Maddie Asghari is a registered nurse and a Weight Loss specialist with a background in Nutrition and Personal Training. She has a bachelor degree in Nutrition and has been working as a dietician back in her home country, Iran. After she moved to the United States, She decided to change her career to nursing. She loves direct patient care aspect of nursing. She loves to empower her patients and help them to get their health back.
She always had a passion for fitness and health. She used to play volleyball professionally, until she injured her ankle. Then she started to do weight training and fell in love with it. As a dietician, she had always a healthy lifestyle. She eats healthy food most of the time but she do have cheat meals here and there. She says “It’s all about balance when it comes to maintaining a healthy lifestyle”. Her passion is to educate people around her. She advices on how to do workout properly and how to feed one’s bodies to get all the nutrients their bodies need. IV vitamin therapy is another way to make sure your body receives all the essential nutrients as well as gets hydrated. As a nurse, she provides IV vitamin therapy to her patients.
Women Fitness President Ms. Namita Nayyar catches up with Maddie Asghari an exceptionally talented fitness model, fitness expert, registered nurse, weight Loss specialist and a dietician here she talks about her fitness routine, her diet, and her beauty secrets.
You were born in Iran and later moved to the United States. You have professionally played volleyball. You have a bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and have worked as a dietician back in your home country, Iran. This later propelled your career to the height where you have been a leading Weight Loss specialist. Tell us more about your professional journey of exceptional hard work, tenacity, and endurance.
I got my BSN in nutrition back in my home country, Iran. I was working as a dietitian in a hospital as well as my private practice. I always wanted to be more involved in direct patient care, so after I moved to the USA, I decided to become a nurse. I always had passion to help others and make a positive impact on people’s lives. Nursing is a very challenging but rewarding profession. Caring for my patients when they need me the most and helping them to overcome their diseases gives me satisfaction.
Unfortunately, there are sad moments when we cannot help our patients to improve.
Especially during the pandemic, when I was working at the emergency room, I took care of a lot of patients that unfortunately couldn’t survive. Incidences like these are devastating emotionally. Boxing and working out at the gym help me to cope with my work stress. I am a NASM certified personal trainer and a weight loss specialist. Achieving a goal body weight requires a combination of healthy eating habits, regular exercise, and lifestyle changes. I’ve been helping a lot of people to lose weight and reach their goal body weight and maintain it with proper diet and exercises.
It is a dream for an immigrant to come to the USA. Tell us more about your immigration journey and guide others who wish to come to the United States to become its citizens.
As the first child of the family, I learned how to be a leader and take care of my younger siblings. When I moved to the USA at the age of 25, I knew that I had to catch up as quickly as possible to fit into the society. Although it was very difficult and challenging to adapt with the new culture, I felt the happiest and strongest than ever when I found myself in the world of freedom and opportunities.
There is one thing about this dream that I learned, Opportunities are often available to us, but it takes hard work and sacrifice to turn them into success. Success rarely comes easy and requires a lot of effort, perseverance, and dedication. I’ve been studying and working hard to get to the point I’m at right now and still I have a long way to get to where I want to be. I’ve learned to enjoy the journey instead of focusing solely on my end goals.
You are the leading social media personality, model, Cosmetic Injector, IV Specialist, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PRP hair/skin, Nutritionist, weight loss specialist, and brand ambassador. How do you manage such a remarkable multi-dimensional lifestyle?
When you love and have passion for what you do, your work regardless of the load that you are carrying becomes nothing but joy and pride. Currently, I study to become a psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. Mental health is as important as physical health, but unfortunately because of the stigma around the mental health, it’s often overlooked.
My goal is to provide holistic care and consider the whole person, including their physical, mental, emotional well-being, and underlying causes of health issues to support individuals in achieving optimal health and wellness.
As a Nutritionist what ideal diet plan do you advise for the following group of patients?
a) Elderly women: As we age, our metabolism slows down and we need fewer calories, so it’s important to watch portion sizes to avoid overeating. As a nutritionist, I always advise the older women to eat foods rich in Vitamin D, calcium, vitamin B-12, and protein. Protein is essential for maintaining muscle mass and strength, which can help prevent falls.
b) Women experiencing menopause: During menopause, a woman’s body experiences significant hormonal changes that can affect her weight, metabolism, and overall health. Therefore, it’s important for women going through menopause to maintain a healthy diet to help manage symptoms and prevent chronic diseases. Most of the women start to gain weight after they experience menopause.
With menopause estrogen level drops which can lead to weight gain in women. Lower estrogen and progesterone level can also cause osteoporosis, so it is very important for the women going through the menopause to eat a balance diet, rich in protein and calcium and stay physically active. Alcohol and caffeine can trigger hot flashes and disrupt sleep, so it’s essential to limit intake.
Athletic women require a balanced and nutrient-dense diet to fuel their physical activity, maintain energy levels, and support muscle recovery and growth. Depends on our body goal, we should adjust our calorie intake with our calorie expenditure. For women who want to gain more muscle they need to consume more calorie than they burn in a day. It is very important to take enough protein for muscle gain and recovery after exercise. The recommended protein intake for physically active women is 0.5-1 grams per pound of bodyweight.
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