The following is an interview with Marilda van Niekerk, a client of Professor Celene Bernstein – May 2015
Prof Celene Bernstein: What was your situation like before we started to work together?
Marilda: I was not interested in any form of diet or weight-loss programme. However Celene phoned me and insisted that I join the zest4life free diet-trial.
Prof Celene Bernstein: What reservations, if any, did you have about working with me before?
Marilda: I was afraid that it would be the same story of having to eat a set amount of food each day and then I will pick all the weight up again at the end of the diet. I did not know Celene and was very sceptical about the whole thing.
Prof Celene Bernstein: What has the process of working with me been like?
Marilda: To work with Celene has given me a new lease of life. I was taught why I should look at what I eat and how it will benefit or disagree with my body. For the first time I know what food does to me and this gave me the power to be in charge of my own weight loss and I could choose what I want to eat.
Professor Celene Bernstein: What is the one best result you have got from working with me?
Marilda: I lost 24 kg since February 2015 and I am not tired of the eating program or feeling deprived. I look better, feel better, have more energy and realise for the first time how easy it is to be in charge of your own health and lifestyle. I am never going to stop with this eating program!!!
Prof Celene Bernstein: Anything else you would like to add?
Marilda: It has been a pleasure to work with Celene. I have referred some of my friends and have a list of people who want to join the next programme.