Ketosis Weight Loss

Ketosis and Weight Loss

Use the power of ketosis in a ketogenic diet weight loss program to help you with your weight loss goals.

I’m sure you have heard terms such as ketosis and ketogenic diet weight loss  and how it’s the new “thing” for fast weight loss. And so, you may well be wondering what a keto diet is all about.

With the promise of more fantastic days ahead, your thoughts may be turning to how you can get fit and improve your body composition for the warm months..

At Your Wellness Centre we have been using ketogenic diet weight loss programs for the past 17 years with fantastic success. This means our knowledge of ketosis is based on it’s science, our experience and thousands (literally) of successful clients. 

We’ve managed to drill it down to easy to follow, scientifically validated programs that emphasise healthy and satisfying eating guidelines. These programs include moderate exercise to promote efficient and sustainable weight loss. Our ketogenic  diet weight loss programs are designed to reduce your craving for sugar and other high glycaemic index (GI) carbohydrates, while providing you with adequate protein and healthy fats so you can achieve a state of mild ‘ketosis’, and fast safe weight loss.

This year, rather than turn to yet another ‘quick fix’ diet that promises you’ll fit into your bikini within the month but feels impossible to do; talk to us about a simple and convenient way to get long-term results while keeping you feeling great both physically and mentally.

Let’s look at the  Power of Ketosis!

Ketosis describes the metabolic state your body reaches when it preferentially burns fat as its main fuel source. Clinical evidence has shown that keto diet food not only promotes effective and sustained weight loss through improved fat burning and reduced fat storage, but it also preserves your muscle mass and can help maintain healthy blood sugar levels.

By avoiding dips in blood sugar levels and maintaining a sense of fullness or satiety, our ketogenic diet weight loss program can help you avoid the mental fogginess and irritability often associated with weight loss diets.

Although it is possible to achieve a state of ketosis through dietary changes alone, this requires a bit of planning and organisation, which can be time consuming for some people.

With this in mind, we may also recommend easy ways of incorporating minimal use of  special protein shakes, soups or snack bars to help with your meals or snacks during those busy times. Not only are these convenient and simple to use but they can assist you to reach your daily protein and carb needs as well as help keep you full until your next meal.

The main aim is to help you maintain muscle mass, while losing excess body fat, which means you are more likely to sustain your weight loss long-term.

Our qualified Naturopaths, will monitor your progress, provide you with support and ensure you maintain a state of ketosis, leading to more effective and sustainable results.

Your Naturopath at Your Wellness Centre, can also assist you to set realistic goals and motivate you to achieve them while having the clinical skills to identify and address any health conditions you may have that could impact your ability to reach your goals.

Our proven Ketogenic Diet Weight Loss programs will:

Teach your body to burn fat more efficiently, and as an added bonus will also help toxin elimination – in this way you’ll remain happy and healthy whilst following the program and maintain your results longterm.

Remember, at Your Wellness Centre, Naturopaths are here to help guide and motivate you every step of the way to achievable, sustainable results.

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How Stress Affects Weight Loss

Today we are going to look at how stress can affect weight loss.

For many of us, daily life is often a juggle, as we try to keep many balls up in the air at once. All this ‘juggling’ can contribute to feelings of stress, tension and anxiety. Unfortunately, too much stress can actually reduce your ability to burn fat and lose weight.

How Stress Affect

Stress affects your body by increasing cortisol levels; Cortisol is a hormone released by the adrenal glands in response to stress, high oestrogen levels, and nutritional deficiencies. Cortisol is often referred to as the body’s ‘stress hormone’. Increased cortisol levels can adversely affect blood pressure and blood sugar levels, and can stop you burning fat.

This is because cortisol stimulates the release of insulin, the hormone which plays an important role in maintaining blood sugar levels.

This increased release of insulin often tends to encourage people to overeat and crave foods high in carbohydrates and fats. When you increase your consumption of these foods it directly causes weight gain.

So you want to have ways to manage stress. This can then help reduce excessive cortisol and stop the resultant insulin resistance and obesity. You’ll notice less deposition of fatty tissue, particularly in the abdominal region.

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Tired, exhausted lady

So if you believe stress is a contributing factor in slowing down your weight loss, talk to Glenda Johnson, a naturopath at Your Wellness Centre, ring 9879 9596 or contact us here.

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The Silent Epidemic of Insulin Resistance

So Why Would Insulin Resistance be Important?

Insulin resistance means that your body doesn’t respond to the signals of insulin like it should. This increases your risk of developing diabetes and heart disease.

Insulin is a hormone secreted by your pancreas to help regulate your blood sugar levels. After you eat, food is broken down into glucose, the simple sugar that is the main source of energy for the body’s cells.

Your Wellness Centre Naturopathy - Insulin ResistanceBut your cells cannot use glucose without insulin, a hormone produced by the pancreas.

Insulin helps transport glucose into the body’s cells for use as energy. If you have insulin resistance, your muscle, fat and liver cells do not use insulin properly. This means that you could feel tired instead of energetic. (You know how we associate sugar with energy!) The extra glucose in the bloodstream means that more insulin is needed and so the pancreas tries to keep up with this demand by producing more.

When blood glucose (sugar) levels rise, insulin is released to store that excess sugar as glycogen. Unfortunately, our body can only store a little glycogen at any one time. Once you have filled up your glycogen stores, any leftover sugar will be stored as fat.

Insulin also blocks the breakdown of existing body fat. So, it becomes virtually impossible to lose fat if you have raised insulin levels.

This is the reason why we need to address insulin resistance if you are to lose weight efficiently.

High levels of dietary carbohydrates, also known as high glycaemic load foods (e.g. sugars, like our very favourite chocolates and lollies, starchy foods, such as bread, rice, pasta, and potatoes) increase your production of insulin to ‘switch off’ fat burning and increase fat gain. If you have constantly high levels of insulin, you can develop a condition known as insulin resistance. Insulin resistance causes excess weight and obesity.

If you would like to improve your blood sugar control and improve your long-term health, ring us on (03) 9879 9596 or message us today. Take the step toward a healthier you! 

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Halt your Cravings

Any cravings you experience can be reduced by eating the foods that help curb this inclination and by also taking a nutritional supplement to help you stop sugar and carbohydrate craving. This is especially beneficial if you are wanting to lose weight.

LYour Wellness Centre Naturopaths - Tiredow energy, mood swings and poor sleep patterns are common side effects of being overweight. Often this can lead to strong cravings for sugary foods that add to weight gain.

Individuals could then be caught in the vicious cycle of craving foods that slow down their metabolism and cause them to put on weight.

Being overweight often means struggling with low energy, sugar cravings, generalised aches and pains and digestive problems such as bloating, reflux and irritable bowel syndrome.

We find that within a week of eating the foods that suit their metabolism, sufferers not only lose weight, but they also experience a tremendous improvement in their feelings of wellbeing. It is common that they start sleeping throughout the night while reflux and digestive complaints vanish and they find their energy surge.

When visiting Your Wellness Centre Naturopaths conduct a naturopathic health assessment to determine the factors influencing weight gain and then tailor programs to suit the individual.

Your Wellness Centre Naturopathy - UltraLiteAmong the many weight loss strategies we use, we find that a fast, safe way to strip away body fat and improve your wellbeing, is the Ultralite weight management program, which we have used at our clinic for the past 14 years.

An example of a great result is Joan, mother of 3 and busy teacher, who lost approximately 29kg in 15 weeks. Not only did she find the weight loss to be excellent, but she also felt so much healthier and much more energetic.

If you feel you would like to lose surplus body fat, gain more energy and confidence, and once more enjoy life to the fullest simply make an appointment so we can help you choose the food that suits your metabolism as well as the appropriate supplement to help reduce your cravings.

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3 Habits that Hamper Weight Loss

Weight Loss

With a few more rays of sunshine peeping through, you may be thinking of losing a kilo or two. By simply paying attention to a few habits you may achieve a better result when you undertake the weight loss program of your choice.

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Real food eaten in the right amounts helps efficient Weight Loss

1. Eating Without Thinking

Have you ever eaten a chocolate and at the end of it realise that it disappeared really fast? This could be because you did not pay attention to the process of eating it. You may even dive into biscuits or nibbles while preparing the evening meal and then constantly taste while you cook.

Address these habits by practising mindful eating. Keep a daily record of every single thing you eat. Eat only when you actually sit down at a table and do so without watching TV or reading. Chew really well and enjoy each bite.

2.  Life is too Busy

You don’t have the time to cook good food, so a quick calorie laden takeaway will do.

If you have a range of other reasons or excuses, then list them all and think of ways you can overcome them.

For example, if you lack time, then cook a big batch of nutritious food and divide it into portions to enjoy during the week. Perhaps buy ready cut up veggies.

3. You Skip Breakfast

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Traditional Breakfast – bread, cheese, eggs, and milk

Having regular meals keeps your metabolism going throughout the day, supplying you with abundant energy. You will also find that your mood and memory improve too.

If you have to leave for work really early in the morning and don’t have time to eat before leaving home, try to have breakfast first thing when you get to work.

By taking these few tips on board, you are sure to be successful with your weight loss.

If you would like more tips on losing weight, simply contact us. We regularly help clients lose weight through a variety of ways.

The Ultralite program, Shake it program and HCG programs of weight loss are regularly used at our clinic.

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Metabolic Syndrome

What is Metabolic Syndrome?

Are you struggling to lose weight?

It may well be as a result of Metabolic Syndrome, also known as Syndrome X.

Metabolic Syndrome is the name given to a collection of symptoms and medical signs that occur together in the same patient. These Include:Your Wellness Centre Naturopathy - Cardiovascular Health - Metabolic Syndrome

  • Insulin resistance
  • High levels of the hormone insulin
  • High Blood fat
  • High blood sugar
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Fat accumulation around the abdominal area

These signs act as a warning sign that you are heading on a path towards serious chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. The first sign of Metabolic Syndrome is excess fat around the middle. Even if your waist measurement is only just over 80 cm if you are a woman, or more than 94 cm if you are a man, you could be increasing your risk of some serious complications.

Metabolic Syndrome has been described as a modern epidemic. In Australia, it is estimated that one in three people over the age of 25 years has Metabolic Syndrome. People with Metabolic Syndrome are three times more likely to develop cardiovascular disease and up to five times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes compared to healthy people.

What are the Causes of Metabolic Syndrome?

For hundreds of thousands of years, humans have lived and thrived with a life of enforced physical activity, with a diet based around fresh lean protein, nuts, fruits, and vegetables. Our bodies now struggle to maintain balance in the face of modern dietary and lifestyle challenges where there is a constant supply of calories, high sugar and high-fat foods combined with a lack of daily exercise. The causes of Metabolic Syndrome are all within your control and include things like:

• Sedentary lifestyle – i.e. lack of exercise

• High carbohydrate diet

• Poorly managed stress

• Genetic factors such as a family history of diabetes or heart disease

• Cigarette smoking

The Good News!

The good news is we can help you change the course of your health to lead a happier, healthier life. We can help you with some simple recommendations, such as:

Your Wellness Centre Naturopathy - Cardiovascular Health - Metabolic Syndrome• A low carbohydrate eating plan that is high in lean protein and rich in healthy fats may improve fat burning, weight loss and help you achieve and maintain a lean body composition. Talk to us today about meal replacement options to initially help you to lose fat while you adapt to a new way of eating.

• Regular aerobic exercise will encourage weight loss, reduce cholesterol levels and reduce blood sugar levels.

• Stress management techniques, such as yoga and meditation are a great way to nurture your mind. Remember, poorly managed stress is one of the causes of Metabolic Syndrome!

• Along with a healthy lifestyle and diet, there are many nutritional and herbal supplements that we can recommend for you to help address the causes of Metabolic Syndrome.

Make Positive Changes Today!

Many people do not recognise the symptoms of Metabolic Syndrome and therefore do not seek out healthcare advice to help them turn the tide on this dangerous condition. Don’t let this be you! If you, or someone you know, may have Metabolic Syndrome, contact us today for a check-up. Do not miss out on the opportunity to learn about positive dietary and lifestyle changes you can make today to get you back on track and prevent a future of debilitating disease.

Take the first step towards a healthy future today. Ask us about Metabolic Syndrome and the ways to change from a future of chronic disease to a future of health and vitality. Prevention is the best medicine!

Ring  98799596  and make an appointment with one of our naturopaths to see if you are at risk!


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Diabetes – the New Epidemic

Type 2 diabetes has become a worldwide health problem. There are approximately 890,000 Australians and 270,000 New Zealanders currently diagnosed with diabetes. In addition to these numbers, it is also predicted that there are thousands of people with undiagnosed diabetes. Type 2 diabetes was once only seen in adults over 40 years of age, however, it is now more and more common in younger people.

High Blood Sugar Levels: Too Much of a Good Thing!

Diabetes is a condition related to problems with blood sugar levels (also called blood glucose levels) and insulin levels. For proper bodily functioning, you need to be able to convert glucose (i.e. sugar) from your food into energy. The hormone that is required for glucose to enter into cells to be broken down is called insulin. Diabetic patients have problems with their insulin production, so when a diabetic patient eats sugar (e.g. from sweets, breads, cakes, biscuits, cereals) it cannot be converted into energy and stays in the blood, causing high blood glucose levels. Having high levels of glucose in your blood for prolonged periods of time can cause blindness, kidney problems, cardiovascular issues, and many other health complications.

The good news is that diabetes is avoidable if you focus on having a healthy diet and exercising regularly.

Risk Factors for Developing Diabetes

Diabetes - Overweight - Your Wellness Centre NaturopathyTo find out if you are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes, ask yourself these questions:
• Are you overweight?
• Do you have a family history of diabetes?
• Does your daily diet contain high amounts of sugars and/or refined carbohydrates?
• Do you have a sedentary lifestyle and lack regular exercise?

As well as these recognised risk factors, some early warning signs that may indicate your blood sugar levels could be a problem in the future include:
• Frequent sugar cravings.
• 2 to 4 pm energy slump.
• Constant fatigue.
• Frequent urination and/or recurrent urinary tract infections.
• Trouble losing weight – especially weight around your waist.

If you answered ‘YES’ to any of these questions, or experience any of these early warning signs, speak to us today about how we can help you to prevent or manage diabetes.

Herbs and Nutrients Can Help

Natural Medicine may help with managing and preventing diabetes, by focusing on the main causes such as diet and lifestyle. If you are at risk of developing diabetes the following herbs and nutrients may also assist.

Diabetes - Cinnamon sticks - Your Wellness Centre NaturopathyCinnamon (Cinnamomum cassia) — Cinnamon is commonly known as a spice used in cooking, however it is also a beneficial herbal medicine used to maintain normal healthy blood sugar levels by enhancing the function of the insulin made by your body.

Korean Ginseng (Panax ginseng) — Korean Ginseng is a herb that may help to balance your blood sugar levels and boost energy production at the same time.

Caiapo root (Ipomoea batatas) — Caiapo root is a white sweet potato which is traditionally used in Japanese and Brazilian medicine for the maintenance of healthy blood sugar levels.

Hops (Humulus lupus) and Acacia (Acacia arabica) — Together these herbs may help control blood sugar levels.

Chromium — Chromium is an important mineral that can help to regulate blood sugar levels. Having a deficiency in chromium may contribute to blood sugar problems.

Speak to us today about which herbs and nutrients may be beneficial for you.

Diet and Lifestyle Tips

Diabetes - old woman walking - Your Wellness Centre NaturopathyAs well as taking some of the Natural Medicines mentioned here, you can reduce your risk of developing diabetes by also implementing some dietary and lifestyle changes.

• Maintain a healthy weight. If you would like to lose some weight, ask us about the professional weight management program we offer.

• Eat small, regular meals containing protein-rich foods such as fish, lean meat, legumes, nuts, and eggs to keep your blood sugar levels stable.

• Include plenty of fresh fruit, vegetables, nuts and seeds in your daily diet.

• Avoid eating too many overly processed and sugar containing foods – especially high carbohydrate foods like breads, cakes, biscuits and pastries. Save these foods for special occasions only.

• Limit alcohol consumption. Aim for a moderate intake of alcohol and have at least two alcohol-free days per week.

• Include regular exercise into your lifestyle for healthy weight maintenance.

Take Control of Your Health Now!

By making some simple changes to your diet and lifestyle, and by taking the appropriate supplements, you may be able to prevent diabetes or better manage your existing diabetes.

Talk to us today on (03) 9879 9596 or send us an email to to make an appointment and start to feel the health benefits! You can also leave your name and email on this link and we will contact you.

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Shake-It Weight Loss Program

The New Year’s actions seem to really start in February. The month of January seems to be regarded as a preparation month by many: Preparing for school, for Uni, getting those New Resolutions sorted out or if not preparing for anything, having a lovely break from routine.

Your Wellness Centre Naturopathy MelbourneFor some, there is this Weight Loss resolution, one they have included each year for as long as they can remember. Personally, I think it is because there are so many Weight loss diets out there it’s hard to decide which one to choose. Then there’s the battle with food cravings, hormones out of balance, a disinclination to exercise, friends and family who just don’t understand, and the list goes on.

At Your Wellness Centre, we know that this need not be so. Our motto is “Do it once and you never have to do it again”.

Losing weight in a way that is manageable and easy to follow using foods available in your very own kitchen is all that you really need. Then, once your goal is achieved, all you do is eat the amount and type of food that keeps your weight where you want it to be.

We do, I must admit, have not only one, but many programs that help you get to the weight loss goal you would like. These include the Ultralite, HCG and Shake-it programs. I’ll tell you about the Shake-It program since it is simple, easy to follow and leads to super results.

The Shake-It Professional Weight Management Program can help you successfully lose fat while maintaining muscle. This convenient and simple to follow dietary program will help to keep you feeling full, decrease your appetite and limit those sweet cravings in order to facilitate successful weight loss.

Look Good, Feel Great

Your Wellness Centre Naturopathy Melbourne Weight LossLosing extra body fat with the Shake-It Professional Weight Management Program not only brings the benefit of looking good and feeling great but can also help improve your energy levels, reduce your risk of developing many chronic diseases and encourage healthy ageing. It can also be a very rewarding and empowering experience.

Benefits of Regular Support

Keeping motivated and staying on track with your weight loss goals can be difficult to do on your own. Regular visits to our Health Practitioners can often be the key to success in fat loss and feeling great. We can provide professional advice to overcome your obstacles to weight loss.

As well as the support and guidance you will receive, we will monitor your weight loss progress until you achieve your goals and even help celebrate your successes.

Six Easy Steps to Looking and Feeling Great

The Shake-It Professional Weight Management Program uses a low carbohydrate, moderate protein approach to food intake, which promotes steady and consistent weight loss.

Tomorrow I will write about the 6 Simple Steps of Shake-It so keep an eye out for it.