Mum, 35, whose weight struggle led to three miscarriages and excruciating knee pain shares how she lost 28kg in six months to shape her dream body
- Brittany Gordon-Brown, 35, weighed 115 kg after giving birth in 2018
- Unfortunately, she had three miscarriages after that
- But by following the 1:1 Diet, she lost 28 kg in six months
Mother to a Brittany Gordon-Brown had hoped to have more children after the birth of her first baby, but the stubborn weight she had gained led to a series of challenges she never saw coming.
The 35-year-old, from Brisbane, Queensland, weighed 115kg after giving birth to her daughter Maila in March 2018, despite a healthy pre-pregnancy weight of 75kg.
As a result, Brittany’s knee was constantly strained leading to excruciating pain and she later suffered three heartbreaking miscarriages over 12 months from October 2020.
“The first miscarriage was horrible. I have never felt such a painful loss. By the time the third miscarriage happened, I was starting to think my body was letting these poor kids down,” she told FEMAIL.
“My initial focus was to lose weight to make sure my diet and body function properly.”
Brittany Gordon-Brown tipped the scales at 115kg (left) after giving birth to her daughter Maila in March 2018, and before that she weighed 75kg. Wanting to change her life, she chose to try the 1:1 diet and lost 28 kg in just six months (right)
Wanting to change her life, she decided to try the 1:1 diet.
“I was essentially pregnant and struggled in the first trimester for almost two years,” she recalls.
“My daughter saw me looking sick and unwell and she asked, ‘Why is mommy always sick?’ which broke my heart.’
Brittany said she would consume large amounts of bread, pasta and fatty foods and rarely exercise.
The third miscarriage was the real turning point for Brittany and she knew her weight was holding her back as she had no issues with her first pregnancy.
“My weight has also really affected my confidence and I could never set foot in a gym,” she said.
“I only wore lycra because it was the only thing that fit me and I didn’t want to leave the house.
She first visited her primary care doctor who recommended weight loss medication, which she did try, but found that it increased her anxiety.
“I realized that medication was not a long-term solution and gained weight again as soon as I stopped taking those drugs,” she said.
“I tried every fad diet under the sun and started jogging a bit, but nothing seemed to work.”
The young mom used the 1:1 diet to transform her life, gain confidence she never had and build a healthy relationship with food (pictured with her daughter)
The young mother used the diet to transform her life, gain confidence she never had and build a healthy relationship with food.
“While I was dieting, I didn’t exercise at all because I was way too self-conscious about my own body and what I would look like if I exercised,” she said.
‘Once I was 75 kg, I started Pilates and jogging to work on my core strength. This has definitely been the best decision I’ve ever made for myself.”
Those on a diet eat three pre-cooked meals a day, as well as healthy snacks, including protein bars, smoothies, porridges and smoothies.
“I had meal replacements eating only 600 calories a day and talked to a diet coach on the program all the time — which was great for moral support,” she said.
By simply changing her diet, she was able to quickly lose weight up to 75 kg and started jogging and doing Pilates. In just six months, Brittany was able to lose 28 kg and eventually dropped back to 73 kg (before and after photo)
BRITTANY’S ‘DATE ON A PLATE’ TODAY:
Breakfast: Banana smoothie protein shake with peanut butter and oatmeal
Lunch: Chicken Salad
Snack: Yogurt with protein powder and berries
Dinner: Steak and vegetables
Total: 1600 calories per day
In just six months, Brittany was able to lose 28 kg and eventually dropped back to 73 kg.
Sadly, she and her partner have split up, so Brittany is no longer trying for a child.
“Instead, I focus on being present for my daughter and for myself,” she said.
The average woman gains about 11 to 15 kg during pregnancy, and research from The 1:1 Diet shows that a quarter (23 percent) of mothers believe they will never regain their pre-pregnancy weight.