Lisa AnsellAccredited 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 Dr Amanda, Thank you for liberating me from the guilt trip I've been on every time I eat and giving me the tools I needed to begin losing weight i.e. your satiety rules combined with knowledge of our body's famine reaction and fat brake. I bought your book earlier this year out of desperation, after seeing an add on facebook. I'm so glad I did, since then my husband has read it and I've bought a copy for a friend (I've never previously recommended any weight loss theory that I've read to anyone! as for yours, I can't stop talking about it to everyone I know). Although I did not begin to use it straight away, it did make me change the way I approach food and think about it. It wasn't until about 5 weeks ago that I put it into action and the weight is still coming off very easily. What I didn't have when I began the book was the right motivation to lose the weight for 'me'. After two years of trying to get pregnant with out second child and weighing in at 130 kilograms I knew after numerous tests came back negative, that my weight was the likely culprit. 5wks later I am 7 kilos lighter, and although this may not seem like much for someone who has more than 50 kilos to lose, for me it is huge. I've never lost so much weight so quickly and easily and all while eating 4 decent meals a day. Now that I've begun to eat mostly 'real' foods and cut most of the crap from my diet, I find that my body does not require such large portions so often (because it is not starving due to malnutrition!). I've gotten to the point where I no longer have to pay such close attention to my levels of hunger or satiety, my body self regulates it and I eat accordingly. I always used to watch 'skinny' people eat and wonder how can you eat so little and be full. I know find that I'm doing the same. I'm not skinny yet but my body has learnt to appreciate 'real' wholesome food. Thank you for opening my eyes. God bless you. "