A formerly obese mum now looks ten years younger after losing 30kg and four dress sizes – and she credits her transformation to cookies.
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Melbourne mum-of-four Tarra Sloboduik, 32, reached her heaviest weight of 92kg back in August 2018 after years of eating big meals – often with double or triple helpings – and not exercising.
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Tarra’s confidence had hit rock bottom after she spotted her size 18 physique in photographs from an awards night organised by her workplace – so she began researching diet plans.
After coming across a weight loss solution that claimed it could make people drop the pounds by eating cookies, Tarra said she was very sceptical – but decided to give ‘Dr Siegal’s Cookie Diet’ a shot.
“I found it difficult to balance being a new mum with having a healthy lifestyle, so my weight just crept up over the years,” Tarra said.
“Dinner was my weakness, as I’d not eat that much all day except coffees and a small lunch, so when I’d get home, I’d eat everything in sight.”
Tarra began the cookie diet in September 2018 and managed to lose 18kg in the first two months – while the remaining 12kg came off gradually over the next 10 months.
The diet consists of consuming nine cookies a day, with each one being just 60 calories – with her first cookie being at 6am, followed by three more before midday, and then three cookies at lunch, and one for afternoon tea.
For dinner, Tarra would cook up a healthy high-protein, low-carb meal – usually something like grilled chicken or fish with salad or vegetables.
After dropping nearly 20kg in the first two months, the mum managed to lose another 10kg over the next year by maintaining a healthy diet full focusing on low-sugar, high-protein meals.
“I was really sceptical at first. Who could ever lose weight eating cookies? But it was just what my body needed,” Tarra said. “Regular eating intervals helped keep my metabolism rolling to its full effect.
“I was satisfied, and so I’d no longer be gorging on large meals.”
The super slimmer now looks unrecognizable with her brand new sleek 62kg, size 10 figure – with her friends and family all commenting that she looks 10 years younger.
“I have so much more energy now and feel amazing. I like my reflection in shop windows now and I love seeing my kids scroll through their camera gallery giggling at the ‘bigger me’.
“I love meeting up with old friends I haven’t seen in months and hearing their comments, and I definitely love asking the shop assistant if they have a smaller size out the back. “My life has changed for the better and I’ll never look back.”
Tarra’s Day On A Plate
Breakfast: Coffee with three heaped teaspoons of sugar and full cream milk
Morning Tea: Coffee with three heaped teaspoons of sugar and full cream milk
Lunch: Ham & Cheese sandwich from the local petrol station, while driving to meetings
Afternoon Tea: Coffee with three heaped teaspoons of sugar and full cream milk
Dinner: 2-3 massive bowls of spaghetti bolognaise, hot chips, meat pie
During the Cookie Diet
Breakfast: First cookie at 6am then every two hours, one cookie until 12 noon
Morning Tea: Two cookies
Lunch: 2 cookies
2pm Afternoon Tea: 1 cookie
4pm Afternoon Tea (total of 9 cookies before dinner)
Dinner: Protein (meat, fish or chicken and salad/or veggies)
After the Cookie Diet (Maintenance)
Breakfast: Yoghurt or a piece of fruit or toast; Coffee, no sugar, skim milk with stevia
Morning Tea: Green Tea
Lunch: Grilled chicken wrap with salad
Afternoon Tea: A piece of fruit or coffee with skim milk, no sugar, stevia instead
Dinner: Protein (meat, fish or chicken and salad/or veggies) or small bowl of spaghetti bolognaise
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