A mother-of-one has shared her weight loss secrets after she lost 22 kilograms and dropped four dress sizes in just ten months. Not only has Bernadette Fanning managed to get rid of her stubborn stomach fat and gone from 82 kilos to just 60 kilos, but she has also drastically improved her overall health by halving the visceral – or dangerous – fat around her organs.
‘The biggest transformation is that I’ve found me again – this woman has been lost for many years!’ Bernadette, from New South Wales, told The Healthy Mummy.
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So how did the New South Wales-based 28-year-old do it? After doing some research online about how she could lose weight, Bernadette said she stumbled upon the leading Australian weight loss program The Healthy Mummy. When she was on the website, she found their 28-Day Challenge – which aims to revamp both your diet and fitness with a series of workouts and meal plans. ‘At my heaviest, I was extremely depressed,’ Bernadette explained.
She knew she wanted to change, and so started doing the Healthy Mummy workouts, daily meditation, and diet. ‘I have a Healthy Mummy Smoothie almost every day for lunch now,’ Bernadette said.
The 28-year-old added that she has swapped out packaged sweets and chocolate for cookies and cream and ‘Sneakylicious’ smoothies, both of which use healthy alternatives like cacao instead of chocolate and help to keep her cravings at bay.
Elsewhere in her diet, Bernadette said she hasn’t deprived herself of her favorite foods to get down to a size 10, but rather just gives them healthy twists. ‘My favorite Healthy Mummy recipes are the Creamy Mushroom and Bacon Ravioli, the Seed and Berry Yoghurt Bowland One Pot Spaghetti Bolognese,’ she said.
The creamy mushroom and bacon ravioli only has 328 calories per serving. Bernadette said she typically eats protein-rich breakfasts like eggs before she lunches on a smoothie. She then snacks on raw peanut butter bars in the afternoon and has something from the meal plan for her dinner.
‘I have learned how to cook so many yummy meals for me and my family and I’ve learned how to be a healthy role model for my daughter,’ Bernadette said. ‘I’ve lost 120 centimeters from my body (so glad I have measurements from the day I started!) and I’m down from a size 18 down to 10 – four dress sizes!’
If you want to lose weight, Bernadette said there are several main things you need to do: ‘Move your body for 30 minutes every day, meal prep as much as possible, and find out your daily recommended calories using a BMR calculator,’ she said.
To find out your BMR or basal metabolic rate, you need to use a BMR calculator, and input your height in centimeters, weight in kilograms, age, and activity level. ‘If you feel like giving up my tip would be to go and find old photos of yourself and think about why you started your journey and make a motivation board,’ the 28-year-old added.
She also said you need to increase your water intake as often we mistake hunger for thirst, and also make one small change at a time and slowly build them up. ‘I now want to be a healthy, strong, and fit woman who inspires her daughter to be the best she can,’ Bernadette said. ‘I’m currently starting to tone my body by using weights in my workout and it’s so much fun.’ dailymail