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In 2011-12, over 2.3 million Australians aged 15 years and over reported to be on a diet to help lose weight or for another health reason. A majority of these Australians were women. Unfortunately, women are also more likely than men to have higher rates of body dissatisfaction, poor body image, engage in riskier health behaviours such as extreme dieting and purging, and report depression and anxiety associated with their weight. There's a lot of conflicting tips for losing weight out there. We have become a society obsessed with losing weight through extreme measures, fad diets and magic pills, which may...

The term “underactive metabolism” is thrown around a lot, and is often blamed for difficulty losing weight. So, what does it actually mean? A slow or underactive metabolism is simply the result of hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid gland fails to produce the necessary amount of the hormone thyroxine. This can be due to an iodine deficiency, autoimmune conditions such as Hashimoto’s, or many other reasons. The thyroid gland is found in your throat, and is made up of a left and a right half. The thyroid may be small, but it can have a big impact when it misfunctions! How...

Functional exercise are movements that mimic everyday activities. These exercises can be modified to suit both beginner and advanced exercise routines and are great for weight loss! They are fun, complex and can you challenge you both in and out of the gym. Functional exercise & movement There has been a shift in mainstream exercise i.e. walking on the treadmill or doing some biceps curls to more functional movements. But, what is functional? what does it involve and where did it all come from? Put simply, functional exercise is any movement that mimics activities that we do every day. They are exercises which involve the...

We live in the age of technology and information overload. We are told to exercise and naturally we seek advice and opinions from others. With an overwhelming amount of information available to us, it is hard to tell fact from fiction. Let’s bust some common myths.   1.      No pain, no gain – FALSE   Regular aerobic physical activity reduces the risk of many health problems, such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, anxiety, depression, musculoskeletal problems, some cancers and unhealthy weight gain. The good news is pain won’t necessarily bring greater reward. The Australian Physical Activity Guidelines for Adults, recommend a weekly accumulation of...

Are you one of these people SO frustrated that you are not losing weight even though you see a personal trainer?   I get it- you work really hard, you do it every week and your PT is great… I KNOW!   But did you know that once a week isn’t enough to promote weight loss? Neither is twice a week and while three times a week is perfect- it’s not the complete picture of what you need to do in terms of exercise and weight loss. Firstly let’s not forget that stat we see every day on social media –“losing weight is 80% nutrition...

For anyone who has been on a weight loss journey, there comes a point where we hit the dreaded ‘plateau’.   The plateau is that horrible point where no matter what you do, the weight loss seems to stall as slow as peak hour in the city. Sometimes it seems no matter what you do, nothing works right? Like climbing Mount Everest it seems to a daunting position and the end point moves further and further away. Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP), Carly Ryan, understands that this can be really frustrating time. “Your key health goals should always be about improving your overall health and well-being,...

The decision to undertake bariatric surgery is not one that people take lightly. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has reported that the rising number of weight-loss procedures being completed is not actually proportional to the rise in obesity rates – instead, the increase has been linked to more publicity, accessibility, safety and reported successes as a result of surgery.   There is a growing body of research that bariatric surgery has the highest effectiveness and long-term impact on clinically severe obesity. Following surgery, dietary intake is closely monitored and guided by dietitians. But what about exercise? With weight coming off...