Julie George admits she was always the girl at the back of every photo, or even better still, the one behind the camera. She never wore a dress. As the clothing sizes crept up, her self-esteem plummeted. The tipping point was when size 18 felt too small and she couldn’t walk the dogs without huffing and puffing. Julie realised that her lifestyle was killing her.
Five years later and forty five kilos lighter, Julie is a trim size 8 and almost unrecognisable in her outlook and appearance. She exercises in the gym, goes to classes and has established healthy habits that work with her philosophy of eating for life rather than dieting.
“It’s been a long, slow journey,” said Julie. “At first I made lots of mistakes. I didn’t want to put myself out there and ask for advice, so I gathered bits and pieces of information along the way. I mainly tried to find out what people had done that didn’t work, so I could avoid that.”
Clean Lean Protein
The first step for Julie was to get her eating sorted out. She came across Nuzest products at a Health 2000 in-store demo and bought a small tub of Clean Lean Protein. That was the real beginning of her weight loss journey. Julie started to learn more about clean eating and, using CLP, replaced unhealthy snacks with healthy shakes and started to cook meals at home rather than relying on takeaways.
“It’s opened up a whole new world,” she said. “I knew nothing about nutrition and used to constantly beat myself up if I binged. The trick is to work out why you’re making those choices and deal with it.”
Once her eating was under better control, Julie upped her exercise using a treadmill at home. As the weight came off, she started to feel like she was on the right track. However, when her weight loss plateaued, Julie pushed the treadmill more, clocking up 10 kms and reducing food intake to 500 calories, well below her daily limit. This sent her into adrenal fatigue. On a friend’s advice, Julie plucked up the courage to go to her local gym for some help and soon got her eating and exercise into a more sustainable balance.
Good Green Stuff
“I’ve found that it’s quite easy to lose weight, but it does take time, effort and consistency,” said Julie. “Clean Lean Protein and Good Green Stuff have been lifesavers throughout my whole journey — and they taste good! I love the fact the Good Green Stuff has a great balance of vitamins and minerals in each serve. The cleaner the product, the better it is — clean burning fuel has been key for performance, results and cuts my cravings. There are no hidden sugars or artificial additives in Nuzest products. They just make it easier to stay on track.”
As a side benefit, the household change in diet and lifestyle means that Julie’s husband has also lost a massive 50kg.
9 week Health Plan
Julie is currently working on her last health goal — to reduce the visceral fat around her internal organs. That means losing a few more kilos before she goes into maintenance mode. “My eating plan is pretty strict and consistent, but it’s only for nine weeks and I know it’s going to work – I’ve got this,” she laughs.
“I feel like I’ve grown out of my old skin and habits. I’m a bit like a kid learning everything for the first time. I’ve got so much more energy. I now love doing exercise and lifting weights. I used to take hours getting ready to go out and nothing looked good. Now I can chuck on anything and I’m gone. It has taken such a weight off my shoulders, mentally and physically.”
Thank you so much Nuzest – your products have helped me become a NuMe 😊
Julie’s Nine Week Food Plan
Breakfast: Porridge with 15g of Clean Lean Protein
Morning tea: 15g of Clean Lean Protein plus one scoop of Good Green Stuff and some LSA
Lunch: 1 cup basmati rice, 250g of zucchini noodles and 50g of spinach
Afternoon tea: Clean Lean Protein plus LSA and fat free yoghurt (instant pudding consistency)
Dinner: Egg whites plus 100g spinach and a handful of tomatoes
Supper: 20g Clean Lean Protein mixed with fat free yoghurt