We all know portion control is key to your weight loss journey.
For Leon, growing up on a farm meant you were "taught to eat everything on your plate", resulting in an early struggle with his weight.
Fast forward to his twenties, Leon moved to the big city and found himself surrounded by an abundance of fast food.
During this time, Leon's weight climbed to a high of 125 kg. He says his diet consisted mostly of pizza, spaghetti, a lot of oil and saturated fats.
"I had a lot of difficulty with portion size. My body didn't know when enough is enough. I seemed to over eat more when it was bad food."
After Leon and his wife tried one of our recipes, Leon said he felt instantly content.
"My body just doesn't do that on it's own. Eating from the five food groups, I felt fuller for longer."
"The food tracker really helped because I know at the end of the day what I can eat for dessert. The chart also helps by reinforcing your good behaviour."
He believed the CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet was something he could stick to, unlike other diets that left him feeling hungrier at the end of the day, and stick to it he did, losing 35 kg in the process!
*In 2 years. Individual results may vary.
Having completed Program 1 and reaching his goal weight of 90 kg*, Leon originally gave the CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet a break. However, he soon recognised he was slowly slipping back into old habits.
Leon's new goal is now to maintain his weight. Rather than falling into a dangerous cycle of fluctuation, Leon signed up for Program 2 and adjusted his diet plan to allow for a little bit more for each food group. This allowed him to stick to a plan that suited him and stay in control with access to the online tools.
"I want to maintain my weight into the future and never let it get the better of me again. I know how easy it is to slip into bad habits and there is so much publicity around eating unhealthily so it can be hard to maintain. But with the CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet, I think I can do this."
Since losing the weight and completing the 12 Week Program, Leon found a new love for all things exercise. With his new found energy, vitality and mobility, he unearthed exciting talents that pushed him forward, encouraging him to enter running events and even triathlons.
"I feel great. I would never have imagined doing this at any time in my life, but now I have the opportunity to. To compete with people that are young, fit and healthy, really makes me feel good."