Dietitian Spring Hill (Clinical Team)

Susan West Batista, RDLD (Registered Dietitian Spring Hill)

Susan is a Spring Hill Dietitian with over 20 years’ experience in helping patients meet their weight loss goals. She believes that everyone is unique – with their own dietary requirements – which is why she works with each patient individually, creating their own customized program. Susan’s passion for healthy living is also evident in her own life with her constant drive for a wholesome diet, active lifestyle and overall positivity.

John Batista, M.D.

Dr. Batista specializes in internal Medicine and works in tandem with the Spring Hill dietitian to assist you with your weight loss goals. Having an onsite physician enables Batista Weight Loss Hernando County to provide more clinically developed weight loss programs, adding the possibility of blood work analysis, as well as prescription supplements.

Stephanie, M.A.

Stephanie was  born and raised in Florida.  A mother of 4 and grandmother to 1, she has  an amazing husband. She is all about family. She loves being active – boating, swimming, spin class. Being someone who has been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and struggles with her own weight, she has made it her passion to help others become healthier. Having people reach their goals is what’s important to her, whether it’s her children’s goals or a patient’s goal: This is what makes her happy.

Valerie, Office Staff

Twenty three years ago, she left Long Island, NY, and moved to Spring Hill, FL. While in New York, she attended Farmingdale College and received a degree in Nutrition. She worked in the weight loss field for many years on and off while getting married and raising two children. Currently she and her husband both work and enjoy traveling and antiquing in their free time together.

Why Do You Need a Registered Dietitian? (3 Reasons)

Sometimes getting professional help can be difficult for us. Our society was made to believe that asking for help is a sign of weakness. But in reality, it’s actually the exact opposite. Getting professional help is an indicator of a person’s courage and absolute determination to improve their current state or situation, whatever that might be. Contrary to popular belief, losing weight is neither a difficult nor a long process that requires a series of sacrifices. You do not have to give up everything that makes you happy. It seems difficult because we made it that way, but the truth is, the proper guidance and support from a registered dietitian can really do wonders. Guidance and support are two main components that influence the success – or failure – of your weight-loss efforts.

“I can lose weight on my own!”

You can, and if you’re really determined, you probably will. But working with our Hernando Beach Dietitian will allow you to lose weight in a healthy and effective way, and with long-term results. There are many misconceptions when it comes to weight loss. There are plenty of plain inaccurate or even harmful dieting tips out there, whether on the internet or in self-help books by self-proclaimed weight loss gurus. It’s easy feel overwhelmed by all of the information that’s available. Here are 3 main reasons why working with our Registered Dietitian in Hernando Beach will get you the best results:

1. A source of knowledge

Our Hudson Dietitian Susan is not only an experienced weight loss specialist with over 20 years of experience, she’s also a passionate enthusiast who is constantly educating herself about the most effective – and healthy – ways to help her patients lose weight and achieve their goals. She’s the sort of person who can answer any of your diet-related questions, and you can be sure that the advice you get from her is supported by scientific proof and thorough research.

2. A source of support

Support is one of the most important factors on your weight loss journey. Should you decide to work with our Brooksville Dietitian, she will become your personal cheerleader. You will get all the encouragement and support you’ll need to succeed. When your levels of motivation drop, Susan will be there to ensure you stay on track and remind you of your goal.

3. A source of healthy recipes

When dieting, you may feel like your options are limited. “I can’t have this, I can’t have that…”. But losing weight doesn’t have to be boring! Our Dietitian will provide you with a diet plan that is not only effective, but also enjoyable. Taking into consideration your likes and preferences, Susan will come up with a weight loss program you will want to continue even after you reach your ideal weight.

Bonus: 3 things you didn’t know about losing weight

Don’t do this! Don’t do that! When you’ve been trying to lose weight, the only thing you’re probably hearing from others is negative: don’t eat that, those are just empty calories, don’t sit so much, don’t eat after 6 p.m., and so on. It makes you feel more stressed about losing weight, so you can’t sleep and don’t eat, but you still weigh the same! Are you wondering what is going on? Stick with us and find out how to make progress the easy way. We are sure you’ll find it helpful while you are on your journey to lose weight.

1. Sleep more and lose weight

Sound good? Did you know that lack of sleep causes not only stress and trouble with thinking and concentration, but also weakens your immune system and can lead to weight gain? Why? First of all, staying up late makes you eat more. That midnight snack is so tempting and by that time, your willpower is shot. But it is about more than that. You also wake up in the morning hungrier. Researchers at the University of Chicago reported that sleep deprivation disturbs our hormone balance, which triggers a decrease in leptin (which helps you feel full) and a simultaneous increase in the “hunger hormone,” ghrelin (which triggers hunger). As a consequence, we think we are hungry, even if we aren’t, so what we do? We eat. Another thing that happens when you don’t get enough sleep is that your body becomes stressed and produces more cortisol than necessary, which has a negative impact on your overall health and causes you to store extra fat. Moreover, according to a study by the Associated Professional Sleep Societies, you lose three times more fat while sleeping than sitting at a desk. When you are in a deep sleep (REM sleep), your body is working harder than normal and your brain is using 20 percent of your body’s daily energy. As you can see, long, uninterrupted sleep is full of advantages. To lose weight, make sure to get at least 8 hours of shut-eye every night.

2. Relieve stress to not gain weight

We all have stressors in our life; this is something we cannot avoid. A stressful job, loan payments or unplanned expenses generate stress; as you know, when you feel stressed, you body produces cortisol, the so-called “stress hormone.” When this hormone level rises, our insulin level increases and blood sugar drops, which makes us crave sugary and fatty foods. Be aware that this can turn into a bad habit. If every time when you are stressed out, you crave unhealthy food to calm your stress hormones down, and you consistently give in to these cravings, you will gain weight! Stress hormones also affect your weight by building up fat reserves. What is the best way to avoid this happening? Make time for stress relief, whether it is yoga class or time with your family or friends. There are many stress-relief techniques that you can choose to help your mental health and well-being without turning to unhealthy snacks or alcohol.

3. Boost your metabolism

Yes, it is possible to change your metabolism so it will work faster! However, you might not even be aware that you’re slowing down your metabolism by starving yourself. Our dietitian in Spring Hill explains to us that a starvation diet or other types of “crash diets” might cause more harm than good. Although you may initially lose weight, your metabolism will slow down as your body tries to protect itself from starving. When it goes into “starvation mode,” it stores fat and burns fewer calories. What’s more, your metabolism might stay slower even after you return to a regular diet, which can cause weight gain. If you would like more information about how to lose weight without that yo-yo effect, visit our weight loss clinic in Spring Hill, where our specialists provide assistance with your weight loss goals and create a customized program for you.

Now that you know what not to do, we can focus on things that boost your metabolic process. Firstly, you need to start moving more. It can be any kind of physical activity: walking more often, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or adding a few easy exercises to your workout routine. After a week or two, your body will adjust to the more active lifestyle and then you can even easily start doing intense workouts. Another thing you can do to rev up your metabolism is eat breakfast. The truth is breakfast is the most important meal of the day. If you skip breakfast and wait until lunch to eat, your body assumes you’re fasting and responds by slowing the rate of metabolic processes. Plus, eating breakfast gives you the energy you need to get things done and focus on work.

If you are looking to lose weight in Spring Hill, Hernando County, then you have come to the right place.

Batista Weight Loss and Wellness – with its onsite dietitian and physician – provides a variety of customized programs for weight loss in Brooksville, Spring Hill, and Hernando Beach.

For more information about how Susan and Dr. Batista can assist you with weight loss in Spring Hill weight loss, please Contact Us or read more about our Weight Loss Clinic in Spring Hill

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