Changing Weighs

Changing Weighs
Clinical Nutrition Services
Tel: (301) 474-2499
Fax: (301) 474-5943


We Listen to You

Changing Weighs™ utilizes a highly individualized approach to nutrition therapy. We base our recommendations to you on a number of factors including, your past weight loss/dieting history, medical history, lifestyle and genetics. We listen to you, help you prioritize your goals and help you find ways to meet those goals.

Changing Weighs™ nutrition programs enhance your understanding and awareness of the impact of nutrition on health. At one time or another, we have all questioned what or how much to eat. This is not surprising since we are all bombarded daily with discussions about nutrition and so many "answers" designed to help us improve our eating habits and our health. No matter how long you've been eating improperly, it is never too late to change and benefit from the change.

What Can I Expect When I See a Registered Dietitian

During your first appointment, you will discuss your typical eating pattern and your lifestyle. Relax, we have counseled literally thousands of clients. We are ready to help you, no matter how overwhelmed, overworked, or overstressed you are.

We will discuss your current situation and past medical history in depth. We will get an idea about what you have done in the past to help you understand what has led to your current situation. We will advise you on the relationship between your current eating/exercise patterns and your health.

We will reassure you that we know how difficult it is to improve eating habits and that our most successful clients have changed their eating habits gradually over a long period of time. We help our clients prioritize the eating habits need to be changed first and, naturally, we will seek input from you. We do not believe that one-visit nutrition counseling is effective for most people. We know that anyone can follow a strict diet for a short period of time. But we also know that strict dieting generally does not work in the long-run. It often leads to bingeing, which for some people leads to guilt, depression and further bingeing.

We care much more about what you are eating six months from now or two years from now.

Will I Have to Follow a Strict Diet?

We don't expect you to follow a strict diet unless it is medically necessary. Instead our goal is to help you adjust to healthier eating and exercise habits throughout all kinds of situations including, eating out, travel, family meals, holidays, stressful times, etc.

We are not the "diet police." Instead, we believe that a wide variety of foods is included in a healthy diet and that there is even room for "junk" food and "comfort" food in moderation. Labeling food as good/bad often sets one up for failure.

You will work with your nutritionist to set up individualized goals and to develop a strategic plan or an eating plan consistent with your needs. You will be encouraged to keep a food and activity log to help promote awareness and help the nutritionist fine tune an effective intervention. We encourage you to email your food diaries to your nutritionist on a daily or weekly basis.

What Happens Next

During the second, and subsequent appointments, you and your dietitian will meet to discuss which things worked well for you and which things presented roadblocks for you. This starts the fine-tuning phase which helps assure you of a successful outcome. What works for one client may not work for you. So, luckily we have lots of collective experience and we will brainstorm a variety of ways to help you make healthy food choices. We are successful only when you are successful. We believe in a team approach.

Will My Insurance Cover These Consultations

Our services are covered by many major health insurance providers. However, each contract varies depending upon the agreement with your employer. It is your responsibility to contact your insurance company to determine if nutrition services are covered. If you do not have these benefits, talk you your employer's benefits department to get medical nutrition therapy covered as a benefit.

Please review our guide to current insurance coverage requirements.

To request appointments or information please take a moment to complete our online form.

Need support? Your friends in the Changing Weighs Communities will help provide motivation and keep you on track. The following forums are now availalble:

  • Weight Loss
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  • High Cholesterol
  • Food Allergies
  • Recipes
  • Inspiration
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Please visit our communities.


Rebecca Bitzer, M.S., R.D., L.D.

Kathleen Toepfer, R.D., L.D.

Katherine Kendall, M.S., R.D.

Shelley Alspaugh, R.D.

DISCLAIMER: The information provided here is to help make informed decisions about your health. It is not a substitute for the advice or treatment given by your doctor or dietitian. Please consult with a registered dietitian or your doctor if you have any questions about the information on this website.

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