A 24-year-old woman whose weight escalated after living off an unhealthy diet has dramatically shed three dress sizes after overhauling her lifestyle.
Samantha Frigo, from Melbourne, tipped the scales at 91.4 kilos after overindulging on deep fried foods, takeaway and at least four cans of Diet Coke a day.
Working full-time as a pub manager, the young woman said she ate pub meals every day for lunch, and would grab something convenient on her way home.
At her heaviest, she wore size 14 clothing, and was always feeling sick and lethargic.
Determined to get on top of her weight once and for all, Samantha slimmed down to a size eight after she swapped unhealthy foods for protein, fruits and vegetables.
Before and after: Samantha Frigo tipped the scales at 91.4 kilos after overindulging on unhealthy foods. But she slimmed down to a size eight after shedding 27 kilos
Before her weight gain, Samantha said she was ‘always a very fit and sporty person’ until she started working full time.
‘I manage a pub where all my meals are for free, it was cheaper and easier to just eat from there. That wasn’t such a good idea,’ she told Daily Mail Australia.
‘I was eating a counter meal every day on my break. I was also working shift work on top of this so it was easy to grab something to eat on my way to or home from work.
‘I put on weight extremely quick when I stopped playing sport.’
As her weight spiralled out of control, Samantha said her diet consisted of just unhealthy meals such as deep fried foods and takeaway.
‘I was eating a lot of takeaway and fried foods, I was also drinking about more than four cans of Diet Coke a day. I didn’t eat vegetables, fruit, or drink water,’ she said.
‘My partner and I would go out for dinner multiple times a week. I wasn’t exercising at all and when I wasn’t at work I was sleeping or laying in bed.
‘I always felt exhausted no matter how much sleep I had. I felt quite lethargic a lot of the time. I felt like I was lacking in energy and I was always in a terrible mood.’
As her weight spiralled out of control, Samantha said her diet consisted of just unhealthy meals such as deep fried foods and takeaway
Samantha’s healthy day on a plate
Samantha followed a healthy Lite n’ Easy meal plan, which included:
Breakfast: Bacon and egg muffin or cereal
Lunch: Pasta or pizza
Dinner: Pasta or steak and salads
Snacks: Fruit cups or fresh fruit. I do sneak in the occasional naughty snack on top of this
Dessert: Low fat, low carb ice-cream from the supermarket
She said her biggest challenge were ‘resisting’ or ‘saying “no” to food’ – a problem she still experiences today.
‘At both work and home I am constantly tempted with foods that are very hard to resist. I do still indulge in these things but in a lot smaller portions,’ she said.
‘Another challenge I faced was trying not to run completely off the rails after treating myself, some days I would feel like a treat and then go on to demolish any or every food in sight with the mindset of “well I’ve already broken my healthy eating for the day”.
‘I felt terrible weighing 91.4kg. Not only did I feel sick and tired all the time but I hated the way I looked.’
Her turning point came after she realised she needed to lose weight for good.
‘I was wasting all my time feeling ill or sleeping. When I say I was wasting my time sleeping, I could sleep more than 14 hours a day and still be exhausted,’ she said.
‘I also lost all self confidence and felt horrible about myself. I didn’t want to go out, I dreaded summer, wouldn’t go swimming and I didn’t like getting photos.’
Since turning her life around for good, Samantha has been working out five days a week
She said her biggest challenge were ‘resisting’ or ‘saying “no” to food’ – a problem she still experiences today
And so she signed up to weight loss program Lite n’ Easy – and within 10 months, she lost 27 kilos.
‘For five days a week, I started on 1,200 calories breakfast, lunch and dinner but as I started to exercise more, I increased it to 1,500 calories,’ she said.
‘I swapped soft drink for water and started eating foods that I never would have thought about eating. I learnt to limit myself on foods and tried to keep minimal junk food in the house so that I wasn’t tempted. I started going to the gym.’
Now she’s working out at the gym five days a week.
‘I feel so much better looking in the mirror and seeing pictures of myself,’ she said.
‘I still treat myself most days – everything in moderation.’
For anyone who’s keen to lose weight but don’t know where to start, Samantha said: ‘Don’t go all out with crazy diets.
‘I keep myself to five days a week with a snack here and there on most days, on my days off I go out for dinner or let loose a little bit,’ she said.
‘If I was to be 100 per cent strict with dieting seven days a week there is no way I would have been able to stick to it. It’s more a lifestyle change than a diet.’