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Facilities at Lifesmart include a kitchen, studio area and two treatment rooms – all housed in a former church building
It starts with a consultation that’s designed to stop the
Our ethos is far removed from
mad cycle of trying everything: yo-yo diets and the like.
You sit down with the individual and you work out, in no
the ‘lose a dress size’ approach.
uncertain terms, what’s worked in the past, what hasn’t, what
information they haven’t been given that they need, what
We don’t ask anyone to cut
they’ve already been advised to do but haven’t done, things
anything out of their diet until
they don’t understand… and by the end of it, there’s no
mystery, just an order of priority of what they need to do. we’ve given them alternatives
My favourite thing is that, at the beginning, they’re asked
to list what they want to get from coming to Lifesmart. Most what are the core elements of Lifesmart?
people say they want to lose weight, perhaps increase their Lifesmart’s all about real life, and everything we do with our
energy, get a bit fi t. Then you go through their questionnaire clients has a practical application. Nutrition, exercise and
and you come up with a list as long as your arm – irritable relaxation – the know-how to look after yourself – therefore
bowel, headaches, bad breath, ulcers, low concentration levels, form part of everyone’s programme.
waking up not feeling refreshed… and you say to them: “OK, We have a kitchen in the centre where we teach people
so what were you intending to do with this lot?!” to cook healthy meals, so they understand that food isn’t
We work out what’s aggravating those conditions and about being restricted. It’s actually about being completely
explain that, if they follow our advice, they won’t even need to expansive and knowing what your choices are. Our approach
worry about their weight – it will take care of itself when we is far removed from the whole ‘lose a dress size’ approach
address all the other issues. We don’t tell them it will be easy, you see all the time, and we don’t ask anyone to cut anything
but we place a strong support structure around them and, as out of their diet until we’ve given them alternatives they enjoy
long as they’re consistent in doing mainly what they’re told, – why would you tell people what not to eat when you can,
they know they’ll get the results they want. instead, show them everything they can have? It’s like giving
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