ACE DIETS APPROACH

  • Help you establish a HEALTHY relationship with food and eating
  • Develop your own tailor-made EATING PLAN
  • Set your own sustainable WEIGHT LOSS GOALS
  • Motivate and support you into making a LASTING CHANGE
  • Help you to feel IN CONTROL of your weight
  • Help you to think POSITIVELY
  • Offer on-going SUPPORT

You might have tried numerous diets such as low fat, low GI, Atkins, Hollywood, Cambridge weekly weight loss groups, diet pills and many, many more. You have probably already learned, that short-term fast weight loss doesn’t work. Don’t expect to lose 3 stones in a month and keep it off. The problem is that these specialist fad diets usually don’t do anything to help you to learn how to manage your weight for life. They are not tailored specifically to your needs, your eating habits, your food preferences, your metabolism or your health conditions.

It took you a long time to put the weight on, therefore it will take a time to break your old habits and have your new slimmer body for the rest of your life. The ACE diets weight loss clinic will not provide you with another fad diet, but a clinically proven sustained individually tailored LIFESTYLE CHANGE programme. The length of the support will depend on your individual progress, but you may require a longer time to achieve a permanent weight loss.

Permanent weight loss depends on numerous factors, the 3 key factors being: change of your “internal dialogue”, a natural adjustment of your appetite regulating hormones and an individually tailored lifestyle programme.

  • “Internal Dialogue” Everybody can lose some weight, but to maintain the weight loss you achieve, you need to change your ”internal dialogue”, e.g you need to change your self-damaging negative thoughts and beliefs. Our thoughts programme us. The real change will start once you will genuinely start to believe that you have what it takes to lose weight and keep it off.
  • Body’s physiology needs to adapt to a smaller dietary energy intake. It takes time for you to be able to eat less without relying on your willpower alone. For example, your appetite regulating hormones such as gherlin, for example, will initially work against your best efforts to eat less by making you extremely hungry. Our research shows that it takes up to 6 to 8 months of reduced energy intake before your appetite stimulating hormones will return to the pre-dieting levels.
  • Lifestyle change programme individually tailored to your needs with on-going support to help you to achieve your goals.

 

WHAT TO EXPECT AT THE FIRST CONSULTATION

Individual consultations are held in a relaxing and non-judgemental atmosphere. At the first appointment, our Dietitian will help you to formulate your weight loss goals and other lifestyle related goals. You will be able to share your weight concerns and your lifestyle challenges.

We will take a comprehensive assessment that will include :

  • A review of your current diet
  • A review of your lifestyle and eating routine
  • A review of your general health
  • A review of of your previous health
  • A review of your family health history
  • A review of any medications you are taking.
  • An anthropometric assessment to measure your weight and height
  • Measurement of your waist circumference
  • Measurement of your body composition (e.g. amount of body fat and lean body mass)
  • Depending on your medical history, it may be necessary to measure your blood pressure and fasting blood glucose
  • If appropriate, further blood laboratory tests may be advised.

Our Dietitian will also ask you to fill in a food and activity diary for the next 7 days. This data can be analysed using nutritional analysis software to assess your current energy intake and adequacy of macro and micro nutrients in your diet.

The obtained data will be used to develop a tailor-made dietary and lifestyle change plan.

Together with the Dietitian you will decide which support package is most suitable to you:

On-going one-to-one support programme.

Group Lifestyle Programme.

Group Lifestyle programme & one-to-one support.

 

GROUP LIFESTYLE PROGRAMME

The group size is typically small with just 6 to 8 people. Prior to starting a group programme you will be seen individually by a specialist Dietitian. During the initial consultation the Dietitian will compile a comprehensive assessment of your diet, lifestyle and health which will help to design your Individual Diet Plan (IDP). Together with you we will decide if the group sessions are suitable to your needs. Your levels of motivation and confidence to make the necessary lifestyle changes will also be assessed.

We have extensive clinical experience of working with groups. Being part of a small exclusive group has numerous benefits which far outreach an individual learning experience. We are skilled to facilitate a relaxing and friendly atmosphere which is based on support, respect and mutual confidentiality between the group members.

Sessions are held weekly for the first 3 months. Each group session starts with a confidential “weigh in” followed by a 1 hour education session. Each session covers a topic related to nutrition, physical activity and behavioural change. Sessions are run in a relaxed and informal environment.

Our aim is to deliver a programme that is tailored to the needs of each member of the group’s individual requirements. For example, some groups may be more interested in nutritional topics, whereas others might like to receive more help with the behavioral aspects of eating. At the end of each group session we also offer an optional exercise programme run by qualified fitness trainers.