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Welcome to the Harley Street Nutrition Clinic!

A Science based approach 

BBC2 Documentary with Claudia Louch

Claudia Louch
BSc Hons MCPP MSc Pharm MNutr PGCert Advanced Dermatology Practice

London Nutritionist and renowned Health Scientist Claudia Louch's customised weight loss approach, is based on the Set Point Principle, and cannot be compared with any other diet, as it is does not only calorie count, nor exclude any important food groups.

Claudia Louch works from her own Nutrition Clinic in London's premier Medical Centre at Number 10 Harley Street, and is a world wide renowned weight loss specialist, counting many international, as well as local celebrities amongst her Harley Street Nutrition Clinic patients. Claudia contributes to many newspapers and magazines and is a regular contributor for the Health Journal PH Online. Claudia was recently interviewed by the Sunday Telegraph and was the Nutritionist in the BBC2 Documentary the Supersizers and her expertise in the field of weight loss and dieting is equal to none, which a long and illustrous patient list can testify for. 

Every diet plan is tailor-made by Health Scientist and Clinical Nutritionist Claudia Louch for each patient, depending on the patient’s life-style, eating habits and health. Before designing a patient’s diet, each patient undergoes a comprehensive health-check up, which includes typically:

Medical and Family Case History         Blood pressure measurement        Blood oxygen measurement       Spirometry Test         Comprehensive urine test        Anthropometrical measurements         Metabolic rate measurement   Blood tests to determine which dietary approach suits you best

Depending on the medical history of the patient, blood laboratory tests may be advised if necessary. Human Nutritionist
Claudia Louch designs the customised diet plan, once all the data has been collected to maximise the effect and outcome of the diet for each patient.

A study results presented in March 2010 by investigators from Stanford Prevention Research Center at Stanford University School of Medicine during an oral presentation titled “Genotype Patterns Predict Weight Loss Success: The Right Diet Does Matter,” showed that individuals who were assigned diets that were appropriate for their genotype, showed statistically significant greater weight loss, metabolic benefit and other improvements when compared to individuals on diets not matched to their genotype.

At the Harley Street Nutrition Clinic we are at the cutting edge of modern research, and Gene & Hormone Testing is available to our patients to improve the outcome of their customised diet plans. We particularly focus on IGF-1 and Leptin, which have shown in various research institutions to be linked to weight gain and weight loss as follows:

Following the discovery of leptin in 1994, scientific and clinical communities have researched the leptin axis, to aid the successful treatment of obesity. Therefore, at the Harley Street Nutrition Clinic, we use Leptin as an important and integral scientific tool, to help our patients in achieving their optimal weight.

The fascinating discovery that our hormones are very much part of the weight-gain and weight-loss process was made in the 1950s, when two animal breeders noticed a genetic mutation, now known as the defective 'ob' gene, in their mouse colony that led the affected mice to become naturally very obese. Only in 1994 was it discovered, by researcher Jeff Friedman and colleagues at Rockefeller University in New York, that the genetic mutation caused a lack of a hormone in white adipose (fat) tissue called leptin, which if missing, leads inevitably to chronic obesity. 

Now it has been recognised that the findings from 1994 where an oversimplification. Leptin is also produced by the stomach and placenta and receptors for this hormone are found  in many tissues. However, in terms of weight regulation the size and quantity of the fat cells are utterly important: more and larger fat cells produce more Leptin. Leptin then signals through receptors in the hypothalamus, which is the control centre for our hormones in the brain, to restrict energy intake, i.e. appetite. Therefore, if this mechanism does not work due to a genetic defect or most commonly due to leptin resistance, caused commonly by years of yo-yo dieting or eating the wrong composition of foods, this causes the hypothalamus to change the body's natural Set Point, which may result in obesity or difficulty in loosing weight.  

Most of us are born with an optimum Set Point, which naturally maintains our genetic ideal weight. This is easily brought out of balance through inadequate and crash dieting and if the human body does not receive the correct type, composition and amount of nutrients within one day. Hence, the Set Point must be reset to its original setting, through a carefully customised and monitored approach, which is what the Set Point Diet stands for. Claudia Louch has researched at her own clinic the interactions of the hormones leptin and ghrelin in relation to weight gain and weight loss and follows with great interest all the latest scientific studies in this field.



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BBC2 Documentary with Claudia Louch

Pioneers in Natural Dermatology

Claudia Louch is a member of the following professional bodies:

Nutrition Society UK
Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Ernaehrung e. V.
(German Nutrition Society)
College of Practitioners of Phytotherapy
Gesellschaft fuer Phytotherapie e.V.
(German Society for Phytotherapy)
British Association for The Study Of The Liver

Member of the NHS Directory of C&A Practitioners
Recognised PruHealth Provider
Recognised Cigna Health Provider