The Smarter Science of Weight Loss

Breakfree is a smarter approach to weight loss and weight loss maintenance.

Our approach is 100% fad free.

The program methods, tools and strategies are derived mostly from the evidence-based principles of Lifestyle Medicine (LM) and Acceptance and Commitment Training (ACT).

Both these scientific fields are independently used to help people better manage their weight.

For the first time, however, principles from both LM and ACT are being combined and delivered using an intensive health coaching approach that utilises face-to-face, telephone, email, and text message support.

Breakfree has demonstrated that this combined approach has three distinct advantages:

  1. LM principles enable us to provide you with the latest scientifically sound, evidence-based strategies to help guide your nutritional, exercise and other lifestyle-based choices.
    (Follow this link to learn more about LM: American College of Lifestyle Medicine)

  2. ACT principles enable us to provide you with many of the skills necessary for long term weight management; particularly those that deal with challenges such as motivation, emotions, mindless eating and stress.
    (Follow these links to learn more about ACT: Association for Contextual Behavioral Science and Act Mindfully)

  3. Health Coaches will ensure your program is tailored around your individual goals, needs, challenges, lifestyle, and health status; and will provide the intensive support necessary for long term results.
    (Follow these links to learn more about Health Coaching: Health Change Australia and International Association for Health Coaches)

We are committed to providing you with a life changing, scientifically validated health coaching program for weight loss that lasts.

And that's exactly why the Breakfree Program will be the last one you'll ever need.

The Evidence Supporting Our Approach

The below resources are a sample of just some of the evidence base that underpins and informs the approach that we use with our clients for successful long term weight management.

Acceptance and Commitment Training (ACT)

Teaching Acceptance and Mindfulness to Improve the Lives of the Obese: A Preliminary Test of a Theoretical Model
The Society of Behavioral Medicine, 2009, 37:58–69

Exploratory randomised controlled trial of a mindfulness-based weight loss intervention for women
Appetite, 2009, 52:396–404.

Mindfulness Intervention for Stress Eating to Reduce Cortisol and Abdominal Fat among Overweight and Obese Women: An Exploratory Randomized Controlled Study
J Obes. 2011; 2011: 651936.

Coping with food cravings. Investigating the potential of a mindfulness-based intervention
Appetite, 2010, Aug;55(1):160-3..

Dealing with problematic eating behaviour. The effects of a mindfulness-based intervention on eating behaviour, food cravings, dichotomous thinking and body image concern
Appetite, 2012 Jun;58(3):847-51.

Measuring Avoidance and Inflexibility in Weight Related Problems
International Journal of Behavioral Consultation and Therapy, 2008, 4(1):30-40

A comparison of acceptance- and control-based strategies for coping with food cravings: an analog study
Behav Res Ther. 2007 Oct;45(10):2372-86.

A pilot study of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for promotion of physical activity
J Phys Act Health. 2011 May;8(4):516-22.

An Examination of an Acceptance-Based Behavioral Intervention for Obesity Prevention in At Risk College Females
Drexel University Thesis, 2012.

Comparison of acceptance-based and standard cognitive-based coping strategies for craving sweets in overweight and obese women
Eat Behav. 2013 Jan;14(1):64-8.

Perceptions, Motives, and Psychological Flexibility Associated with Weight Management
J Obes Wt Loss Ther. 2012; 2(135)

Psychological flexibility, occupational burnout and eating behavior among working women
Open J Prev Med. 2013; 3(4): 355-61.

Lifestyle Medicine

Lifestyle interventions to reduce obesity and diabetes
Am J Lifestyle Med. March/April 2013; 7(2): 84-98.

Inflammatory links between obesity and metabolic diseas
J Clin Invest. 2011 June 1; 121(6): 2111–2117.

Metabolic flexibility in the development of insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes: effects of lifestyle
Obes Rev. 2009 Mar;10(2):178-93

Dietary macronutrients and food consumption as determinants of long-term weight change in adult populations: a systematic literature review
Food Nutr Res. 2012; 56: 10.3402/fnr.v56i0.19103

Regulation of Food Intake, Energy Balance, and Body Fat Mass: Implications for the Pathogenesis and Treatment of Obesity
J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2012 March; 97(3): 745–755.

Perceived Stress, Behavior, and Body Mass Index Among Adults Participating in a Worksite Obesity Prevention Program
Prev Chronic Dis. 2012; 9: E152.

Dietary carbohydrate modification induces alterations in gene expression in abdominal subcutaneous adipose tissue
Am J Clin Nutr. 2007; 85: 1417-27.

Health Implications of High Dietary Omega-6 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids
J Nutr Metab. 2012; 2012: 539426.

Different types of physical activity on inflammatory biomarkers in women with or without metabolic disorders: a systematic review.
Women Health. 2013 Apr; 53(3):298-316.

High intensity interval training: an alternative for older adults
Am J Lifestyle Med. Sept/Oct 2012; 6(5):382-86.

Increasing Activity in Older Adults: A Review of the Look AHEAD Trial
Am J Lifestyle Med. Sept/Oct 2012; 6(5):387-89.

Successful habits of weight losers
Am J Lifestyle Med. Mar/Apr 2012; 6(2):113-15

Lifestyle measures to redice inflammation
Am J Lifestyle Med. Jan/Feb 2012; 6(1):4-13

Inflammation: Continued Support for a Small Changes Approach
Am J Lifestyle Med. Jan/Feb 2012; 6(1):18-20. 

Health Coaching

Enhancing Long-term Weight Loss Maintenance: 2 Year Results from the Keep It Off Randomized Controlled Trial
Prev Med. Mar 2013; 56(3-4): 171–177.

A Practical Guide to Health Behaviour Change Using the HCA Approach
Health Change Australia. 2012; Gale, J.

A Brief Review of Health Coaching Interventions for People with Chronic Conditions
ADMA Newsletter. Vol 8, Number 2, pp11-12.

Health coaching to improve healthy lifestyle behaviors: an integrative review
Am J Health Promot. 2010 Sep-Oct;25(1):e1-e12

The Impact of Telephonic Health Coaching on Health Outcomes in a High-risk Population
Glob Adv Health Med. May 2013; 2(3): 40–47.

Personalized Health Planning With Integrative Health Coaching to Reduce Obesity Risk Among Women Gaining Excess Weight During Pregnancy
Glob Adv Health Med. Jul 2013; 2(4): 72–77.

Long-Term Adherence to Health Behavior Change
Am J Lifestyle Med. Nov/Dec 2013; 7(6):395-404.


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