When The Biggest Loser Families host Fiona Falkiner spoke openly about accepting that she would never be thin, but that she was still fit and healthy, the sentiment resonated with people around the country – people that for the large part, the fitness industry ignores.
Fiona Falkiner started her weight loss journey on national TV for everyone to see. The result of being so dedicated to the goal? She lost over 30kgs. But the outcome? She didn’t actually feel confident in herself.
Fiona learnt herself that it’s not a numbers game, but a health one – putting yourself in a place that honours your body and respects your mind – you’re not trying to get a size, you’re actually trying to get to a state of mind. So, she learned how to look after herself in a way that didn’t cite a number as success, but instead her own personal wellbeing.
That’s why she now works with Trimfit Bodies, a new program designed for the majority of women in Australia.
Launching this month, Trimfit Bodies is an online program fully endorsed and created by professional personal trainers and accredited nutritionists. Trimfit has been designed to speak to people who know they need to get healthy, but who don’t know where to start and who don’t feel they have the support to make the necessary changes.
Founded in Australia by Rob Kain and Damien Katris – with Fiona Falkiner as the face of the new health and fitness program – the creators of Trimfit Bodies say it’s for busy people who want to look after themselves with confidence as their priority.
“We know that 15 per cent of women who are overweight are too embarrassed to step foot in a gym at their current size,” says co-founder Damien Katris. “Similarly, it’s physically impossible for a lot of people to jump straight into the celebrity fitness programs – they’re just not there mentally or fitness-wise.”
“Trimfit Bodies is designed to help people progressively move along their own health and wellness journey both physically and psychologically. The program is just as much about getting your mindset right as it is your health,” said Damien.
It is this point of difference that attracted Fiona to the program. As a previous contestant and now host of The Biggest Loser Families, Fiona’s personal weight battles have been publicly documented, along with her unhappiness, despite having dropped to a size 12.
Fiona says Trimfit’s focus on ensuring that people are happy in their own skin first and foremost, is what convinced her to sign up as the face of the program.
“I believed that if I lost weight, my life would be better,” said Fiona. “I lost 30kgs and I looked happy on the outside but inside nothing had changed. I realised the number on the scales had nothing to do with how I actually felt.”
Trimfit’s holistic approach to health and wellness includes four key elements: mindset and mentoring content from Fiona; uniquely developed and staged at-home exercise circuits; easy to follow balanced meal plans; and specially designed supplements. The 12 week weight loss component is followed by 12 weeks of lifestyle maintenance to help participants lead a balanced life whilst still keeping the weight off – a key point of difference given 65 per cent of dieters return to their pre-diet weight.
Exercise starts from encouragement to get walking through to higher intensity circuits and weekly email contact and online support means participants feel supported. Participants are able to commence the program at any point and also have access to the program for 24 weeks to ensure they have adequate time to complete their personal fitness goals, and to allow for potential setbacks, which are a reality for people battling obesity and long-term sedentary lifestyle habits.
“We are realistic about health and wellness,” says co-founder Rob Kain. “A hardcore twelve week challenge and restricted dieting doesn’t appeal to, or work for, the vast majority of people – it’s just not achievable.”
“Looking at images of rippling muscles actually demotivates a lot of people because they know they aren’t going to end up looking like that – nor do they want to,” said Rob. “Most of the people that the fitness industry is ignoring just want to be healthy and happy in the skin they’re in, and that’s what Trimfit achieves for them.”
The Trimfit Bodies program is available for $200 from www.trimfitbodies.com.au