'I lost 48kg amid the pandemic, here's how I did it'

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Lindiwe Mazondwa has reached her weight goals after being consistent with her dieting and exercise routine. Image supplied by Lindiwe
Lindiwe Mazondwa has reached her weight goals after being consistent with her dieting and exercise routine. Image supplied by Lindiwe
  • Lindiwe Mazondwa has lost 48 kgs since the pandemic hit in 2020.
  • The mother of three struggled with weight issues and she was never happy with how she looked.
  • Being obese made her realise that she had to make healthy choices by dieting and being consistent with exercise.

Losing weight is no small feat. It can take a while before being consistent with your diet or exercise routine. If you need the inspiration to shed a few kilos, this might be the story that will help you reach your body goals. 

When mother of three, Lindiwe Mazondwa's, weighed 116 kgs months after giving birth to her last-born, she knew she had to work hard to lose weight. 

She tells W24 that she would constantly feel tired, and she started having joint pains and swollen ankles. It was after her annual vitality check-up that she got a wake-up call.

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"My results indicated that I was obese and my BMI was 40. My Waist circumference was above the recommended range, and I was at a high risk of type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and coronary artery disease.

"I started to worry about what would happen to my kids, especially the little one who was just a few months old, if I died," Lindiwe says. 

Healthy eating wasn't new to her, but she struggled with consistency for years. When the first hard lockdown hit in 2020, she decided to go on a low-carb diet and exercise at home as gyms were closed.

This time around, the motivation was different, it was about living long enough to see her children grow older. She started as a size 44, and after 19 months, she has lost a whopping 48kg and is down to being a size 32/34. 

"I still can't believe that I have a 32 cm waist circumference," Lindiwe says. Her confidence is back and she is excited about wearing anything she wants. 

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Lindiwe had been on and off the gym for more than 10 years and never really bothered with the result. She was introduced to a low-carb and intermittent fasting lifestyle when she saw it working for others who were sharing their weight loss journeys on social media. She then started banting.

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Lindiwe Mazondwa feels good about herself after all the hard work. Image supplied by Lindiwe

"One of my favorite rules of Banting is "you eat when you are hungry," and this has done wonders for me. I now eat two meals a day, and I have two to three cups of coffee and three litres of water daily. 
It is a routine that has yielded results for Lindiwe. She does high-intensity home workouts three to four times a week. "I don't skip Mondays when it comes to workouts because it gives me the courage to continue for the rest of the week. If I'm not working on weekends, I do a 30 minutes run or walk," she says.

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Lindiwe has become an inspiration to others in desperate need of shedding some kilos on social media. "I mainly created my Instagram page for accountability to myself and friends. Little did I know that it would inspire many people. I also used it for motivation as I did not want to fail in front of everyone watching my journey. The support has been overwhelming, and that's also keeping me going," Lindiwe says.


"I feel pleased about my progress so far.  I can jump, run fast, and buy clothes in any shop I want now. I don't have joint pains anymore, and I'm no longer obese. I'm so used to this lifestyle, and I don't even crave chocolates and sweets anymore except when I'm on periods and opt for banting friendly chocolates, biscuits, and sweets," she tells us.

"My confidence is back. I have loose skin around my area, but it does not show when covered by clothing. I will do a 'mommy makeover' to remove all extra skin when I have money."

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