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Van Patel

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Van joined Healthier Weight in 2016 having qualified in 1992 at the University of North London gaining a BSc (Hons) in Nutrition with Biology.

Van has gained experience in a variety of hospital settings in London, Birmingham and Derby. Van has been specialising in bariatric care since 2012 and is trained to adjust gastric bands and has a diploma in Neuro-linguistic Programming.

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Why nursing?

I became a dietitian as I was interested in food and health at a young age. I continue to be passionate about eating healthily and exercising frequently to maintain good health. A treat is exactly what it is, "A Treat!"

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Your top weight loss tip

I believe the key to success after weight loss surgery is all about managing the clients expectations. Appreciating surgery is a tool to aid weight loss and not a miracle cure to weight loss. Making positive lifestyle changes for "Life" will ensure you are a success.

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Your favourite hot drink

My favourite hot drink is coffee. I'm also partial to a low calorie hot chocolate during the winter months.

A bit more about Van

I currently work at Birmingham Heartlands Hospital, Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust (HEFT) as a Senior Bariatric Dietitian. I qualified as a Registered Dietitian in 1992, graduating from North London University.

I specialised in weight loss surgery five years ago and previous to this I worked in the speciality of renal disease.

I work closely with specialist bariatrics surgeons to ensure we provide the best possible care for all our patients. As well as providing dietetic advice I use NLP (Neuro linguistic programming) and CBT ( Cognitive behavioural therapy), a talking therapy that can help you manage your problems by changing the way you think and behave.  This is required to be successful with weight loss as losing weight is not just about what we eat, it's about understanding why we eat and when. Both diet and lifestyle changes are essential.

 

I am a firm believer of "practice what you preach". In my spare time, I enjoy training at the gym and socialising. I am passionate about weight management and weight loss surgery and look forward to helping you to achieve your goals.

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*Weight loss surgery results and benefits vary and are different for each individual. As such, Healthier Weight cannot guarantee specific weight loss goals.