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Newsletter 2 – Four steps to better health

Four steps to better health

We all know that it can be difficult to maintain a healthy lifestyle in this fast paced world we live in. Between balancing your career, and seeing to the wellbeing of your family, it can all become quite overwhelming.

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Here are a few simple steps to simplify your journey:

1: Eat Correctly

Nutrition forms a very important part of your overall wellbeing. Step 1 in the journey to better health is making sure that your body receives all the necessary nutrients it needs to function optimally. Take the time to assess your current diet and eating habits. Are you eating the correct foods and are you eating enough of it? Cut out the foods that do not add any nutritional value to your body’s well-being.

Action Step: Simply choose which Tony Ferguson Program you want to follow (Classic; Accelerate or Extreme) on our DIY platform; click “Find out more” and you will find the free “ 7 Day Meal Plan” and other resources created by the Tony Ferguson nutrition experts at the bottom of the page. These simple eating plans will guide you to eating better and losing weight, so that your body can perform at its peak.

2: Exercise Regularly

Many people tense up just at the mention of exercise. You’ve hated exercise as long as you can remember and you find a myriad of excuses not to do it. But keeping your body active with regular exercise is important. Take baby steps, start by doing things that you like and do it consistently. A brisk walk around the block a few nights a week is a great way to launch into your new health regime. Don’t expect to suddenly be filled with a love for exercising. It will most likely take time. The best you can do is to keep at it.

Action Step: Getting healthy is easier, and much more fun, if you do it together. Ask a friend or family member to join you for a brisk walk or jog. Support each other when you get tired and take the journey to better health together.

3: Be Accountable

Sustained good health is a journey not a destination. It will get tough sometimes. Some months you will see great results, and other months not so much. Make sure that you have a strong support system to help you along. Explain to your close friends and family the challenges you will face and ask them to help you stay motivated throughout your journey. If you’d prefer, you could also find an online community to celebrate the highs and get you through the lows.

Something else that is important is to hold yourself accountable for your actions. A busy schedule, fatigue and many other factors may influence your willpower and make you lose track of your goals. Practice self-control and discipline yourself to stay on track.

Action Step: Start a buddy system. Find a friend who understands your goals and is willing to support you throughout your journey. Hold each other accountable during challenging situations and celebrate victories together.

4: Stay Motivated

You’re on your way to a new healthier version of you. Remember why you started this journey and don’t stop until you’ve reached your destination of good health. A good habit to have is to celebrate your victories. Even the little ones.

Action Step: Reward Yourself. Small rewards can provide the incentive you need to keep going. Set goals and reward yourself when you achieve them. Rewards could include a massage, a round of golf or even a new pair of jeans. Celebrating your successes can strengthen your resolve to keep going. Let’s get healthy together!

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As your coach on the app, Emma can provide you with the following every week day from 8AM-5PM:

  • personalised and ongoing support, guidance and advice
  • meal planning assistance
  • helpful tips to ensure your weight loss success.

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Newsletter 1 – Is being overweight or obese dangerous?

Is being overweight or obese dangerous?

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Being overweight or obese may be seen as a good or a bad thing, depending on the existing cultural and social setting.

For example, in modern Western society being overweight or obese often has a negative social stigma, while in other cultures the reverse may be true with obesity seen as a mark of wellbeing and or wealth.

What is clear though is that excess weight is linked to an increase in health risks, including the chronic diseases linked to Metabolic Syndrome such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and cardiovascular disease.

A weighty issue

In the 1990’s there was increased interest in the health impact of the growing obesity epidemic, not only in first world countries but in the developing world too, as researchers realised that as obesity rates soared, so did the prevalence of some of the diseases associated with metabolic syndrome, especially cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure and diabetes.

Researchers began looking for common denominators and noticed that the growing obesity rate was matched by an increase in the consumption of processed foods, edible seed oils and sugar sweetened foods and beverages. Dr Peter Hill of Met-S Care says, “Epidemiological studies, i.e. studies that investigate the factors that lead to the presence, incidence and control of disease, are generally not able to assign cause but rather refer to association, especially when it comes to diseases of the metabolic syndrome.

In other words, obesity is not the cause of heart disease, certain cancers, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, diabetes etc. but it is associated with these diseases. It is in effect a fellow traveller.” Recent research seems to indicate that people who are of normal weight or slightly overweight are likely to have better health outcomes than thin people and those who are obese. So an important question to ask is, “Will weight loss in overweight and obese people mean improved health?”

Do weight loss improve health outcomes?

Dr Andreas Eenfeldt, a Swedish medical practitioner (www.dietdoctor.com) tells the story during one of his lectures about a Swedish man in his late 50’s who was obese, weighing about 115kg. He suffered from a number of chronic diseases including heart disease (he is reported to have had seven heart attacks), diabetes and high blood pressure. He had also undergone coronary artery bypass surgery and was on a grocery list of 12 medications.

The man heard about low-carbohydrate eating and the dramatic effect that it had had on others and decided that he had nothing to lose by adopting this lifestyle modification (he had previously been following a high carbohydrate, low fat diet).

The man in question shed 32kg and in the process normalised both his blood sugar (no more diabetes) and blood pressure (no more high blood pressure).

In addition, he was able to come off 11 of the 12 medications he was taking, and was able to resume a much more active social life. In a nutshell, this man was able to reclaim his life – no small achievement given his previous medical history. And all it took was a change in lifestyle behaviour – mainly a change in diet.

The answer then is, “Yes, in all likelihood, obese and overweight individuals battling the chronic diseases associated with metabolic syndrome are likely to improve their health if they lose weight and modify their lifestyles in doing so –especially if they eliminate sugar and other refined carbohydrates from their diets.”

Dr Peter Hill, PhD


Tony Ferguson Weightloss SA recommends a Program that is:

  • Low GI
  • good carb
  • nutritionally sound

Limiting your carbohydrates to between 100 and 150 grams daily will keep you in the fat burning zone.


A good weight loss program will require accountability and organisation so set weight loss goals and check yourself regularly.

Yoga Balancing Mind and Body

Yoga Balancing Mind and Body

Many people think yoga is a bunch of stretches followed by an unusual chant. But did you know that yoga is a wonderful way of keeping fit as well as helping to relieve stress?

Article written by Christine Arulappen.

Many people think that yoga is just about stretching but it is much more. Yoga actually translates to the word “union”, meaning the union between the mind, body and spirit. There are also a number of different types of yoga, from the gentle poses (asanas) of Hatha yoga to the more physically demanding poses of Ashtanga yoga. Let’s explore the physical and health benefits of including yoga in your health routine.

Increase flexibility and muscle tone

It’s true, yoga does involve stretching. But over time the series of stretches, as you move from one pose to another, can help increase a person’s overall flexibility as well as strengthen and increase the tone of weak muscles.4

Reduce stress and anxiety

Some research shows that yoga can be used as a self-help technique for anxiety. Yoga is thought to help by drawing your attention away from daily stressors through the breath (Pranayama), or by giving the participant a renewed sense of wellbeing through mastery of challenging postures.3 This may have a positive flow on affect into other areas of your life. You may even find that this helps you to better handle situations at work or in your home life. Certainly it’s important to find healthy ways of relieving stress, as stress can affect your physical health and weight loss.

Yoga to improve symptoms of certain diseases and conditions

Some research has shown that yoga may provide beneficial health outcomes in certain health conditions such as:

  • Reducing blood pressure,1
  • Reducing the pain associated with carpal tunnel syndrome2
  • Reducing depression.5

If you intend on taking up yoga for its therapeutic qualities, then it’s a good idea to emphasise caution and find a qualified and experienced yoga instructor.

Yoga Tips

When taking up yoga there are a few things to avoid, these include:

  1. Avoid fatigue4
  2. Avoid pain and stress on the body4
  3. Avoid doing yoga when you are coming down with an acute illness, such as a cold/flu4

Yoga creates a sense of balance in the body by progressively developing your individual strength and flexibility. Along with activities such as boxing and dancing, it is a great way to keep fit. However by doing yoga not only do you get the added benefit of keeping fit and toned but it also helps you to relax. So if you’ve been thinking about doing a yoga class then don’t hesitate, start today!


  1. Desai, Falguni, 2001. A Study to determine the effectiveness of Yoga, Biofeedback and Music Therapy in Management of Hypertension. The Indian J Occupa Therap [Online] 33(2) p.3-8. Available athttp://medind.nic.in [Accessed 4 February 2010].
  2. Garfinkel, Marian S. et al, 1998. Yoga-based intervention for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: A Randomized Trial. The J Am Med Assoc [Online] 280(18): 1601-1603. Available at http://jama.ama-assn.org[Accessed 4 February 2010].
  3. Morgan, Amy J. and Jorm, Anthony F., 2009. Outcomes of Self-help Efforts in Anxiety Disorders. Expert Rev Pharacoeconomics Outcomes Res [Online] 9(5) p.445-459. Available at http://www.medscape.com[Accessed 28th January 2010].
  4. Nayak, Nirmala N. MD and Shankar, Kamala MD, 2004. Yoga: a therapeutic approach. Phy Med Rehabil Clin N Am [Online] 15 p.783-798. Available at http://www.med.nyu.edu [Accessed 28th January 2010].
  5. Shapiro, David et al, 2008. Yoga as a Complementary Treatment of Depression: Effects of Traits and Moods on Treatment Outcome. Evid Based Complement Alt Med [Online] 4(4) p.493-502. Available athttp://www.medscape.com [Accessed 4 February 2010].

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