5 SURPRISING things this mum – who lost 46kg – has learnt about maintaining a HEALTHY weight loss

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One of the most common things we hear from mums on our 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge is just how surprisingly easy following a healthy eating plan can be.

Whether they’ve needed to lose 40 kilograms or 14, many of these mums have discovered that eating healthily doesn’t mean eating boring, tasteless food or munching on carrot sticks and celery (though with hummus these snacks are delicious).

Melanie Arnold-Stem has lost an incredible 46kg by following the 28 Day Weight Loss ChallengeShe has also lost over 100cm from her body and is too surprised by how simple following a healthy lifestyle can be.

The gorgeous mama-of-one has shared with us, five of the most surprising things she’s learned about living a healthy lifestyle.


And the rest is history

“Before finding The Healthy Mummy in 2014, I was a typical yo-yo dieter.

“I tried so many low-calorie programs, but while I’d initially lose weight, I gained it all (plus an extra 20kg) in a couple of months,” says Melanie.

“It was by chance that I read about The Healthy Mummy in an online forum, and the rest is history!”

5 surprising things Melanie found after joining the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge

1. You can eat whatever you like


Many diet programs suggest cutting out food groups or limiting the type of food you eat.

Our 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge is all about eating fresh, wholesome foods from DIFFERENT food groups and types. After all, this is the best way to ensure your body is receiving the best nutrients, vitamins and power to fight fat.

What’s more the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge App is home to 3,500 PLUS recipesmany of which are HEALTHIER VERSIONS of your favourite meals. Think pizza, burgers, spaghetti and brownies. This is awesome for managing sugar and takeout cravings.

“Being able to eat food that is incredibly tasty; it cuts out the want for fast food or restaurant food, because it is healthy in all ways, including cost and time,” says Melanie. “There is always something for everyone.”

“I’ve done a lot of other programs, and everything was so restrictive, but with this, it comes at ease.”

2. You should eat OFTEN…

Regular meals and snacks are vital for keeping up your metabolism, which in turn, helps you burn fat and lose weight.

“How many diets encourage you to eat regularly?

“I love knowing I can check out the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge recipe hub whenever I have a craving, and to know there is always something there is wonderful.”

Our 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge encourages women to stick to three snacks a day and three main meals.

You see, between main meals your metabolism slows down. By ensuring you have healthy snacks for morning and afternoon tea (as well as dessert) you can help stabilise blood sugar levels, keep the metabolism revving and reduce those pesky 3pm sugar cravings.

3.  Support is available…and easily accessible


There’s no need for a coach or personal trainer when you have over a million other mums who are (or have been) in the same place that you are when on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge.

With over one million mummies across The Healthy Mummy Facebook pages and support groups, you can reach out for help and advice at any time of the day, at any time.

Plus, there’s no judgement allowed. Our support groups are a safe space zone.

“No matter what the issue is, there is always someone around that can help.

“The motivation from watching everyone’s transformations is incredible. Just to know that everyone is in this together, and I have never felt alone, is absolute paramount for me.”

4. How cost-effective the Challenges are

Eating healthily doesn’t have to be expensive! In fact, you can save a lot of money each week through meal prepping and customise your meal plans on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge App.

“There is always an option to suit everyone. As a single mum, who is self-employed (with not a lot of income), I am very budget conscious.

“I can easily shop for a whole week for around $70 and eat 5 meals daily. It’s just about knowing how to use the recipes most effectively, and utilising what you already have.”

5. How proud I feel of myself


Melanie says she has found a whole new confidence in herself after joining the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge.

“Having people notice that what you’re doing is makes you feel happy. But noticing it yourself, is an even greater feeling!

“Some people lose weight for themselves (like me), others for health, or for other goals for family, but I absolutely love the motivation and feeling that comes along with even a slight change.

“It makes you feel beautiful and that what you are doing is noticed.”

More on Melanie’s 46kg weight loss success story

Thanks to her hard work and determination, 46 kilos have gone and so have her unhealthy habits and soft-drink cravings. What an incredible achievement!


Melanie has gone from 135kgs to 89kgs, well done!

“This is what 2.5 years of hard work, determination, and The Healthy Mummy can do,” says Melanie.

“I’ve cut out addictions to soft drink, fast food, bad snacking, and mostly learning to love myself.”

Fantastic work Melanie, you should be so proud!

Join Melanie on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge!


If you are inspired by Melanie’s before and after pics and want to take charge of your own health and weight – then join our 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge TODAY.

Each month has a NEW Challenge theme and next month’s theme is our Budget Booty Busting Challenge! Think fresh, healthy recipes and booty toning and tightening exercises programs!

With more than 3,500 delicious (and healthy) recipes, 350 exercises & 24/7 support – the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge  is designed (and proven) to help busy mums like you lose weight!

To learn more about our challenge OR to join – click here.

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