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Anne wins her race

"I started dieting when I was about 15 and have tried every diet known to man. While some diets worked in the short term, long term they haven't provided me with a way of managing my weight.

In April 2008 I weighed 83.6 kilos, the heaviest I have ever been. I decided to start a 12-month coaching programme with Amanda. Her approach of listening to your body's needs made sense. As well it was important to me to have ongoing face-to-face support.

My weight loss has been modest. I've lost about 5 kilos over nine months and am targeting 6-7 kilos for the year. I'm very happy with this and believe that as long as I can either maintain or lose weight I'm winning i.e. I'm in control of my weight."

~Anne, 57, Balmain NSW

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"Dear Dr Amanda, I heard your interview on the Margaret Throsby show late last year (2008) and I was convinced that you had finally uncovered the secret. However, it has been so slow a process for me that I have wondered if I were the exception that proves the rule. I realized that I often ate when not hungry and did not get enough steps in my days. I have grown to listen to and trust by body, and do my best with the steps, working on an average for a week. In the five months since November I have lost 2 kilograms and I believe that these will stay off. I believe I need to lose about 8 kilos. But as I put the weight on in small 1/4 kilo increments, this must be the healthy way take it off. I am 56 and thought that perhaps the middle age spread was my destiny, as I believed that I ate well and went to the gym regularly but without losing anything. I have recommended your method, book and website to many even though I was a little concerned that I was not actually losing. I work as an academic, so value both the research and evidence based approach, and the guilt free philosophy. Well done! And thank you. "

- L.H., Northern NSW