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The Real Health and Weight Loss Podcast 

Hosted by Dr Lucy Burns and Dr Mary Barson from Real Life Medicine 

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Are You Looking for Trusted Health and Weight Loss Advice?

In a world full of misinformation it's time to tune into the Real Health and Weight Loss podcast. 

Dr Lucy and Dr Mary are medical doctors who are experts in weight management.

They practice holistic medicine and it's their job to help you get healthy! 

As our society is getting sicker and sicker with increasing chronic disease, Dr Lucy and Dr Mary are helping people get to the root cause, improve their metabolism and develop mindset skills for long lasting health and weight loss.

If you've tried every diet under the sun and a re looking for long lasting health and weight loss so you can have more energy, feel amaxing and stop living life on the sidelines, then you're in the right place!

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One of Australia's Favourite Podcasts with Hundreds of 5 star Reviews 

Sharon Mary Margaret, 20/09/2023 via Apple podcasts

Really Life Changing

I thoroughly enjoy Dr. Mary and Dr. Lucy's podcast! Their weekly episodes, ranging from 20 to 30 minutes, provide a wealth of easily digestible information (pardon the pun). I appreciate their positive messages and the humor they inject into their stories. The podcast takes a holistic approach to real-life health and mindset, making it both informative and entertaining. Highly recommended!

PoppyWitt, 20/09/2023 via Apple podcasts

Real advice for good Heath

Have listened to all episodes of this podcast giving considered information by two lovely and kind Doctors for those of us wanting to look after our long term health. Everything is explained in an easy to understand manner with humour so that it’s quite inspiring.

Definitely my favourite podcast

Operation New Life,  24/03/2023 Via Apple podcasts

Very validating information

These doctors really hear what their patients and clients are saying and have such understanding as they lived the same experiences. They make it easy to understand that it really is not our fault and guide us easily into taking back control of our health and weight. They do it without judgement or expecting perfection.

These podcasts are really life changing for so many people.

Thank you so much Dr Lucy and Dr Mary.

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Most Recent Episodes

Podcast Episode 213

Am I Having a Midlife Crisis? 

For many women, the perimenopause period can feel like a crisis. Join Dr Lucy Burns as she chats with midlife psychologist Kirstin Bouse.  The hormonal and psychological changes that occur in perimenopause and beyond are profound but can provide an opportunity to redefine ourselves. Moving from people-pleasing and entering the glory years with a newfound confidence is liberating and a tiny bit nerve-wracking!

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Podcast Episode 212

Weight Gain During Menopause

Have you ever felt shamed or stigmatised because of your weight? Dr Angela Kwong, a GP with expertise in weight management, talks with Dr Lucy Burns about weight loss and stigma. They discuss how addressing the root causes of weight gain is crucial for long-term weight loss. Listen in to learn about the pros and cons of weight loss medications, the role of nutrition, and the importance of education and informed choices as you navigate your personalised path to great health and sustainable weight loss. And learn how to break free from the stigma. Shame has no place in health and weight loss.

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Podcast Episode 211

Managing Stress During Menopause

Most women experience symptoms of stress as they transition through perimenopause. Dr Lucy and Dr Ivana Matic-Stancin discuss menopause and the importance of addressing the psychological aspects of this life transition. They explain the different stages of menopause and emphasise the need for women to have all the options and support available to them. They discuss the lack of attention and support given to perimenopausal women and the importance of creating a safe space for this transition. Dr Ivana shares her approach to helping women with menopausal symptoms through her menopause clinic and CBT group. They also discuss the impact of modern life on menopausal symptoms and the need for women to pause, review, and regroup to navigate this transition.

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Podcast Episode 210

Memory Loss and Menopause - What Should I Do?

Most of us worry about our memory as we get older, and many of us suffer from memory challenges in Menopause. But there are some very simple and powerful techniques you can use to improve your memory. Dr. Anne Unkenstein, a renowned neuropsychologist, discusses memory and its fluctuations, particularly during the perimenopausal menopausal transition. She shares insights on memory lapses, anxiety, and the impact of aging on memory. Listen in to gain insight into how memory works and get some practical strategies for improving memory to help you live your best possible life.

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Podcast Episode 209

Menopause, Perimenopause and HRT

Should I take HRT? How do I know if it’s menopause? What about testosterone? I’m worried about breast cancer. These are common questions that we get asked daily. Dr Lucy discusses this and more with menopause expert Dr Ceri Cashell. We discuss all the hot topics in relation to HRT or MHT for women going through menopause and perimenopause. 

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Podcast Episode 208

 Could I have ADHD?

Did you know that ADHD presents differently in girls and women? It feels like every second person is being diagnosed with ADHD. We discuss this and more with ADHD expert Sharon Collons and cover areas such as ADHD and perimenopause, ADHD and Binge Eating Disorder. We also give some practical strategies on how to work with your beautiful brain if you have ADHD. Sharon shows us that many of the areas people struggle with can be improved with the right tools and strategies.

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Podcast Episode 207

Do you need to wear Yoga Pants? 

Many people think of yoga as a thing done by young thin women in yoga pants. I have a chat with self-proclaimed perimenopausal, curvy woman Emma Walkinshaw. Emma is yoga and meditation teacher. We discuss all things yoga and meditation as well as getting into the guts of society’s obsession with thinness and how you can be healthy and embrace your curves.

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Podcast Episode 206

What is the Difference Between Perimenopause and Menopause?

Every woman will transition to menopause. It is part of normal aging that directly affects 50% of the population. We would argue, that everybody should know and understand menopause  The days of hush-hush secret women’s stuff are gone. Today we go through some basic definitions and describe some of the changes that many women experience. We discuss the physiology of menopause and some of the strategies you can use to improve menopause symptoms. Stay tuned because more menopause episodes are coming your way!

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Podcast Episode 205

Is Lifestyle Better than Medicine?

Many people believe that improving lifestyle means you won't need to take medication and conversely many people think that if you take medication, you don‚Äôt need to change your lifestyle.¬†This is part of the ‚Äúthis or that‚ÄĚ thinking. It's very rigid and can be a judgemental way of viewing things. There are influencers out there who blame people if they take medications suggesting that if they just improved their lifestyle, they wouldn't need pills and potions. By the same token, there are plenty of doctors who quickly reach for the script pad when lifestyle changes could indeed negate the need for drugs.
In today's episode Dr Mary and Dr Lucy discuss this phenomenon, why it occurs and why they believe it’s not this or that but this and that.

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Podcast Episode 204

Simple Tips for Health and Weight Loss

Shopping for clothes sucks... is what we used to believe. But not anymore. Have you ever stood in front of the mirror, feeling dissatisfied with what you see? It's a very common struggle, one that affects almost every woman. Dr Lucy and Dr Mary get raw and vulnerable sharing their body image struggles, and how they now embrace health and being a fabulous HOTI (healthy on the inside). While weight loss may be a goal for many on their path to better health, it's important to remember that you can still love and respect the body you are in.

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Podcast Episode 203

The Tipping Point - Motivation for Change 

What makes people take action? People often describe a sentinel event that finally pushes them into action. For Donna Freeman it was developing high blood pressure and needing medication even though she was only in her 40’s. Donna shares her compelling personal story, from her battle with breast cancer to how prioritising metabolic health has been pivotal in her life. Dr Lucy and Donna Freeman delve into the profound effects of societal conditioning on body image and self-worth. They tackle the pervasive influence of diet culture and the immense pressure to adhere to conventional beauty standards. Their discussion sheds light on the importance of addressing the psychological aspects of food and eating behaviours, as well as developing effective strategies to manage mindset and stress.

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Podcast Episode 202

It's Never Too Late to
Lose Weight & Get Healthy

It is never too late to reclaim your health. Self-professed "older woman" Judy McKay shares her inspirational story of how she lost significant amount of weight, got off prescription medications, eliminated her arthritic pain and gained strength and confidence to live her later years with joy. Judy discusses the challenges she faced, the mindset shifts she made, and the physical and mental improvements she experienced. Emphasising the importance of self-acceptance, setting achievable goals, and finding a supportive community. She encourages others to take control of their health and make positive changes, reminding them that it's never too late to start.

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Podcast Episode 201

Why is Clothes Shopping so Hard?

Shopping for clothes sucks... is what we used to believe. But not anymore. Have you ever stood in front of the mirror, feeling dissatisfied with what you see? It's a very common struggle, one that affects almost every woman. Dr Lucy and Dr Mary get raw and vulnerable sharing their body image struggles, and how they now embrace health and being a fabulous HOTI (healthy on the inside). While weight loss may be a goal for many on their path to better health, it's important to remember that you can still love and respect the body you are in.

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Podcast Episode 200

Journaling for Health
& Weight Loss

Weight loss is an inside job. Real health and lasting weight loss requires self understanding. Your journey of self discovery can be a lot of fun. In this episode, Dr Lucy and Dr Mary discuss the power of journaling as a tool to rewire your brain and harness the power of neuroplasticity. Any old piece of paper and any old pen will do. Journalling is a free, accessible and powerful tool that can have immense rewards for your brain and body.

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Podcast Episode 199

 How to Manage Constipation 
& Diarrhoea with Low Carb

Dr Lucy and Dr Mary discuss common bowel changes that occur when changing eating habits and embarking on a low carb lifestyle. This is an important topic but is frequently not discussed. We know no one wants to talk about poo! In this episode, we give you 10 practical strategies to manage constipation and 5 options to manage diarrhoea so you can continue on your path to good health and manage this transition phase with ease.

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Podcast Episode 198

What is Insulin Resistance? 

The majority of people with insulin resistance do not know they have it. It is extremely common and a major threat to our health and longevity. Insulin resistance has its hand in an alarmingly large number of illnesses including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, vascular disease, neurodegenerative disorders, cancer and reproductive problems. In this episode, Dr Lucy and Dr Mary discuss the four key interventions you can use to reduce insulin resistance and its devastating impact. Listen to this episode and learn how to be a HOTI (healthy on the inside) through small, achievable steps. Great health can be yours, and it is easier than you think.

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Podcast Episode 197

What’s the Difference Between Dieting and Fasting

In this episode of the real health and weight loss podcast Dr Lucy and Dr Mary discuss the benefits of intermittent fasting and how it differs from chronic calorie restriction. They explain the importance of balancing protein intake during fasting and provide tips on how to start intermittent fasting. They also discuss the importance of listening to your body and being flexible with fasting. The conversation emphasises the need for balance and individualised approaches to fasting.

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Podcast Episode 196

 How to do Low Carb at Easter

Join Dr Mary and Dr Lucy as they tackle the potential challenges of a low carb lifestyle during Easter celebrations.They give you practical strategies on navigating the alluring hot cross bun, the omnipresent Easter eggs and dealing with unexpected emotional triggers.They also give you practical advice on how to stay on track, and how to recover if you stray off your path and it's all wrapped in a big Easter bow of self-compassion.

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Episode 195

What is the Best Diet
for Weight Loss?

Beware the fanatics! Beware the (easily manipulated) before and after weight loss photos. Beware the alluring idea, that if we could just find that one simple thing, then all our weight loss woes would be over. One-size-fits-all approaches can be dangerous, and they do not work. In this episode weight management experts, Dr Lucy and Dr Mary, discuss how you can navigate the weight loss minefield. It takes some self-experimentation, knowledge and consistency. We don't need to be perfect, and with the right formula, tailored to you, finding long-lasting health and weight loss can be fun.

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Episode 194

Does Milk Stop Weight Loss?

¬†Join weight management experts Dr Lucy and Dr Mary as they break down the milk dilemma for people wanting to improve metabolic health and lose weight. Dairy vs. plant-based, full cream vs. skim, lactose vs. lactose free, milk vs. cream, choosing the best plant milk ‚Äď they cover it all. Learn to read labels, dodge processed milks, and tailor your choices to fit your needs. Tune in for a quick guide to informed and empowered milk choices.

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Episode 193

 What is Toxic Diet Culture

In this episode of the Real Health and Weight Loss podcast Dr Lucy and Dr Mary discuss their take on diet culture and navigating the world of weight loss without the harmful effects of dieting. 

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Podcast Episode 192

What stress does to your body

Stress literally slows down weight loss. Stress impairs our metabolic health, increases unhealthy (visceral) fat, disrupts sleep, increases appetite, makes us more prone to emotional eating, and reduces our quality of life. In this episode Dr Lucy and Dr Mary dive into stress management, and how you can greatly reduce the amount of stress you experience, and its negative impact with the right tools and simple mindset skills.

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Podcast Episode 191

Emotional Eating & How to Stop It

Breaking free from emotional eating is essential to long-term health and wellness, and it can be done - with the right tools. Often, we do not understand why we use food to deal with emotions and assume it is a lack of willpower.¬† Emotional eating is a common trap, it provides short-term comfort, at the expense of our health and peace of mind. In this episode, Dr Lucy and Dr Mary discuss the root causes of emotional eating, and how it results from our brain's survival mechanism to cope with uncomfortable feelings. You will learn the powerful tools to break free from the emotional eating cage. Develop awareness of your ‚ÄúP.H.A.L.T.‚ÄĚ triggers, and learn that willpower is not the solution. Instead, you can develop a healthy set of mindset tools that unshackle you from emotional eating so that you can live your best and healthiest life.

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Podcast Episode 190

Why am I so hungry? 

Getting back control of hunger is crucial for weight loss. There are many misconceptions surrounding hunger. Contrary to popular belief, hunger is not about the size of your stomach or sheer willpower. Instead, it's hormonally driven, with important hormonal players like peptide YY, cholecystokinin, insulin, leptin and ghrelin all working together to signal when to stop eating. In this episode, Dr Lucy and Dr Mary break it down in a very easy-to-understand way. Gain a deeper understanding of hunger, hormones, and the best strategies for healthy and long-lasting weight management. 

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Podcast Episode 189

How to Fuel Real Health 
& Weight Loss

Understanding how to fuel your body well is essential for sustainable weight loss and good health. Long lasting weight loss does not need to be hard, if you have the right framework. In this episode Dr Mary and Dr Lucy cut through the noise and confusion and uncover the actual route cause of obesity and weight gain - a disordered metabolism. Listen to this episode to learn how making simple changes not only allows for long-lasting weight loss, but also heals your metabolism, reduces cancer risk and transforms your health so you can live your best life.

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Podcast Episode 188

Can Changing What You Eat
Fix Rheumatoid arthritis?

In this episode, Dr Lucy interviews Amanda Moore, who shares her remarkable health transformation journey. Amanda had sudden onset rheumatoid arthritis and struggled with weight gain and the side effects of medications. She was looking for a sustainable solution to improve her health and found the 12 Week Mind Body Rebalance program. Amanda has experienced increased energy, reduced joint pain, and improved gut health. She emphasises the importance of making sustainable lifestyle changes and prioritising self-care. The episode highlights the benefits of a holistic approach to health and the power of real food in healing the body.
In this episode, you will learn:
Sustainable lifestyle changes are key to improving health and well-being.
How you can reclaim your energy and feel better.
Real food can have a significant impact on reducing inflammation and improving gut health.
Lifestyle changes can reduce the amount of medication you take.
Addressing stress and prioritising self-care are essential for overall health.

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Podcast Episode 187

How Penny Lost 20kgs and Reversed her Pre-Diabetes

Dr Lucy interviews Penny Stringer, a 40-year-old mum of 2 from Tasmania who has completed 12 Week Mind Body Rebalance program. Penny shares her struggles with weight management and polycystic ovarian syndrome, as well as her journey towards finding balance and nourishing her body with low carb real food. She emphasises the importance of mindfulness, understanding hunger signals, and making the helpful easy and the unhelpful hard. Penny also discusses the positive impact of the program on her health and well-being and offers tips for newcomers, including the importance of surrounding oneself with a supportive community and maintaining a positive mindset.

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Podcast Episode 186

Fuel your Best Life with Fat-burning

Changing the food we eat and getting help with our mindset has the power to change lives. In today's episode, Dr Mary is joined by the fabulous Marie Kirkpatrick. Maree is a busy mum and business woman. Despite her hectic life, she has found a way to easily embrace real food, and with expert mindset coaching she has transformed her health, reduced pain, lost weight and overcome emotional eating. As she changed her eating habits, Maree has turned her body into a healthy fat-burning machine. She now has increased energy to fuel her busy days. For Maree, health is essential for wealth and happiness as it directly impacts her ability to live a fulfilling and impactful life. Listen to this inspiring episode to learn how good health empowers us to achieve our goals, help the people in her world, be active, and enjoy our fabulous lives to the fullest. 

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Podcast Episode 185

What to Eat for Weight Loss

What should we eat for optimum health and weight loss? Join Dr Lucy and Dr Mary in this back to basics podcast and learn about the keys to optimal health and weight loss. In this insightful episode, the doctors discuss the terrible pitfalls of processed foods, shedding light on the risks they pose to our well-being and waist-line. They share practical tips on improving health and achieving weight loss goals, emphasising the drawbacks of relying on traditional diet foods and shakes. Real food really can be delicious and very easy when you know how. To learn more about how transforming your health with real food can be made very easy with the right tools and strategies, Jump into our 12 Week Mind Body Rebalance program now! Head to www.rlmedicine.com/12WMBR and kick off your path to easy and sustainable change.

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Podcast Episode 184

 Transform More in 2024

New Year's is a great time to focus on your health and well-being. Of course, we don't need to wait for a new year to start focusing on our health, but since we have one, it is a great and convenient "clean slate" to use to make 2024 your best year ever. Listen as Dr Lucy and Dr Mary show you how to supercharge your New Year's resolutions into useful, actionable transformations. 

To learn more on how you can lose weight the right way, check out Dr Mary and Dr Lucy's "Four Week Body Rebalance". This revolutionary program, designed and delivered by expert weight loss doctors, will empower you with the simple and powerful steps you can take to boost your metabolism, gain energy and lose weight without hunger, all in a way that can fit into your busy life. click the link for more information

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