From the beginning, our Nutritionist and Wellness Coach, Jenny Boss, has always loved food, both cooking and eating it. After many years of seeing the impact of good nutrition on the body, she has joined Selph Health Studios to head up the fourth pillar of health, Nutrition.
We take a few minutes to chat with Jenny Boss about fad diets, aiming for a balanced lifestyle and how seeing a nutritionist can assist with weight loss.
Q: Hi Jenny, first things first, why do people see a nutritionist?
There are many reasons that spark someone seeing a nutritionist. I think people should see a nutritionist if they want to better their eating habits or create a more sustainable physical/health goal long term.
A lot of the time, initial consults include comments such as “I really don’t know what to eat” or “I read something online…” There has been an explosion of ‘experts’ who maintain their diet is the latest and greatest, and it can cause great confusion.
I can help demystify fads and work out what’s right for your body.
Q: What are your thoughts on dieting in general?
Severe kilojoule restriction is a major stress to the body, which will make it switch to starvation mode. Severe dieting can cause a reduction in your metabolic rate which means you burn fewer kilojoules at rest. This may never recover, particularly if you’ve been a yo-yo dieter – going on and off diets for years.
What the majority of dieters experience, unfortunately, is weight regain sometimes gaining back more kilos than they have lost.
If you want to lose weight, you need to do it in a way that doesn’t stress the body. Yes, kilojoules count, but so too does the quality of your food. There is evidence that too many refined carbohydrates (sugar and white flour products) stimulate fat storage.
Q: How can seeing a nutritionist help with weight loss?
A nutritionist will look at you as an individual and give you a program that suits your lifestyle and is realistic for you.
How busy are you? Do you cook for children? Do you work full time? What have you tried before to lose weight? Do you enjoy cooking or are you limited with your enthusiasm and skills? Do you enjoy exercise? How much time do you have?
A program tailored to your needs is far more likely to succeed than a cookie-cutter program you found online.
Seeing a nutritionist also give you accountability as you will need to report on the goals set in the previous consultation.
Q: Do you see a link between a healthy gut and a healthy mind?
There has been an explosion of research on diet and mental health over the last 10 years, and compelling evidence suggests that the gut microbiota, or the bacteria living in our large intestines, play a major role.
While this is a very complex topic, it seems that the more diverse your gut bacteria, the more mentally healthy you are likely to be. And the most powerful way of altering your gut bacteria is though diet. A change in diet to include more dietary fibre can change your gut bacteria within 24 hours. So yes, eating better can improve your mind.
Q: How do you maintain a balanced diet and lifestyle?
The key word is balance. You don’t have to be ‘perfect’ every day. Divide foods into everyday and occasional, and give yourself permission to enjoy occasional foods. I’m certainly no saint when it comes to food, but I do aim to eat a wide variety of different foods every day, and make vegetables at least 50% of my evening meal.
For the rest of the month Jenny Boss is offering 50% off initial consults. If you haven’t already booked in with her, you can do so here.