A mother-of-two who lost 13kg in four weeks by following a simple but consistent routine says if she can do it, anyone can.
Thessy Batsinilas, designer and co-owner of clothing brand Sabo Skirt, weighed in at 80 kilos when she gave birth to her second child, a son named Jay, earlier this year.
Determined to shift the baby weight without drastic diets or unsustainable exercise programmes, the 31-year-old from Brisbane managed to shift 13kg in the space of a month by eating five small meals, doing 28-minute workouts and walking every day.
Ms Batsinilas, who now weighs 67kg, says she is ‘grateful and thankful’ to her body for carrying two babies and now feels ready to get her pre-pregnancy figure back.
Mum-of-two Thessy Batsinilas (pictured) lost 13kg in four weeks by following a simple but consistent routine and says if she can do it, anyone can
The 31-year-old from Brisbane (pictured) shifted 13kg in the space of a month by eating five small meals, doing 28-minute workouts and walking every day
‘When I put these photos side by side I get an overwhelming feeling of gratitude,’ she wrote on Instagram alongside photos taken before and after her weight loss.
‘Thankful to my body for being able to carry my babies after everything it’s been through, grateful for my body for nourishing my babies for the first few months of their lives, and so so thankful that I have the ability, strength and determination to transform myself into an even better version of me.
‘Lastly, thankful to the amazing women around me, encouraging each other every step of the way. If you’ve been watching my transformation and wish you could do it too.. YOU CAN! If I can, you can.’
Her transformation, which has racked up more than 15,500 ‘likes’ since it was uploaded online on October 14, sparked stunned responses.
‘You are a superstar,’ one woman wrote, while a second simply said: ‘Wow.’
Ms Batsinilas, who now weighs 67kg, says she is ‘grateful and thankful’ to her body for carrying two babies and now feels ready to get her pre-pregnancy figure back
She hopes to reach her pre-pregnancy weight of 53 kilograms within six months, with another 14kg to go
Ms Batsinilas previously told Daily Mail Australia she could not have achieved her goals without the help of her husband, George, who is the co-owner of fitness company, Fitazfk.
He designed a realistic programme based on her lifestyle and food preferences, similar to one she followed after the birth of their first child, daughter Zaini, which helped her to lose a staggering 23 kilos.
‘This one is based off similar fundamentals and has just been improved with all the knowledge from my previous weight loss and other challenges from around the world,’ Ms Batsinilas explained.
Ms Batsinilas (pictured) revealed the programme she used to lose weight was designed by her husband, who co-owns the fitness company Fitazfk
Ms Batsinilas (pictured) said if you want to transform your body, it’s all about understanding your energy intake
Thessy’s weight loss secrets
* 28-minute workout daily, either strength or HIIT-based.
* One to two fast walks per week.
* Five meals per day from a ‘meal builder’ program that encompasses the main food groups (protein, carbs, fibre and fats).
* Two of these meals are healthy snacks and are eaten before and after a workout. Typical options include fruit, nuts and homemade, protein-rich bliss balls
The plan is based around a daily 28-minute strength or HIIT-based workout.
‘It’s super achievable because it’s so short, and means I can always fit it in with my busy lifestyle of working full-time for my store, while raising two children,’ Ms Batsinilas said.
Alongside the daily workouts, she also goes for one or two fast walks and follows a ‘dietitian-approved meal programme’.
Ms Batsinilas said the plan is broken into five meals per day, three main meals plus two snacks before and after the workout.
‘In each meal, you have options so you can pick one food type from each of the main food groups (protein, carbs, fibre and fats),’ she said.
A typical meal might be two eggs, one slice of wholegrain bread, mushrooms and spinach and a quarter of an avocado for breakfast.
A dinner alternative is 100 grams of chicken breast, 1/3 of a cup of cooked brown rice, Asian greens and a tablespoon of olive oil to make chicken teriyaki stir fry.
‘I like following this diet as it’s easy and gives me flexibility, leaving me feeling like I’m not on a strict diet,’ she said.
Ms Batsinilas snacks on nutrient-rich foods such as fruit, nuts and homemade protein balls.
Thessy (pictured pregnant) said the most important thing with losing weight after giving birth is to understand calorie intake
The clothing brand owner previously lost 23 kilos before her wedding after giving birth to her first child, Zani (pictured before and after)
Asked for her best advice for women desperate to lose weight, Ms Batsinilas said it all comes down to a tailor-made approach.
‘If you want to transform your body, it’s imperative to understand your energy intake,’ she said.
‘Educate yourself on portion sizes and what is calorie rich and serving you little purpose.’
Ms Batsinilas said it’s also important to remember that sustainable weight loss takes time.
She hopes to reach her pre-pregnancy weight of 53 kilograms within six months, and has another 14kg to go.
‘I believe slow and steady wins the race. Trust the process. Be consistent and your transformation will come,’ she said.