fat loss or weight loss

Fat loss or weight loss?

By Antoinette Augustinus

When deciding on any kind of weight management, you need to distinguish between losing weight and losing fat.  Many low fat and calorie restricted diets produce disappointing long term results because this type of diet results in excessive muscle loss.


fat loss or weight loss

Why is this important to understand?  When muscle is lost, it reduces your metabolic rate, or ability to burn calories! As a result you have increased the likelihood of putting fat back on! This is the typical effect of yo-yo dieting. With each effort at this kind of dieting, it makes the situation worse as you are stuck in a cycle of losing muscle,  which often results in hormonal and metabolic disturbance leading to further fat gain.


Time to re-think our tactics!

The ‘SHAKE-IT’ program is designed  and proven for health, first and foremost. It avoids damaging muscle loss as it is a specific fat-loss program as opposed to a weight loss program. The low carbohydrate and moderate protein way of eating that this program teaches you, will turn things around in your body, helping it to run on its fat stores and preserving muscle mass. Your metabolism is better off than when you started instead of worse off.


The ‘SHAKE-IT’ program addresses the underlying metabolic factors that lead to failure: such as your cells’ insensitivity to insulin due to excessive carbohydrates in the diet, causing sugar cravings and risk of diabetes. Your pancreas tries to overcome this issue by producing more and more insulin, which, by the way, is a growth hormone and is also capable of stimulating existing tumour cells.


All in all a compelling reason to stop this cycle, isn’t it?

Antoinette feels passionate about helping overweight and obese patients re-gain control over their lives and health. She teaches you the principles of why the ‘SHAKE-IT’ program works so well, and helps you apply it quickly and easily. There are clear guidelines, quick delicious recipes and knowledge of how to live healthily for the rest of your life.

Apart from increased mobility and often less pain, you gain energy and most importantly: the skill to discern what works and doesn’t work in terms of food choices. This program is suitable also for children and for those who want to just keep well and fit by correcting early weight-gain.


Antoinette Augustinus HD ND consults at Sunshine Health on Saturday. She has resumed consultations for naturopathy/homeopathy and can accept a limited number of patients.  She uses the TGA approved SCENAR electro-dermal  technology to help with pain and mobility as well. Its effectiveness can be greatly enhanced by certain supplements and natural medicines.



Eat Fat to Lose Fat

By Mylinda Johnson

Adv Dip Herbal Medicine, Mast Hypnotherapy & Neuro-Linguistic Programming

What are good fats? They are called Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs)Mylinda Johnson HERBALIST, HYPNOTHERAPIST, NLP PRACTITIONER

Eating EFAs and foods containing these good fats help you Feel Fuller and more Satisfied, they also Regulate Hormones to Boost Metabolism, Improve Mood, Concentration and Break Down Bad Fats in your body. What’s the first thing we grab for when we feel tired, lack concentration and feel down? Sugars and high carbohydrate foods! And we usually eat more out of control than normal. When we feel good we eat better, have more energy and make better decisions with what we eat.

Now just a quick blurb about sugars and carbohydrates. They are the real culprit to putting on body fat. What's more, many low-fat and fat-free products are highly processed and contain added sugars and MSG to make up for the lost flavours, so don’t be fooled.

Getting back to EFAs, don’t get too carried away with just weight loss, think about the bonus benefits for your entire body. They boost your immune system, decrease inflammation, improve sleep, cell membrane function, regulating pain, preventing blood clots, regulating blood pressure and nerve transmission, improve skin conditions & increase energy levels.

eat fat to lose fat

There are two families of EFAs, omega 3 fatty acids and omega 6 fatty acids.  These fats are considered essential as they cannot  be produced by the body.

Food sources of omega-3 Fatty Acids are: cold water fish like salmon, sardines, mackerel, and trout, olive oil, flax seeds, chia seeds, walnuts.

Food Sources of omega-6 fatty acids are: Nuts (walnuts, brazils, almonds and cashews), seeds (flax, hemp, sunflower, sesame, pine nuts, and pumpkin seeds), Olive & Evening Primrose oils.                                                                                                                                       

Now we can’t leave out coconut oil (no it is not an EFA), but recent research has found that it has good health benefits being weight loss, boosts immune system, aids digestion and regulates metabolism. These benefits can be attributed to the presence of lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid renowned for antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-fungal, antibacterial and soothing qualities.

Now just to give you something to think about, your brain is made up of about 65% fat (mostly EFAs), what do you think happens without them!?