Nutrition Success

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Health and nutrition often equate to weight loss in my practice. I have guided hundreds of clients to success but weight loss is never an indicator of good health. Committing to and prioritizing one’s health and livelihood are the true indicators of life-long change. In my experience, true success comes in the form of evolution towards conscious eating, nourishing practices, and weight maintenance.

Some indicators of progress in my clients include:
1) Eating breakfast within one hour of waking
2) Recording/tracking what is eaten. Becoming conscious of dietary intake.
3) Eating throughout the day
4) Planning and preparing meals
5) Practicing self-care, whether through nourishing meals, exercise, or relaxation.

The true gauge of success in health and nutrition is ultimately one’s relationship with food and one’s self-image. Food is not evil. You are not evil for eating or wanting. Food should not be restricted, nor rewarded. Food is nourishment, to be savored and enjoyed, moderately, and in balance. Those who leave my practice with these principles firmly instilled in their lifestyle have reached success (and have lost weight too)!

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About The Author

Manuel Villacorta is a registered dietitian (RD) and certified specialist is sports dietetics (CSSD) with more than 16 years of experience. He was recently appointed national media spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association, which identifies him as one of the United States’ leading weight loss and nutrition experts. Villacorta is the owner of San Francisco-based private practice MV Nutrition, the recipient of two consecutive “Best Bay Area Dietitian” awards (2009 and 2010) from the San Francisco Chronicle and Citysearch, and the creator of the Eating Free™ weight management program. Villacorta also developed MV Professional Nutrition (a software suite designed to assist RDs with their own private practices) and created www.eatingfree.com (an international, Internet-based weight loss and weight management program). Villacorta is a compelling, charismatic communicator—a public speaker, who is often praised for making audiences feel, heard, motivated, and engaged. His warm, approachable style, alongside his strong bilingual proficiency in both English and Spanish, have made him an in-demand health and nutrition expert on both local and national television and radio, and in articles in print publications and online. Villacorta worked closely with Dr. Nancy L. Snyderman, chief medical editor of NBC News, to provide expert nutrition advice on a number of topics for the BeWell network. He is often invited to speak at annual state and national conventions such as The Oregon Dietetic Association (where he was the keynote speaker), and The American Dietetic Association (where he spoke to other dietitian professionals about his successful private practice). Villacorta has acted as a media representative for food companies such as Foster Farms (one of the largest chicken producers on the West Coast) as well as for such California statewide health campaigns as the “California Latino 5-A-Day Program” and “Got Milk.” Prior to setting up his private practice, Villacorta worked as a public health dietitian for California Children Services and the Prenatal to Three Initiative, where he offered prenatal, infant, and childhood nutrition consulting. He has worked as a clinical dietitian for Kaiser Permanente in San Francisco and has held a faculty position with the School of Nursing at the University of San Francisco. Villacorta received his bachelor of science in nutrition and physiology metabolism from the University of California, Berkeley, and his master of science in nutrition and food science from San Jose State University. He has been the recipient of numerous prestigious awards for his research, including the Outstanding Master of Science Degree Award from San Jose State University’s Department of Nutrition and Food Science.

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