Case Study: Eat More to Eat Less

A 24 year old female came to me motivated to lose weight. She told me her entire family was obese and her father had recently passed away from diabetes-related complications. This client was desperate to not follow a similar path, but could not understand why she could not lose weight. For as long as she could remember the thought of breakfast made her feel nauseous. Often she would not eat until lunch, sometimes later. She reported cutting back on iced coffee and soft drinks months ago and now just drank water.

She had lost some weight but not as much as she expected, and her weight had now stalled. She reported that she felt she ‘didn’t eat that much’ as she only ate ‘twice a day’. When we started discussing hunger, it became apparent that she would be quite hungry in the afternoon and evening. She thought maybe her portions were a little large, but she ‘had vegetables at least three nights a week’. She also reported that she had takeaway...

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Weight Loss Mentality: Sprint or Marathon?

Time is our most precious resource, I get it. We all want results yesterday. The problem with that approach is that we see achieving weight loss results as a sprint, not the ultra marathon that it is.

If I am being truthful, knowing what I know about the physiology of weight loss, it's actually a race that never ends. That does not mean it has to be an unpleasant race where you lose control of your bowels in sheer determination to cross the finish line; rather its about knowing that its an event that goes on for as long as your heart beats. Why? Well the human body evolved with the ability to store fat. This got us through periods of food shortages and enabled us to survive. It's not a bad thing necessarily, it's just that there are mechanisms hard wired into our biology that defend our level of fat. If we lose fat, these mechanisms kick in and drive eating behaviour. They also conserve our energy through ways like...

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Decoding Weight Loss - Food Vs. Fitness.

weightloss Aug 21, 2020

How do we lose those extra kilos? And how do we keep them off for good?

It's the age-old question that's been troubling us Australians for quite some time. One minute weight loss is about #cleaneating, and the next, it's planning for a 2XU marathon. However, weight loss strategies don't need to be so extreme, nor do they need to focus on one health area. With that in mind, we're going to explore weight loss in the context of healthy eating and physical activity.

Weight loss comes down to how much energy you put into your body, verse the amount of energy your body burns off. Energy is commonly expressed as 'kilojoules' and describes the foods and drinks we consume. The three most significant users of energy include:

  1. Metabolism.

  2. Food breakdown.

  3. Movement.

The Metabolism

The metabolism is by far and away the most significant energy user, accounting for 60-85% of our energy requirements. This critical process helps us build and repair our body and fuel our liver, heart, and lungs....

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