‘I’VE LOST 28KG AND I FEEL FAN­TAS­TIC!’

RE­SEARCH SUG­GESTS THAT YOUR WEIGHT WILL BE AF­FECTED BY THE PEO­PLE AROUND YOU. ROBERT KUYLER PROVES THE POINT – HIS WIFE’S WEIGHT LOSS PROMPTED HIM TO FOL­LOW HER LEAD.

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Robert Kuyler can’t stop smil­ing

AS TOLD TO TIFFANY DONSON

‘Over the past cou­ple of years, my wife lost weight pro­gres­sively just by eat­ing more healthily. I started to feel like a whale next to her! I woke up one morn­ing and thought, “Right, let’s do this.”

I keep telling peo­ple that I’m not on a diet, be­cause that’s some­thing you do for a cou­ple of months. I wanted to make a per­ma­nent change to a health­ier lifestyle.

Pota­toes, breads and sugar were the main in­gre­di­ents I cut out of my diet. I also try to avoid less ob­vi­ous sources of sugar, like sauces.

I have to ad­mit that it was dif­fi­cult to ad­just to a diet with­out carbs or sugar, but the mo­ment I made the de­ci­sion, I was com­mit­ted. I just went cold turkey and avoided temp­ta­tion. I had a goal in mind and I knew that if I al­lowed my­self to give in, it would set me back. I think it all comes down to pure willpower.

My big­gest chal­lenge was when I went out with friends, es­pe­cially if I was the only one look­ing for the health­ier op­tion on the menu and the per­son next to me was hav­ing a mas­sive break­fast with

ABOVE ROBERT AND HIS WIFE SHEREE (SEC­OND FROM LEFT) AS BEST MAN AND MAID OF HON­OUR AT A FRIEND’S WED­DING.

ev­ery­thing on it! I re­fused to cheat, though.

I have never felt that it was nec­es­sary for me to starve my­self. I al­ways eat a full por­tion. If I get hun­gry as the day pro­gresses, I grab a hand­ful of al­monds from my desk drawer, or a Granny Smith ap­ple. I eat a de­li­cious salad for lunch, or soup or a stir-fry with­out rice dur­ing win­ter. For din­ner, it’s just meat and veg­eta­bles. My break­fast, lunch and sup­per dur­ing the week are al­ways the same, but on Thurs­day nights my wife and I eat sushi. I guess that’s the one time we have a “cheat meal”, as some of it con­tains rice.

I re­ally en­joy sal­ads now. You can make awe­some sal­ads that are tastier than a lot of sand­wiches – so don’t see it as pun­ish­ment! Try one of my favourites, on the left.

Although I cut sugar out of my diet, I can’t let go of 100% fruit juice; I feel that at least it’s bet­ter than drink­ing other un­healthy stuff. I have started to eat 85% dark choco­late and even that tastes a lot sweeter since re­mov­ing sugar from my diet.

I’ve lost 28kg and I feel fan­tas­tic. I can’t stop smil­ing. I can truly say that I feel fit­ter and more en­er­gised since I started my weight loss jour­ney. It’s nice when peo­ple con­grat­u­late you on your suc­cess, but my main mo­ti­va­tion is my well­be­ing. I firmly be­lieve that I lost all this weight be­cause of my new diet. Ex­er­cis­ing just helped to speed up the process. It took less time to lose weight than I’d ex­pected – peo­ple who don’t see me of­ten think I’m sick! But I’m happy with the way I look; all I fo­cus on now is main­tain­ing my cur­rent weight.

If you want to lose weight, just do it. Don’t try to think your­self out of it. I know a weekly cheat day works for some peo­ple, but I feel it makes it more dif­fi­cult to stick to your new lifestyle and it takes longer for you to see re­sults. Just go cold turkey and com­mit your­self fully to the chal­lenge. It’s not as bad as it sounds.

‘I am happy with the way I look now and all I fo­cus on is main­tain­ing my cur­rent weight.’

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