Who’s on your team?

Studies show that losing weight is more achievable in a controlled supportive environment!

Have you tried to lose weight alone, and always end up on the weightloss roller coaster?

“It’s not to say it can’t be done, but losing weight on your own is a very difficult thing to accomplish,” says study author Craig Johnston, Ph.D., researcher in the department of medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. “Finding a weight-loss program that works for you puts you around people who can support and motivate you.”

Our program provides you with all the support you need to keep you motivated and on track!


CarbChoice may offer you support for managing how your body processes starchy carbohydrates.

Fitgenes has provided genetic test reports from Australia since 2009, and is a world leader in developing genetic profile reports that provide dietary, lifestyle and exercise interventions based on the role of the AMY1 gene CNV in starchy carbohydrate metabolism.

Scientific studies have shown that variations in the human salivary amylase gene (AMY1) differ based on populations which have traditionally eaten high starch diets, compared to those who have traditionally eaten low starch diets (Perry et al. 2007). Copy number variations within the AMY1 gene impact salivary amylase activity (Yang et al. 2015; Santos et al. 2012), which influences how well the body breaks down and processes starch.  Copy number variations and amylase activity can also impact the oral perception of starch leading to nutritional differences (Mandel et al. 2010).

Simply, some people can process starchy carbohydrates better than others, and this can impact their nutrition, dietary choices and health.

Amylase activity, and the ability to process starch, has been demonstrated to have impact on BMI (Bonnefond et al. 2017) and hence AMY1 copy number can impact on the related issues of BMI, obesity and weight management (Falchi et al. 2014;  Mejía-Benítez et al. 2015; Viljakainen et al., 2015; Marcovecchio et al. 2016). Low amylase individuals may even be at greater risk of insulin resistance and diabetes if they maintain a high starch diet (Mandel and Breslin 2012).

The unique CarbChoice profile report contains:

  • An easy to understand visual classification of the ability for starchy carbohydrate metabolism.
  • Data on typical carbohydrate content of many common foods.
  • Contains menu suggestion and meal plans.
  • suggests potential exercise interventions (if required) to upregulate amylase activity


We can perform this simple swab in the clinic and provide you with a detailed report on your CarbChoice.

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

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

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)