A mum-of-four from Melbourne has revealed how she lost a staggering 45 kilograms in just nine months, dropping from a size 18-20 to a slim size 10.
Jessica Hood, 32, tipped the scales at 110 kilos after the birth of her four kids and knew something had to change, but it wasn’t until last May and the coronavirus pandemic that she decided to alter her diet and do something about her figure.
Mere months later, Jessica now weighs 67 kilograms – and it’s not just her appearance that has dramatically altered, but her mental health too.
‘I’ve turned my entire life around by making these small changes,’ she told FEMAIL.
‘There was no quick fix. No special drinks or pills. No crash diets. I didn’t wake up one day and have a brand new life. I had to work hard. The physical side was hard sure but the mental side was harder. I had to retrain my mind.’
A mum-of-four from Melbourne has revealed how she lost a staggering 45 kilograms in just nine months, dropping from a size 18-20 to a slim size 10 (Jessica Hood pictured now)
Jessica Hood , 32, tipped the scales at 110 kilos after the birth of her four kids and knew something had to change, but it wasn’t until last May that she did so (pictured before and after)
Jessica explained that the main reason she was able to lose the weight was thanks to strict but small diet changes, including giving up Coca Cola entirely (pictured before and after)
Jessica explained that the main reason she was able to lose the weight was thanks to strict but small diet changes.
‘The key to my weight loss was cutting out Coca Cola,’ she said. ‘I used to drink up to three litres per day.’
The 32-year-old said her previous diet included ‘a lot of’ junk food like doughnuts, cakes and chocolate.
But rather than occasionally eating the sweet food and drink, she ‘lived off’ these unhealthy foods – and lots of them – ‘every single day’.
Jessica said to slim down to where she is today (pictured) she cut her portion sizes in half and tweaked her meals slightly to include plenty of eggs and chicken wraps
She also continued to eat a little of what she loved like white bread, pasta and chocolate, but just opted for much smaller portions (pictured before and after)
Last May, Jessica said she reached her lowest point.
She felt ‘severely depressed’ and her ‘life revolved around food’.
The mum-of-four decided to lose weight by reducing her portion sizes, introducing a daily walk for one hour and cutting out all Coke and junk food.
‘I cut my portions in half, and opted for high protein and low carb food,’ Jessica said.
‘I ate a lot of chicken wraps, eggs and smoothies to stay healthy and full, but also on track.’
‘I also started walking an hour a day which fitted into my busy mum life perfectly,’ Jessica said (pictured before and after)
Jessica said she often didn’t actually change what she ate at meals, but just opted for less of it.
‘I still ate white breads, pastas, chocolate and even some takeaway. All in moderation,’ she posted on Instagram.
‘I swapped big blocks of chocolate for fun-sized ones and when I felt like a treat, I’d have one.’
Jessica also took up daily walking for one hour per day with her kids, which she said ‘fitted into my busy mum life perfectly’.
‘I never had a gym membership or fancy equipment, and although I do own a treadmill I didn’t use it until the last month or so,’ she said.
Jessica said her advice for others who want to lose weight is to just do it and don’t worry about ‘missing out’ (pictured before and during her weight loss journey)
Within a month, Jessica had already lost eight kilograms.
As the months ticked over, this increased and increased, until today when Jessica has now lost 45 kilos.
‘It’s coming up to almost a year since I started my journey,’ Jessica said.
‘The journey that lead me to the happiest place on earth (and no I am not talking about Disneyland) but FREEDOM!
‘Freedom from the severe depression, freedom from the negative thoughts, freedom from the low sex drive, freedom from feeling worthless, free from my demons.’
She added: ‘So much has changed for me, it goes so much deeper than just my physical appearance. Things that I never thought would change, changed.’
‘I tried many different diets, but I would always give up within the first week. This is something that worked well for me and now, I can maintain it long term,’ the mum (pictured) said
Jessica said her advice for others who want to lose weight is to just do it and don’t worry about ‘missing out’:
‘I think we tend to look at diets as punishment,’ she said.
‘We tend to cut out certain foods and that’s why most of the time we gain the weight back or give up so easily.
‘I had tried many different diets, but I would always give up within the first week.
‘This is something that worked well for me and now, I can maintain it long term.’
To find out more about Jessica Hood, you can visit her Instagram profile here.