muscle mass, prevent muscle wasting.
- Fats, Omega-3 fats, and other types of fats (the good and bad), estimating and balancing intakes.
- Learn how to understand a nutrition panel on food labels for protein and fats.
- Analysis of your food diary and make recommendations based on these results.
Session 3 Nutrition education – nutritional supplements
- Nutrition education – dietary supplements for increasing weight and muscle
- Demonstration and taste testing of different supplement
- We analyse the food diary and make recommendations based on these results.
Session 4 Nutrition Education – meal planning and recipe modification
- Nutrition education – introduction to meal planning, serves vs portions, nutrient distribution throughout the day; plating meals and portion control for weight gain.
- Learn how to measure and understand a nutrition a panel on food labels of ready meals and snacks.
- Evaluation of weight and nutritional intakes