A helping hand on your way to weight loss

30 April 2015

The hardest part about deciding to change your lifestyle is not just making the decision, but implementing it. People addicted to intoxicating substances can attest to the difficulties of quitting, which is why they often sign up for support groups to help them through their transition.

Similarly, those who want to lose weight or merely want to live a healthier lifestyle find it difficult not to revert to their old ways.

Registered dietician Samantha du Toit has however introduced a support group to help those who want to lose weight or transition to a healthier lifestyle.

The health and nutrition initiative under the theme Eat Clean Namibia offers a slimming class for its members with weekly support group meetings.

Du Toit, who has worked in private practice for the past seven years, said she realised the need existed for a support group through experience gained from her work.

“I saw that there was a need for a support group because it’s hard trying to lose weight on your own,” she said.

The support group is still in its infancy, having only started at the beginning of the year and so far has six registered members.

“With technology advancing so quickly and our toxic modern-day environment having such a negative impact on our health, we desperately need to go back to the basics of healthy eating,” she noted

The members of the support group receive various tools to help with the weight loss challenge.

“During each meeting we have a nutrition education session and the participants have to complete a checklist that shows whether they have been following their regimen,” she said.

This help to make sure her group members remained accountable for their actions.

The participants also receive a clean eating manual and tool kit. The manual contains different meal plans, correct food portion sizes and recipes.

It also includes a weight loss tracker and an eating habit tracker.

“As soon as you make that your ultimate dietary intention and goal, then it becomes less complicated to eat healthy.

“Once you become aware of your physical and emotional hunger cues, learn about correct portion sizes and incorporate regular enjoyable exercise into your lifestyle, then weight loss is inevitable and sustainable,” Du Toit explained.

Each participant decides whether they want to take on a 4-week, 6-week or 10-week challenge, after which they can decide whether they want to continue with the support group.

The support group meets once a week and a session is N$125. Participants have the option of claiming back N$65 from their medical aid provider.

However, those who want to try out the support group will have to commit to it for at least a month.

Those interested can either email Du Toit at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or alternatively call her on 0812035510.
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