Patient Success Story: Gerry O’ Callaghan, Weight Loss dietary success


Elaine McGowan Weight Loss ClinicsTuesday the 17th November, 2010 is a red letter day for me because that was the day I first met Elaine McGowan at her clinic in Ennis.

That day was the start of a programme that has changed my life completely as far as my health and mobility is concerned. I was recovering from a road traffic accident, which left me totally immobile for almost three years. On medical advice, I had to consume all kinds of food in order to build up calcium in order to try and heal shattered bones. As a consequence my weight ballooned to over 23 stone 9 lbs (150kg).

Though I tried lots of different diets nothing worked. Coming from a background where it was thought of as unmanly or even a sign of weakness for a man to visit a doctor never mind a dietician, it took a lot of resolve and coaxing from my G.P. and my wife for me to take the plunge and boy am I glad I did.

Elaine approached my problem of morbid obesity with sensitivity, patience and above all understanding. She eventually got me to a point where I would feel that I would let her down but more importantly let myself down if I didn’t meet my target each month. The amazing thing about the diet that she devised for me was that I felt I was actually eating as much, if not more than I was before, but in the proper proportions and the proper kind of foods. After 14 months I have lost in excess of 8 stone (50kg). The difference it has made to my life and that of my wife and family is truly amazing.

I can now go into a restaurant or pub without the fear of when I stood up the chair would come with me, or go on a bus or train and not have to look for two seats for myself. I would never have achieved this without the expertise, motivation and dedication of Elaine and to her I am truly grateful.

To make an appointment to discuss your weight loss needs and concerns, please contact your nearest Elaine McGowan Dietetic Clinic.

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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.