Caroline Rees PhD, PGDip Nutritional Therapy
I work with people, mainly women, aged 55 or over, who are struggling with weight loss and surrounding health issues. Maybe you have tried many different diets with little success and need to gain control of your weight and your health.
I used to be a lot like you...All I wanted was to be healthy, have the energy to keep doing the activities I loved with my partner and to look forward to a long future together. But I was overweight, and despite everything I tried any weight I lost was followed by gaining it all back plus a bit more. I began to have problems reaching to cut my toenails, to sit comfortably, and, more worrying, I was developing more and more health issues.
I was willing to give diet another go but I was scared that changing my diet might mean that I could never again eat cake or chocolate. But in Autumn 2012, I saw a life-changing documentary which resulted in a complete transformation of my health, body and career! It was Michael Mosley’s Horizon programme, Eat, Fast and Live Longer. I found the documentary very compelling. The science spoke to me as being plausible. I began “intermittent fasting” the day after I watched the documentary. It immediately started to bring about changes and not just weight loss: my other health issues begain to improve also.
As a former medical research scientist, I was, naturally keen to discover the scientific basis for fasting in terms of health benefits and how it helped with weight loss. I set out to learn all I could. When I started out, despite my science background, I knew very little about nutrition. Perhaps my most important discovery is that weight gain is almost always a sign of an underlying health problem and not, in itself, a root cause. Almost nobody understands this truth!
Since devoting myself to understanding not only what controls our weight but also how health conditions and weight issues interact, I was able to control my own weight successfully, losing 38kg and coming off all medications, and I can help you to do the same.
Getting to the root cause of your health issues
Understanding what is driving your health problems is the key to finding the right approach for your unique situation. I look on weight gain as a symptom of an underlying imbalance. Overweight is often considered a cause of health issues but in fact it is equally often a consequence of these problems. I work with you to identify these underlying factors and using my scientific understanding of how your body is operating, I enable you to discover how to use nutrition and lifestyle changes to improve your health and control your weight. Together we will create a plan that works for you, and give you the tools to optimise your health, now and in the long term.
My personal experience in transforming my weight and health through nutrition and lifestyle changes has given me a passion for helping others to do the same. My strong science background enables me to understand the biological mechanisms underpinning your health issues and how nutrition can bring about change.
Working with me
- We start by exploring your situation in some detail, the factors and triggers that contribute to your current situation.
- I will recommend some initial actions and a plan for the long-term approach. This may include some supplements to support the lifestyle changes, or testing to continue our investigation.
- As your program progresses we will revise your plan as necessary: adding new actions, removing those that are no longer needed or simply tweaking the details: in a way that suits you and fits your needs.
- I aim to help you understand your own body and what it really needs, so you can take control of your well-being in a way that works for you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I was originally a research scientist, specialising in immunology and asthma, working at Guy’s Hospital. After completing my PhD I worked as a medical writer for over 25 years and had no particular thought of changing career. However, when I needed to lose weight, I unsurprisingly turned to science to find the answers. I successfully lost 38kg, lowered my blood pressure, improved my fatigue problems and started sleeping better. As I learned more about the way food choices affect the body’s functions, I became fascinated by nutrition and understood that different people need different solutions to suit their individual needs.
I trained as a Nutritional Therapist at Worcester University on a 2-year, Master's level postgraduate course, accredited by the Nutritional Therapy Education Commission. It may have come as a rather late change in career, but I absolutely love what I do now: being able to help people improve their health and well-being is so very rewarding.
Summary of qualifications:
- Master’s level Postgraduate Diploma in Nutritional Therapy, University of Worcester, 2018
- Weight loss coach at Ways of Eating, 2014 to 2018
- Medical writer, 1990 to 2016
- PhD, Immunology, University of London, 1990
- MPhil, Immunology, University of Plymouth, 1984
- BSc (Hons), Biological Sciences, Aston University, 1981
British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy
The British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy is the professional body for Nutritional Therapists.
There are different BANT membership classes, including Full Member, Fellow Member and Student Member.
All BANT practitioners must have met the required standards of training, be fully insured and adhere to the BANT Code of Ethics and Practice.
Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council
The CNHC encompasses many types of alternative therapy, including massage, aromatherapy and nutrition.
In order to be admitted to the register a practitioner must have studied to the National Occupational Standards for that profession/discipline, or have reached the equivalent of the National Occupational Standards through other relevant training or at least three years of experience and been assessed by their peers.
A practitioner must also have professional insurance and agree to abide by the CNHC Code of Conduct, Performance and Ethics.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
If you have been diagnosed or suspect you may have this medical condition, you should consult your GP for advice, diagnosis and treatment and always inform your health professional before starting any alternative or additional therapies, treatments or making any major changes in your diet or exercise programme.
Initial assessment (90 min)
This first meeting is principally aimed at gaining a detailed understanding of your current and past health and developing an initial action plan. £105
Follow ups (60 min)
We will meet regularly to review your progress, any test results and further refine your action plan ensuring it is tailored specifically to your individual needs, that you understand why each element is there and you are happy with the steps involved. £55-70 depending on time needed
Weekly catch ups: touch base weekly by email, messenger, phone or Skype for further guidance, support and tweaks to your plan: £60/month.
My programs include weekly catch-ups which are highly recommended to keep you on track.
Starter program: initial assessment and 1 follow up, as well as weekly support for 6 weeks. £195 (worth £265 if bought separately)
3-month program (recommended): initial assessment and 3 follow up consultations as well as weekly support for the duration of the program. £295 (worth £495 if bought separately)
6 month program: initial assessment and 5 follow up consultations as well as weekly support for the duration of the program. £695 (worth £955 if bought separately)
"Me seeing a Nutritionist? I never thought I would. My partner had seen Caroline for a consultation and addressed some long-standing issues in a very positive way. I was intrigued, and agreed that I should go too. I was a little sceptical, but after my first session with Caroline, I was very impressed. She took time to understand what what my issues might be, and saw me as a person, with a genuine interest in wanting to help. Which she did, and she is so knowledgeable! It is still early days but already her advice has been effective. Highly recommended” Keith
"I had two consultations with Caroline and was incredibly impressed with her knowledge, enthusiasm and professionalism. She puts in so much time and effort to ensure that you have a completely personalised diagnosis and plan.
Each recommendation is discussed and thoroughly explained. One size nutrition definitely doesn’t fit all! We are all very different and she takes the time to work through that." Debbie
"Caroline has a wealth of expert knowledge on the biochemistry of nutrition and everything she advised was backed up by peer-reviewed evidence. I was also impressed with the research she had done into my specific needs. She is kind, empathic and easy to talk to and is as expert in the ‘therapy’ as in the scientific aspect of the consultation. I really felt I was in good hands." Sophie
"Caroline‘s expert knowledge, advice and support really helped me to understand how, by making changes to my diet, I could improve my health, energy and wellbeing. I am so much better since following Caroline’s recommendations. I wouldn’t have got back to work without her." Niki