• Weight Miracle: Emotional eating and sweet tooth gone!

    Many thanks to Dawn (a self-proclaimed “scale addict” who used to weigh herself TWICE everyday!) for sharing her experience! We’ve managed to dissolve emotional eating and pull out her “sweet tooth” without dieting or excessive exercise or checking the scale! No pain no gain is just a big myth in my experience with many patients! Also a big thank you to her husband, John, for helping to hide the scale so she’s unable to weigh herself since we first started! Even her GP has come on board to help and won’t let her see the number on the scale in the medical centre!

    We don’t know how many “kilo” she has “lost” but we know she has to buy new pants and take in all her current clothes as they are too big now! She can wear some of her old clothes that she’s not worn for years! How good does that feel? I don’t like the word “lose” so I ban all my patients from using it while in my clinics. Some of my patients will tell you that I’m bossy on banning some words when they are with me! No exception!

    The bonus of this activity is that her blood glucose levels have improved so much that she won’t need to use additional medicine to treat her diabetes. We both have the ambition of improving her health so much that she can race with her grandchildren one day!

    I’ve always asked my patients to put away the scale when they come to me for assistance with their weight, either weight reduction or weight gain, as I’ve explained to all that fats are not created equal. The fat around the tummy is the dangerous fat so the ultimate achievement in weight management is to make sure we don’t have too much fat around the tummy! The fat around the bum poses no danger. Jennifer Lopez is famous for her beautiful bum! Hence weighing on a scale doesn’t give us an accurate indication of our progress!

    Our core messages are simple! First, BE KIND to yourself is what I’ve always emphasised with my patients, although not all patients agree with me on this. However, I make no apology in asking everyone ” don’t beat yourself up” because it does no good to anyone! Second, I’ve always asked my patients to “TRUST YOURSELF”. Trust me (Viv) if you don’t trust yourself! Things become better when you trust yourself. Lastly, I invite you to join me to see that YOU ARE THE MIRACLE and YOU ARE YOUR OWN BEST DOCTOR!

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10 Responsesso far.

  1. Jeff Cooke. says:

    Hi Viv, a very good account of what we have to do to love ourselves and be positive with our life’s issues. Aren’t we lucky to be alive and living in this beautiful country. Eat the good food for our microbiomes that feed all the parts of our being. Have a great weekend.

    • Viv Hsu says:

      Totally agreed, Jeff. We are very blessed to live in Australia where we have plenty of great food to feed our bodies. Often people are so focused on weight, they forget everything else.
      My mission is to help people to appreciate what our bodies have done for us and how to listen to our bodies to become healthier and happier. We need to focus on both the mind and the body, hence I’ve asked patients to BE KIND to yourself and TRUST yourself before any changes can happen (lessons from working with so many wonderful patients over 25 years)

  2. Marg says:

    You gain muscle in the gym but you lose weight in the kitchen. So much about managing weight and staying healthy is about diet more than anything else. Thank Viv

  3. Wendy Hibberd says:

    Viv, it is so lovely to have someone who reminds us to be kind to and to trust ourselves. I have certainly spent many years desperately trying to find what I should and shouldn’t be doing to get the results I so want and need but without any success I have then blamed myself which has impacted on my own confidence and belief in my abilities and determination. Your intrinsic compassion paired with your depth of knowledge and experience continues to guide me towards a much brighter future where I now believe I can achieve my goals and live the life I want. Thank you for your passion and for your belief in us, your patients.

    • Viv Hsu says:

      Wendy, you have achieved so much since you become kind to yourself! Be proud of what you have already achieved and know that you can achieve your desired goals and start to design the life you have always wanted!

  4. Linette Hagen says:

    I see Viv as my nutritionistand love her positive outlook and enthusiasm in supporting me. Viv takes into account the foods I like and those I don’t and works out a food list of great foods that I like and can eat – so changing my eating habits into healthier choices is a simple process. I love Viv telling me to “Count my blessings and not the calories” as a positive mindset makes the journey to great health far easier.
    Thank you for your support Viv and I can highly recommend Viv to anyone who wants to gain better health.

    • Viv Hsu says:

      Linette, I’ve always believed that food is nature’s gift so I always enjoy eating food. There is nothing worse than eating food you don’t enjoy! Together we have figured out how to enjoy your food while becoming more healthy! Congratulation on no weight gain over 6 weeks oversea holiday eating and drinking foreign food without dieting! That’s the power of counting your blessing, not the calories as we’ve discussed before your trip and you did it!How good does that feel? Thank you for allowing me to be part of your weight management journey!

  5. Marty Wilson says:

    This is really powerful stuff Viv. You obviously care so much about your patients, which is really inspiring. Keep up the great work!

    • Viv Hsu says:

      Marty, It’s such a privilege to be a health professional in my life. Patients have taught me a lot of life lessons, that are not taught in universities! Patients have shown me the strength and resilience of human beings! I’ve learnt a lot from my patients who I care for so it’s a win-win for all involved! I’m very blessed to meet great patients who are my teachers in life! Definitely will keep doing the best and learn as much as possible to help more people! Thank you for your encouragement!

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