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Clinic hires nutritionist to help in obesity drive

Vanessa Brown with Bhavin Prajapati

A Carlisle-based beauty clinic has appointed a nutritionist and movement coach, with weight management very much on the national agenda.

On Monday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a raft of new measures to tackle widespread obesity in Britain, with people who are overweight said to be more at risk of being seriously debilitated by coronavirus.

VL Aesthetics, in Kingmoor Road, recently welcomed Nutritionist and Movement Coach Bhavin Prajapati into its team, and the timing of his appointment could hardly be more prescient.

“I was given the post around a month-and-a-half ago, so the fact that the Government has addressed obesity now is very convenient timing,” said Mr Prajapati

“It’s definitely a step in the right direction and we’re waiting to see what they do next.

“I’ve seen a lot more people getting out and doing exercise during the lockdown, which is encouraging. I’ve worked a lot in Public Health and the hard part is to get people doing things they wouldn’t normally do.”

Mr Prajapati, who has more than 10 years of experience working in the NHS and private sector, will be offering weight loss and body slimming programmes, and creating tailored weight management journeys for his patients.

Starting from base health check to a more advanced programme incorporating VL Aesthetics’ slimming technologies, personal nutrition plan and personal movement plan, the clinic can now offer a weight loss solution to everybody.

Mr Prajapati continued: “The most important thing is to meet patients in person and talk to them. You can set anyone a diet and see if they stick to it, but really you need to get to know that person and find out about their lifestyle.

“I’ll look at small changes a person can make and try to work out the reasons why they’re overweight.

“Follow-up consultations will look at what’s working well and seeing if there are new goals we can set.

“There is a lot more to it than coming up with a diet; it’s about educating people on portion sizes, relying on takeaways, and the psychological side of things. What we do is personalised to the individual and give the patient support and direction to achieve their goal.”

VL Aesthetics has invested more than £5,000 in the latest state-of-the-art equipment which allows them to provide diagnostic and health consultations for clients, identifying not just their weight and BMI, but also skeletal muscle mass, waist to hip ratio, hydration, bone density and other critical parameters as markers of health.

This will complement their body contouring and weight loss medical grade equipment and expertise.

The multi-disciplined clinic has also launched Fat Dissolving Injections to further assist body contouring. Procedures are performed by VL’s aesthetic nurse with 30 years of experience.

To discuss procedures with VL Aesthetics’ trained consultants, phone 01228 580444 or visit vlaesthetics.co.uk

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