As dietitians, we are often not trained in the psychology of weight loss and therefore often only treat part of the puzzle. Unlike other disease-states, so much psychology is wrapped up in a weight loss journey and if clients are not seeing a psychologist, dietitians can play an essential role in this area. In this podcast, psychologist Glenn Mackintosh joins DC’s Jane Winter to talk about how we can better incorporate these essential conversations into our practice to ensure our clients are set-up for long term success. From identifying if a client is truly ready to embark on a weight loss journey to helping them zoom out from the scales and set realistic, holistic goals. We also touch on the defence mechanism that is emotional eating, how to make your clients aware of it, and why it’s important that clients do a social media spring clean to improve their relationship with their own body.


Glenn Mackintosh is a psychologist, an author and the founder of the Weight Management Psychology clinic. Glenn’s passion is in helping people manage their eating, physical activity, weight, and body-image and training other professionals to apply psychological principles to support their clients through his highly-popular professional training courses with the APS Institute, Dietitian Connection, and FILEX. His background research was in psycho-social factors and weight loss and his private practice, Weight Management Psychology is a clinic with 6 psychologists, and one dietitian! WMP, focuses on practising in an evidence-based way, matching treatment options to the unique individual.


In this episode, we discuss:

  • What to consider when a client walks into your clinic for weight loss advice
  • The importance of support from a professional when trying to lose weight
  • The importance of compassion, empathy and understanding when managing body image and emotional eating issues
  • Why emotional eating is like double dipping on a bad mood
  • How to help clients normalise lapses and relapses

Additional resources

Weight Management Psychology website

Weight Management Psychology psychology clinical team details

Weight Management Psychology online referral pad

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