By Jasmine Kazlauskas
An inspirational mum-of-two shed HALF her body weight in less than a year – all without ever exercising.
Teresa Venetoulis tipped the scales at a whopping 103kg (16st 2lbs), while her wardrobe was overflowing with frumpy size 22 clothes.
But now the glamorous stay-at-home mum is happier than ever flaunting her svelte size 8 figure after losing an incredible 49kg (7st 7lbs) in just 10 months.
The 32-year-old now weighs 54kg (8st 5lbs) after embarking on a major diet overhaul – ditching her daily bread, pasta and pizza habit in favour of a strict high-protein, high-fat ketogenic diet – but claims she never once had to exercise to shed the flab.
Teresa, from Sydney, Australia, said: “I’d never been overweight before and have always been naturally slim.
“But after giving birth to my son, my hormones went into overdrive, which made me pile on the weight really quickly.
“This then worsened my PCOS [polycystic ovary syndrome], which made it harder to lose weight.
“Within a year, I’d piled on 50kg. I felt like crap.
“I tried all the diets out there, went to the gym and ran every day, but it was no use – nothing worked. I kept putting on weight.
“After I was pregnant with my daughter I reached 103kg, and nothing I did helped budge the weight.
“I would lose 2kg, but then gain 5kg. It was so frustrating.
Teresa’s doctor suggested the ketogenic diet to help ease the hormone and fertility issues which had caused her to rapidly pile on the pounds after the birth of son Liam, now nine, in 2009, and her diagnosis with PCOS in 2007.
Then, Teresa and mortgage broker husband John Venetoulis, 38, faced a devastating miscarriage in 2010 – after which Teresa’s erratic hormones skyrocketed – causing her to gain 50kg in less than a year.
Following her daughter Faith’s birth in August 2015, Teresa’s weight plateaued at 103kg (16st 2lbs), with the mum trying ‘every diet under the sun’ to slim down – with no success.
With her only other option being to try a cocktail of various medications, Teresa felt she had nothing to lose and decided to go ‘full keto’ in June 2017.
The strict diet required cutting out all carbs in favor of high protein, high fat foods such as oily fish, lean meat, nuts, avocados and eggs.
And the mum was ‘astounded’ to drop 15kg (2st 3lbs) in the first two months after seven years of ‘trying everything’ to lose weight.
Teresa said: “I’d never heard of the ketogenic diet before, so spent a month researching before I decided to give it a go.
“In the first two months, I lost 15kg. I was astounded. Nothing had ever worked before.
“I just kept going with it, and the weight just melted off.
“I ditched all carbs and focused on high protein and high healthy fats.
“It’s always drilled into us to go low fat or fat free, but our body needs good, healthy fats.
“It’s the best diet I’ve ever tried. Now it’s a lifestyle choice.”
Former gymgoer Teresa claims the only exercise she does each day now is ‘incidental’ – such as housework, roaming around the shops and walking her children to school.
She also practices intermittent fasting, meaning she eats all her calories for the day in just two large meals at 11am and 2pm.
Teresa said: “I’ll have breakfast at around 11am, and then I’ll eat again at 2pm.
“Then I’ll fast until the next morning. It was hard at first, but your body just gets used to it.
“I still feed my kids their three meals and snacks a day as usual.
“The meals are large, and I’m getting all the calories I need without constantly snacking.
“I feel fantastic now that I’ve lost all the weight.
“It wasn’t just about slimming down, but it was about being healthy and the best mum I could be.
“Now I can run around after my kids easily. I’m less moody, and I have so much more energy.
“I have so much confidence and I’ve never felt better.”
TERESA’S DIET: BEFORE
Breakfast: Two cheese toasted sandwiches.
Snack: Fruit and a biscuit.
Lunch: Pasta or pizza.
Dinner: Spaghetti bolognaise, lasagne or roast dinner with potatoes.
TERESA’S DIET: NOW
Breakfast (11am): Big breakfast with eggs with avocado, spinach, mushrooms and bacon.
Late lunch/dinner (2pm): Large plate of grilled chicken or baked fish with lots of vegetables or large salad.
Occasional treat: Low-carb Keto cake.