Patient Success Story: Chris Byrne, weight loss dietary success, winner alright!


When I first approached Elaine to help me with my quest to reignite my career as an amateur jockey, I was full of expectation and innocently naïve. The task Elaine was about to undertake would test her professional
expertise and skill.

I am sure when I walked into Elaine’s office she must have thought “am I mad, do I really need the hassle of this”. My wife Gwen accompanied me to the first introductory meeting with Elaine (to make sure Elaine knew Gwen’s true feelings about this venture) with a healthy skepticism of the whole adventure. Gwen has a passion for healthy home cooking and is an avid believer in home cooked is better cooked. She is renowned as a cook
and is an accomplished host. The idea her 51 year old hubby was going to lose 3.5 stone, alter the whole house’s culinary experience did not sit well with her.

The issues were as follows:

  • Age: 51
  • State of health: Good.
  • Fitness: below par.
  • Last race: 14 years ago.
  • Gwen’s concerns: He’ll get killed, broke up or do himself an injury just trying to lose the weight.
  • Height: 6 foot.
  • Weight: just short of 14 stone.
  • BMI: 27.
  • No Jockeys license: Had to retrain and apply for a jockey’s license with the rest of the 16 year olds.
  • Time line: Racing at the Punchestown Festival meeting in 7 months at 11 stone 3. lbs.
  • Spare time………NONE.

Elaine agreed to take me on and developed a diet sheet for me and selection of foods that would sustain me with sufficient strength to train, lose weight, get fit and stay healthy. I met with Elaine on a two week cycle for the first few visits and I was surprised how steady the weight began to reduce and move toward the target. While determination, motivation and discipline are required I can honestly say the whole experience was not difficult. It became a focus in its self. I enjoyed the whole experience, the weight loss, the newly found fitness, the jockey status, the thrill of race work and developing the skill necessary to do the assessment for the license. I rode that first race at the Punchestown festival and wore
a head cam to provide TV coverage of the day.

The bug had struck and it did not stop there. By the July meeting in Leopardstown I rode in four weekly summer races on the flat at 10 stone 4 lbs.!! I rode in the Galway festival meeting and again in Ballinrobe. In all I rode 6 times but my main ambition was to Race over the Fences and Hurdles and this was achieved on February 16th in Clonmel over a 2 mile 1 furlong, my first race over the sticks where I finished 3rd within length of the winner. What a spin…….

If any of you are starting out on your goal to lose weight take time to read this again and place your faith in Elaine to get you there. I am now 54, fit holding my weight at 11 stone and loving every minute of it. I have also the added pleasure of listening to my grandson telling his friends about his granddad winning races. Go ahead and stick with the objective and you WILL get there.

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About Elaine

Elaine graduated from Trinity College with a B.Sc., (Hons) in Human Nutrition and Dietetics. She gained wide experience working as clinical nutritionist in several hospitals prior to establishing her first private dietetic clinic in 1992.

Private Practice Experience
Elaine has gained vast experience specialising in providing private individual dietetic consultations for her clients in her clinics for the past 17 years. In recent years, her main areas of interest are weight management, obesity, diabetes, heart disease and nutrition and gastro-enterology.

Elaine is an active member of the INDI and was chairperson of the Irish Nutrition and Dietetic weight management interest group from 2005 to 2007.

Dietetic and Nutrition Consultancy
Elaine has provided dietetic consultancy to a wide range of industries including private hospitals, hotels and catering companies. She has designed, piloted, implemented and coordinated workplace wellbeing programmes for several prominent companies and large international corporations.