Carina Lofaro is a fit mama from Sydney, Australia who started her weight loss journey back in 2012. The 32-year-old gained over 55 pounds when she was pregnant with her daughter, and decided that it’s time for a change, after seeing a photograph of herself.
Carina, who now weighs 141 pounds, told her weight loss story to POPSUGAR.
She keeps her 54.7k Instagram followers updated and shares pictures of her fit body almost daily.
“It’s ok for you to prioritise your own health and physical/emotional well being, especially if you are a mum,” Carina wrote in an Instagram post. “It doesn’t make you selfish and it doesn’t mean you are taking away time or energy from your family or children.”
“I put on over 25 kilograms [55 pounds] with my pregnancy in 2013,” she told POPSUGAR . “I have lost all of that.”
The Sydney-born used to weigh 157 pounds and now she is around 141 pounds.
“My body composition has changed dramatically,” she explained. “My body-fat percentage was close to 30 percent, and last time I checked it was 19 percent. That’s pretty impressive! Just goes to show the scales aren’t a reliable indicator of progress.”
With the help of Kayla Itsines’s BBG program plus training in the gym and weight lifting , Carina lost 16 pounds. “In February of 2017, I got a coach and have been using his programming and dietary guidelines since” she said.
“I would say BBG was good for initial fat loss, but the training with my coach is responsible for my current strength and physique,” she told POPSUGAR.
Now Carina loves strength training and weightlifting. “Cardio can be great for fat loss, but doing weights can give you the shape you want and be even better for fat loss,” she said.
The 32-year-old also changed her eating habits. “I track macros, so I eat what I like as long as it fits into my macro targets,” she described.
For breakfast she eats protein, banana, and oat smoothie. A bowl of chicken, rice, and vegetables as a snack. For lunch meat with veggies and dinner salmon or red meat with veggies. For her second snack she ears yogurt, protein bar, boiled eggs, veggie sticks, avocado, and nuts.
“Don’t be afraid to eat,” Carina said. “Low-calorie diets aren’t sustainable. Find a way of eating that suits your lifestyle and ensures you are getting all the nutrients and vitamins to support your training and your overall health.”
“But I also eat cake and doughnuts and ice cream and burgers,” Carina added. “I just have to make it fit.” She is also not afraid to eat carbs now and then.
For moms and everyone else who is trying to lose weight, Carina advises: “Find a form of exercise that you love doing. Don’t force yourself to run if you hate running, because you will probably give it up after a short while. If you do something you love, it’s more sustainable and you will be more consistent. Results come from consistency.”
“Also, don’t be afraid to lift weights!” she adds. “They don’t make you look manly! They help build lean muscle mass, sculpt your body, and improve your metabolism.”