Our non-judgmental Dietitians and Nutritionists love to assist clients in their specific weight management goals, whether that is to maintain a healthy weight, lose weight or gain weight. They provide easy and realistic food strategies that help you make small adjustments to your diet over time that result in achievable change.
Our nutritionists and dietitians understand the struggle of how busy life can get and that weight is not a simple concept. They provide individualised recommendations that are able to be sustainably maintained and are nutritionally complete to ensure a reduced risk of chronic disease as well as an improved quality of life.
What are the risks associated with being overweight or obese?
Being overweight or obese is associated with a number of health risks. Some of the most common health problems linked to excess weight include:
- Cardiovascular disease: Overweight and obesity increase the risk of heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure.
- Type 2 diabetes: Excess weight is a major risk factor for the development of type 2 diabetes, a chronic condition in which the body is unable to properly regulate blood sugar levels.
- Certain types of cancer: Overweight and obesity have been linked to an increased risk of several types of cancer, including breast, colon, endometrial and kidney cancer.
- Joint problems: Excess weight can put additional stress on the joints, leading to conditions such as osteoarthritis.
- Sleep apnea: Overweight and obesity can increase the risk of sleep apnea, a sleep disorder in which a person repeatedly stops breathing during sleep.
- Liver disease: Overweight and obesity can lead to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, a condition in which fat accumulates in the liver.
- Mental health issues: Overweight and obesity can also have a negative impact on a person’s mental health, including increasing the risk of depression and anxiety.
How do dietitians help with weight loss?
A dietitian’s approach to sustainable weight loss focuses on making gradual, achievable changes to a person’s diet and lifestyle. Here are some strategies a dietitian may use:
- Personalized meal planning: A dietitian will work with an individual to create a meal plan that fits their unique needs and goals, taking into account their food preferences, dietary restrictions and health conditions.
- Mindful eating: A dietitian will teach individuals about mindful eating and encourage them to be more aware of their food choices and portion sizes, making it easier to stick to healthy eating habits in the long term.
- Incremental changes: Rather than making drastic changes to a person’s diet, a dietitian will encourage them to make small, incremental changes over time that are easier to maintain.
- Physical activity: A dietitian will incorporate physical activity into a person’s weight loss plan and help them develop a realistic exercise plan that fits their individual needs and goals. An exercise physiologist can also assist in providing an exercise program.
- Support and accountability: A dietitian will provide ongoing support and accountability to help individuals stay on track and achieve their weight loss goals. They will also work with individuals to identify any challenges or obstacles and provide strategies for overcoming them.
A dietitian’s approach to weight loss is focused on creating healthy habits that can be sustained over time, rather than quick fixes or fad diets. This helps individuals achieve and maintain a healthy weight in a safe and sustainable way.