How Rowan Dunne lost 20 kg’s and how you can do the same.

ROWAN DUNNE, 26
HEIGHT: 178CM
JOB: STUDENT/FACILITATOR
TIME REQUIRED: 8 MONTHS
WEIGHT BEFORE: 112KG
WEIGHT AFTER: 84KG

THE GAIN
I started working four to five nights a week at a pizza delivery company where we got 64 percent off as a staff discount. It meant it wasn’t uncommon for me to have a pizza a shift (four to five large pizzas a week) with plenty of toppings. In addition to this my regular diet was fast food. I had spent five months in the US and had been super-sized while I was there by tucking into the vast variety of snacks and fast food available. Once the weight was on, it became more and more difficult to get it off. By July of 2007 I had reached 112kg. Though I had always exercised, my eating habits were so poor that I couldn’t lose weight. I got into the mindset that I could never be below 100kg.

THE CHANGE
I think the main reason for deciding to take control of my weight was because I was unhappy with how I was looking and feeling. I am only 1.78m so my BMI was around 32 with a body fat percentage of 30 percent or more. I work on the UCT Medical Campus where I facilitate first year students’ discussions on health matters. Discussing BMI and obesity with the students made me realise how out of shape I was. Being a student, I had a lot of spare time, so I decided to get back into the gym.

THE STRATEGY
I started going back to gym with a friend in August 2007. We both weighed 109kg and took a bet that whoever got under 100kg first would pocket R400 from the other guy. I won the bet and was inspired to start a Facebook group called “Help Rowan Lose Another 10 Kilograms”, to invite friends to help motivate me. I got under 100kg in November and was weighing 91kg just after New Year. By March I reached my lowest weight of 82kg. Now I fluctuate comfortably between 84 and 86kg. I swim as often as possible and I’ve cut fast food, cheese, bread and pasta out of my diet.

THE RESULT
In less than a year I lost nearly 30kg and I feel amazing.

THE REWARD
I have made drastic changes to my diet and when I do eat takeaways, I usually try remove as much of the oil as possible. If I don’t have vegetables for a couple of days I actually start to miss them. Before I never even knew what vegetables were. The constant positive feedback I get also helps a lot. You can never receive too many compliments!