The Importance of Personalised Weight Loss
When I first came to hear about the concept of “personalised weight loss”, my approach towards dietary advice changed and has never been the same since.
There is a secret that those of us who keep up to date with the latest science know: When it comes to nutrition, what works for one person, has little to no effect on a second person, and can actually make a third person worse.
Promoters of popular diets encounter this scenario at some point: They read something in the news and how it was successful in helping people. They put it forward to a client and it works wonderfully, but then when recommending the same protocol to another client, they discover that it fails. The problem is: many people follow “hear-say” or recommend what worked for them (which may not work for someone else), leaving out the person’s unique situation and nutrient needs. Most of us can relate to this. It is exactly the same experience of the person trying to lose weight by trying a friend’s successful weight-loss system, only to find that it causes her to gain weight instead. It is the experience of the weekend warrior who encounters intense cravings on the revolutionary low-carb diet that her work colleague is enjoying rich success with.
It is a tremendous irony that we find ourselves amongst an extraordinary information overload with the internet. However, instead of bringing greater clarity, we find the confusion only deepening. More books and websites than ever before are available on diet and nutrition. Yet, everywhere we look, we find contradictions. One weight loss “expert” says one thing; another “expert” says just the opposite. Information is at our fingertips, but what does it mean in terms of practical application in an individual case? Where is the framework or the reference point from which sense can be made of the virtually endless stream of seemingly unrelated and contradictory pieces of information? It is not possible to offer one single weight loss protocol for everyone. Why? Because everyone’s biochemistry is different. Even between people within the same family and with similar genetics! There is no “universal” diet plan that is right for absolutely everyone. And that’s actually good news. It means that we need to look at the individual and evaluate what works for that individual specifically.
For that reason, scientific research is moving towards a more individualised approach, and the primary application of personalised weight loss has been formulated into specific evaluation systems and proprietary methodologies developed through the Clinic Toolkit™. To achieve your weight loss goals, you must give your body the specific foods and nutrients that are inherently necessary to you and your current metabolism, and have a tailored plan that works for (and not against) your body.
As an Advanced Clinical Weight Loss Practitioner , I utilise science-based tools available to my clients through the Clinic Toolkit™ to evaluate intake requirements and pinpoint the unique needs of each individual, understand their eating psychology and provide personalised nutritional and lifestyle strategies to support their weight loss journey.