Sarah Wolter’s turning point came when her company ordered new workwear and – weighing 158 kilograms – couldn’t reach the largest size available.
« It was really humiliating when I had to explain to my boss that I couldn’t wear the uniform, » the 51-year-old Adelaide resident told AAP.
In late 2015, she turned to the CSIRO’s Total Wellbeing Diet and hoped to lose between five and ten pounds.
Ms. Wolter is one of the 10 success stories of the CSIRO program that have taken on new voluntary roles as motivators for other members.
« People absolutely carve themselves out when they have a bad day and get out of hand, like I used to do.
Since weight loss is always a current New Years resolution, the CSIRO program focuses on motivation and community.
Aside from Ms. Wolter and her fellow motivators, the diet program has also launched the Start Strong online quiz to help Australians understand their attitudes towards nutrition.
« Just having this really good start is motivating in itself, » said CSIRO researcher Dr. Gilly Hendrie.
She added that people who wanted to lose weight were more likely to be motivated by exercise or diet.
« This is important for people starting over this year – pick something that you like to focus on in the beginning, » said Dr. Hendrie.
Dr. Hendrie said peer support from motivators like Ms. Wolter is invaluable to the program, especially after 2020.
« The connection with your community is so important, especially at the moment we had these limitations in our lives, » she said.
« I never thought I’d be where I was and lose that amount, » she said.
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