Mums who have transformed their bodies share how to lose five kilos in a month

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A group of Australian mothers have shared their best weight loss tips after transforming their bodies, so you can lose five kilos by the end of October.

The women all believe that significant loss of fat comes down to controlling your portions, avoiding added sugar and trying to incorporate movement into your everyday life.

Mother-of-five Hannah Pech lost 34 kilos and went down four dress sizes in 18 months when she started on The Healthy Mummy challenge, which incorporates simple – but effective – strategies to help individuals eat smarter and train harder.

Mother-of-five Hannah Pech (pictured) lost 34 kilos and went down four dress sizes in 18 months when she started on The Healthy Mummy challenge

Mother-of-five Hannah Pech (pictured) lost 34 kilos and went down four dress sizes in 18 months when she started on The Healthy Mummy challenge

‘I often do three HIIT workouts at home a week and sometimes include some boxing. I do a run or walk 2-3 times a week too and sometimes a bike ride,’ she said.

She tries not to overthink the food she’s eating and keeps snacks simple, like an apple, popcorn or some ham and cheese for afternoon tea.

For her kids, Hannah often creates ‘platter dinners’ where she puts a host of fruits, vegetables and treats in a segmented container.  

‘The only rule is my five kids have to choose at least one thing from each of the sections,’ she said.

Hannah often creates 'platter dinners' where she puts a host of fruits, vegetables and treats in a segmented container.

 Hannah often creates ‘platter dinners’ where she puts a host of fruits, vegetables and treats in a segmented container.

'The only rule is my five kids have to choose at least one thing from each of the sections,' Hannah said (another 'platter dinner' pictured)

‘The only rule is my five kids have to choose at least one thing from each of the sections,’ Hannah said (another ‘platter dinner’ pictured)

Typical snacks she puts in the sections include broccoli, corn on the cob, strawberries, cheese slices, blueberries, crackers and popcorn. 

‘I find that this encourages them to try new foods, be independent and get to recognise how much they need to eat (instead of me always filling their plates up),’ Hannah said. 

‘It also helps with the mid-week craziness and making sure they get fed healthily in the middle of the week.’  

Hannah’s tips for losing weight:  

Control your portions: Portion control is one of the most important factors in weight loss, weight maintenance and weight gain, especially when you are trying to lose weight.

The Australian Dietary Guidelines recommends that you eat from a variety different food groups each to get a range of vitamins and nutrients to support your health.

Move more: For some people, a daily walk and some weekly strength training are enough to see great results.

For others, you might need to get more of a sweat on to see the benefit. Try alternating your walks with jogging or a light run. Increase your strength training as this helps to build muscle which means you will burn more calories even from your daily movements.

Ditch processed food: Cut out processed food and things like white bread, rice and pasta and have wholegrain and wholemeal versions instead which are high in fibre and vitamins.  

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Healthy Mummy follower shows what 500 grams of fat looks like (pictured)

Healthy Mummy follower shows what 500 grams of fat looks like (pictured)

Mum-of-three Kylie, another Healthy Mummy devotee, has lost 37 kilos on the weight program and stresses the importance of meal prepping. 

She uses the company’s app to brainstorm meals each week for her family, like teriyaki chicken with rice and greens and strawberry and dark chocolate parfaits as a sweet snack.  

For a savoury snack, Kylie tends to grab a snack plate with veggie sticks and dip.

Then she pre-chops vegetables and protein needed for specific meals and makes a few lunches and dinners at a time. Overnight oats can also be prepared and put in the fridge ahead of time for breakfast.

Avoiding excess sugar in granolas, sweet drinks, supermarket sauces and pre-packaged snacks is also one of the easiest ways to lose fat and prevent excess bloating around the stomach.        

‘Ensure that you are eating enough protein in your meals and snacks. This helps you to feel fuller for longer and gets your metabolism firing. Think nuts, LSA, boiled eggs, poached chicken, natural peanut butter and tofu,’ Kylie said.

Mum-of-three Kylie, another Healthy Mummy devotee, has lost 37 kilos on the weight program and stresses the importance of meal prepping

Mum-of-three Kylie, another Healthy Mummy devotee, has lost 37 kilos on the weight program and stresses the importance of meal prepping

Kylie’s tips for losing weight:  

Meal prep: She uses the company’s app to brainstorm meals each week for her family, like teriyaki chicken with rice and greens and strawberry and dark chocolate parfaits as a sweet snack.  

For a savoury snack, Kylie tends to grab a snack plate with veggie sticks and dip.

Then she pre-chops vegetables and protein needed for specific meals and makes a few lunches and dinners at a time. Overnight oats can also be prepared and put in the fridge ahead of time for breakfast.

Avoid excess sugar: Stay away from granolas, sweet drinks, supermarket sauces and pre-packaged snacks.

Increase your protein and fibre levels: This will make you feel fuller for longer, so you’re not craving something sweet. 

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Mother-of-four Kim White, who lost 37 kilos in 13 months, said it’s important to see how much weight you’ve lost – even if it’s only 500g – in a physical object, to motivate you to keep going.

‘Sometimes seeing the weight you have lost in an actual object you can see or lift makes you appreciate all the hard work you have done,’ she said.

‘Try finding something equal to what you have lost and lift it. My daughter weighs 30 kilos. I have lost more than my daughter! I have lost a whole little person off my body. I struggled to lift her. She thought it was awesome.

Mother-of-four Kim White, who lost 37 kilos in 13 months, said it's important to see how much weight you've lost - even if it's only 500g - in a physical object, to motivate you to keep going

Mother-of-four Kim White, who lost 37 kilos in 13 months, said it’s important to see how much weight you’ve lost – even if it’s only 500g – in a physical object, to motivate you to keep going

Kim’s tips for losing weight: 

Recognise how much weight you’ve lost: ‘Sometimes seeing the weight you have lost in an actual object you can see or lift makes you appreciate all the hard work you have done,’ she said.

‘Try finding something equal to what you have lost and lift it. My daughter weighs 30 kilos. I have lost more than my daughter! I have lost a whole little person off my body. I struggled to lift her. She thought it was awesome.’

Make meals go further: She also swears by meal prepping to lose weight but says that the added side effect is saving money. 

‘Add vegetables or legumes to a meal to bulk out. If you can, try and make the meal into two meals. I’ll make Mexican chicken and we will have it in wraps with salad and then nachos the next night. 

‘Use a slow cooker too as meat shrinks less and you’re not having to use oil to cook.’

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‘I don’t know how my body carried that much extra weight for so long. I actually feel sad for my body enduring such weight.’

She also swears by meal prepping to lose weight but says that the added side effect is saving money. 

‘Add vegetables or legumes to a meal to bulk out. If you can, try and make the meal into two meals. I’ll make Mexican chicken and we will have it in wraps with salad and then nachos the next night. 

‘Use a slow cooker too as meat shrinks less and you’re not having to use oil to cook.’

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