Hervey Bay’s Ron Taylor has never felt better since losing almost 20kg and getting fit.
Hervey Bay’s Ron Taylor has never felt better since losing almost 20kg and getting fit. TONI McRAE

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.”



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