Leann wasn't getting the results she wanted in the gym

Leann wasn't getting the results she wanted in the gym

Despite being at a healthy weight, Leanne knew that something wasn’t quite right with her diet. In the end, she joined the Total Wellbeing Diet to learn more about what a healthy diet really looks like.

"After years of training in the gym, I wasn’t seeing the results that I wanted," Leanne says. "So my partner and I came to the conclusion that perhaps it was what we were eating that was causing the problem," says Leanne.

The problem

She soon figured out what the issue was: large portions, plenty of processed meats, refined sugars and lots of pasta and rice meant they weren't able to perform optimally on a day-to-day basis.

Their workouts were suffering and so was their health.

The Solution

With the Total Wellbeing Diet menu plans, she found the focus shifted to a more healthy eating plan of fresh vegetables, lean proteins and low-GI carbohydrates.

"The menu plans are fantastic," Leanne says. "My biggest problem each week before the CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet was figuring out what to eat - and not getting any input from family members made the job even harder! So to have it all set out for me was a godsend. As an added bonus if I didn’t like a particular meal I could swap it for something else."

She quickly learned how to use the food and exercise tracker every day to monitor how many of the different food units she had eaten. The tracker also allowed her to monitor her weight - but more importantly, her body measurements.

"Thanks to the weekly photos and measurements, I would see subtle changes in my body each week. I knew I was doing something right, so I kept going," Leanne says.

Finally, Leanne became a regular in the Total Wellbeing Diet forums: "I love the online community forum. I have picked up so many tips from other members and also helped others out too with things I have learnt on the way."

Today, Leanne feels more confident and happy on the inside and out. Her goal for the future is to maintain her new, slightly slimmer frame and to perhaps compete in a bodybuilding competition.

Leanne's 5 weight loss tips

  1. Make time to plan and prepare your meals for the week.
  2. Take weekly photos measurements on weigh-in day. The scales only tell half the story.
  3. Choose simpler recipes if you are not a confident cook and use the more complex recipes for weekends when you have more time.
  4. Make larger quantity meals, then you can freeze leftovers for another night or day.
  5. You really don’t need to join a gym. Get outdoors and have some fun.

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