191. Lap Band Surgery With Dietician Council - Fail, Working With Mike - Success

By: Michael Beiter


A 59-year-old woman who had lap band surgery and follow-up counseling by a Registered Dietician saw no fat loss success. 

"They didn't explain any of the psychology that you do." She said. 

This woman has worked in the medical industry for three decades. Her disenchantment with the model is palpable. 

I explained the problems that arise when you hide fundamental knowledge that everyone should have behind a seven-year education. In particular, it leads people to believe that unless they are highly educated and credentialed, they have no hope of understanding something as basic as nutrition. 

Pardon me, but what a crock of shit. 

When I was in my early twenties studying at the local community college, the instructors told me that to truly help people with their nutrition I would need  several more years of schooling to earn the designation 'Registered Dietician.' I was fortunate in that I could take what I was learning in the classroom and immediately apply it to clients because I was working while schooling. So I rejected the path of additional higher education and dropped out without finishing any degree. 

Soon after that, I got an Amazon Prime account and a library card. I started ordering textbooks that I would have been assigned had I chosen the route of academia. 

In hindsight, it was a great move because I never got saddled with the six-figure debts my Dietician peers collected while they stayed in the classroom. They may have RD in front of their name, but as my client who is down thirty pounds in eight months can attest, that doesn't matter. 

Helping someone improve their eating patterns is tough stuff. It requires people skills that are only won by working with people. Skills that a classroom can't deliver. 

I don't have a degree. I have a library card. And that is all I need to help someone change in ways a Surgeon and Registered Dietitian failed to do. 


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