My approach

I love helping people succeed – in losing weight, gaining control and energy, and feeling better than they’ve felt in ages.

Our starting point depends on what changes you want to make and what makes most sense to you. We might typically start with nutrition because what we eat impacts every aspect of our health. But you might prefer to start by tackling stress, sleep, exercise or a particular health issue. Whatever your initial focus, we’ll explore different ways of approaching it and agree a plan. All these things plait together and improving one symptom usually improves others, too.

 

Let’s not complicate things 

These days there is so much noise and confusion about what we should or shouldn’t be doing/eating/drinking. But having delved into the research over the last four years, I can’t help feeling that if we all focused on what researchers agree on rather than arguing about what they disagree on, we’d all be a lot healthier and happier. What do we all agree on? Eat much less sugar, avoid ultra-processed and convenience food, eat more veg and whole foods (real food!), prioritise sleep, move more, get outside and see friends.

Doesn’t that sound great?

So I tend to go back to basics to help clients get their bodies working how they were designed to work. Our bodies aren’t designed to operate well in today’s frantic 24/7 world so it’s no wonder they eventually break down.  Most of today’s ‘lifestyle’ diseases (even many cancers) are a result of our brilliant bodies trying to adapt… but unsuccessfully.  So I try to help clients remove some of life’s stressors, so their bodies can heal and work smoothly again.  It’s what bodies want to do… it’s just that these days they need some help.

So. No complicated diets with measuring/weighing out special foods. We might look at how much and when you eat as well as what you eat. No compulsory running or punishing exercise regimes (unless you want to)! But we might look at moving more, getting real daylight and being sociable. We might explore prioritising sleep and mindfulness to reduce stress. (Poor sleep and stress can have lead to weight gain and metabolic disease, even with a healthy diet.)   But we’ll always start with what makes sense to you because it’s your life and your health we’re dealing with and you’re the one making some changes.  You’re in charge!

 

My story

I loved my 16 years  as a management training and leadership development consultant, working as an associate for consultancies specialising in behavioural diagnostics and personal development. Clients were from the finance, pharma, construction, food and drink and aviation sectors. But a longstanding interest in the relationship between health and performance led me to a Masters degree in Obesity & Weight Management and a postgraduate certificate in Human Nutrition.

My Masters research project was the first academic study into workplace cake culture. I’m proud to say this has won awards and I’ve presented it at several conferences. It informs my work today.

I’ve been an athletics coach and sports massage therapist for the last 10 years, so it’s exciting to bring the different strands of life together into my work as a health coach – both with individuals and in a workplace setting.

Outside work I’m an ambassador for the Public Health Collaboration, a charity working with medical professionals to bring a real food lifestyle approach to the treatment of type 2 diabetes and other lifestyle diseases, and am on the Steering Group for the Real Food Campaign.

 

Relevant qualifications 

  • MSc in Obesity & Weight Management – with Distinction  (University of Chester, 2017)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Human Nutrition (University of Chester, 2019)
  • IAFPD Certificate in Coaching (Centre for Coaching, 2019). Approved by the British Psychological Society and International Society for Coaching Psychology
  • IAFPD Primary Certificate in Health & Wellbeing Coaching (Centre for Coaching, 2019).  Approved by the British Psychological Society and International Society for Coaching Psychology
  • Food as Medicine: Food and Inflammation (FutureLearn/Monash University, August 2019). Online CPD approved by Association for Nutrition, The Association for UK Dieticians (BDA) and the Royal College of GPs
  • Sports Massage Therapist (Southern School of Sports Massage, 2009). Level 4 Gold Member of the Association for Soft Tissue Therapists (SMA), and registered with Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC). www.louwalkersportsmassage.co.uk
  • Athletics Coach, Level 2 (UK Athletics, 2009). Coach senior endurance running at Winchester & District AC
  • Mental Health First Aider (MHFA England, 2018)

“Just wanted to say thanks again and send you a little progress update.

“Weight wise I am exactly the same and I’m very comfortably able to maintain this however given all the other benefits I am experiencing, weight loss through fat loss is no longer my primary focus.

“I am experiencing noticeable fat loss, even having regular comments from others who have noticed the difference.  My energy levels feel amazing, I am able to train harder, heavier and for longer and pretty sure it’s helping reduce my recovery time. This has helped me increase my max lifts significantly, having set 2 new PBs, and has definitely given me the confidence to go and enter more comps next year. 

“But for now I’m going to keep enjoying eating the foods I was previously afraid to go near for fat loss and keep on getting stronger.

“Many thanks :)”

Andy

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