HbA1c Testing & Weight Loss

Ready to lose weight naturally? Learning how to manage your blood glucose levels is fundamental to maintaining a healthy body weight. There are two main methods of monitoring blood glucose levels: regular blood sugar tests and an HbA1c test.

An HbA1c test will usually be taken at intervals of three, six or 12 months. The result gives a good guide to how well controlled your blood glucose levels are over a period of two to three months leading up to the test. This allows you to see whether you’re on the right track or how close to being on the right track you are.

Blood glucose testing tells you what your blood sugar level is at the precise time you test. Regular testing can be very useful for analysing which factors affect your blood sugar levels and by how much.

What can we learn from an HbA1c test?

The target HbA1c value for people with type 2 diabetes is 6.5% or 48 mmol/mol.

If you get an HbA1c result at this level or below, you’re on the right track with your diabetes control.

If your HbA1c result is above this target, there is room for some improvement. You may need to incorporate a little more activity into your week, make some changes to your diet or ask your doctor to prescribe a different form of medication.

If there’s one criticism of HbA1c, it’s that it doesn’t always make it easy to work out which individual changes are the most effective for lowering your blood sugar levels or which elements of your lifestyle are having a negative influence.

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After 20 years, I know weight loss is not easy! And trying to lose weight on your own is challenging.

That’s why I’m here to help.

Getting your health back on track after life events, busy work schedules or a bout of poor health can be a struggle. Especially when battling cravings, emotional eating and stubborn weight that won’t budge. My evidence-based approach to losing the weight means you not only lose the kilos but keep it off.

With my support and guidance, you control hunger, regain control of your eating habits and lose the weight you have always wanted to shift. 

If it’s time to make your health and well being a greater priority in your life and lose a little or – a even a lot of weight, then getting in touch with me is the best way to get started.

Break through the confusion of what weight loss program is best for you. The truth is, there is no one size fit’s all approach. There are over 120 hidden factors that slow your metabolism and trigger weight gain and leaving these unmanaged means your body will fight you 100% of the way.

So if you have tried everything including low carb, high protein, low fat, Atkins, Paleo, Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, Lite N Easy, Michelle Bridges, Hello Fresh, Intermittent fasting, Meal replacements – or are exercising – and the weight won’t budge, then it’s time we had a chat.

So, what does the research say?

Research tells us that the best way to lose weight is to get assessed, have a tailored program individual to you and to learn how to keep it off naturally. This is what I do and why working with me gets results.

When you work with me, I’ll do a comprehensive 100% natural metabolic assessment and tailor a weight loss program to you based on the best available evidence and your lifestyle and dietary preferences.  Your dietary program will be designed to help you achieve rapid and safe weight loss, naturally.

The best part is, I’ll teach you how to self manage your weight, so you can break free from needing powders and pills to maintain a healthy body weight.

If you are ready to improve your physical well being and take the first steps towards a healthier you, Now is YOUR time. 

Many people who are looking for help with weight loss, don’t know where to turn. Some might even be wondering if a weight loss coach is for them. Here is what you can expect when you work with me.

The first consultation is dedicated to finding out all about you. I’ll look at your journey so far, search for hidden triggers and causes like health conditions, medications or genetics.

I’ll measure the rate you store fat, how slowly you lose it, work out how to improve it and teach you how to manage it to avoid cardiovascular disease and accelerated aging.

I look to support underlying health conditions that are contributing to weight gain, and detect any underlying conditions such as Thyroid disorders, Anxiety/Depression, Sleep apnoea, PCOS or poor microbiome health.

In clinic consultations available in Melbourne

If you are attending my clinic in Melbourne, I also do in-depth body composition analysis to ascertain your starting weight and muscle mass, which helps guide us in determining your target weight goal.

I’ll weigh and measure your body for weight loss and assess your metabolic markers associated with insulin resistance (BMI, fasting glucose, HbA1c1) and triglycerides so you can see your metabolism and health improving.

Whether you choose to work with me over the phone or in clinic, I am here to guide you every step of the way with tips to control cravings, dietary advice, exercise programs and my new and highly successful “Microbiome” Program – developed to overcome the most resistant weight gain.

The good thing is, when you work with me it doesn’t stop when you reach your goal! This is my most important work – lifelong weight maintenance. I’ll help you keep the weight off and stay on track.

With the one-on-one support… when you work with me, long term weight loss and weight maintenance is possible! 

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3 Steps to Lose Weight By Clearing Blocked Emotions

As a practitioner in women’s health for over 20 years, I’ve explored the topic of weight from an entirely different perspective, focusing on where unwanted weight comes from, and why it’s so hard to shed unwanted kilo’s. Although, undeniably, diet and exercise play a big part in how we manage weight, the why of the matter is a different story. This can include hormones, digestive problems, pain, stress and so many more. In fact did you know there are over 120 hidden causes of weight gain in women?

Today however, I want to focus on emotions – in particular anger. Energetically speaking, I like to say that the first step in overcoming your battle with excess weight is to be open to the possibility that it’s “an inside job,” with repressed emotions at the heart of it.

By far the most important factor concerning weight loss has to do with difficult emotions. These could be the result of childhood trauma, divorce, illness, job loss, or the death of loved one. Repressed emotions can affect the body in various ways.

  • If you need to grieve but don’t, it can present as lung problems
  • Anger or bitterness that you don’t let go develops into areas like the liver and gall bladder
  • A broken heart that is never mended can result in cardiovascular problems
  • Abuse (sexual, physical, or emotional) often shows up as extra weight – unconsciously gaining weight for protection

After a lifetime of working with women in workshops and online courses, I know that unprocessed emotions are one of the leading causes of weight gain.

So what’s the secret to unblocking the emotions and letting go of the habits that cause you to retain and gain weight? You can start by getting in touch with your feelings.

Use this 3-step technique to allow you to get in touch with those old, stuffed down feelings so you can start the process of healing them:

  1. Relax – When you are in a state of relaxation for ten minutes or more, you have a chance to get in touch with feelings
  2. Face the old traumas – Know that it isn’t necessary to remember an event in order to heal from it.
  3. Journal about the emotions that surface – Give them a name: jealousy, anger, guilt, disappointment, regret, then focus on letting them pass harmlessly through you without attaching.

Now that you’ve taken time to clear out the old emotions that have blocked you, perhaps for decades, keep the energy flowing on a daily basis by acknowledging new emotions as you experience them.

These simple steps of “emotional hygiene” will keep you happy and help you keep your weight where you want it. If you’d like to learn more about how to release unwanted emotions and behaviors trapped in you, or provide your body with natural support to overcome anger, I invite you to get in touch.

You can email me at narelle.stegehuis@massattack.com.au or by sms 0425 769 344 to arrange an appointment. When you learn how to free trapped emotions, you experience a complete shift in what is possible for you.

Probiotics Weigh In Against Obesity

Obesity – The Struggle Is Real. If you have trouble maintaining a healthy weight and the number on the scales keeps inching up, you are not alone. In fact, as many as 63% of Australians (1) and over 65% of New Zealanders (2) are overweight or obese. Not just a cosmetic concern, obesity is associated with a wide range of health and metabolic conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, blood sugar imbalances, diabetes and early onset dementia. The potential economic burden to the Australian government is catastrophic.

Almost 2 in 3 Australian adults (63%) were overweight in 2014–15, similar to 2011–12. Why is this so? Exciting new research proves we are metabolically diverse – for some even the humble tomato can tip the scales. #loseweight

The Magnificent Microbiome

Over the last decade or so there has been enormous interest in the microbiome – the billions of microbes that live on and in the body. Researchers continue to discover how the microbiome influences numerous aspects of our existence, including the risk of becoming obese, developing metabolic imbalances and triggering hormonal problems. For some even the humble tomato can trigger weight gain or inhibit weight loss. The good news is, we have the technology to test microbiome diversity and tailor your diet to match. This means you stop making the wrong dietary choices and start to maintain a healthy body weight

Over 1 in 3 Australian adults (34%) had high blood pressure in 2014–15—a slight rise from 32% in 2011–12 Maintaining a healthy weight reduces cardiovascular disease risk. #Microbiome strains trigger weight gain and CVD risk

Bacterial Balance Influences Weight

Of the many microbes resident in the gut, some are able to extract more energy from food than others. However, if you have too many of these bacteria (known as Firmicutes), then the body tends to store away this extra energy as fat, contributing to weight gain. If on the other hand, you have more of a different type of bacteria (called Bacteriodetes) then less energy is extracted from food, less fat is stored, and you are likely to be leaner. Restoring balance in the microbiome can help support healthy weight maintenance.

Probiotics to The Rescue

Probiotics (specific strains of beneficial bacteria) can positively influence the gut microbiome and health. Two strains in particular have been found useful in helping to control weight gain: Bifidobacterium animalis ssp lactis (B-420™): As well as reducing fat mass (particularly belly fat and waist circumference), B-420™ has also been shown to support healthy blood sugar levels and to reduce the ‘yo-yo’ weight regain often experienced after weight loss. Bifidobacterium animalis ssp lactis (HN019™): This probiotic strain can reduce fat storage, body mass index (BMI), and lower levels of unhealthy cholesterol. HN019™ is particularly beneficial for those with metabolic conditions.

Almost two-thirds (63%) of the population aged 18 and over are overweight or obese (36% overweight, 28% obese) [1]. Only one-third (35%) of Australian adults have a healthy body weight. Stop weight gain, restore health and live a longer, healthier life.

Daily Steps Towards a Healthier Weight

What you do daily matters! Incorporate healthy habits into your life to support healthy weight: Choose wholefoods and protein (e.g. meat, fish, tofu) with main meals, while minimising sweet, fatty, fried and fast foods. Move more. Go for a walk at lunchtime, take the stairs, spring clean the house, get into gardening, or walk the dog. There are millions of ways to move – whatever the way, just do it! Ensure you get a good night’s sleep, ideally 7 to 8 hours. Being well rested will ensure you are not looking for extra energy from food.Set yourself up for success by setting specific, measurable and achievable goals and meet them!

Part of a Bigger Plan

While probiotics can be purchased over the counter and including prebiotic foods into your diet are good for many, in some individuals this approach may may make things worse. If you are struggling to lose weight, you have weight loss resistance and it’s important to get to the cause.

Maintaining my weight was always a battle – ever since childhood. Over the years I think I’d spent enough to buy a small apartment on shakes, diets and gyms – yet to lose just 5kg was a battle. Working with Narelle was an absolute game changer.

Mandy Johns – melbourne

1 Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Risk factors to health [Internet]. Canberra: Australian Government; 2017 [updated 2017 Aug 7; cited 2017 Sept 21]. Available from: https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/biomedical-risk-factors/risk-factors-to-health/contents/risk-factors-and-disease-burden

2 Ministry of Health. Understanding excess body weight: New Zealand health survey [Internet]. Wellington: Ministry of Health; 2015 [cited 2018 Sep 3]. Available from: https://www.health.govt.nz/publication/understanding-excess-body-weight-new-zealand-health-survey

Is Bloating A Hidden Cause of Weight Gain?

Many women link digestive bloating to their hormonal cycle and come to accept it as being ‘normal for them’. However, did you know that feeling bloated can be a key clue to why you are struggling to maintain a healthy body weight?

Your bowel contains both good and bad bacteria, and research shows that the good kind plays a crucial role in your overall health by reducing inflammation and keeping your weight in check. For starters, this means bloating can lead to higher levels of inflammation which in turn can cause your body to store more fat.

However, this aside, the second problem occurs when the amount of bacteria increases, or when the type of bacteria gets thrown off-balance. (For optimal health, it’s best to think of it like a seesaw – best when the good and bad is totally balanced.) When that happens, what’s known as small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) can occur, and it can cause weight gain in two ways.

Small intestinal bowel overgrowth (SIBO) is linked to weight gain and resistant weight loss. You can beat weight gain with the right support.

SIBO & Weight Gain

First of all, the bacteria could produce methane gas, which “slows down the overall function of the small intestine, allowing the intestinal villi – small, finger-like projections in the lining of your intestine – to absorb more calories per bite.  In other words, the exact opposite of what you want to happen.

Second, SIBO can slow down metabolism and affect your insulin and leptin resistance, both of which help regulate hunger and satiety. As a result, you’re likely to crave carbs and probably won’t feel full after eating, even if it’s a fully satisfying meal.

How To Get Relief

When someone experiences SIBO, it’s generally presumed the problem is related to candida or can be fixed with a general probiotic. However, in a small percentage of women, other factors come into play and these are not tested for in routine pathology testing. This means the problem is never treated and women often resort to giving up on having a healthy body weight or taking laxative to ‘get them through’.

What’s important to remember, is the cause of SIBO is complex and won’t go away with just probiotics. Effective relief is achieved once you get to the hidden cause.

What’s important to remember, is the cause of SIBO is complex and won’t go away with just probiotics. Effective relief is achieved once you get to the hidden cause. Some of the most common ones include:

  • Thyroid problems
  • Poor gall bladder function
  • Food sensitivities.
  • Digestive dysbiosis caused by bacteria or parasites
  • Stealth pathogens or chronic infections
  • Stress hormone over or under production

What’s interesting is all of the above factors are also linked to weight gain, bloating and fluid retention, which means you may experience rapid weight gain or find it extremely difficult to lose weight.

If this is happening to you or someone you know, it’s important to get to the cause and not just ignore it. Leaving it unchecked will lead to more weight gain and potentially increase the risk of other complex health concerns.