Dump the Diet weight loss course testimonials
Here’s what some people who have done the course say...
“There is no ‘bad’ and ‘good’ to her programme, just solid advice and support.”
"Kate is very clear and realistic in her approach. There is no "bad" and "good" to her programme, just solid advice and support. Once you get into The Nutrition Coach mindset, you'll be set on a course that will last you a very long time. Achieving good health is about attitude, and Kate addresses this comprehensively"
Borra McKenna, London
“…making small changes to my diet wasn't at all an upheaval and didn't feel anything like a diet!!”
"It was after a holiday in Italy that I decided to seek some nutritional help. I had put on weight gradually in the last two years and I wanted to do something about it, but more desperately I wanted to stop being so consumed by what I ate and mentally beating myself up for making the 'wrong' choices.
I can't put my finger on what Kate did but since our first session in May 2008 I was instantly more relaxed about food. The combination of taking the time out of my busy life to address something that was troubling me and Kate's relaxed understanding manner meant making small changes to my diet wasn't at all an upheaval and didn't feel anything like a diet!!
The most important lesson I have learnt with Kate is to be conscious of the food choices I am making. I work in an office where chocolates and cakes are in abundance, but I have learnt to ask myself whether they will provide my body with anything and if I do really want them. An effect of this is that I no longer berate myself for eating the occasional carrot cake or chocolate fondant, because I have made the conscious decision to have it and enjoy it!
As Kate always reminded me, her advice is for life and although I can already see results (but will not be weighing myself!!) I know there will be times it may all fall apart, but if/when it does I know Kate is a call away.
Thanks Kate - it truly has been invaluable"
“I don’t know how Kate did it; I only know I will always be grateful to her. And she is a great person too!"
"When I first met Kate I was someone who loved junk food and HATED anything healthy. I knew about the dangers of eating all those high fat, high sugar foods, I hated how my eating habits affected the way I looked and felt, but still I couldn’t stop eating them. That’s why I was pleasantly shocked after my first meeting with Kate. I felt as if my brain had been re-programmed and all those types of food I would have found boring and tasteless before (vegetables, simply cooked food and wheat free bread) started tasting amazing now. It sounds spooky, and it kind of was! When you are in your mid-thirties, like me, the only thing you can hope for when you see a Nutritionist is to be able to stick to a strict diet routine for a relatively short period of time, while you’ll be lying through your teeth to them about how you’ll continue your strict regime for years to come. You are not prepared to start enjoying eating healthy food from one moment to the next, feeling absolutely great and looking even better after a few weeks and half a year later, not going back to your old habits! And that’s exactly what happened to me. I don’t know how Kate did it; I only know I will always be grateful to her. And she is a great person too!"
Gina Karargyri, London
“As I began to eat more regularly, and more of the right foods I changed in myself. My energy level was up, and stayed up. I was more motivated and just felt good!”
"Being on the Dump the Diet course wasn't about losing weight! When I first visited Kate I was very emotional and extremely confused by what I was reading and hearing day in, day out about weight loss. Being a full time dance student my life is all about my image. Reading about celebrities, being skinny or overweight with all sorts of disorders and all the latest diets was driving me crazy. Who do I listen to? Which diet do I try? How skinny should I be? So I decided I needed to speak to a professional, someone who wasn't in the industry. I began seeing Kate every other week to sit and talk about food, shopping, eating out, alcohol and me! Kate helped me to see that there is no weight to aim for or an amount of pounds to want to loose. The main thing was to feel good and confident in myself and changing the things I ate wasn't for a few months or couple of weeks but for life. It was all about changing the way I think about these things! At first it all seemed very hard and I knew I had alot ahead of me but with constant help it became easier by the week. As I began to eat more regularly, and more of the right foods I changed in myself. My energy level was up, and stayed up. I was more motivated and just felt good! I don't know if I lost weight, because I didn't weigh myself. I wasn't interested. That's how we want more or give in to bad results but I feel good in what I wear and what I see and believe me that really is all that matters. So I would like to say a huge thank you to Kate. I've come a long way and learnt alot. Thank you."
Francesca Webber, 20.
“I feel really brilliant (and am losing weight already - hurrah!) so I am incredibly positive.”
"Throughout my twenties I have felt continually unhappy with my weight but seemed unable to lose any pounds by dieting and believe me when I tell you that I tried them all! I stumbled upon The Nutrition Coach website when I was at my lowest and fed-up that for some reason I clearly couldn't quite manage my weight on my own - so I arranged to meet with Kate just four weeks ago. I LOVED the rules Kate set out for me and have followed them successfully. I feel really brilliant (and am losing weight already - hurrah!) so I am incredibly positive. I think my boyfriend is relieved that I am finally able to stop obsessing about what foods I should and shouldn't eat and I can sit down and enjoy every meal (including breakfast... !) All of my friends and family are commenting on how well I look and with Kate's support I am quite sure I can continue losing weight and feeling better FOR THE LONG RUN rather than just a few hunger-filled days. I feel like this is it... I can finally do it!"
Amanda Swanne, London
“The guidance I received has changed my life and I will be forever grateful - I'm a happy person again!"
"I was three stone overweight, unhappy with a very low self image. I needed help; I needed educating on how I was abusing my body and mind. I got that help with The Nutrition Coach. Through her experience I now know what food suits me and my lifestyle and how what I digest affects my overall wellbeing. The guidance I received has changed my life and I will be forever grateful - I'm a happy person again!"
Mrs L. Riley, London
“I spend the time I used to worry about food, focused on work, friends and having fun…”
"I went to see Kate as I had been "feeling fat" for months and was really body conscious. Also I had been anaemic for two years on and off and just felt a bit lost and bewildered in what to eat, when to eat it to be healthy and how to wean myself off eating chocolate every time I thought I needed a reward/treat/pick me up!
Kate provided an open, relaxed environment where I could talk about food and eating honestly. This helped to stop the whirring round in my head that used to make each decision about food or a snack a mental two minute debate of "should I/shouldn't I", which was immediately followed by guilt etc.
Through talking with Kate and looking carefully at what I ate, I realised I was yo-yoing - trying to eat salads at meals, but getting hungry in between time and snacking on chocolate etc. I never lost weight despite never eating a proper meal, but more importantly I wasn't getting the proper vitamins and food groups for a happy, healthy life! I realised I had got myself into a very unhealthy and unhappy relationship with food. Not anymore!
Kate is fun (foremost), professional, and "gets it"! It was so easy to sit and talk about food, the emotional importance I'd put on food, shopping, eating out, blow-outs, chocolate and me!
I used to get on the scales everyday to see if I'd lost or gained a pound or not. I've not weighed myself in four weeks now (I will do in a few weeks, but not everyday, or even every week anymore!). I spend the time I used to worry about food, focused on work, friends and having fun, and 'rewards/treats' now come in the form of Chanel nail varnishes, trips to the Wallace Collection, or just a walk around the block in daylight - not chocolate!
I'm eating so many different types of food now - and whilst I'm still no 'cook', I have a range of stir frys, meats and veg that I can 'assemble' together in the evening and I actually enjoy it! The secret for me is just being a little bit more prepared - it's like anything in life!
Kate gave me simple rules that were easy to follow - as well as share with my friends who I'd asked to help me to keep on a healthy eating mission. Sweet, fluffy and white are soooo last year!! ;-)
Thanks for everything Kate!"
Anne Mickel, London
“I've just worked out that I have lost three stone overall and feel great.”
"Diet and exercise is going really well. I managed 20 miles on Sunday and 20 lengths of the pool this morning. Less than two weeks to go until the Moonwalk - don't know whether to feel terrified or excited.
I wish that I had taken a photo when I first came to see you - I've just worked out that I have lost three stone overall and feel great. "
Anita Kinsey, London
"Kate helped me see to see that the last thing I needed was yet another "diet" or set of rigid rules to follow. We spent time discussing the reasons for my emotional/comfort eating and I gradually began to realise that what Kate was doing was helping to free me from a lifetime of searching for THE diet that would make me thin and happy. She helped me to see that it was all about the choices I was making and that there is no "bad" or "good", that I could eat a croissant for breakfast without feeling guilty and bingeing for the rest of the day because I'd been "bad". She helped me to realise that I was striving for absolute perfection in my diet, and when I couldn't achieve it, my sense of failure was triggering the binges.
Kate gradually helped me to achieve more balance in my eating behaviour. One of the achievements I made with Kate's help was to break a 10 year habit of having a huge Indian takeaway on Friday night with my husband, which was often the trigger for a weekend of being excessively unhealthy. I would sometimes binge on crisps and chocolate on Friday afternoon because it was curry night, so I might as well make the most of it. Now my husband and I prepare a special meal on Friday night, something we might only have cooked before if we were having people over for dinner, but taking time to select the best ingredients and making it a real treat. After my final session with Kate, I felt that for the first time in many years I wasn't afraid of food and could relax about it for the first time in years"
Sarah, full time mum, London
“I feel incredibly positive about food and am enjoying myself much more because of Kate’s coaching and inspiration......thank you Kate."
"On reaching the ripe old age of 30 I realised that it was time for me to understand myself and my body better….and my journey began with Kate as my guide. Kate took the time and patience to work with me, tailoring a programme to suit my personal needs. The step by step plan helped me to make small changes giving my body and mind a chance to acclimatize. At each stage Kate’s approach made it exciting and easy to achieve making it a great experience rather than a chore. Kate’s energy for life and practical approach gave me the space in which to explore new ideas and as she says…go well. Well, I feel incredibly positive about food and am enjoying myself much more because of Kate’s coaching and inspiration......thank you Kate."
Rachel Humpherson, London
“As well as losing weight, I also found myself more able to tackle my other life challenges.”
"I first went to see Kate because I wanted to lose weight. Through her excellent coaching she helped me to understand that nutrition is about much more than just weight loss. Gradually with her help I started reclaiming my life and my health. As well as losing weight, I also found myself more able to tackle my other life challenges and I was also able to bring these to Kate for her help and advice. Over the past two years I have relied on Kate's common sense approach and her gentle but firm reminders to keep me on track, and would not have got so much accomplished were it not for her help and support. Thank you Kate!"
“Your wonderful down-to-earth approach to explaining and encouraging me to eat healthily, and adopt a different attitude to food fitness and health, is so compelling that I felt honour-bound to at least try it – and the plain simple truth is it works.”
"It‘s said that the proof of the pudding is in the eating – and in my case it’s absolutely true.
From being a cuddly child, thanks mainly to my well-meaning parents who insisted I eat everything on my over-filled plate, I have been on diets most of my life. Also, due to my hectic life-style stress was taking its toll. Now at long last thanks to the advice in your excellent book ‘Whole health: Inspirational ideas for mind and body well-being’, and in particular to the personal coaching sessions, I am no longer dieting, or stressed – and I feel great. Why the change? Your wonderful down-to-earth approach to explaining and encouraging me to eat healthily, and adopt a different attitude to food fitness and health, is so compelling that I felt honour-bound to at least try it – and the plain simple truth is it works. There are no reprimands for the odd lapse but an understanding that we are all human – it happens. As a result of your excellent advice and support I now find that I am less likely to stray from the path of healthy eating because I’ve discovered that I truly enjoy it, and the benefits it brings. I have always felt that being over-weight, stressed, and less fit than was good for me, was a mental mind-set that I just had to live with. You showed me it didn’t have to be that way ever again.
Kate - my sincere thanks.
Ain’t Life Fantastic! "
“I soon noticed a radical change of my body - my energy level has gone up, I have better skin, I sleep better, I am no longer feeling bloated and I have dropped a dress size!”
"Growing up in a Chinese community where everyone is so tiny had always made me feel like the fat and the ugly one. My mum is a size six and so is my sister! Even my dad is lighter than me! Having gained a few kilos in university, I went home for my first holiday and saw the horror on their faces when I arrived at the airport - they couldn't even recognise me! This was then followed by constant laughing and joking by every family member.
Feeling very hurt, very unattractive and VERY angry with myself throughout the holiday I returned to university and determined to get some professional help. My first session with Kate was absolutely awesome, for the first time I was told that I do not need to lose any weight at all! All I needed was to eat well and be healthy! She opened up a whole new world of healthy eating to me and has also helped me to understand that there is so much more than just losing weight!
The rules Kate set up for me are all very practical and fit into my everyday life easily. I have also learned not to beat myself up for messing up the rules and try to relax. I soon noticed a radical change of my body - my energy level has gone up, I have better skin, I sleep better, I am no longer feeling bloated and I have dropped a dress size! Most importantly I feel so much better about myself! What an incredible feeling! I was even rewarded a little book of optimum nutrition for doing so well which was really encouraging! Looking radiant as ever I couldn't wait to show everyone back home how good I looked - yes as I predicted everyone was gobsmacked and I was no longer a 'most talked-about celebrity' in the family and my mum actually stopped nagging for once! Hurray!
I have gained an incredible knowledge about optimum nutrition from Kate and now I'm very happy with my body and continue eating healthily. Thanks to Kate for being so patient and so supportive. Thank you so much Kate! Couldn't have done it without you! Thank you! "
Ms. Siew Wong, Malaysia
“I have had more energy and learned that by eating regularly and healthily my cravings for the wrong food choices are less."
"The Nutrition Coach made me think of my diet not as a temporary measure or a fad but as a way of life. To begin with I kept a food diary and we looked at it together and worked out ways in which I could make improvements. Instead of telling me exactly what I could and couldn't eat we discussed the sort of foods I like to eat and considered healthier options I felt I would still enjoy, so the changes would be realistic. The Nutrition Coach helped me with my shopping list and ways I could make changes which weren't too painful. This has now helped me to make healthier choices every day and incorporate them permanently. I have had more energy and learned that by eating regularly and healthily my cravings for the wrong food choices are less."
Mrs H Gosling, London
“I knew from the start that I wanted something that wasn’t going to be a fad and that’s exactly what Kate teaches. It’s a fantastic and achievable lifestyle change.”
"Before I started seeing Kate I was struggling with my relationship with food. I was constantly suffering from stomach cramps, bloating and hunger. I wanted to feel more empowered and in control. I found Kate on the internet and from the first time I spoke to her I felt that she understood me.
From our first meeting I left with small, achievable tasks. I began to feel different, both physically and emotionally. Even though I knew some of what Kate taught me it was her support that kept me going right to the end. I knew from the start that I wanted something that wasn’t going to be a fad and that’s exactly what Kate teaches. It’s a fantastic and achievable lifestyle change."
Fiona, teacher, London
“I have never before had so many compliments - I lost weight, changed shape, my skin looks better and I just feel great - loads more energy and zest for life.”
"You are what you eat! All I can say is that since I did this course with Kate I have not only enjoyed food much more but have felt 100% better in myself and how I look. I have never before had so many compliments - I lost weight, changed shape, my skin looks better and I just feel great - loads more energy and zest for life. I am no saint, I have not stuck to the rules 100% and I have ups and downs as most people do. However, it has changed my approach to eating. I am much more aware of what I eat, have more boundaries around what I eat and make conscious choices about when to have that chocolate or dessert. I now enjoy my food so much more and have gained real enthusiasm for cooking and trying new things. I highly commend Kate and her coaching. She is passionate about what she does and I very much hope that you get as much from her coaching as I did."