Always without a meal plan or a shopping list, Peter's go-to evening meals tended to be take-aways and sweet treats.
However, for the most part, Peter thought his carbohydrate-rich diet was at least moderately healthy.
I was fairly active; I would ride to work. I never paid any attention to what I was eating. I would think nothing of eating a packet of digestives in a day or coming home from work and eating a loaf of Lebanese bread with hummus.
Planning in advance
After seeing a couple on TV try out the CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet, Peter thought he might give it a try. He hopped on the scales and they read 91kg. Thinking his scales were broken he bought new ones only to discover the same result. For Peter, that was it, so he signed up to the CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet.
Taking full advantage of his two favourite CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet online support tools – the shopping list and companion app - Peter was able to organise his meals and stick to the menu plans. This put an end to the last-minute take-away and evening snack impulses.
There’s such a difference in having the app and the ability to generate a shopping list. No more running out of food!
Embracing the principles
After Peter completed the 12-week program, he lost an impressive 17 kg*. He’s integrated the principles and philosophy of the CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet into his lifestyle and continues to improve on his health and wellbeing.
I feel much healthier. I’ve stopped snoring and needing to wear ear plugs to sleep! I continue to eat the same way as I did on the diet whilst allowing myself the odd extra indulgence on the weekends. I’m aiming to lose 2 more kg and stay healthy.
*In 22 weeks. Individual results may vary.
Peter's top tips
1. For starting your weight loss journey
Plan ahead! Allow a week before you start to test out some recipes and get a feel for the foods! If you are a fussy eater, pick 3-4 breakfasts and the same for lunch and dinner and stick with it!
(Please note: when you join the CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet, you can choose to start a week later so you have the time to get ready)
2. On staying motivated
Think of how you will feel and look in 12 weeks! Also, as you progress, if you have old clothes you used to wear get them out and use them as a motivation. Once you can fit into old clothes, it becomes real!
3. If you’re time poor in regard to eating/cooking and/or exercise
Woolies and Coles have roast chickens and they also have little bowls of salad. For less than $6, you can have a really healthy meal on the run.
On weekends, prepare for the week. If you eat meat, cut up the portions and freeze. Choose easy to make meals in the week and weekends, try some of the more elaborate foods. Fish parcels are super easy and quick! Failing all that, if you are exhausted and hungry, a couple of boiled eggs with toast for dinner is much better and cheaper than a pizza.