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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    I need help to loose weight!

    I have been trying to loose weight for years without much luck I have an appointment with Dr Mark Strahan on the 16/1/2013 and I am supposed to have lost 20 kilos since 15/10/2012 to 16/1/2013 without much luck I am on the fatblaster shakes as well as healthy diet but the weight wont shift I am walking Riding and soon swimming, I also tried to quit smoking but failed at that too Please help me.
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    Naomi Watts

    Exercise Physiologist

    Hi, my name is Naomi Watts. I am an ESSA Accredited Exercise Physiologist at Iridium as well as Sporting Wheelies and a Respiratory Scientist at … View Profile

    Hi there. Sounds like you need to google your closest exercise physiologist and come in for a consultation. Without knowing all the details, our help can only go so far. The first thing I really recommend you do is focus on quitting smoking, not only is it detrimental to your health, it will also be counter-acting your healthy lifestyle changes.
    The next thing you need to do is increase the amount of Physical Activity in your day. This means increasing the amount of incidental exercise- for e.g. taking the stairs instead of the lift, parking further from work and walking the rest of the way, walking the dog instead of watching tv.
    Riding and swimming are excellent activities for weigth loss, as long as you are not sprinting and stopping. Continuous exercise or interval training is best for weight loss. Keep your heart rate elevated. Both exercise and physical activity will increase your energy expenditure and as long as your energy input (food consumption) is lower than your energy expenditure, you should lose weight.
    Diet is also another major component of losing weight (as you have guessed). I hope a dietician is able to give you an answer regarding this aspect of weight loss.
    As I mentioned, google an Exercise Phyisologist or Dietician in your area, and they will tailor something to you. I work at Iridium in South Brisbane if you are anywhere near there.

    Good luck!

  • Tim Jeans

    Exercise Physiologist

    I am an Accredited Exercise Physiologist working at Living Life Sports Medicine. I have a strong belief in rehabilitation and healthy living, which stems from … View Profile

    Thanks for your question. 
    Naomi is spot on; you really do need a consultation with an accredited exercise physiologist (AEP). As AEPs we specialise with implementing strategies to specifically target our client’s goals, in your case weight loss. Unlike personal trainers we are clinically trained to work with people of various different health status', from healthy people to those with complex medical conditions. To find your nearest AEP log onto and simply type in your suburb into the “Find an exercise physiologist” box at the top of the home page. 

    All the best and good luck
    Tim Jeans

  • Chris Fonda

    Dietitian, Nutritionist, Sports Dietitian

    As an Accredited Sports Dietitian, APD and athlete (springboard diver), Chris has both professional and personal experience in sport at the sub-elite and elite level.Chris … View Profile

    Losing 20kg in 3 months seems like a very rapid way to lose weight in my professional opinion. Do you mind me asking why you need to lose weight in such a short period of time? In general sustained weight loss can be achieved through a 0.5 - 1.0kg drop in body weight each week. Anything more than this will not be sustainable long-term and can lead to all sorts of problems such as a drop in metabolism, excess skin sagging, nutritional deficiencies and hormonal issues.

    Without being able to perform a full dietary and lifestyle assessment taking into account your family and medical history, it's difficult to give tailored advice in this forum As well as seeing an AEP, I would strongly recommend you visit an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD). They are able to assist you with your weight loss goals and teach you techniques that will enable you to lose weight for good. To find an APD head to and click on the “find an Accredited Practising Dietitian” tab.

    I am assuming here (correct me if I am wrong) that you need to lose weight rapidly for some kind of surgical procedure? Generally programs like fatblaster and optifast are used in these kinds of cases, however, they should be used under the strict guidance of your doctor or dietitian as nutrient deficiencies can occur.

  • Lyn Christian


    As a Naturopath and Nutritionist I am passionate about the promotion of health using functional foods to correct nutrient imbalances.All health conditions need to be … View Profile

    It may be that your body is not responding well to the meal replacement  shakes programmes. I specialise in weight loss managemnet and food intolerances. Perhaps you are consuming certain foods which are aggravating your immune system and in turn making weight loss near impossible. Please email with further information of your condition. We implement individual weight loss programmes after  careful health analysis and relevant testing. Good luck

  • Lisa Cutforth


    She is qualified in Nutrition with studies in Psychology having completed her Bachelor of Science with Honours in Nutrition with Psychology.You can find out more … View Profile

    I agree with the professionals above in that you are going to need SUPPORT and an INDIVIDUALISED program that targets the cause and your unmet needs.  And certainly I would agree the shake diet may not be YOUR BEST approach and allergies or intolerances may be an issue.

    My experience with helping people with losing weight, especially difficult to shift weight is that there may be other psychological or emotional components contributing to their weight problem as well.

    Which is why weight management usually requires a multifactorial approach which includes, exercise, nutrition and also meeting emotional needs.

    Unmet emotional needs can cause stress, fatigue, and compensatory behaviour, often in the form of comfort or emotional eating, all which can affect your weight.

    Good luck and let me know if you need any further support.

    There is a book I have written where called The Perfect Weight which also talks about this in more detail.

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