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Shannon Brodie

Accredited Practicing Dietitian and Qualified Chef
Location: Stanmore NSW
Phone: 0490 029 004

When I first heard Amanda present her findings on intermittent semi-fasting for weight loss, both the dietitian and chef within me sat up and took notice! What is intermittent semi-fasting? Could my clients have the best of both worlds - quick weight loss and still enjoy their food?

Intermittent fasting uses alternating phases of semi-fasting (for rapid weight loss), and 'famine busting' (weight maintenance). This strategy provides a unique, refreshing approach to weight loss, which is underpinned by the classic principles of the Don't Go Hungry Diet.

Although intermittent and / or semi-fasting is a relatively new approach to weight loss, the research so far is promising. I have found it particularly useful for a variety of clients, from those who can't seem to shift that extra few kilos, to those who need to lose a larger amount of weight to help with their medical conditions.

The feedback I have received from my clients has been very positive in terms of weight loss and improved health. I find it incredibly encouraging to hear how easy they have found this strategy because it makes a clear distinction between the weight loss and weight maintenance phases.

To find out whether this approach may be suitable for you, please contact me for an appointment.

Part of the cost of consultations may be covered by private health insurance or Medicare, depending on your circumstances.

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