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Nutrition & Weight Loss
Member since
Feb 2008

Assoc. Prof. Antigone Kouris

Phone 03 9483 7099
Address Suite 22 (street level)
488 Neerim Rd
Murrumbeena VIC 3163
Servicing Areas Murrumbeena, Beaumaris & Bayside and surrounding areas
Fax 03 9515 4520
For All Of Your Professional Weight Loss & Nutritional Services In The Greater Murrumbeena Area, You Can't Go Past Dr Antigone Kouris.

Assoc. Prof. Antigone Kouris - Nutriton & Weight Loss

WEIGHT LOSS STRATEGIES

Dr Kouris has helped thousands of people lose weight (up to 70kg) and keep it off. However, you need to be dedicated to your goal in order to get results.  She will help you with your motivation and provide tips on how to become an intuitive eater, but If you are an emotional/stress eater you may need help from a psychologist (Anita Missiha works in her clinic because she is amazing) or a hypnotherapist to break bad habits. She will also use a holistic assessment to identify if there are any metabolic issues affecting your ability to lose weight. 

Dr Kouris will then discuss with you the various evidence based approaches that will help you lose body fat but not muscle (she has a body composition scale to monitor your progress).  

She has contributed to 5 university text books. She has authored a chapter on the dietary management of overweight and obesity in the text book “Food and Nutrition” edited by Professor Mark Wahlqvist published in 2011.

In this chapter she reviews the research regarding various weight loss diets, including the use of meal replacements. The research suggests that complete meal replacements (VLEDs) (where all meals are replaced with formulated shakes/bars/soups) and partial meal replacements (where one to two meals a day are replaced with formulated shakes/bars/soups) are safe and effective in both the short and long term often resulting in improvements in blood glucose and insulin levels and cholesterol and blood pressure. They also provide a higher intake of nutrients than achieved on diet alone and can result in greater weight loss (9-10% of body weight) than weight loss achieved on diet alone (6-8% of body weight). For these reasons Dr Kouris is happy to use clinically trialled meal replacements with her patients, especially at the beginning to kick start some weight loss to help with motivation. She has chosen Cambridge products over other products due to their superior taste, variety of flavours, shake/soup/meal options and lactose free options. Furthermore, she has been impressed with the results.The Cambridge products are embedded in her holistic approach to weight loss and wellness.

Apart from VLEDs, the other weight loss approaches she has found to be particularly successful include:
1) Intermittant fasting (5:2 diet, 16: 8 diet)
2) 800-1000 calorie Mediterranean diet
3) Lower carb diet (less than 100g carbohydrate per day, especially if you have insulin resistance)
4) Lower calorie diet (using food swapping and smaller portions to reduce calories)

You will choose the best approach that suits your personality, lifestyle and medical condition and Dr Kouris will help you implement it.

Her hunger busting low sugar cookies Skinnybik can be consumed on any of the diets to help replace unhealthy treats whilst helping you feel less deprived. Many of her patients believe that they could not have lost weight without Skinnybik (check out testimonials on www.skinnybik.com)

Dr Kouris' focus is to identify the metabolic causes for your weight problems by doing a thorough nutritional assessment (which includes evaluating your medications, supplements, blood tests, symptoms). She will also address any other health issues (especially bowel health, thyroid, diabetes, prediabetes) which may be affecting your wellness and ability to lose weight.  Your treatment may require taking certain supplements short-term to correct nutritional deficiencies and to improve your metabolism/bowel health to facilitate weight loss.


NUTRITIONAL CONSULTATIONS

Nutritional consultations include:

1. Assessment of your nutritional status

  • Nutritional adequacy of your diet:using a combination of dietary history, clinical symptoms, nutritional biochemistry/blood tests. If your diet is lacking any nutrients, a combination of diet and short term supplementation will be recommended to correct these.
  • Medications: their effects on your nutritional status (e.g blocking absorption of nutrients)
  • Supplements: vitamins/herbs and interactions with your medications

2. Medical Nutrition Therapy of following conditions:
(prescribed diet and short term supplementation if needed)

  • gastrointestinal disorders (reflux/indigestion, gastritis, ulcers, gastroparesis, irritable bowel (FODMAP diet), crohns, colitis, coeliac, constipation/ diarrhoea
  • Prediabetes(hyperinsulinaemia/hypoglycaemia), diabetes, polycystic ovaries
  • High blood fats (cholesterol, triglycerides)
  • Fatty liver
  • Prehypertension/ hypertension
  • Thyroid/fatigue/fibromyalgia
  • Gout, gall stones, kidney stones, kidney disease
  • Osteo/rheumatoid arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Cancer, immune function
  • Menstruation/PMT/thrush/fertility
  • Migraines/mood/depression/stress/anxiety/insomnia
  • Hair, skin (acne/wrinkles/eczema/psoriasis), nails
  • Malnutrition (weight loss, cancer, eating disorders)
  • Healthy aging
  • Drug nutrient-herb interactions
  • Overweight and Obesity and 'waist' loss*

3. Vitamin Supplements:

  • Dr Kouris has a special interest in identifying nutritional insufficiencies as these can contribute to feelings of unwellness and development of health problems.
  • In general, multivitamins are not commonly used. Instead, short term nutritional therapy may involve the use of specialised nutritional products that target specific organs (e.g bowel) or metabolic functions (e.g insulin action).

 



BLOOD & URINE TESTING

Blood/urine tests can detect deficiencies like iron, B12, folate, zinc, iodine, selenium, vitamin A and D (other nutrients are either expensive to test or inaccurate like magnesium, chromium, omega 3 fats, B1, B6, vitamin E, CoQ10).

Dr Kouris looks for symptoms of insufficiencies (e.g tongue,nails, eyes, hair, skin, fatigue, brain fog, bowel problems, muscle pain, PMT etc) which will be cross-checked against the nutritional adequacy of the diet. As a result, she may recommend further blood tests be performed via the GP.



CONSULTATION FEES

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  • $60/30 mins for private patients: (rebates from private health insurance available for dietetics for policies with "extras").
  • First appointment: assessment only (30min). If you wish to have diet prescription as well you will need a 45min appointment ($90).
  • Short follow up appointments also available (15min, $30).

$10 out of pocket for Medicare Enhanced Primary Care Plans or EPC  (bulk billing available for pensioners/health care card holderson EPCs). Ask your GP if you are eligible for an EPC; you need to have a chronic health condition).
Working hours: Weekdays and Saturdays available.
Please FAX CARE PLANS prior to appointments to: Fax: 95154544

For more information about the best services for your needs or to organise an appointment - just give us a call!

Qualification Details


  • PhD Nutrition (Faculty Med, Monash)
  • BSc (Biochem) (Melb)
  • Hons (Nutrition) (Deakin)
  • Grad Dip Diet (Deakin)
  • Dip Botanic Med (Newcastle)
 

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