What We Believe

At zest4life, we are passionate about making a real difference to your health through good food and the right support.

Patrick and the zest4life team have spent many years working to create a unique process that has a break-through approach to obtaining that commitment that is needed for you to take control of your own health. zest4life provides the support, structure and direction to change lifetime habits.

Our philosophy is to teach you to eat real food in the real world.  We do not believe in meal replacements, shakes, very low calories diets or anything that promises the earth but costs you your health, slows your metabolism, fails in the long term and damages your confidence and self esteem. We firmly believe that everyone should complete a zest4life programme and become armed with the tools, knowledge and motivation, to lead a healthy and vibrant life, and inspire their families to do the same.

Our Story

We started zest4life when we realized that there was a need to combine a healthy balanced diet, suitable for all the family with helping people to improve their relationship with food, overcoming barriers and emotional eating.

In 2005, Patrick Holford joined forces with Motivational Coach, Carolyn St John Loder and Psychologist Wendy Nagle to trial a programme to address the many issues people were having with their health and weight, and the growing need for a different solution. The aim was to create a new and different intervention combining:-

The results were highly significant for weight loss but, even more importantly, for health, wellbeing, mood, energy, stress, concentration, happiness....and zest4life: the name our clients chose for the programme. What's more, they loved it, finding the group support one of the key factors that made the difference.

The results of the diet trial were published in the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine in 2006 (click here for more details) and a 10 week Health & Weight Loss programme was developed which we called zest4life - because that is exactly what people experienced: a renewed zest4life. Over the next 3 years, the process was developed, trialled, tested on hundreds of people and modified to achieve the best possible results in improved health & significant weight loss. In every programme, the same results were found time and again. Coaching was what made the biggest difference to people's success. A more recent, GP led trial found similar results – read more here.

Our Philosophy

Our philosophy is simple. If you want to be successful in changing the way you eat, the way you live and the way you feel, you need the right support. We live in a world of fast food and constant media messages about food, portion sizes are getting larger and so are we. If you want to break out of this and find the motivation and conviction to live a healthy and vibrant life, you need the right support to do this – our team of experts in nutrition, health, fitness and image will guide you through. Just being weighed each week does little to inspire you to live your life in this way and has an unhealthy obsession with a fluctuating figure on a set of scales.

We look at the whole person and what is important to you and structure a programme which meets these needs. There are many underlying issues and barriers to living the life we want. Identifying and removing these barriers and then ensuring that the new way of eating suits your lifestyle is what makes this process work so well.

A zest4life programme has these unique elements:

Our Practitioners & Coaches

We believe it is essential to have experts in nutrition and wellbeing supporting you. As a client, you will benefit more by having access to professional advice and guidance.

The zest4life health & weight loss programmes are run by professional nutritional therapists and weight loss coaches. This means you will benefit from expert nutritional and health guidance as well as motivational coaching and support. Other programmes (e.g. fitness / weight loss clinics) have consultant nutritional therapists aligned to them to ensure clients always have a good network of professional support.

Because programmes are run by, or with the support of nutritional therapists, you can get the right support and that other health issues you many have can also be addressed (these may be part of the reason why weight loss has been difficult for you so far). This is why our clients report such significant health improvements as well as weight loss results when attending a zest4life programme.

Find a Practitioner

We have nutritional therapists, weight loss coaches and fitness professionals in various locations throughout the world, including the UK, Ireland, South Africa and Canada. Take a look to find someone nearby to help you.