Weight Loss

Join our dietflex weight loss program

Whether you're an exerciser or not, this amazing program can set you onto the path of easier, sustainable health and weight loss.

Here's what you get:

  1. Easy-to-follow program using healthy everyday foods to suit the whole family. Adjustable for most food preferences.
  2. Private weekly support coaching sessions.
  3. Although exercise is not required for weight loss, a YMCA fitness membership is included along with free instructional sessions.
  4. Time-efficient programs to enhance your weight loss. Just 20mins twice a week.
  5. Optional Personal Training to accelerate your results.
  6. Lose up to 12kg in 12 weeks and go in the draw for great prizes.

Introducing the dietflex program

Dietflex weightloss testimonialImagine having your own weight loss coach to help you customize the best diet for your body.

dietflex makes weight loss easier with:

  • No counting calories
  • No points
  • No group meetings
  • No public weigh-ins
  • No pre-packaged meals
  • No meal replacements
  • No drugs
  • No surgery

Scientific research has shown that losing weight is not as simple as 'eating less and exercising more'.

With dietflex you'll learn which foods best suit your body so you can lose weight without feeling hungry. And best of all, you'll end up with a plan to help you maintain your new weight.

All dietflex clients start with an initial 12 week program. For some, that's all they need while others may choose to continue to further enhance their results.

The initial consultation

Your dietflex initial consultation establishes where you are currently in terms of your weight, where you want to be and a plan of action to get you there. Your dietflex coach will work with you to:

  1. Establish a realistic weight loss target and time frame.
  2. Discuss any health concerns with you and communicate with your doctor if required.
  3. Explain your dietflex education materials.
  4. Show you how to design your eating plan and give you loads of helpful resources.

The coaching sessions

Your weekly coaching and support session helps you develop the nutrition and lifestyle habits to lose weight and keep it off. Your dietflex coach will:

  1. Monitor your progress
  2. Review your past week's food plan
  3. Help you to make modifications to your plan according to your progress
  4. Continue your nutrition education
  5. Review your plan for next week
  6. Help you to prepare for any tempting social functions
  7. Discuss strategies to overcome problems

Food for weight loss

You'll be given a dietflex planner to make planning your meals and shopping easy. It will also help you self-monitor on the days you don't see your dietflex coach.


As a dietflex client your eating plan is designed around your food preferences and your body's response to these foods. Here's an outline:

  1. Your main meals are simple and satisfying, prepared with fresh foods from any supermarket.
  2. Meals can be as simple or as complex as your cooking skills allow.
  3. You'll learn to enjoy eating out and still lose weight.


All dietflex snacks are carefully chosen to:

  1. Deliver just the right amount of protein and keep you within the carbohydrate limits of your dietflex program
  2. Avoid stomach upset that can be caused by many sports food products

The end goal is not just weight loss but enhanced health, vitality and wellbeing.

Sustainability is the key; your coach aims to get you to the point where you no longer need a coach!

Dietflex boosts your exercise results

A dietflex program significantly increases the ability of your body to burn fat during and after exercise. Here are some added benefits:

  • Any stomach bloating will dissipate and core (abdominal) exercises will be easier.
  • As your body becomes a better 'fat burner' you'll have more sustained energy.
  • As your weight goes down, your body's ability to walk, run and do functional exercise improves.


The dietflex program has been developed by experts whose programs and research have already helped over 8,000 people lose over 130,000kgs.

The dietflex eating plans are overseen by Jill MacGregor - Accredited Practicing Dietician. Jill is a clinician with over 20 years experience successfully helping clients to lose weight and improve their health.

All clients are closely monitored by trained dietflex coaches. An initial health screening process identifies those who should see their doctor before commencing any weight loss program.

Over time you become the real expert about what works best for your body.


I am a busy Mum of four and I also work part-time. This year my youngest child started prep, so with all my children at primary school I decided that it was time to get serious about my health and fitness. I had seen the flyers about dietflex when I was at the gym for my children's gymnastics so I made an appointment with Julie and made the decision to give dietflex a try. I have tried many diets over the years with various levels of success but dietflex has been by far the easiest to follow. It isn't really like being on a diet as you can eat such a variety of food. I am eating more now than I was before starting dietflex. It easily fits into family life as with a little bit of tweaking many of our family meals meet dietflex guidelines so I am not having to cook separate meals. I feel that dietflex isn't a diet but just a new way of eating so that the weight I have lost will stay off. In 4 weeks on dietflex I lost 16cm from my waist and in 7 weeks I have lost over 10kgs. I have more energy, feel better and am enjoying exercising a few times a week.
- Veronica - April 2014

I have tried to lose the dreaded last “5 kilos” for a number of years now. I am 66 and have been on every diet you could name, counting calories, points, and every other little thing, losing a little and then gaining it back, and not being able to stick with it because it wasn’t a sensible life plan.

My journey with Dietflex has been different – from day one Tara worked with me and taught and explained correct eating habits.  The big plus was having someone to whom I was accountable each week, but in a supportive and private setting.

The food is normal everyday healthy food, and I have learnt just how much my body needs and what it cannot cope with (which would be different for each person).  I can honestly say that I have never been hungry and after the first two weeks have not had any cravings.  Did I exercise ?  I walk 40-50 minutes most mornings.

Each week I have lost consistently and at 11 weeks have lost 4.6 kg and this time there are no “gains” along the way.  By 12 weeks I will have achieved my 5kg goal and my bigger goal to weigh 52.5 kg.  So it’s never too late!

The biggest reward came this week when my daughter said “Mum you look so pretty again”.   Thank you Tara for all your encouragement, education and support.  

Sue – YMCA Victoria Point member

As an older person it is important to lose weight and regain a reasonable level of fitness.

I started the Dietflex program more in hope than conviction as I have tried a number of program's without success. Dietflex is different. The regimented approach which still leaves room for variety, combined with the motivation of weekly sessions with a mentor (Tara) where one can discuss eating habits do work. At week 10 I have lost 13kgs and 12cms from my waist. However I now know how to control my weight and feel confident that I can make a permanent difference

Peter W – YMCA Victoria Point member

My journey since starting dietflex has been one of self-improvement. I have learnt how to take better care of myself and after nine weeks I have lost 9kg.  The support from Tara & the YMCA team has helped me to push to the limits & be persistent with my exercise & fitness. It has been a great opportunity that has changed my life by changing what I eat.  I have more confidence which helped me to get a new job. I would recommend this program to anyone trying to lose weight.

Roslyn – YMCA Victoria Point member

I would like to take the opportunity to say a Big thank you to Julie who introduced me to Dietflex. I have lost 6 kg in 6 weeks and I feel and look great. My knees don’t hurt anymore walking down the stairs in the mornings and I can fit in my nice clothes that were gathering dust for years. Dietflex is an awesome tool combining the right ingredients for healthy nutrition but what makes is even more successful is the right attitude – I have Julie as my coach and I couldn’t be happier. Julie motivated me with her personal example and commitment but most of all what made the difference for me is knowing that someone cares about my wellbeing. Julie follows up on my progress every week and gives me the encouragement to keep going. Also, the YMCA branded protein snacks are delicious – I have to hide them well so my family don’t put their hands on them.

I’m so happy, I will look fabulous for my daughter’s wedding in July!

Meg – Bayside resident April 2014

So, it’s the New year and you’re saying to yourself……This is the year, I need to lose 5 -10kg and I need to start now….Maybe tomorrow, or actually next week after we catch up with our friends or attend that party on Saturday. Does this sound familiar? It does to me because I’ve been having that conversation with myself for approximately the last        6 - 12 months.

In November 2013 I was given the opportunity to trial the Dietflex® eating plan, worried because we were entering the party season but knowing that I really needed to get my weight under control. So I started, a 12 week program on   Tuesday 19th November, the first 5 weeks have simply blown my mind. I feel great and the following results have come to me with relative ease. I don’t feel like I am missing out and above all else I am eating my own food, without meal   replacements or expensive pills!

Week 1 - loss 2.4kg

Week 2 - loss 1.4kg

Week 3 - loss 1.1kg

Week 4 – No weight loss but lost  a combined 8.5cm off chest, waist and hips.

Week 5 – loss 1kg

Total weight loss for 5 weeks = 5.9kg and 8.5cm.

Of course I am ecstatic with my results thus far, I simply feel amazing! I now sleep better (like a baby), I feel like I have so much more energy and my joints do not ache nearly as much from arthritis. I still have a way to go but I am  excited about what the future may hold for me and of course the new clothes I will need to buy.

The difference with this eating program unlike many others currently available is you eat your own food and do not have to attend the gym a set number of times per week. You do not have to exercise like a demon every day to get results.  You can still achieve results even if you can only attend once a week. Of course if you can train more than once a week than anything else is a bonus and we all know how important it is to keep our bodies moving whether it is for weight loss or general wellbeing. 

Wishing you and your family all the best for 2014.

Julie G – YMCA Manager – Jamboree Heights

I have never dieted for two reasons: I love food too much! And I’ve wanted to set a good example for my kids, making smart food choices. Over the past few years though, little by little, I have gained weight. (I’d love to blame it on hormones, but in reality it’s due to getting slack with my eating habits.) I knew I needed to get a handle on good habits again, but loathed the idea of signing up for a weight loss program. When I first saw the ads for dietflex at the Y, I was sceptical. But after reading all of the dietflex material, I decided that of any program I’d heard of, this one seemed the most reasonable. I reluctantly signed up, but I’m happy I did. Here’s what I like about it:

  • I’m not hungry.
  • I had never bought full fat cream before! I’m enjoying eating healthy fats at every meal – it still feels like a guilty pleasure!
  • I never skip a meal (did I mention I love food?)
  • The weight has come off gradually, which is better for keeping it off in the long run.
  • I’ve got my good eating habits back. My kids can see me eating a wide variety of healthy food.

At the halfway point, I’m happy with my progress: I’ve lost almost 6kg. I’m grateful for the support of my husband Michael, Julie as my dietflex coach, and Nick in the gym. Many thanks to all of you!

Sarah – YMCA Jamboree Heights Client – March 2014

Dietflex has been the lifestyle change I've been looking for. I feel and look GREAT for it!

Still a few years after having my daughter, I hadn't been able to lose the weight I'd gained. Despite regularly exercising, my poor eating choices were impacting any success.

At first, I thought "how am I going to do this program". So I cut back training and put that focus in to meal planning and being prepared. Within two weeks, I'd already lost nearly 4 kilos, I wasn't hungry and most importantly it was family friendly.

Dietflex was the reality check I needed. You cannot exercise away a bad diet!!!

I have now lost 10 kilos in 10 weeks, going from size 14/16 to a size 10. I am sleeping better, have more energy and am happier.

Dietflex has given me the ability to make better choices. I love that the program is flexible with no calorie/point counting. As you progress, you add new options which has allowed me to learn how my body processes different foods and what is best for me!

Thank you Tara for your amazing support!

- Katie, age 31 years