A new low-fat diet is giving women in Melbourne a reason to smile, and it’s also helping them lose weight.
Key points:”Losing weight on low-calorie diets is a big challenge” and low-coding, low-protein diets are “just as effective” as low-energy diets, say researchersKey pointsThe diet has helped women lose a total of 5.4kg (9.5lbs) and have cut their waistlines by a quarterSource: ABC News (Auckland)A low-fiber diet that includes fruits, vegetables, whole grains and nuts has helped a Sydney woman lose weight and her waistlines are down by a third.
“I feel very lucky to have found this diet, it really has helped me to lose my weight and to get a lower waistline,” said 29-year-old Laura.
“We are still very overweight and have an unhealthy relationship with sugar and we have an eating disorder, but it has been a really great diet for me and it has really helped.”
Laura, from the western suburbs of Melbourne, said she had been struggling with her eating disorder for a number of years, and was struggling to lose any weight.
“When I was going through this phase where I was really struggling with it and not being able to make any real changes, it was really hard for me to understand how to lose the weight,” she said.
“So I thought it would be really good if I could help others.”
Laura is a social worker and was diagnosed with an eating and body image disorder two years ago.
“At the time I was having problems with eating and was eating unhealthy foods, I was eating too much and it was affecting my sleep,” she told ABC Radio New Zealand.
“Then I decided to just look into low-carbing and I really had no idea how to go about it.”
My family didn’t really want to know and I was also trying to get into weight loss because I was feeling really insecure about my weight.
“Laura said she found it was easier to use low-code, low carb diets than low-FODMAP diets, which are often associated with weight gain and are associated with an increased risk of obesity.”
It was just easier to follow these low- carb diets, I just felt that it was a lot easier to eat, I don’t have to worry about getting a meal in, I could just go to the kitchen and make my own meals,” she explained.
Laura has since taken up the low-CODE diet, which includes vegetables and fruits and nuts, along with a low- FODMAP diet.”
Loss of weight on a low calorie diet is very difficult to achieve, because there are lots of different factors that need to be controlled,” she added.
Laura’s family support, the support of her friend, the encouragement from friends and family, and a support network of low-codes, FODMAS and low carb friends, have helped her lose weight, and she says the diet has also helped her feel more confident and secure about her weight.
Laura said the diet was a way for her to reclaim her self-esteem.”
If you look at a lot of these dieters, they are like ‘I have been struggling to get down a lot’ or ‘I am feeling really anxious and depressed’.
I am looking at it like I am healthy, and I feel good about myself,” she remarked.”
They don’t really understand that I am not that bad.
I am still overweight, but I am actually doing better now.
“Laura says she is not the only person who has been able to take up the diet and lose weight on it.
More than 80 per cent of the Australian population are currently on a diet, but Laura’s mother is the only one who has lost weight on the diet.
Laura hopes to keep the diet going and has been taking it for a few months.”
The low- calorie diet has really made me feel good,” she commented.”
Not being able’t have food is very hard for people, it is hard for a lot people to make a change, especially in a community like this where there is such a strong connection with one another.
“Laura’s mother has a background in social work and said she was looking forward to the future.”
She said she feels really proud of her mother, she said she has had such an amazing support network, and is really proud that she is on a high-calibre diet and low FODB diet,” Laura’s friend Julie said.
Julie said she hopes Laura can make the diet a success.”
Having a lot more support from family and friends, and we hope she does too, we want her to get her weight back, and to keep going with the diet,” she laughed.”
But we just need to make sure we are really supportive and she gets the support she needs.