Columbus, OH,
15:00 PM

OhioHealth Medical Minute: Diet Right

Weight Management

MT: “Hello once again, everyone, and thanks for joining us for another OhioHealth Medical Minute. My name is Marcus Thorpe, and I’m joined by Brittany Smith, who is a registered dietitian here at OhioHealth. Brittany, good to see you. Thanks for joining us.”

BS: “Thank you for having me.”

MT: “All right, so a lot of people talking about their diets and making sure they’re doing the right things versus the wrong things. There’s a lot of misinformation out there when it comes to diets. What should people really be knowing about that kind of misinformation and how to find the right information?”

BS: “My number one piece of advice would be to talk to a dietitian. We’re specially trained in this, and we can definitely help you. If you don’t have access to a dietitian, I would say you want to make sure you’re using reliable sources, such as The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the American Heart Association, the American Diabetes Association, and just use your common sense. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”

MT: “All right, so dieticians are the right way to go, but when it comes to fad diets, crash diets, you hear a lot about those. What’s right, what’s wrong, what should people stay away from?”

BS: “These traditional fad, short-term diets, they’re not going to produce the long-term results. I really focus with my patients on making lifestyle changes. You want to figure out diet and exercise habits that you can follow for the rest of your life. These short-term diets that promise to make you lose weight super fast, they’re not going to show long-term results.”

MT: “So if we want to stay away from the crash and the fads and those kinds of things, let’s go back to the basics. What can people put in their daily diets right now that could make a big difference for them?”

BS: “I’ve got three tips for that. I would say number one would be avoid skipping meals. When we skip meals, we usually get really hungry later in the day, and then we tend to overeat. Just having regular meals throughout the day is very smart. Try to incorporate more whole foods. Back to the basics. More fruits, more vegetables, beans, whole grains, trying to make your diet more plant-based. The last one would be don’t drink your calories. Drinking beverages could provide tons of extra calories, tons of extra sugar, and they’re not going to fill us up, so they really are empty calories.”

MT: “Brittany, great information. Thanks very much.”

BS: “You’re welcome.”

MT: “And if you’d like to find out more about the world of dietitians at OhioHealth and learn more from folks like Brittany, just go to I’m Marcus Thorpe. Thanks for joining us for this OhioHealth Medical Minute.”