Operation transformation: weight loss scales new heights

Aine Fitzgerald

Reporter:

Aine Fitzgerald

SHE is a regular on our tv screens appearing on such programmes as Operation Transformation and Off the Rails and now nutrition expert Dr Eva Orsmond is on hand to help Limerick people in their bid to shift the excess pounds.

SHE is a regular on our tv screens appearing on such programmes as Operation Transformation and Off the Rails and now nutrition expert Dr Eva Orsmond is on hand to help Limerick people in their bid to shift the excess pounds.

Orsmond Clinic is a private specialist service with clinics around the country offering a medically supervised professional approach to the treatment of obesity.

The Limerick clinic opened during the summer above the Ultimate Health Clinic, Shannonville, off the Ennis Road and one lady who is already feeling the positive effects of the weight loss programme is ICA Bootcamp mentor Josephine Helly.

Josephine, met Dr Orsmond - who is originally from Finland - through the RTE programme on which they were both working over the summer and she was immediately struck by her attitude.

“Eva comes across as a bit cross but she isn’t actually very cross. She was very committed about what she felt was right and what she felt was wrong and I felt that this might work for me,” explained Josephine who was busy knitting a scarf while waiting to see Dr Orsmond at the Limerick clinic.

While recording the ICA Bootcamp programme, Josephine knew she needed to tackle her weight problem. “I knew going for the live week that had I not lost weight I would be panting. I had a very bad chest and I could hear myself wheezing. My big problem was sweet things.”

The 66-year-old started going to the clinic on July 14 last and already she has lost three and a half stone.

As part of her weight loss programme, Josephine incorporates Eurodiet produces into her diet.

“Eva wasn’t pushy, she gave you a chance to look and see if you liked the products. I never felt one bit hungry on them – not one bit and Eva also does her own recipes as well and they are beautiful.”

The Galway woman is hoping to get down to her proper body mass index (BMI) which will mean shedding another stone. “I would be very happy with that but what I want to do is to maintain it and to learn how to maintain it properly.”

According to Dr Orsmond the beauty of the Eurodiet is that the foodstuffs are like ordinary food. “You would have pancakes, pasta etc. It is a food supplement – they are products that are food but they are different from ordinary food in that there is very little carbohydrates. I order them from France. It’s a ketogenic diet but that’s one of the diets -we want to be very clear because it is only a kick-start programme that some people choose. It is ideal for diabetics as well because it is very low in carbs,” she explained.

While the products don’t come cheap “we are talking about from €50 to €100 a week on the programme depending on which phase” according to Dr Orsmond the client does not stay on them long-term. “Often people are spending €10 or €15 on a bottle of wine – it all depends on how you want to prioritise. This is not forever – this is to get you going on the plan. After phase two you can go back to ordinary food – you can also start on ordinary food. You can’t expect the speed. It all depends on the approach you want to take. These are not hocus pocus.”

Denise Stafford was also in the waiting room of the Limerick clinic ahead of her appointment with Dr Orsmond. Denise has been going to the clinic since March.

“I needed to lose weight. I was very overweight,” said Denise who has lost six stone and one pound since March.

Denise incorporates the Eurodiet into her breakfast and lunch and then has a “ normal family supper”.

“It doesn’t interfere with my family life at all. I have been exercising which I never did before – I would walk a couple of miles a day. I have found it fantastic.”

According to Denise she now realises that she wasn’t a happy person prior to losing the weight.

“What brought it home to me was when I was away with some friends and they were all trying on clothes and all I could try on were the shoes. I want to lose another three stone and then I would be happy with that”.

Mary Hanrahan from Tulla was on her fifth visit to the Orsmond Clinic.

“I have lost over 18 pounds in a little over a month. My husband had been very ill – he had been diagnosed with cancer twice so with all that I was comfort eating. I was tired, I had no energy everything was a drag. Now, I have no problem ,” she said.