Nutrition is the key tool used in making changes to your body shape and composition. After making the commitment to take charge of your overall health and well-being and finally win the battle against obesity, you require a plan to ensure this outcome is achieved and maintained. Weight loss is challenging and for most people it is a repetitive process with unsuccessful long-term weight loss outcomes.
To lose those kilos successfully and keep them off requires the dedication of our supportive team working in conjunction with you own personal efforts to lose the excess weight once and for all and maintain a healthy weight thereafter.
With the support of your family, friends or loved ones in conjunction with our team at Melbourne Bariatric’s including; the Surgeon – Mr Geoffrey Draper, Exercise Specialists, Registered Dietitians, Psychiatrists/Psychologists, and other Health Professionals we can help you to make the first step to permanent weight loss.
Once you have made your decision on what type of weight loss procedure you would like to undertake, we can guide you through the necessary steps to prepare you both mentally and physically for this. Nutritionally, your first step will be to start a medically proven VLCD (Very Low Calorie Diet) with the guidance of an Accredited Practising Dietitian. This is a 2-6 week process and often results in the first 5-25kg of weight loss, which is motivating and assists to inspire you to continue your weight loss journey.
Using the weight loss tools that are provided to you at Melbourne Bariatrics, you are then able to continue your weight loss journey and skip the hurdles that have once held you back from achieving your desired body weight. With the ongoing support and follow-up from the Dietitians, you will be able to continue to lose additional weight week-by-week and enjoy the new pleasures that eating will bring back to you without the kilos.
Achieving and maintaining your target weight involves undertaking a personal journey of discovery with various emotional, social, physical and nutritional challenges that we can assist you to overcome. To keep you motivated along the way, Dietitians will perform various health assessments including body fat analysis, girth measurements, pathology tests, and even physical fitness tests upon request. Finally, when you are confident that you can continue this journey alone, you know you can always call on us for support in the future should anything change.
An Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) can help to guide and support your decision to lose weight, whether it is those first timers, those that have tried before and been unsuccessful, and for those who have decided to embark on Weight Loss Surgery. A Dietitian can develop an individualised and nutritionally balanced (portion or calorie) controlled eating plan as well promote mindful eating behaviours. Some individuals find that with the correct balance between lifestyle (exercise) and safe calorie reduction, is enough to achieve their desired weight without needing further surgical intervention.
Finally, in some cases a Very-Low-Calorie-Diet (VLCD), under the supervision of your dietitian and medical team can have fast, effective results, avoiding the need for surgery or enhancing the overall weight loss results with surgery.
A common “quick fix” misconception surrounding weight loss surgery is that, “you can continue to make poor food and fluid choices as the surgery takes care of the rest... Incorrect...! The bottom line is that it is up to you.
Your Dietitian can help guide you to make dietary and physical changes through the transition from pre-surgery, to after your surgery. This can be a challenging time for some, as suddenly your eating habits are more restricted (your stomach has reduced in size). The Dietitian can support you, and give you the knowledge and confidence to take control over your nutrition and health, for the rest of your life.
Make sure ‘every mouthful counts’ to achieving your weight loss goals.
Exercise alone is insufficient for achieving substantial weight loss due to the fact that it requires 33,000kj to be burnt off per week to lose just one kilogram, which is equivalent to running 60 minutes everyday of the week. Therefore, exercise must be used in conjunction with a reduced caloric intake to be effective. Exercise has the power to enhance weight loss outcomes and to ensure weight loss is maintained in the long term by assisting with the following;
Cardio-exercise is not the only option when it comes to fitness programs for weight loss, therefore if you are someone who hates running, cycling or swimming then getting a personalized exercise program is the solution for you. At PPN (Peninsula Physical Health and Nutrition), we have qualified Exercise Professionals who specialize in exercise programming for weight loss and they are available to design you an Individualized Exercise program that you can do from home or your local gym. To get your own Individualized Exercise Program for weight loss, tailored to your likes/dislikes, please call PPN on (03) 59 741011 to make a booking.
Refer to this website ‘Melbourne Bariatrics’ to receive a Special Discount Offer of $99 which includes a Fitness Assessment, Home/Gym Exercise Program and 3 x 30 Minute Personal Training Sessions (Value $135).
Peninsula Physical health and Nutrition Suite 5, Level 1, 34-38 Lochiel Ave Mt Martha VIC 3934
Ph: 03 59 741 011 Fax: 03 59 741 022
1. Kushner et al. Bariatric Surgery: A Key Role for Registered Dietitians. Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 2010; 110 (4): 524 DOI: 10.1016/j.jada.2009.12.030
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