Congratulations to Kate!

Congratulations Balloons - KateI’m very grateful to Kaz and the staff at Real Food Real Weightloss for tailoring a weight management plan specifically to accommodate my vegan diet.

Since starting the program I have lost 15 kg of stubborn weight that I have been carrying since having my youngest child 4 years ago. I’ve found that the meal plan is easy to stick to as I have had only the occasional hunger pang that has been easy to ignore when such great results are showing up on the scales day after day. I feel as though I will be able to keep my weight under control now as I have learned a lot about which particular foods I react negatively to and I truly have changed my attitude towards food.

Kate (37yo Burleigh Waters)

Learned Behaviour and Weight Gain

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By Dr Karen Coates

Were you told by your parents that you had to finish EVERYTHING on your plate before leaving the table, no matter how full you felt? Did you come from a family where refusal of food was seen as an insult to the cook? We develop lifelong habits from our family of origin. Despite all good intentions these habits may not serve us well as stressed adults carrying extra weight around our middle.

Our relationship with food goes beyond that of pure nourishment. There are positive cultural and social aspects to the dinner table that feed not only the body but also the soul. But sometimes our relationship becomes toxic and creates a pathway to poor health.

Studies in neurophysiology tell us that it takes about six weeks to change brain pathways of learned behaviours, and a further six weeks to consolidate newer more positive behaviours.

The choices we encourage you to make during our 6week weight loss program allow you to identify unhelpful connections with food and set you on a different and positive pathway. The weeks following fat burn require an important commitment in order to cement theses new patterns of behaviour into the future. This is made all the easier because of the positive changes already occur in as a result of clean food an impassive weight loss on the fat burn phase of the program.

One in Four Australians are obese

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One in four Australians aged 18 years and over were obese in 2007-08, according to figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Since 1995, the rate of obesity has risen from 19% to 24%, with men gaining weight faster than women.

There were just as many people overweight (37%) as there were people of normal weight (37%) in 2007-08, a slight shift from 1995 when there were more people of normal weight (41%) than there were people overweight (38%).

Rates of obesity were related to a number of environmental and socio-economic conditions: A third of Australian adults living in areas of most disadvantage were obese (33%), almost double that of people in areas of least disadvantage (17%). People who had not completed Year 12 were more likely to be obese (31%) than those who had completed this level of education (19%). More adults in outer regional and remote Australia were obese (31%) than those in major cities (23%).

When data on overweight and obesity are combined, the picture of increasing weight gain in Australians becomes more evident. In 2007-08, 61% of adult Australians were overweight or obese. This rate was higher for men (68%) than women (55%), and higher for older people than younger people. Three-quarters of 65-74 year olds were overweight or obese (75%) compared with 37% of 18-24 year olds.

The consequences of this level of overweight and obesity are increased risks of chronic health conditions, increased health service use and increased mortality.

(Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics)