With our evidenced program, you’ll earn how to control cravings, beat hunger and regain control of your life.
With our ketogenic diet plans, patients achieve rapid weight loss without hunger! This can be achieved through the use of meal replacements, or with regular food.
When the body is in fat burning mode, appetite is suppressed, making weight loss so much easier. Patients report feeling more in control of their eating and are encouraged by the quick results they see.
If a low carb diet is not for you, then we have a range of other dietary plans to achieve your weight loss goals:
Intermittent Fasting(eg. 5:2) and Time Restricted Eating (eg. 16:8)
Are you vegetarian or vegan? Fructose or lactose intolerant? Have Coeliac disease or gluten sensitivity? Don’t worry, we have you covered!
Our goal is to help you achieve rapid and safe weight loss — typically with weight loss of 1-1.5kg per week for women and 1.5-2.5kg per week for men.*
* Results may vary for individuals
In addition to our prescribed dietary and exercise program, we will provide you with our educational program, “Tools For Success”, with 12 modules designed to teach you to make those long lasting lifestyle changes and overcome barriers to weight loss.
Understanding what causes weight gain
Control of hunger with a low carb diet
Feeling fuller with healthy carbs
Dealing with hunger and cravings
Breaking bad habits
Stress and emotional eating
Eating out and liquid calories
Relapse prevention and weight maintenance
Weight Loss Medications Available in Australia
What happens when lifestyle change alone is not enough and weight is causing significant health problems?
Prescribed weight loss medications can provide excellent results for people who are trying to lose weight. These medications boost weight loss along with a healthy diet and regular exercise. In Australia, four common weight loss medications are available to use.
This can occur when:
BMI > 30kg/m2 or above or
BMI > 27kg/m2 and an obesity health related condition such as high blood pressure, sleep apnoea or diabetes.
Medications can also assist with prevention of weight regain, when patients have lost their weight, and there has been an increase in the appetite hormones that promote weight regain.
They may also be helpful in patients who have had weight loss surgery and there has been some weight regain.
Always discuss your suitability for weight loss medications, including benefits and side effects with one our bariatric doctors or a pharmacist.
We provide independent, unbiased information on surgical options to assist with weight loss
At Alevia, we will help to answer some of these common questions:
What are my surgical weight loss options?
Is surgery right for me?
What can I do if I am not yet ready to undertake surgery?
What if I have regained weight after bariatric surgery?
We also provide pre and post bariatric care:
Optimising health prior to surgery
Rapid weight loss prior to surgery to make it a safer procedure
Monitoring of health and nutritional deficiencies that may occur post surgery
Optimising diet post surgery to ensure maximum surgical success
Medications to assist with appetite control after surgery if still needed
Bariatric surgery may be considered if you have had a long term battle with obesity and if you have weight related conditions that may be improved with dramatic weight loss.
In some conditions, such as diabetes, there is very compelling evidence of the benefits from weight loss on diabetes, that bariatric surgery is now recommended as one of the first line treatment options for this condition. (Rubino et al. 2011)
Bariatric surgery is indicated if:
BMI is >40 or
BMI >35 with an obesity related health condition such as diabetes, hypertension, obstructive sleep apnoea.
About 10% of bariatric surgeries are a “gastric bypass” or “Roux-en-Y bypass”. In this procedure, a portion of the small bowel is brought up to a refashioned, smaller pouch of a stomach. In this way, there is quicker delivery of food to the small intestines, leading to a greater sense of fullness.
70% of surgery done these days is a gastric sleeve or “sleeve gastrectomy”. In this procedure, the stretchy part of the stomach that makes the main hunger hormone “ghrelin” is removed, leaving an non stretchy, much smaller compartment (about the size of a banana).
A gastric band is where a small “band” of fluid is inserted around the top part of the stomach, leading to a sense of restriction when eating.
It is considered a “reversible” procedure where no part of the stomach is cut or removed.
Expected weight loss is approximately 17-20% of total body weight.
The gastric balloon is a non- surgical approach in which an inflatable balloon is placed in the stomach, under the guidance of a gastroscope. It is placed under sedation and the balloon is then filled with saline and dye. The balloon takes up room in the stomach and gives a feeling of early fullness. It is a not a permanent solution and does require removal after 6-12 months. An alternative to this is an inflatable balloon that is swallowed and then self deflates after 4 months. Both are temporary solutions for weight loss.
Our bariatric doctors and psychologists are trained to help you work through the psychological factors that may be contributing to your weight gain, including binge/emotional eating disorders, body image issues, anxiety and depression or other life stressors.
We understand how emotions, stress and mental health issues can play a huge role in weight gain, which is why our doctors are dedicated to providing each patient with the psychological care they deserve.
Common emotional issues our patients struggle with include:
Mental health conditions such as anxiety/depression that can affect relationships with food and healthy habits
Cravings and binge eating
Self-sabotaging treatment plans
Body image problems
Alcohol and other drug use
Our Alevia doctors are committed to holistic care for your health and wellbeing. We have a team of psychologists that can provide you with the support and tools to overcome any emotional hurdles in your weight loss journey.
We tailor an exercise plan just for you.
The good news is — you don’t have to live at the gym in order to be healthy and active!
Our approach to exercise is simple. Our doctors will tailor an exercise plan for you, according to your ability, physical limitations and activity preferences.
The health benefits of exercise are well known in almost every area of your health and wellbeing, so we encourage our patients to get moving and stay active to complement a healthy diet, but only in a way that will suit your lifestyle and needs.
One-on-one medical support from the comfort and convenience of your home.
We offer convenient Telehealth appointments via phone and video call, which means that even with a busy lifestyle or other barriers that might prevent you from being able to see us on-site, you can still receive evidence-based medical weight loss and ongoing one-on-one support in your journey.
Learn more about how Telehealth appointments work here.
Facebook Community Group
Join a community with like-minded patients
Exchange tips, inspiration, recipes and other tools to help you get and keep the weight off!
At Alevia we are a community that supports one another. We know that doing weight loss alone can be difficult, so we have created a private Facebook support group for the exchange of tips, inspiration, recipes and other tools to help you get the weight off and keep it off.
The Valita App
We have developed an in-house, fully customised Valita App that enables you to track your weight, log your mood, access recipes, your personalised treatment plan and extra resources!
We have developed an iOS and Android app letting you keep track of your weight loss journey as well as a number of other useful resources including recipes, exercise plans, and more.