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This is how GH reader Chantelle Coetzee lost 41,2kg!

Simply wow!
Chantelle Coetzee

Meet Chantelle Coetzee, a 46-year-old customer-services team leader who lost an incredible 41,2kg by getting into the right mind-set, learning about control and banking the compliments she received.

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Comfort eating

In my mid-30s, my weight started spiralling. I became a comfort eater after my marriage ended. I lost control, didn’t have breakfast, didn’t watch what I ate and had huge portions. When I hit size 20, I realised I had to do something. I lost 20kg, but then gained it all back – and more – and ended up a size 24.

Right mind-set

Then a friend introduced me to Weigh- Less. This time, my mind-set was right and I succeeded. At Weigh-Less, you eat all the food groups in moderation. It’s a lifestyle change, not a diet. At weekends, you can relax within your formula and have treats. I am a carb lover, so it fitted my lifestyle, as I could still eat bread and potatoes in moderation. I did it slowly and it took two years.

Learning control

The hardest part was working out how to incorporate the change into my family meal prepping, but once I got the planning right it worked. The best part is that I can still bake. I love baking and I’ve learnt to control myself.

Banking compliments

I never thought I wasn’t going to reach my goal. I had so much support from my family, friends and colleagues. It was amazing. Every compliment meant so much to me and I just kept going. I have gone from a size 24 to a 14. I feel lighter and can buy the clothes I want. I inspired others around me, which kept me motivated, and I decided to become a Weigh-Less group leader. I want to keep inspiring others, and to help them know it is doable.

Typical day’s food

Breakfast: All-Bran Flakes, raisins and milk or yoghurt and muesli or fruit or omelette and toast (weekends)

Snack: Yoghurt, fruit or nuts

Lunch: Salad, sandwich, pita bread or leftovers from the night before

Snack: Yoghurt, fruit or nuts

Dinner: Always a protein, vegetables and a carb

Drinks: Tea, 2ℓ water, 2 to 3 cups of coffee, green tea or fruit tea

Chantelle’s tips

Supper snack

Munch on an apple while you’re making dinner – it stops you from picking.

Focus on now

Don’t think about the time it will take to lose weight. Take it one day at a time.

Find a mantra

Stick to these three words: commitment, consistency and dedication. What you put in is what you get out.

Success story

Then: 117,2kg

Now: 76kg

Lost: 41,2kg

Time to lose weight: 2 years


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