Anyone who has ever tried losing weight knows there are literally thousands of avenues one can follow on the path to a smaller pair of jeans. Staying thin and healthy takes more than juice cleanses and green tea extract pills, however. Often this requires a decision to completely change one’s lifestyle and maintain that change forever.
Nutritionist Kay Loughrey, who works with clients in her Kentlands Downtown office at 60 Market Street, Suite 206, says this level of commitment is the reason why 80 percent of dieters fail at their endeavors.
“Becoming [and staying] healthy requires a multi-aspect approach,” said Loughrey during a recent interview with The Town Courier.
Her experience spans two-and-a-half decades in the field. She is a registered dietitian and is licensed as a dietitian-nutritionist by the state of Maryland, where she has been a Montgomery County resident since 1992. She has worked for both the state and federal governments, including as a health communicator for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services where she contributed to the “Dietary Guidelines For Americans 2010.” She also spearheaded three national initiatives: the “2008 Physical Activity Guidelines For Americans,” “You Can! Steps to Healthier Aging,” and the National Cancer Institute’s “5 A Day” media campaign.
Two years ago, Loughrey said she decided to “strike out on my own … while I still had the energy and wherewithal.” She now offers nutrition counseling and private coaching at her office, which shares space with Schrier Physical Therapy above Red Door Salon.
“It’s a great advantage to be in an office with the physical therapy aspect right there. I can refer clients right away who have trouble exercising due to pain,” said Loughrey. “[Our practices] have mutual goals.”
These goals emphasize a healthier, happier life for all clients. Loughrey lamented that she hates seeing people going on extreme diets and failing over and over, when what they truly need is a comprehensive lifestyle change.
“Most people need eight to 12 coaching sessions,” she said. “Success requires motivation and the right mindset, through the control of stress and other emotions.”
Thus far, she said, business is going very well. The practice is growing, and Loughrey has now piloted a program with Adventist Healthcare. She accepts many medical insurance plans, which she said makes the choice to work with a nutritionist far more economical than joining programs such as Weight Watchers or Medifast.
While it was “exciting to get the word out about some very important messages” at her old position with the Dept. of Heath, Loughrey said, she loves the work she is doing now with individuals.
“It’s different than large groups because I actually get to see [my direct] impact and each person’s progress,” she said. “It’s very satisfying.”
Loughrey, who has lived in the Colonnade at Kentlands with her husband since 2006, also confessed that after so many years of commuting to Washington, D.C., having her own practice so near by is a wonderful perk to the new job. “I must admit the three-minute commute isn’t bad!”
On April 25, Loughrey will hold an open house from 7 – 9 p.m. at the Kentlands Clubhouse to offer a taste of her services and more. The free event, titled “Beautiful You, Inside and Out,” will feature experts on nutrition, dermatology, fitness, massage therapy, physical therapy and dentistry. Light refreshments and door prizes will be offered.
For more information, call 301.869.1787.