Secrets Of Successful Weight Maintenance

Secrets Of Successful Weight Maintenance

Many clients who contact us are not new to losing weight. They have tried different diets in the past with varying degrees of success. Some know exactly what they need to do to lose weight, the real struggle has been keeping it off.

 

Someone recently said to me “I feel like all of my adult life I have either been on a diet and losing weight or not on a diet and gaining it.” Yo-yo dieting is a negative cycle to be stuck in. It can only be broken once the art of maintenance is mastered.

 

As ironic as it may seem, losing weight can often be easier than maintaining it. Why is this the case?

 

DIETS HAVE RULES

When we are losing weight and following a specific dietary plan, there are rules: eat this, here’s how much, this is at what time, don’t eat X at all, you can have a small amount of Y… and so on.

 

But then we reach our goal weight, the diet is no longer needed, then what? What are the new rules? Often, there simply aren’t any, and therein lies the problem.

 

When we reach our ideal weight there is a big danger of thinking “I’ve done it!” but the fact is, the work is not over. A new plan is needed to replace the weight loss plan. Otherwise, before you know it, you’ll have reverted back to the old habits that caused your weight gain in the first place.

 

WHAT WENT WRONG BEFORE?

When we work with clients, weight maintenance is a consideration from day one. We help you to identify the traps you might have fallen into in the past, the self sabotaging behaviours you have reverted to, the situations that have derailed you. Identifying and overcoming the things that have tripped you up in the past is a vital first step.

 

THE MAINTENANCE RULES

We also create a plan for your maintenance, just like when your are losing weight. What to eat, what to minimise, how to incorporate treats and enjoy holidays without going off the rails… and so on.

 

Essentially, it’s establishing how to maintain a state of balance and moderation rather than an all or nothing ‘diet and losing or off diet and gaining’ cycle.

 

AN EXPERT VIEW FROM PROFESSOR BRIAN OLDFIELD

Earlier this year I had the pleasure of speaking with Professor Brian Oldfield, Vice President of the World Obesity Federation and obesity researcher at Monash University. Professor Oldfield has worked with a wide range of organisations who support people in losing weight. We discussed the statistics around the number of people who will sadly regain weight after losing it and I asked him what he believed was the key to successful weight maintenance.

 

His response?

 

“It’s largely people who are left to their own devices who will regain, while it’s the people who stay attached to clinical situations, their practitioner, the clubs or groups who helped them lose weight who are successful”.

 

This echoes what I have found personally and it’s why, two years ago, I launched a maintenance programme for our clients who successfully reach their goal and are committed to maintaining it.

 

OUR MAINTENANCE PROGRAMME

We go to our dentist for regular check ups. We don’t simply have dental work done once and believe that our teeth are good for life. I believe that weight and health maintenance should be viewed the same. It’s something that we commit to on an ongoing basis in order to maintain what we value.

 

I have ensured that we have a comprehensive strategy in place so that when you work with us you’re not only fully supported in getting to your goal, you’re supported in maintaining it long term too. Our Maintenance Programme comprises quarterly consultations with your nutritionist, monthly check ins and emergency calls should you find yourself needing quick support. It’s been incredibly rewarding for me to see just how well this has been working for our clients.

 

If you or someone you know is starting out on a weight loss journey, make sure to ask, right at the beginning “what is the plan for maintenance?” It is the only way to ensure that this time is the last time.

 



AILSA HICHENS

 

Ailsa is one of our most experienced practitioners. She specialises in helping clients to lose weight, develop a healthy relationship with food and finally feel comfortable in their skin. Ailsa’s mission is for everyone she works with to enjoy the journey and that working with a nutritionist should not be a punishment, but your access to a new possibility.

 

Ailsa is not only an experienced weight loss nutritionist, she is also a skilled coach. She helps our clients overcome emotional eating, destructive habits and self-sabotaging behaviours that have prevented successful weight loss in the past. Ailsa has spent years in clinic working with clients who have experienced yo-yo dieting and have discovered that long term weight loss is not just about eating less until you can stand it no longer.

 

Working with Ailsa you will be comprehensively supported, not only in improving your nutrition and lifestyle, but also your eating habits and your relationship with food. When you work on all these elements together, the results can be truly astonishing.

 

To enquire about working with Ailsa, please contact us.

Test Nikki is our Practice Manager, managing our team of practitioners and heading up the day-to-day running of the business. Nikki is involved in the strategic development of our practice, coming from a strong business background in town planning. A Florida girl, Nikki relocated to the UK in 2014 with her husband and two children.

NIKKI ANDRIANI

 

Nikki is our Practice Manager, managing our team of practitioners and heading up the day-to-day running of th clinic.

 

Nikki is involved in the strategic development of our practice, coming from a strong business background in town planning.

 

A Florida girl, Nikki relocated to the UK in 2014 with her husband and two children.

STÉPHANIE ACHAR

Stéphanie is a skilled nutritional therapist and functional medicine practitioner with additional training in eating disorders, disordered eating and obesity. She believes that working towards both physiological and mental health is key in achieving optimum wellbeing.

 

Stéphanie’s personal experience of emotional eating and the ongoing struggle to find the right support led her to combine the science of nutrition with behavioural coaching to motivate and empower her clients. She specialises in helping people who struggle with their weight and their relationship with food. She helps them develop a healthier and more peaceful relationship with food and their bodies.

 

To enquire about working with Stéphanie, please contact us.

INNA WEARN

Inna is passionate about supporting women on their journey to improved health and wellbeing. She believes that the solution to effective weight loss does not lie in ever more restrictive diets, but a more sophisticated approach that optimises health and vitality, as well as promoting effective weight loss.

 

Working with Inna you will benefit from her in-depth knowledge of female health and hormones. She will support you in developing a healthy diet, lifestyle and mindset that ensures you reach your ideal weight and maintain it in the years to come.

 

Inna is passionate about food with a wide repertoire of delicious healthy recipes and meal ideas to ensure your weight loss journey is as enjoyable as possible!

 

To enquire about working with Inna, please contact us.

ANIA MASON

 

Ania is a firm believer that improving your health and losing weight should be a positive, empowering journey, not one centred around deprivation.

 

After being diagnosed with two autoimmune conditions in her twenties, Ania spent several years educating herself on the power of food and nutrition. She put it all into practise and changed her diet and lifestyle, reversing her endometriosis and thyroid disease. After experiencing such a significant improvement in her health, Ania had a big desire to help others. She embarked on a four year journey to study nutrition, graduating from the Institute for Optimum Nutrition with distinction.

 

Ania specialises in autoimmunity and works with clients who have underlying health issues preventing successful weight loss. Her expertise enables her to successfully support our clients with conditions such as hypothyroidsm (underactive thyroid), PCOS and diabetes. 

 

To enquire about working with Ania, please contact us.