Everyone wants to know the secret to weight loss – and half of Australia’s most high-profile couple is ready to open up.
By giving up sugar and alcohol, Peter FitzSimons has dropped more than 40kg over the past two years.
That’s quite a turnaround for a man who used to dismiss all health nuts and teetotallers as “dickheads” – but that, he argues, is exactly what makes him qualified to convert millions of overweight Australian men.
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The 55-year-old has penned The Great Aussie Bloke Slim-Down (Penguin) to tell fellow “fatties” how to lose the lard for good. “Stop the sugar, stop the hunger,” he argues. “As for alcohol, just give it a go for a month and see if your life is not better without it.”
Peter and Lisa are clearly a happy couple, but Peter says they don’t have a “Hallmark greeting-card marriage” – which means an average year roughly works out to “300 good days, 50 fabulous days and 15 shockers”. Lately, though, their numbers are looking up – and ditching the alcohol l has made all the difference, he explains in a revealing and frank interview in The Australian Women’s Weekly.
They talk openly about falling in love, their decision to marry and the challenges of competing high-profile careers. The couple, who have three kids – Jake, 23, Louis, 21 and Billi, 19 - invited The Weekly into their beautiful home for our December cover story.
Peter with he and Lisa's three kids. Source: Instagram.
PETER’S TOP WEIGHT-LOSS TIPS FROM HIS BOOK
1 It really is about the sugar. If you cut the sugar from what you put in your mouth, then just about everything else will sort itself out.
2 In terms of losing weight, 80 per cent of it is to do with what you eat, and just 20 per cent the exercise you do.
3 Your claims that the reason you are overweight because you have a slow metabolism are nonsense.
4 All notions that you can remove flab on a particular part of the body by working on the muscles near and around that part are complete nonsense.
5 We all under-estimate what we eat. Study after study shows that if you keep a food diary for a few weeks, you will be reasonably good at estimating what you actually shovelled down your throat that day.
6 Diets don’t work. Or at least they just about never work. I repeat: don’t go ON a diet, CHANGE your diet.
Read our full interview with Lisa Wilkinson and Peter FitzSimons, in the December issue of The Australian Women’s Weekly, on sale Thursday, October 27.
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