Maintaining a healthy body composition throughout your life is perhaps one of the most important things you can do for your overall health. Over and above looking and feeling good, achieving a healthy weight can help prevent disease and support healthy energy levels.
So what’s the right way to do this? If you have struggled with your weight and tried a number of different ‘diets’ but failed to either lose the weight or keep it off, then our approach is for you.
The Bondi Health & Wellness Difference
We teach sustainable long-term dietary change, not quick fix fad diets. We provide you with guidance on healthy meal options and help you develop a diet that suits you. We recommend a wholefoods, nutritious approach to weight loss, not shakes and meal replacement bars.
Before we start implementing nutrition changes we test you for any underlying metabolic disorders that may potentially be disrupting your weight loss success. Depending on your needs we investigate:
Thyroid – It is well known that low thyroid function can slow your metabolism down to glacial speed, which results in significant weight gain regardless of your diet. Standard testing only investigates the bare minimum thyroid markers. If thyroid health seems to be a problem for you we will investigate further, giving you the full picture. If thyroid activity is compromised we can help to support healthy thyroid function, or if necessary work with your doctor to provide and integrated approach to restoring thyroid function, so you get the best results.
Insulin Resistance – This is a common cause of weight gain and leads to difficulty shifting weight, sugar cravings, low energy, brain fog and more. This is a common condition and if identified can be rectified using nutritional medicine and specialized dietary strategies that will increase insulin sensitivity and restart weight loss.
High Cortisol – Many people don’t realize that stress can cause weight gain. Chronic elevations of one of our primary stress hormones, cortisol, contributes to weight gain, especially around the middle. Long term, low-grade stress is especially damaging, as it eventually overrides out adaptive processes, leading to long-term metabolic change. We can assess your stress hormones using highly sensitive salivary hormone testing and support healthy adrenal function using herbal and nutritional medicines if required to help you loose weight and keep it off.
Gut Microbiome Disruption – Another largely unknown contributing factor to weight problems is dysbiosis (an overgrowth of normal gut flora) and ‘leaky gut’ (increased intestinal membrane permeability). Some people may have gut disruption and not realise that it’s playing a role in weight retention. Science is only just recognising the impact of imbalanced gut flora and its relationship to weight problems and even obesity. Often improving gut function can help to boost metabolism.
So take the guesswork out of weight loss, get a clearer picture of your contributing factors and enjoy a new, healthy way of eating, based on a fresh wholefoods diet.