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QOD 52: Calorie Counting for Weight Loss (GI/GU/Basic Care and Comfort)

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Question:

A physician has ordered calorie counts for a patient who needs to lose weight. Which best describes how the nurse would instruct the client in this process?

Answer:

B. “This method teaches you common amounts of calories in foods and you keep track of what you eat every day.”

Rationale: 

Calorie counting is a method of weight loss that involves teaching a patient about calorie amounts in many foods and helping him keep track of how many calories he takes in every day. The patient may have a set amount of calories to meet as a daily goal. The nurse can teach the patient that this method of eating can help with weight loss but it is not an individualized plan just for the patient.

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Date Published - Mar 22, 2016
Date Modified - Jun 25, 2018