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Lisa Ansell

Accredited Practicing Dietitian
Location: GP Axis Seaford, 672-680 Grand Boulevard, Seaford Meadows SA 5169
Phone: 042 293 7355

Since my first book The Don't Go Hungry Diet was published, an extraordinary number of people from Adelaide have registered for my newsletter upon 'recommendation by a dietitian'. In addition, every now and then I'd receive a thank you email from someone in Adelaide who'd lost an impressive amount of weight with the help of a dietitian and my book.

So when Lorraine from Adelaide contacted me last month thanking me for my book that her dietitian had put her onto, I knew that it was time for me to find out who this legendary dietitian was so that I could let you know about her!

With that, it gives me great pleasure to introduce Lisa Ansell, an Accredited Practicing Dietitian who graduated with a Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics from Flinders University in 2006. What I appreciate in Lisa's philosophy is that she became a dietitian because of her own love of food. She wanted to be able to help people to learn how to develop positive relationships with food, and to understand that healthy eating doesn't have to be hard or boring.

Lisa explains how she incorporates the principles of my book The Don't Go Hungry Diet (DGHD) into her practice as well as into her own life.

I was thrilled to discover the DGHD as it provided an answer as to why traditional calorie controlled meal plans don't work for all people.

A client's weight and dieting history usually gives me clues as to whether the DGHD is for them. Those who have tried many different "diets" are usually more open to the DGHD method, as they have done the structured meal plan thing over and over again, and have seen through experience that it's not the long-term answer. Also, if they tell me about their frustration with weight plateaus in their previous dieting experiences it alerts me to the fact that they may have quite a strong famine reaction, and I give the DGHD as an option to combating this.

When I take people's diet history, if it seems quite healthy but they are still not losing weight, I then usually ask them questions about whether they eat when they are not hungry, or eat past being satisfied. If they answer yes, then I will discuss the DGHD with them, and see if it appeals as an alternative method of weight loss.

I use the DGHD method myself! Although I am of a healthy weight, I find from time to time that the kilos start to creep on and I like to nip them in the bud before 2 kilos become 20. I use the DGHD and success diary to get myself back on track, and it works every time!

If you're ready to change and you'd like Lisa's help in your weight loss adventure (part of the cost of which may be covered by private health insurance or Medicare depending on your circumstances), please contact her using the details given above.

What our readers say...

"Dear Amanda, just wanted to say how much I love your book The Don't Go Hungry Diet. I gave up traditional forms of dieting some years back as I am so over counting points or fat grams etc. Counting anything in fact! Been there done that. And who wants to spend their life 'counting' and obsessing and stressing over food. I certainly don't. I knew there had to be an answer and I reckon I've found it in your book. Having gained a massive amount of weight from taking anti-depressant medication for some years, I was fat and fed up - in fact I was depressed about being fat! The anti-depressants make you crave junk food, and the more you eat the more you want, you just can't fill that hole. Anyway, I weaned off them and no longer crave the junk, I eat mostly whole foods, lots of fruit & veg (aim for 9 serves a day, often go over). I eat full fat everything, use olive oil in my cooking, plenty of avocado and nuts etc. and have dinner out once a week and enjoy the odd bit of chocolate. In the 2 months since April 1st I've lost 8 kg and feel like a new person. After about 5 weeks of weight loss and feeling quite good about myself, I started to feel really hungry, wanting to eat but that inner voice saying, 'slow down or you'll put that weight on again'. I thought of the 'Famine Reaction' you talk about and decided to 'go with the flow' and just eat bigger helpings of healthy foods. After a few days, as predicted in your book, the 'Fat Brake' kicked in and I went back to my weight loss eating. Such a good feeling to have faith in my body, listen to it's signals and act accordingly. Since then I have had ravenous days where I increase my food, as well as not so hungry days where I eat less. And sure enough, at every weigh in at the gym there is a loss. I am an avid reader of anything to do with health, weight and nutrition and have a 'library' of books regarding eating disorders that deal with the mental side of things but had not come across anything on the physiological side of weight loss before your book. Thank you so much - I feel as though I've been released from a prison sentence. Warm regards, Lesley. PS - My sister is doing Weight Watchers and stayed with me recently. She arrived armed with diet yogurts, diet this, diet that etc. One day she was complaining of being hungry but had used up all her points - and as I sat there chowing down on a chunk of my home made organic bread with humus, I thought, Thank God for Dr Amanda. Maybe I'll buy my sister a copy of your book!"

- Lesley, Wentworth Falls, NSW