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Mum-of-nine Claire Louise Hooker reveals how she shed a staggering 35 kilograms

A stay-at-home mum-of-nine who tipped the scales at 110 kilograms has revealed how she shed a staggering 35 kilos in just over two years (Claire Louise Hooker pictured)

A stay-at-home mum-of-nine who tipped the scales at 110 kilograms has revealed how she shed a staggering 35 kilos in just over two years, and the weight loss secrets she swears by for success. 

Claire Louise Hooker, 33, from Canberra, was on holiday with her family two and a half years ago when she realised that she needed to do something about her figure, and since then she has taken charge of her health, lost weight and now has never felt better.

‘Something didn’t feel right on holiday. I felt tired, sluggish and unmotivated,’ Claire told FEMAIL. 

‘I weighed around 109 kilos at the time and was scared to change, but I knew something drastic had to happen. 

‘I wanted to be the best possible version of me not only for myself, but my family too.’ 

AFTER: Claire Louise Hooker , 33, from Canberra, was on holiday with her family two and a half years ago that she realised that she needed to do something about her figure (pictured now)

The 33-year-old (pictured before and after) decided to take charge of her health and started doing the keto diet, which involves few carbs and plenty of fat in your diet

 When she got home from her holiday, Claire explained that she started researching diets and different weight loss methods. 

‘At the time, I had just given birth to my ninth child and I was a big fan of quick and easy meals,’ Claire said.

 I loved carbs and ate a lot of pasta, rice and pizza. My biggest downfall was also biscuits and cakes.

‘I loved carbs and ate a lot of pasta, rice and pizza. My biggest downfall was also biscuits and cakes.

‘When you overload on carbs, your body crashes a lot quicker and you can end up feeling quite tired all the time.’

After some research, Claire landed on the keto diet – which is a low-carb, high-fat diet that involves drastically reducing carbohydrate intake and replacing it with fat.

This reduction in carbs puts your body into a metabolic state called ketosis.

BEFORE: ‘I loved carbs and ate a lot of pasta, rice and pizza. My biggest downfall was also biscuits and cakes,’ Claire (pictured) said of her diet beforehand

AFTER: Claire (pictured now) replaced her ready meals and pasta and pizza with low carb vegetables and cauliflower rice

‘I was intrigued by the idea of the keto diet, but also skeptical,’ Claire said.

What are the foods Claire eats now?

* Meat

* Fish

* Eggs

* Low carb vegetables like broccoli, zucchini, cabbage and capsicum

* Bread and pies made with almond or coconut flour 

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‘I have done so many diets in the past and kept thinking, why would this one be any different?’

But the 33-year-old was determined to lose weight and so she started giving it a try, replacing the ready meals and pasta and pizza with low carb vegetables and cauliflower rice.

‘The first week was really hard as I completely cut carbohydrates and I felt really tired,’ Claire said.

‘But by the end of week one, I’d lost almost two kilograms and I felt amazing.’ 

A typical day on the mum-of-nine’s plate now includes just 24 grams of carbohydrates per day.

These are typically made up of things like meat, fish, eggs, cauliflower rice, low carb veg like broccoli, zucchini, cabbage and capsicum.

‘There are so many alternatives to typical foods with low carb alternatives when you know about them,’ Claire said.

‘Using almond or coconut flour, I can bake my own bread, cakes, pies and crackers and they are super tasty.

‘I love baking and coming up with new recipe ideas.’

Just two and a half years later, Claire has lost 35 kilograms, and she said she has never had more energy:

‘I feel great and it’s been great having people compliment me. I am so proud of myself for sticking to my diet, especially with nine kids under 13 at home.’ 

While she said she may not continue with the keto diet forever, she loves how easy and delicious she has found it to lose weight. 

She now weighs 75 kilos and slips into a clothing size of 10-12. 

BEFORE AND AFTER: Just two and a half years later, Claire has lost 35 kilograms, and she said she has never had more energy (pictured before and now)

BEFORE AND AFTER: Claire shared her tips and tricks for others who want to lose weight, which include doing your own research and setting aside time to shop and meal prep

Claire shared her tips and tricks for others who want to lose weight.

‘Do your own research and work out how you can make whatever diet you’re doing work for you,’ Claire said.

‘Set aside time to shop, meal plan and meal prep. I find it useful to be as organised as possible. 

‘After I’ve done my fortnightly shopping trip, I’ll make my own bags of cauliflower rice, zoodles, broccoli rice and chunky cauliflower and broccoli bags.

‘I freeze them all and they last me around 14 days.’

Finally, the mum-of-nine said it’s important to stay motivated, positive and determined.

‘It’s not always easy to lose weight, but if you try and stay positive, then everything will fall into place.

‘If a mum of nine can do this, then anyone can!’ 

You can follow Claire Louise Hooker and her family on Instagram, Facebook and on her blog 


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