Belinda said her weight slowly began piling on after moving overseas from New Zealand to Australia in 2007.
The mum’s size would constantly fluctuate due to yo-yo dieting – but began to gain weight after the birth of her son in 2011.
Now Belinda is fitter than she has ever been, relying on Brazilian jiu-jitsu classes six times a week to keep her toned, as well as long walks on the beach with her family.
She said: “I tried all the different diets. I’d lose a little weight, but then pile it all back on soon after stopping. I wasn’t happy with myself and was 100kg [15st 10lbs] after giving birth to my son. I’d make huge batches of baked goods and eat the entire tray. It was horrible.
“I finally decided to make a real change to my health after I visited Perth Zoo with my son. I couldn’t keep up with him. He was running everywhere, and I’d be sweating and totally out of breath. It was so embarrassing.
“The next day I threw out all the bad things from my cupboard and started again. I began jogging each morning, and eventually joined a gym and went to fitness classes. I managed to lose 30kg [4st 10lbs] in the first year. I felt incredible, and the weight just kept coming off.
“It was all just clean eating, exercise and determination. It was the best decision I ever made. Now I have so much energy, and I’m so motivated. I feel like I’ve been reborn and I’m actually living my life.”
BELINDA BRODIE’S DIET BEFORE:
Breakfast: Four pieces of toast, pancakes or waffles (500 calories)
Mid-morning snack: Bakery items such as croissants cakes or biscuits (400 calories)
Lunch: Fast food such as McDonald’s/KFC or a pie/sausage roll (800 calories)
Afternoon tea: Noodles (400 calories) Dinner: Usually pasta or fast food (1000 calories)
Dessert: Ice cream or donuts (400 calories)
Total: 3,500 calories
BELINDA BRODIE’S DIET AFTER:
Breakfast: Oats or muesli with a coffee (250 calories)
Mid-morning snack: Fruit and rice crackers (150 calories)
Lunch: Protein-packed salad (400 calories)
Afternoon tea: Piece of fruit and coffee (100 calories)
Dinner: Meat such as chicken, lamb or steak with vegetables (500 calories)
Dessert: Occasionally low-calorie ice-cream or fruit (100 calories)
Total: 1,500 calories
- Weight loss
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