For more than 20 years, 51-year-old Bernadette Fisers has worked with countless big-name celebrities as a make-up artist.
Yet between long and unusual hours at work, looking after her daughter in Melbourne, and fitting in the other demands and pressures that come with being a full-time working mum, Ms Fisers had always struggled to put herself first.
After she found herself tipping the scales at 130 kilograms last year, the 51-year-old knew something had to change.
Here, Ms Fisers tells Daily Mail how she took a leaf out of her model clients’ books and tried out some of their nutrition tips.
By sipping on green tea, avoiding food between 7pm and 10am and ditching sugar altogether, the Melbourne mother lost a huge 30 kilograms in just 30 weeks.
Weighing 130 kilograms, Bernadette Fisers (pictured) knew something had to change – she started taking tips from her celebrity clients (she works as a make-up artist)
Here, Ms Fisers tells Daily Mail how she took a leaf out of her model clients’ books and tried out some of their nutritional tips
In just 30 weeks, the then 130 kilogram woman (pictured before, left) lost around 30 kilograms – she has never felt better, she said (pictured after, right)
‘I’ve always had a weight issue and have struggled with yo yo diets and all sorts of fads over the years,’ Ms Fisers told Daily Mail.
‘But nothing worked. Then, one day last year, I decided to speak to the models I worked with about their nutritional tips and tricks.
‘Lots of models are pretty schooled in nutrition. They’re not just pretty faces. On shoots, I started chatting to the likes of Jesinta Franklin, Danni Minogue, The Veronicas and Cyndi Lauper.
‘I discovered the importance of carrying your own snacks, such as nuts, so I was never caught out eating sugar.
‘Whenever I heard something good, I’d go home, Google it, read around it a bit, try the tip and if it didn’t work, I’d discard it.’
By sipping on green tea, avoiding food between 7pm and 10am and ditching sugar, the Melbourne mother lost a huge 30 kilograms in just 30 weeks (pictured: Bernadette Fisers)
She said that it comes down to 90 per cent nutrition and 10 per cent exercise (pictured before: left, and after: right)
MS FISER’S TOP TIPS TO LOSE WEIGHT FAST
* Ditch sugar, especially fructose. It’s addictive and makes you fat.
* Avoid processed foods and instead opt for the freshest produce available.
* Avoid fizzy drinks and fruit juices.
* Drink lots of water and green tea to boost your metabolism.
* Don’t eat diet or low fat foods at all.
* Cut back on carbs, but don’t cut them altogether – just eat unprocessed ones.
* Stop eating at 7pm and don’t start again until 10am the next day.
* Walk at least 10,000 steps a day.
* Get nine hours of sleep each night.
* Limit your portion sizes to normal.
Over the course of six months (roughly 30 weeks), the mother of one dropped a whopping 30 kilograms.
‘I’d go to do the school pick up and the other mums would come up to me and say: “You look amazing, what are you doing?”.’
According to Ms Fisers, the things which worked – and continue to work – for her are predominantly food-based.
‘Forget trying to rush to the gym when you’re busy and focus on your food.
‘It’s 90 per cent nutrition and you can’t out run or train obesity,’ she said.
As well as bringing her own snacks to and from shoots, Ms Fiser also drank copious amounts of green tea and water:
‘Whereas apple cider vinegar did limited things with regards to my weight loss, I found water and green tea really helpful,’ she said.
Ms Fisers said she had always had a weight problem, and had tried everything from yo yo diets to fad eating – but nothing worked long term (pictured before)
One day, she came up with the idea of taking tips from her model clients, who have included the likes of Jesinta Franklin, the Veronicas and Danni Minogue
She found that by preparing her own snacks in advance, avoiding sugar and processed foods and drinking lots of green tea and water, she lost a lot of weight quite quickly (pictured after)
The 51-year-old is also a new devotee of fresh, unprocessed foods.
‘Often, you read a lot of press about no carbs,’ she said.
‘But it’s not about no carbs. It’s just about much less processed carbs. Fresh carbs.
‘The best thing I’ve learned and now adopt every single day is I stop eating at 7pm and I don’t start again until 10am the next day.
‘Obviously, sometimes I break this as I’m out for dinner or something, but the majority of the time, it’s sustainable.’
These days, having been told previously she was pre-diabetic and had a fatty liver, Ms Fisers is in much better shape – both internally and externally.
‘I’ve currently lost about 32 kilos in total, and would probably like to lose about 10 more. But my doctor said I’ve infinitely improved my insides!’ she said.
‘I’d go to do the school pick up and the other mums would come up to me and say: “You look amazing, what are you doing?”,’ the mum of one said (pictured left: before, and right: after)
With regards to advice for other time-poor mothers who want to lose weight in a healthy, sustainable way, Ms Fisers said the most important thing is to prioritise yourself
And with regards to advice for other time-poor mothers who want to lose weight in a healthy, sustainable way, Ms Fisers said it’s time to re-evaluate your priorities:
‘You’ll never lose weight until you make yourself a priority,’ she said.
‘So clean out your cupboards, fill them with fresh, unprocessed foods and be prepared for whenever hunger might strike with your own snacks on hand.
‘I cannot tell you how much better I feel for having done so.’
Ms Fisers has written a book on her weight loss tips, called The Little Book of Big Weightloss (AUD $14.99 print, $4.99 ebook). To find out more, click here.