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We will work with you to understand your weight loss goals. Not everyone wants to give up their Friday wine (I don't??!). We will find a plan that will get you to your goal on a timeline that motivates you but also feels realistic. We will be there every step of the way, checking in between sessions and tweaking out plan for different life stages.
When losing weight there are a number of thing that you should consider. We will work through these with you and make sure that our plan is right for you.
What exactly are you chasing?
If its self-worth you're looking for, you probably won't find that in weight loss. In fact you may get to the end and feel even worse. Weight loss should be about setting a goal and hitting it, it should be about curiosity - seeing just what your body can do. It should be about movement quality and regaining that energy you used to have. It should be about enjoying life in a body you already love.
Weight loss or fat loss?
Yes they are different! Weight loss could be muscle or fat or even a reduction in fluid stored in your body in the case of weight cutting athletes. Fat loss is about retaining your muscle mass and strength while you decrease the adipose tissue surrounding your muscles and organs. They both require very different nutritional strategies. If you're chasing that 'toned' look, you're probably after fat loss.
How does your hormones impact your weight?
Hormones are messengers in the body and there are a number of hormones that influence weight and body composition. There are a number of factors that can influence your hormonal function. These can include gut health, sleep, exercise, stress, disease (eg thyroid) and age. We will discuss these factors as we develop your plan.
How will you age impact your diet?
Depending on your age, your weight loss plan may look different. For example hormone function pre-menopause vs post menopause is very different. Similarly, research shows a significant loss in muscle mass as you age. Partly due to 'protein resistance' where your body becomes less efficient at metabolising and using proteins to build muscle mass. Therefore, older adults may need higher protein intake. Micronutrient requirements change with age, calcium is more important post-menopause where as iron is more important pre-menopause. Gut function is another consideration. As you get older your gut function can deteriorate, therefore, fibre intake and a variety of plant foods is important. We will consider all the moving parts as we develop your plan.