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Real Health and Weight Loss Podcast

Welcome to the Real Health and Weight Loss Podcast where you get Real advice from Real Doctors to help you lose weight and revolutionise your health not just now but permanently. You can change your future, starting now.  Imagine if everything you had been told about weight loss was wrong.  We are here to bust through some myths and give you actionable advice. Real health and weight loss is a journey and we, your hosts Dr Mary Barson and Dr Lucy Burns from Real Life Medicine, are here with you every step of the way. 


Ep101 Can Diet Help with Chronic Pain?
In this amazing episode Dr Lucy Burns chats with Dr Rowena Field about chronic pain. Rowena is a physio and she herself suffered from chronic back pain. So frustrating as a physio to have back pain despite doing all the usual physio techniques. She commenced a ketogenic diet and incredibly her back pain resolved. Rowena has gone a step further and actually done research on this! She now has a PhD after doing a trial on low carb and ketogenic diets and chronic pain and has had several papers published.  Dr Rowena Field’s STEPP program: Solutions, tools and education for persistent pain  Extra show notes & episode transcript for privacy information.
35:13 26/09/22
Ep100 The Knee Bone's Connected to the Hip Bone
Join Dr Lucy as she chats with physiotherapist Trisha Cashmere on the importance of the common problem of knee pain. They chat about ways to not only prevent knee pain but also on how to manage it without surgery.  Trisha Cashmere is a physiotherapist and the owner of The Healthy Body Company. She and her team have designed a wonderful 12 week recovery program so you can rid yourself of knee pain and live your life without the need for medications and surgery. Here is the link to the 12 week Healthy Knees Program  And there is a discount code, “DRLUCY” for a 20% discount Extra show notes & episode transcript See for privacy information.
26:22 19/09/22
Ep99 Healing Endometriosis with Real Food
Dr Deepa Mahananda is an expert in women’s health. She runs the Sydney Low Carb Specialists Clinic with her husband and helps many women on their low carb journey. Today she shares her story with Dr Lucy. Deepa discusses her diagnosis of severe endometriosis at the age of 23 and how by following a low carb real food diet, she has had 2 children and now lives symptom and medication free. Deepa shares her passion for nutrition and some of the reasons why a real diet may be helpful in this chronic condition. Connect with Deepa  Show notes See for privacy information.
29:59 12/09/22
Ep98 Motherhood and burnout
Dr Lucy chats with Dr Ali Young about burnout. Burnout is a phenomenon that is increasing in prevalence. It is well known amongst health care workers but is also on the rise in mums. Burnout has massive implications on our health and weight management. Dr Lucy and Dr Ali talk about the reasons why this occurs, the neurotransmitter response, the metabolic hormonal response and most importantly the things you can do about it. They chat about the barriers to self care, in particular the all-too-prevalent mum guilt. Find Dr Ali  Dr Ali’s Program  Work. Mama. Life. Book  Extra show notes & episode transcript for privacy information.
22:22 05/09/22
Ep97 Have you ever lost weight and regained it all?
Join Dr Lucy as she chats with another real life woman. In 2018, Louise was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. She discovered low carb and lost 35 kgs (over 75 pounds). Unfortunately she found herself highly stressed during covid as the manager of an aged care facility and put it all back on, plus a bit more. She became extremely unwell with very bad type 2 diabetes and extremely high blood pressure. Listen as she tells her story to Dr Lucy about her recovery and what she did differently this time around to lose the weight and reclaim her health. Doors to the 12 week mind body rebalance close this Friday for kick off Saturday September 3. You can join here:  Extra show notes & episode transcript See for privacy information.
25:34 29/08/22
Ep96 Life Long changes for a Long Life
Join Dr Lucy as she chats with a real woman, Lisa-Marie. Like many of us, she grew up thinking she wasn’t thin enough, that her body wasn't good enough. She spent her life dieting. They talk about traditional dieting and the emphasis on weight loss at any cost. They chat about the processed food that is encouraged by many of the big dieting firms. Finally, they chat about Lisa-Marie's experience of the 12 week Mind Body Rebalance and the mind changing experience she encountered in the coaching calls.  The 12 Week Mind Body Rebalance Extra show notes & episode transcript  See for privacy information.
24:12 25/08/22
Ep95 Getting Off the Diet Roller Coaster
Join Dr Lucy as she chats with another real-life woman, Bec Mills. Bec has been off and on a diet for 25 years. She is an expert dieter. She discusses the brutal regimes she did in the quest for thinness. Like many women she was trapped in the calories in, calories out game.  She did daily gym sessions (sometimes multiple) and survived in 1200 calories a day, until that all become too much and she would binge on all the things. She lived a life of deprivation and scarcity mindset trapped in all or nothing thinking. Bec chats about the incredible mind shift that she has experienced doing the 12 week Mind Body rebalance.  The 12 Week Mind Body Rebalance Our Free Masterclass on permanent weight loss 29/8/2022 Australian Time slot US Time Podcast You can’t hate yourself thin Extra show notes & episode transcript for privacy information.
25:55 22/08/22
Ep94: 50 Shades of Sugar
Join Dr Lucy as she chats about her favourite topic, Sugar! This topic gets a fire in her belly and she discusses her two pet peeves. One is junk food and the other is “health” food. She talks about the dopamine effect of sugar, food engineering and the billions of dollars the processed food industry puts into advertising, all designed to get us hooked from a young age. Dr Lucy then chats about the underhanded tactics of the health food industry who use health washing designed to trick us into buying their products because we think they are good for us and good for our kids. Finally, if you want to have a break from sugar then come and join. Our 7 day No Sugar Challenge: Extra show notes & episode transcript See for privacy information.
24:58 15/08/22
Ep93 Sugar addiction
This week Dr Lucy chats with US based surgeon and carb addiction specialist Dr Robert Cywes. Dr Cywes treats hundreds of patients with carbohydrate addiction and see obesity as the result of addiction not the actual problem. Like Dr Lucy and Dr Mary, he is really interested in helping people get to the root cause of their relationship with food. In his practice he treats obesity and metabolic disease by using an addiction model rather than a diet model. Interestingly in addiction medicine, we use a range of medications, many of which are now being used in obesity Join the sugar addiction Challenge $7 for 7 days Follow Dr Robert CywesYouTube  Extra show notes & episode transcript for privacy information.
57:48 08/08/22
Ep92 Do you need more protein?
In this episode, medical doctors and weight loss experts Dr Mary Barson and Dr Lucy Burns get back to the all-important basics. Our bodies are literally built of protein, we can’t store it, we need to eat it and it is vital that we get enough. Learn how to build your plate to ensure you get enough of this vital macronutrient. Extra show notes & episode transcript for privacy information.
20:47 01/08/22
Ep91 Beautiful Boundaries
The majority of people want to make other people happy. This is of course, the beautiful, kind and empathic part of human nature. However, many of us do this at a cost to our own health. Join Dr Lucy as she chats with business coach Donna Hann. Donna helps women find balance and reduce overwhelm and burnout so they can achieve the things they want to do in their businesses. There is so much parallel to what we do helping people find balance in their lives so they can achieve their health goals. Donna shares some practical strategies so that you reduce implement to reduce overwhelm including a downloadable time planner Connect with Donna Extra show notes & episode transcript for privacy information.
29:21 25/07/22
Ep90 Celebratory eating
Today is Dr Lucy’s Birthday!  For many people birthdays and celebration can cause them to go off track and lose their way. The story for our society is that birthday equal cake and lollies. Dr Lucy shares with you her strategies on celebratory eating. She gives you 3 options on how to manage your celebration and goes through the pros and cons of each strategy She breaks through some of the myths including some of her favourites such as “if you don’t eat junk food, you are not fun"; and of course her famous one on food wastage, "Your body is not the bin". How to Stop Night Time   Extra show notes & episode transcript for privacy information.
24:48 18/07/22
Ep89 Can Low Carb help prevent cancer?
Join Dr Lucy as she chats with another low doctor. She is joined by Dr Alex Petrushevski from Low Carb Specialist in Sydney. Alex has a wealth of knowledge and has a particular interest in nutrition and cancer. They chat and debunk the myth on red meat increasing the cancer risk. They also go on to talk about the mechanism behind obesity and cancer and most importantly what you can do to decrease your cancer risk. You can watch Alex’s presentation on Red Meat and Cancer here:  Or more about his clinic here  Extra show notes & episode transcript See for privacy information.
24:20 11/07/22
Ep88 Night time eating
Do you find night time eating a problem? You’ve been “good” all day but after dinner you find yourself on the couch eating chocolate or ice cream or even both! Every day you tell yourself you’re going to stop but it’s just too hard. Join Dr Lucy and Dr Mary as they discuss this very common scenario and give you practical tips to overcome this issue and achieve your health and weight loss goals New Program Extra show notes & episode transcript for privacy information.
20:33 04/07/22
Ep87 Rewire your Mindset
Ep87 Rewire your Mindset In this wonderful episode Dr Lucy chats with Brian Keane, a leading nutritionist and personal trainer in Ireland. As you all know, one of Dr Lucy’s favourite things to talk about is mindset. Brian has a wealth of experience in this area, has written a best-selling book and you are sure to fall in love with his beautiful Irish lilt. Brian and Dr Lucy chat about self-care, weight loss and of course ways to manage your mind! To connect with Brian Rewire Your Mindset: Own Your Thinking, Control Your Actions, Change Your Life! – The Fitness Mindset: Eat for Energy, Train for Tension, Manage Your Mindset, Reap the Results –  The Keane Edge - Instagram – @brian_keane_fitness - YouTube: TikTok - @briankeanefitness   Extra show notes & episode transcript for privacy information.
42:37 26/06/22
Ep86 Can I eat as much cheese as I want?
Is it possible to over eat healthy foods? The short answer is yes! It is possible to overeat any food. In this episode Dr Lucy and Dr Mary discuss the definition of overeating. They chat about the reasons that we can overeat and the reasonable stories our brain can give us to enable overeating. Whilst it is much easier to overeat hyper-palatable processed food, we can indeed over eat real food, even low carb real food. Dr Lucy and Dr Mary share some stories about their own issues with overeating and give you practical tips to overcome this, so that you can continue your journey to real health and weight loss. Extra show notes & episode transcript See for privacy information.
24:27 20/06/22
Ep85 Why Habits are helpful for long term weight loss
Dr Lucy chants with another lifestyle medicine doctor today about the importance of habits. Dr Orlena Kerek is a habits expert. They chat on the importance of habits and how forming good habits make your life easy! Habits become automatic and then there is no decision fatigue. Just like brushing your teeth, they happen without any internal discussion. Dr Orlena has written a book to help you cement your habits.You can buy it here Connect with Dr Orlena here Extra show notes & episode transcript for privacy information.
27:42 13/06/22
Ep84 Is a Juice Detox Healthy?
Dr Lucy and Dr Mary chat today about the very popular practice of juice cleanses and juice detoxes. Many people think that doing a juice cleanse will help them lose weight.  They challenge some myth-information on this topic and explain why juice detoxes are in fact not a detox. They also explain why for many people drinking large quantities of juice is in fact harmful to our bodies.  With so many players in the “health” arena, some with a hugely vested interest, we think it is important to bust through the hype and sort out the facts from the fiction.  Extra show notes & episode transcript for privacy information.
18:51 06/06/22
Ep83 The Fat Ginger Nerd
The Fat Ginger Nerd is the title of a book written by Brendan Reid. This is a book of inspiration and hope written by someone who was overweight his whole life. Join Dr Lucy Burns as she chats with Brendan about his weight loss journey. Brendan has lost 50 kg and maintained his weight loss for 5 years by eating low carb. This podcast is full of emotion as Dr Lucy discusses the stigma and bullying Brendan encountered as a child, his retreat from society and now his glorious re-emergence. Brendan Reid's website and book:  Extra show notes & episode transcript for privacy information.
41:44 30/05/22
Ep82 Is Toxic Positivity Stopping You from Losing Weight?
We’ve all heard the phrase, “just look on the bright side”. Whilst this phrase is often said with well-meaning intent, it can make us feel unheard and that our feelings aren’t valid. Dr Mary and Dr Lucy chat about this today. They explore the difference between toxic positivity and positive psychology. Using some of the tools that fall under the umbrella of positive psychology can be extremely health enhancing but denying our feeling by looking on the right side can be harmful. Denying and suppressing some of these more difficult emotions is associated with overeating and binge eating as we use food to “medicate” them  Learning to sit with and process your emotions is why we always say, “weight loss is more than a meal plan". Extra show notes & episode transcript See for privacy information.
23:02 23/05/22
Ep81 Mindset is everything
You have heard us say time and time again that many people have the knowledge but implementing that knowledge is the sticking point. This is all about understanding how your mind works. It is only you know the stories in your head and the thought processes that lead to those stories, can you truly change the way you think and the behaviour that follows Join Dr Lucy as she chats with mindset expert and coach Michelle Johnson. Michelle is an impressive woman and has achieved an enormous amount through the balance of calm focussed thinking. You can connect with her here Extra show notes & episode transcript for privacy information.
38:02 16/05/22
Ep80 Rigid thinking has no place in permanent weight loss
In today’s episode, Dr Lucy and Dr Mary chew the fat dogmatic thinking. They discuss Dr Mary’s recent diagnosis of gestational diabetes and that despite her low carb lifestyle, she may still require insulin. Lifestyle changes and medications are not mutually exclusive. Good health and self care is not an either/or situation. Optimising lifestyle may mean a reduction or even a cessation of medications but requiring medication is not a failure. They discuss the fact that many support groups espouse rigid thinking.. Dietary dogma is rife but humans are not one size fits all. Many people have felt shamed and marginalised by some support groups. Dr Lucy and Dr Mary discuss the principles of an effective support group and the things necessary for a support group to provide help and not harm. Extra show notes & episode transcript See for privacy information.
27:37 09/05/22
Ep79 Not just the highlight reel
At Real Life Medicine, we strongly believe in not just giving you the highlight reel. Too often, weight loss stories are curated are shared as success stories but rather than inspiring us, they can just make is feel bad for not being able to achieve the same results. Join Dr Lucy as she chats with Raelene Stratton, a real woman who in her thirties, found herself staring down the barrel of a life of chronic disease. Rae is a success career woman and a mum to 2 young boys. She shares her journey with Real Life Medicine cine, the highs and the lows. She truly embodies our philosophy that permanent weight loss is more than a meal plan. It really is a journey of self-discovery. FREE MASTERCLASS: How to stop falling off the wagon  May 5th 7.30pm Melbourne time 4th 5.00 pm Pacific, 8.00pm eastern   Extra show notes & episode transcript for privacy information.
36:05 02/05/22
Ep78 A Chat with The Queen
Join Dr Lucy as she chats with one her mentors Emma McQueen. Emma taught Dr Lucy and Dr Mary so many things that they now incorporate into their lives as thriving women! Emma McQueen is a business coach, an author and runs a wonderful program empowering female business owners.  Dr Lucy and Emma chat about many of the things people need do in business are also the things we need to lose weight and live a happy and healthy life. Emma has been the inspiration for Dr Lucy’s fabulous fancy tea cup addiction! Emma gives some wonderful tips on mindset, meditation and habit formation. She has a fabulous book called Go-getter where she busts some myths that women believe about themselves….(Hello perfectionism!) Link to Emma’s website Link to Emma Book Extra show notes & episode transcript for privacy information.
40:02 25/04/22
Ep77 Hypnosis vs meditation – Part 2
What is the difference between hypnotherapy, mindfulness and meditation? How can these tools help you gain health and lose weight? Continuing on from their discussion on hypnotherapy last week, Dr Mary Barson and Dr Lucy Burns talk though how you can master the powerful tools of meditation and mindfulness to improve your health and empower your weight loss journey. Although not necessarily easy, these tools are learnable and when practiced regularly open up a world of good health, improved mindset management, easier weight loss and improved quality of life.  30-Day Mindful Meditation Program Extra show notes & episode transcript for privacy information.
23:52 18/04/22
Ep76 Hypnosis vs meditation – Part 1
Despite its long-standing use and strong evidence base, hypnotherapy is often cloaked mysticism and myth. Weight loss experts and medical doctors Dr Lucy Burns and Dr Mary Barson are both trained medical hypnotherapists. They frequently use this powerful and safe tool to empower their patients and clients lose weight and gain health. As skilled hypnotherapists they harness the power of the subconscious mind, enabling helpful and healthy choices that facilitate great changes including permanent weight loss. Join Dr Lucy and Dr Mary as they debunk hypnotherapy myths and explore this powerful tool. For more information on hypnotherapy for weight loss check out Extra show notes & transcript for privacy information.
20:29 11/04/22
Ep75 How to navigate Easter
How can you navigate the over-abundance of chocolate eggs, hot cross buns and sugary high carb food available during Easter? How do you deal with the social pressure to eat unhealthy foods? Medical doctors, experienced mindset coaches and weight loss experts Dr Mary Barson and Dr Lucy Burns share their highly-skilled advice to navigate Easter festivities without “falling off the wagon”. They share their brilliant tips that will empower you to manage Easter in a way that best serves your health and happiness. Hypnosis program Extra show notes & transcript See for privacy information.
24:53 04/04/22
Ep74 Self care vs self soothing
Do bubble baths count as self care? Does buying those expensive shoes mean you are looking after yourself? What about wine, chocolate and watching TV on the couch? Dr Lucy Burns and Dr Mary Barson examine the difference between self care and self soothing. To truly care for your mind and body now and in the future you need to engage in self care. Not just the self soothing. Extra show notes & transcript See for privacy information.
21:30 28/03/22
Ep73 Are you waiting for the perfect time?
Many of us are waiting for the right time to start a lifestyle change.  We have a story in our head that it has to be perfect or we can’t do it. "The diet has to be perfect or it's not going to work”. "My life has to be perfect – I can’t have any distractions". These are some of the “reasonable stories” that keeps us stuck. Join Dr Mary Barson and Dr Lucy Burns this week as they are unpack some of the “reasonable stories” that our brain offers us that may no longer serve us. Unpacking these stories and then working out if they are helping or hindering you is crucial for long term heath and weight loss.  Real Life Medicine for privacy information.
20:40 21/03/22
Ep72 Rewards and Punishment
Do you use food or alcohol to reward yourself after a hard day? So many of us do! This is often a learned response since childhood. Just think of the children getting lollipops after vaccinations. Do you ever restrict food as a punishment? Often this is something that happened to us as children. Using food as a reward and food-restriction as a punishment can keep us trapped in unhealthy patterns. In this episode medical doctors and weight loss experts Dr Lucy Burns and Dr Mary Barson unpack the ways you can overcome the reward/punishment cycles with food and alcohol and start living your most healthy life. Real Life Medicine for privacy information.
24:51 14/03/22