Kylie Pryor went from eating three meals a day to six, and lost 38kg in the process. Here, the mother-of-three reveals her diet secrets.
Kylie Pryor was typically reasonable when it came to healthy foods, but her weight gain was largely due to big portions of meals and the indulgence of chocolate as a frequent treat after dinner.
“I typically ate three meals a day, I would eat toast for breakfast but I would have a very large serve of both lunch and dinner,” Pryor tells body+soul. “I sometimes grazed as I got dinner ready as well.”
“I never really ate at regular intervals. The food I ate was typically reasonably healthy, but I would just have very large portions. I did indulge in chocolate quite often after dinner.”
But it wasn’t just larger portions at dinner that contributed to her weight gain; it was the tragedy of losing a loved one.
“I feel like I put even more [weight]on between my second and third child during the time my mother died of lymphoma and I was quite depressed after her death.”
Three pregnancies and the tragedy of losing her mother saw her weight spiral, but the last straw was disliking how she saw herself in photos.
“I had some professional photos taken of myself and my third child who was about 3-months at the time. When I got the photos back I was horrified,” Pryor recalls.
“I didn’t realise how big I had gotten. I knew I was overweight, but the photos were a wake up call.”
Her heaviest weight was at 103kg at the time.
“One of the hardest parts for me was getting my head around how much I had to lose,” she says.
“According to my BMI I needed to lose 45kg. That is a staggering amount of weight. I think I was always afraid of having loose skin too and if I did lose it that I would need surgery to correct it.”
Just over two years later and Kylie has lost a staggering 38kg. Here’s how she did it.
Kylie Pryor’s diet
Kylie signed up to the Healthy Mummy 28-day challenge for one year.
“I started eating six smaller, healthy meals per day, increased my water intake, and started walking everywhere I could,” Pryor says. “I also started Kangatraining, which is an exercise class with your baby in a carrier.”
The first few weeks weren’t without its challenges for Kylie, but she found her strength seeing the changes in her weight loss.
“I found it hard, but manageable. The Healthy Mummy plans were really easy to follow, the food was great and I was absolutely determined. As soon as I started I started losing weight, the changes were a huge motivation to continue.”
Kylie’s struggle with weight her whole life had her think there was nothing she could do to change it, but it was the little changes to her diet that made all the difference.
“What I realise now is that I’ve been eating badly my whole life. I always ate more than what my body needed and didn’t eat a good mix of foods. Our previous diet was very high in carbs and I didn’t really understand how much that could contribute to my weight gain.
“Since joining The Healthy Mummy, I have learnt to balance what I eat. I don’t avoid any foods but I just keep things like sugar and chocolate in moderation. I think there’s a common misconception about weight loss that you can only eat 1200 calories – which would be starving yourself – and I love that The Healthy Mummy has taught me this isn’t true.”
A typical day on a plate
Breakfast: Eggs and toast for breakfast.
Morning tea: Vitaweats for morning tea.
Lunch: A salad wrap for lunch.
Afternoon tea: Rice cakes, or vegetables and dip.
Dinner: Meat and vegetables, or a stir-fry for dinner.
Dessert: A sweet treat like yoghurt or a low fat muffin.
Kylie’s exercise routine
Attending the gym around 3-4 times a week has Kylie Pryor feeling more confident and stronger.
“I made a point of going 3-4 times a week, but as I got stronger and more confident I started attending five or more days a week.”
Kylie spends her gym sessions doing Les Mills BodyCombat classes, a weight training session, two cardio sessions, and Les Mills CXWorkx and BodyStep classes.
“In my cardio sessions, I will use a variety of equipment including the treadmill, rower, exercise balls, box jumps, fitness balls, tyres, sandbags, or small weights,” she says.
Her advice to others
Kylie is no stranger to the feeling of becoming overwhelmed and wanting to give up.
“I feel like I used to make excuses, I would put it off for another day, or I would just think it was all too hard,” she tells. “But if you want something bad enough you won’t put it off, you won’t make excuses, because at the end of the day only you can change what you eat and how much activity you do.”
So, here are Kylie’s top 5 tips for staying on track:
1. Break your weight loss into chunks: Set 5 or 10kg goals and focus on that.
2. Surround yourself with those who will have a positive impact on your journey: I absolutely love The Healthy Mummy facebook groups – they are a community of mums supporting other mums and it’s an invaluable tool for weight loss.
3. Healthy foods: Focus on eating healthy food to fuel your body and eat smaller meals more regularly.
4. Water intake: Drink 2.5 L of water a day.
5. Move yourself: Get moving in any way you can. You don’t have to go to a gym to lose weight; try walking or some exercise videos in your own home.