Going from flab to fab
FORMER Australian rugby union rep Ron Taylor took a year to go from “a fat blob” to a lean and fit 57-year-old who looks 10 years younger – and he wants to help overweight Fraser Coasters do the same.
“You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to lose the fat but taking a methodical, carefully researched approach to getting it off is how I succeeded.
“Now I’m looking for a ghost writer to help me put together a book – I’m calling it Bust-a-Gut – with my secrets to shedding the kilos and then keeping them off.”
Mr Taylor, a Hervey Bay real estate agent with Richardson and Wrench, weighed 111.36kg a year ago and today he tips the scales at 92.1kg.
“I was a fit young man playing senior grade rugby union in Sydney and even before that going to South Africa in 1969 with the Under-17 Australian rep schoolboy side. We won six out of seven games there.
“Then I went into the club management business and the pounds just crept up on me. I ate and drank what I liked and even grew a beard to cover my fat face. One day I stood starkers in front of the mirror and said: ‘You are so fat. You are so ugly.’
“A friend I hadn’t seen for years on the Gold Coast met up with me and looked hard and said: ‘Ron, is that you in there?’”
The internet was Mr Taylor’s entree to getting slim. He got a copy of iconic dietician Rosemary Stanton’s Fat and Fibre Counter and Caron Milham’s Australian Healthy Shopping Guide. “I started walking an hour every day and I plan my week’s menus ahead. I stick to 1800 calories, or 7500 kilojoules, a day. I’m eating up to five fruits and vegies a day and only fish and chicken, no red meat. I stir-fry a lot and take a calcium supplement each day. I also drink wine and the occasional beer.”
Mr Taylor says even though he’s lost two friends because “they thought I was too boring in my eating and drinking habits”, he’s never felt better.
“Anyone overweight can do what I’ve done and turn their lives around.”