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Weight loss 

According to NHS statistics (2020) 67% of men and 60% of women are overweight, with the majority spending most of their time trying to loose weight. It can be extremely demoralizing to be on that see-saw of weight loss and weight regain, working so hard for weeks/months to loose weight, and then finding your bodies homeostasis mechanism begins sabotaging your efforts by actively increasing your hunger and desire. The more overweight we become, the harder that fight becomes, as our bodies become more sensitive to the hunger hormone ghrelin and less sensitive to leptin (the hormone that signals we are full).
 
Whilst any diet that puts you at a sustained calorie deficit will result in weight loss, it is important to tune in to what works for your metabolism, employ techniques to optimise your 'appetite hormone' responses and follow a diverse plan that is truly nutritious (for you and your gut bacteria). However the most important aspect of your weight loss strategy is identifying changes that are easy and enjoyable, so you can move away from being on a 'diet' into leading a positive lifestyle which impacts on your health and happiness long term.

Our approach at Metabolic health Nutrition is to look at the whole picture of your experience with weight. We address:

1. Your current diet
2. What makes you tick
3. What diets you have tried before and reasons for re-gain
4. Creating a sustainable eating pattern

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Current diet
We start with an analysis of your current diet using our Nutritics program to provide us with a good indication of your food intake and highlight any potential nutritional deficiencies or required adjustments. This Nutritics app can also be given to you (phone or PC) to enable you to input your own food as you progress, which feeds directly to us for analysis.

What makes you tick
The next step is to understand more about you to enable us to tailor our advice to you specifically. We address:

  • Favourite meals (e.g. foods that make you smile and give you joy)

  • Lifestyle (e.g. sleep patterns, stress, exercise, hobbies, religion)

  • Pressures (e.g. feeding a family, minimal time, budget)

  • Food knowledge (e.g. cooking skills, gadgets, nutritional content of foods)

  • Habitual links (e.g tea and biscuits, finishing your plate)

  • Eating triggers (e.g. boredom, emotion, craving)

  • Eating practices (e.g. eat on the go, eat watching TV, big plates)

  • Responses to food (e.g. sleepy, bloating, headaches)

  • Eating type (e.g. contact grazer, late night eater, fasting)

  • Limitations (e.g. injuries, allergies, intolerances)

  • De-railing activities (e.g. hangovers, periods, celebrations)

  • Rewards (e.g. going to movies, completing a race, shopping)

  • Non-negotiables (e.g. love a glass of wine, buttered toast, cheese)

  • Motivations (e.g. weight, risk lowering, joint pain)

  • Monitoring (e.g. food tracking, weighing, measuring, sight)

  • Environment (e.g. food visibility at home, shopping, tempting takeaway spots)

 

What diets have you tried before?

 

Our bodies are unique, complex systems and we all respond differently to food and our desire for it. Identifying what nutritional approaches work for you, and understanding why previous attempts were not sustainable, is key for making life long changes to the way we maintain a healthy body weight.

A sustainable eating and lifestyle pattern for weight loss and improved health


Using all the gathered information we can then work together to create a strategy for weight loss that works for you. If you also have high cholesterol, high blood pressure or elevated blood glucose then we can incorporate nutritional strategies to address these too. 

As members of the Association for the Study of Obesity and active obesity advocates (OAC) we strongly believe that weight gain is a complicated and multifaceted topic that involves so much more than just eat less, move more. Our role is to empower and support you on your journey to weight loss and most importantly weight maintenance.

Please see our prices tab for details of the types of appointments and packages we offer.

Helpful sites:

https://oen.org.uk/

https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-weight/bmi-calculator/



Melby C. L. Paris H.L., Foright R. M. et al. Attenuating the biological drive for weight regain following weight loss: Must what goes down always go back up? Nutrients 2017;9:468-470.

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