Dietitian Leanne Ward answers the most common questions she is asked by clients


A leading dietitian has answered the most common questions she is asked by clients, including the best on-the-go breakfast options and how you can maintain your weight loss success.

Leanne Ward, from Brisbane, answered a series of questions on her Instagram profile from her followers, about both her own and their health goals.

Subjects covered off included whether Leanne is always consistent with her diet and workouts and whether low carb is a good approach for weight loss.

The nutrition expert also shared how much she trains in a typical week. 

A leading dietitian has answered the most common questions she is asked by clients (Leanne Ward pictured)

A leading dietitian has answered the most common questions she is asked by clients (Leanne Ward pictured)

The first question Leanne (pictured) answered is the best breakfast options when you're in a rush, revealing that she likes yoghurt, fruit and nuts or boiled eggs with fruit and a latte

The first question Leanne (pictured) answered is the best breakfast options when you’re in a rush, revealing that she likes yoghurt, fruit and nuts or boiled eggs with fruit and a latte

What are the best and healthiest on-the-go breakfast options?

The first question Leanne answered is the best breakfast options when you’re in a rush.

‘I’m often rushing around to meet clients and think you need a few good breakfast choices up your sleeve that will keep you full till lunch,’ Leanne said.

Some of the dietitian’s favourites include yoghurt, fruit and nuts, a latte with boiled eggs and a piece of fruit, or sourdough toast with cottage cheese and tomatoes.

The ideal thing to do with breakfast is you should get some protein into the meal, whether that is in the form of eggs, nuts or nut butters or oats. 

This is what will keep you from reaching for a biscuit come 11am.

What are your tips on maintaining your weight?

Once you’ve achieved a weight loss goal, the hardest part can be maintaining your success.

‘Maintenance is about consistency,’ Leanne said.

‘After weight loss, slowly add back in calories over a few weeks, but keep your behaviour consistent.’

The 31-year-old said if you’re losing weight but want to maintain, the most important thing to do to keep your weight is add extra healthy fats to your diet or slightly reduce your workouts.

When it comes to fat loss, Leanne said instead of going low carb specifically, you should try to eat in a calorie deficit, as this is how you see results (her meals pictured)

When it comes to fat loss, Leanne said instead of going low carb specifically, you should try to eat in a calorie deficit, as this is how you see results (her meals pictured)

Is low carb a good tool for fat loss?

When it comes to fat loss, Leanne said instead of going low carb specifically, you should try to eat in a calorie deficit.

‘The best tool for fat loss is a calorie deficit, so if low carb helps you stick to a deficit easier, then it will help,’ she said.

‘If you’re active, it might make it harder.’

Leanne said for her, she finds focusing on plants, wholefoods and fasting for a period each day worked best for fat loss.

‘Reducing refined carbs helps but wholefood carbs in the right amounts are important for the majority of my clients,’ Leanne said.

Is walking enough exercise?

If you’re looking to get fit and healthy, the dietitian said walking alone might not be enough. 

‘It really depends on your baseline as to whether walking is enough exercise,’ Leanne said.

‘If you’re new to exercise, then yes it may be. 

‘But the general guidelines recommend resistance training two to three days a week once you’ve built up a baseline to protect your muscle mass and bone mineral density over time too.’

Leanne (pictured) said she credits her physique with four days a week at the gym, and 2-3 days of walking on the side

Leanne (pictured) said she credits her physique with four days a week at the gym, and 2-3 days of walking on the side

How many days a week does Leanne work out?

Many of the dietitian’s clients were keen to know how the nutritionist gets her enviable figure.

Leanne said she credits her physique with four days a week at the gym, and 2-3 days of walking on the side.

The 31-year-old tries to hit between 8,000 and 10,000 steps a day, and said walking is one of the best ways to achieve and maintain weight loss goals.

Is Leanne always consistent with her diet and workouts?

Others wanted to know whether the accredited dietitian is always strict with her diet and workouts.

Leanne said that while she is, consistent doesn’t have to mean ‘perfect’.

‘For me, consistent is 60 to 90 per cent most weeks,’ she said.

‘So, I eat pizza and work out, I take rest days but I eat salad, and I have a treat, but I also eat the majority of wholefoods.’

The dietitian added that perfection ‘doesn’t exist’, but ‘consistency should’.

Can you gain muscle while working out without a diet plan?

Leanne explained that you can gain muscle without a specific diet plan while you’re working out, but you’ll see much more success and gain more lean muscle if you eat well too.

‘You need an enough calories and an even distribution of protein throughout the day to facilitate muscle growth,’ Leanne said.

She likes to spread these between five to six smaller meals.

If you want results from your training, Leanne (pictured) said you're far better off training during your 'eating' window

If you want results from your training, Leanne (pictured) said you’re far better off training during your ‘eating’ window

If you are fasting, should you work out when eating or fasting?

If you want results from your training, Leanne said you’re far better off training during your ‘eating’ window.

For example, if you’re doing the 16:8 (fasting for 16 hours and eating for just eight), she said you should train during those eight hours to get faster, fitter and stronger. 

To find out more about Leanne Ward, you can follow her on Instagram here





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