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Dr Amanda Salis (nee Sainsbury) is an internationally renowned Australian weight loss scientist with a PhD from the University of Geneva, Switzerland. Her groundbreaking research into weight regulation has been published in prestigious science journals, including The Journal of Clinical Investigation, Diabetes, Genes and Development, Nature Medicine and Cell Metabolism. Her work has also featured on Australian national TV and radio, including ABC Radio National's Health Report with Dr Norman Swan.

Dr Amanda leads a research team investigating weight loss at the University of Sydney's Boden Institute of Obesity, Nutrition, Exercise & Eating Disorders. She lectures to medical professionals around the world about the science of weight regulation, and has received numerous competitive grants and fellowships for her research.

Dr Amanda shares her scientific insights with the public through her books (The Don't Go Hungry Diet, Bantam Australia, 2007; Don't Go Hungry for Life, Bantam Australia 2011), workshops, and frequent media appearances.

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"Dear Amanda, Just wanted to say Hi before Christmas and let you know how I’ve been getting on. I am pleased to say that since I was at your workshop in May and started e-mail coaching with you I have lost 5 kilos. I know it may not seem like a huge amount in 6 months but don’t forget I hadn’t been able to lose 2 kilos and keep it off in about 7 years of dieting. The six months has also been quite a learning journey for me. I did take quite some time to really change old habits and adjust to a new way of eating and thinking. After some rigorous diary keeping I soon came to realize that I was still managing to squeeze into my diet quite a few foods that were not “real” foods. Crackers here and a couple of biscuits there when I wasn’t hungry. As I used the diary to really look at what I was eating, I also noticed that over the course of a week I might of only had 5-6 pieces of fruit, or gone a few days where my main meal had only a side serve of veggies/salad. And I noticed toast and crackers popping up everywhere in my diary. Now I feel I have a working understanding of “real” foods in my diet. I notice days when I don’t eat 2-3 pieces of fruit and a large salad/veggies. When I am ready to eat a snack I plan to have some lovely fresh fruit or yogurt, or a little cheese with celery/carrot. I’m not keeping the diary any longer in terms of satiety, but I still write down what I eat during the day and check every few days to ensure bad habits are not coming back. So thanks for the journey this year. I feel I am well on my way and will let you know when I lose the next 5 kilos! Hope you and the family have a great Christmas."

- Carolyn, Melbourne, VIC