Fitness trainers Sharny and Julius Kieser purposely gained — and then lost — 60 lbs. to show the struggles of losing weight. They succeeded in dropping the lbs., but have no plans to go through it again.
While Sharny, 36, says while it wasn’t as hard as she expected — “It didn’t take that long and we certainly didn’t struggle or starve,” she tells PEOPLE — you won’t see the couple binging on sugar to gain weight for a second time.
“I don’t want to do it again,” Sharny says. “Even a couple of kilos lighter feels so much better on my joints and back. Eating healthier has certainly improved my moods dramatically. Where previously I would have to talk myself into optimism, now I don’t have a cloud of stress.”
Sharny, who gave birth to the couple’s fifth child back in February, hit 69 kg., or 152 lbs. at her heaviest. She’s since lost 28 lbs., and is back down to 124 lbs. Her husband, Julius, 35, went from 109 kg., or 240 lbs., back down to 202 lbs. after an eight-week diet.
The toughest part of the diet was just starting, Sharny says.
“Days 1 to 3 are like being hung over as the body detoxes and goes through withdrawals. For Julius, this lasted a whole week.”
They also had a few days when their body would stay at one weight.
“We both had sticking points where we weighed the same for a few days, but we know that this is usually a thing we call squishy fat,” Sharny says. “Basically, the body uses the fat from the cells, but keeps the cells open with water, so you weigh the same and look the same, the only difference is your fat feels squishier.”
“Many people call this a plateau and quit their weight loss, but if you just persist and trust, the body eventually flushes the water out of those cells and you have a quite a remarkable change from day to day.”
Sharny says she’s thrilled by how many of their followers tackled the diet with them, and those who are jumping on board with it now.
“It’s truly inspiring to see parents from all walks of life get such amazing changes in their bodies, mindset and relationship to their spouses and kids.”