When it comes to food, we are living in a world of misinformation. Fast food giants, lobby groups and the weight loss industry often push products over evidence. We believe that Australians deserve better. By establishing the Lifestyle Medicine Society, our vision is to provide Australians with the truth about food, straight from gold-standard scientific studies and world-renowned experts, in language anyone can understand.

Once informed on the truth about food, people can start to change the obesogenic environment our society is current living in.


Our mission is to change the Australian obesogenic environment by helping at least 1.5 million people lose weight and keep it off within the next four years. This will be achieved by providing unique, evidence-based programs.


We recognize that every person is different, with different needs, backgrounds, tastes and desires. We provide techniques that work with a truly individual approach. There are different programs available to suit everyone, even one that is free.


Our programs will give you more life in your years, and more years in your life. This is achieved through lifestyle changes, based on truthful information that will help you make achievable food changes and increases in your movement.

At LMS, our aim is to inspire you into making small changes in your daily life, so your family and friends can see less of you (literally!) in the future. We don't use fads or gimmicks or promise you the world – just a little less of your gut (which we're sure you and your loved ones will appreciate).

We will remove the 'white noise' around healthy eating. Our goal is to search for the truth about food as it gets verified by science.

At all times we stay at arms length to products and treatments. Our only income will be generated from coaching, training and unraveling science – the stuff that works.

Members of the Lifestyle Medicine Society will receive:

  1. The correct information, that's evidence-based only. The information provided has been vetted by some of the toughest critics.
  2. Regular updates and reviews of information.
  3. Evidence over ideology. The program is non-denominational (meaning it is separate from ideology and religion and focused solely on the science of food and its impact on human beings).

About the Lifestyle Medicine Society (LMS) ‘Waist Loss’ Program for Men

The Lifestyle Medicine Society (LMS) ‘waist loss’ program for men, has been developed under the auspices of the Australian Society for Lifestyle Medicine (ASLM), a non-profit professional organisation of GPs and Allied Health Professionals (see www.lifestylemedicine.org.au). It's a scientifically-based, no-nonsense, no-gimmicks program – specifically for men!

The LMS men's ‘waist loss’ program has some unique features:

  1. It's a scientifically accurate, Lifestyle Medicine-based program
  2. It was developed by experienced scientific researchers
  3. It's focused on waist and health and not just weight as measured by BMI
  4. There are no fad diets, calorie counting, or set exercise programs
  5. It uses the Lifestyle Medicine Society Eating Plan to help you understand food
  6. It uses smart sense-wear devices to measure progress – if desired
  7. It takes a scientific approach to alcohol, which means beer doesn't have to be cut from your diet!


The Lifestyle Medicine Society programs are available in four different delivery modes to make it accessible for anyone. You can choose between:

  • Our free introductory program – Some basic but valuable information to help you make better decisions regarding your weight.
  • Our online program – Weekly online updates straight to your inbox, with health tips and new research to help you in changing lifestyle habits.
  • Our group program – Meet other people in your situation and work together over 6 sessions to reach your goals, with a qualified LMS facilitator to guide you, and answer any questions along the way.
  • Our 1-on-1 program – Combine a highly personalized 8-session program with personal training sessions, developed with your health professional.

These healthy eating and weight loss programs are scientifically founded from over 35 years of research in health science. Due to the differences in psychology and physiology of men and women, two unique programs have been developed to specifically target the individual needs of both genders. These programs bring  you the latest research in healthy eating and weight loss.

Looking for the female program? Go to lmswomen.com.au and start living the life you have always wanted.

Want to become a facilitator? Go to lmsprofessional.com.au and start changing lives.


Part of the success of the program lies in knowledge and skills of the program facilitators. The facilitators will work with you 1-on-1 or in a group (depending on the program type you choose). Our facilitators are trained to the highest standards (with a training program endorsed by the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine) and are obliged to continue learning after they have been endorsed so they can provide you with the best possible experience and outcomes. Together with your facilitator, you will be provided the very best opportunity to lose waist, weight and be healthier now, and in the future. You can find out more about our facilitators here.


Dr. Garry Egger

Dr. Garry Egger has qualifications in behavioural biology and epidemiology. He has worked in public, corporate and clinical health for over 4 decades. He is the author of 30 books (including five texts), nearly 200 peer-reviewed scientific and research articles, and numerous popular media articles on health and fitness. He is an Adjunct Professor of Health and Human Sciences at Southern Cross University and an Advisor to the World Health Organisation and several government and corporate bodies in chronic disease prevention. In the 1990s, Dr. Egger initiated the GutBusters menǯs waist loss program, the first of its kind in the world. He started training programs for fitness leaders in Australia in 1982, was one of the initiators of the Australian Lifestyle Medicine Association (ALMA) in 2008. He now runs continuing professional development courses in Lifestyle Medicine for doctors and allied health professionals around Australia and the Pacific. Together with Professor John Stevens and Professor John Dixon from the Baker IDI, he began testing the idea of Shared Medical Appointments (SMAs) in Australian Primary Care Centres in 2013 in order to increase efficiencies and outcomes in chronic disease management. Dr. Egger received an Order of Australia Medal for his services to medical education and health promotion in 2012. His recent interests and publications concern the links between lifestyle, obesity, chronic disease, climate change and economic growth.

Professor John Stevens

Professor John Stevens is a health scientist and Associate Professor with Southern Cross University's School of Health and Human Sciences. John also co-founded the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine (ASLM). Having worked closely with the world's leading scientists in the area of Lifestyle Medicine, John is one of Australia's leading experts in illness prevention and chronic disease management. With over 30 years of experience in health practice, teaching, and research he now specialises in translating complex scientific information into easy to understand knowledge and easy to use skills. His current work focuses on making the science of weight loss and healthier life available and understandable for everyone to use to help make healthier and happier lives.

Martin Dunkerley

Martin Dunkerley has a Bachelor of Science Degree, majoring in psychology and physiology. He has always had a passion for life, health and fitness. In 1997, Martin started Energize Fitness, a small and personal gym, as a way to promote a healthy lifestyle to the community in a fun, unintimidating way. He resurrected the defunct Ladies Sanctuary in 2002, developing it further into a 'Fitness for Ladies' which operates under the Body Shape franchise. In 2005, Martin married Elisha Rose, an elite athlete and founder of the Mums That Tri and Everybody Tri programs, and together they created Energize Health Club, again focused on a passion for promoting health to the local community. Looking for new, innovative ways to reach a larger audience, Martin and Elisha started Exercise on Demand in 2014; a website which grants access to a plethora of exercise videos. In 2016, Martin partnered with Dr. Garry Egger and Professor John Stevens, working collectively to progress Dr. Gary Egger's long-term work. Together they created the Lifestyle Medicine Society, an exciting new platform for providing factual information on healthy lifestyle and diet choices.


Weight Loss Research

Our program creators have been involved in weight loss and obesity related research and practice for over 25 years. This program distils much of what is known in the scientific literature, and makes it available and understandable for the people who need to use it in the real world.

What follows is a list of scientific publications by our program team, from research we have been involved in related to weight and obesity:

A List of References

  • Egger GE and Stevens JA. Gutbusters 3rd edition. Allen and Unwin Sydney 2016.
  • Egger G, Binns A, Rossner S. (Eds)Lifestyle Medicine: Managing disease of lifestyle in the 21st Century(2e) McGraw-Hill, Sydney, 2011
  • Egger G, Spark R, Donovan RJ. Health Promotion: Strategies and Methods. McGraw-Hill, Sydney, (4th Ed); 2013.
  • Egger G, Swinburn B. Planet Obesity: How we are eating ourselves and the planet to death. Allen and Unwin, Sydney, 2011
  • Egger G, Swinburn B. Prevention in Adults. In: Bray G, Bouchard C, (Eds), Handbook of Obesity,: Volume 2: Clinical Applications. 4th Edition; NY; Marcel Dekker Inc (2014).
  • Swinburn B, Egger G Influence of obesity-producing environments In: Bray G, Bouchard C, (Eds),Handbook of Obesity,: Clinical Applications. 2nd Edition; NY; Marcel Dekker Inc (2012).
  • Egger G, and Stanton R. The GutBuster Waist Loss Guide for Men. Allen and Unwin, Sydney, 1993 (2nd Edition, 1998)
  • Dixon J, Egger G. A narrow view of optimal weight for health generates the obesity paradox. (Invited Editorial) Am J Clin Nutr (in press; 2014)
  • Egger G., Dixon J. Beyond obesity and lifestyle: A review of 21st Century chronic disease determinants. BioMed Res Int 2014, Article ID 731685, http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/731685
  • Dixon JB, Egger G, Finkelstein EA, Kraj J, Lambert GW. “Obesity paradox” misunderstands the biology of optimal weight throughout the life cycle.Int J Obes 201415 April 2014; doi: 10.1038/ijo.2014.59
  • Egger G. Shining a ‘spotlight’ on obesity (Editorial). Obes Facts (Eur J Obes) 2012;5:288–292.


ASLM advocates for Lifestyle Medicine and provides representation, education, training and support for doctors, allied health practitioners, public health professionals, researchers, and educators in their practice of Lifestyle Medicine. ASLM is also an active member of a cohesive and collaborative global Lifestyle Medicine movement.


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