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Why should I see a Nutritional Therapist?
Many people try to lose weight through calorie-restriction diets or eliminating entire food groups. They may succeed temporarily, but studies have shown that most people regain weight and often end up at a higher weight than they initially started.
Weight gain is often a hormonal problem with little to do with willpower. Chronic imbalances leading to unwanted weight gain include insulin resistance, blood glucose imbalance, inflammation due to excess adipose tissue, leptin resistance and elevated cortisol levels. A Nutritional Therapist will assist you on your weight loss journey by addressing these imbalances.
If you are low in specific vitamins or minerals, have an imbalanced fat intake, are short on protein, or are eating unhelpful carbohydrates, making the necessary changes to your diet will increase your chances of sustainable weight loss. Identifying and correcting these deficiencies can be challenging on your own, and this is where a Nutritional Therapist can help.
What is nutritional therapy?
Nutritional therapy is the application of nutrition and lifestyle medicine sciences in promoting health, peak performance and individual care.
Nutritional Therapists assess and identify potential nutritional imbalances and understand how these may contribute to your symptoms and health concerns. Nutritional Therapists consider each unique and recommend personalised nutrition and lifestyle programmes rather than a ‘one size fits all’ approach.
Personalised nutrition is tailored specifically for you, taking into account your health journey, goals and dietary preferences. Functional tests may be used to inform the recommendations.
Consultations are relevant for individuals with chronic conditions, such as diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, persistent digestive issues or autoimmune condition. Nutritional therapy can also support those looking to lose weight healthily and sustainably.
Registered Nutritional Therapists do not diagnose or treat disease. Recommendations are not a replacement for medical advice. If you are suffering from any health condition, you should consult your GP first. Nutritional Therapists frequently work alongside medical professionals to support your wellbeing.
What does the Nutritional Therapy Programme entail?
During the 6-week programme, you will receive considerable education to empower you on your weight loss journey, which may be challenging. You will also receive behaviour change guidance to maximise your adherence to the recommended dietary and lifestyle changes.
The programme comprises an initial 90-minute consultation and 3 bi-weekly 30-minute consultations (a total of 3 hours). The consultations are all online using Zoom.
During the initial consultation, our Registered Nutritional Therapist will
- Review your complete health history and that of your family
- Ask about your weight loss goals, and discuss any current health concerns and symptoms in detail.
- Look at your diet and lifestyle.
- Assess your nutritional status
- Offer functional testing where appropriate – these tests determine how well your body works.
- Work with you to devise a unique plan of manageable changes to your diet and lifestyle to support better health and sustainable weight loss.
You will receive a comprehensive health plan which includes key information on your health concerns and symptoms as well as food lists, meal plans and recipe bundles as needed, all customised to your goals, needs and preferences.
Functional testing may be recommended, including stool, blood or urine testing, and food intolerance and allergy testing. An analysis of the results and detailed recommendations are included in the Health Plan.