Well, how time flies - can you believe it's been ten years since we kicked off with Kickstart? And there's plenty to celebrate far from a fad diet, this one has stood the test of time. And the reason is simple - with an early rapid weight loss to get you all excited, then a healthy eating plan to last you for life, Kickstart works. It's a diet many of us have tried once - and, birthday cakes aside, there have been many happy returns.
“I thought if it was good enough for my patients, it would be good enough for me,” said Professor Andrew Sindone.
It was 2003 when Professor Andrew Sindone - one of our top heart doctors - was researching a weight loss plan for patients. He stumbled across a new cyber diet, which worked for them - and for him.
Professor Sindone managed to lose weight without too much effort, “I lost fifteen kilograms in six months - without really trying very hard.”
“I lost weight and saved money - can't ask for any more, can you?” said Paul Bee - one of our very first Kickstart contenders. And he knew he wasn't alone, “Everyone's talking about it.”
Yep, word spread like wildfire. Here at Today Tonight, two-and-a-half-million of you tuned in to watch the Soup Sisters put Kickstart to the test.
“I need to lose twenty kilos and hopefully this new soup diet will work,” said Kickstarter, Merrick Mess
“Meanwhile, our mail boy was run ragged - posting out 160 thousand Kickstart plans as we all lined up to give it a go - including yours truly. Three belt notches down!” said Doctor John D’Arcy.
We even took an entire family with some unhealthy eating habits. From munching on kebabs to a new healthy diet this family was Kickstarted into healthy eating.
But it's not just about good eating - it's good exercise as well. Christine Chandler put in the hard work, “So I'm out there walking an hour a day.” All that work paid off in the end and Christine was able to throw away all her old clothes.
And, a decade on, those success stories keep coming. Just last year we watched Gloria, Susie and Michelle embark on their Kickstart campaign and as a team they managed to shed the kilos. “Woo! Eighty-nine kilos - woo! I've lost three kilos in three days,” Gloria exclaimed after stepping on the scales. Good on you, girls - and well done.
Now, just like the rest of us, in the last ten years Kickstart has matured, as we've learnt more about weight loss. We've slashed the salt levels and made it much more than soup, with plenty of critical low GI healthy foods that fill you up, but aren’t full of fat. Now, we're tweaking Kickstart again for twenty-thirteen - and I'm keen to hear from anyone who's ready to give it a go.
“It will promote quick weight loss at the start - but let's face facts - we really need to look at the long term,” said dietician Geraldine Georgeou who has been on our Kickstart ride right from day one.
“Actually looking at the whole volume of food - incorporating lean protein in each meal - feeling full and happy - and in the long term you'll have a long lasting weight loss,” she explained.
One thing is for sure, as the results keep on rolling in more and more Australians are Kickstarting their lives and losing weight. “Oh my God, I'm a hundred-and-two-point-five! That's awesome! That is fantastic!” said Michelle Wakesell.
Kick Start diet revamp
Adding in raw Components with a Green Juice and a Green Smoothie
Phase 1 - goes for 7 days
Breakfast – Green Juice, two Juice Plus Fruit Capsules (Nutrient booster, no calories)
Mid morning – Green Smoothie
Lunch – Soup
Mid afternoon – Green Juice
Dinner – Soup, two Juice Plus Vegetable Capsules (Nutrient booster, no calories)
Before bed – Green Smoothie
Lots of water and herbal or green teas
Phase 2 – we are adding in more plant based proteins, legumes, nuts and seeds. Wholefoods are the key to long term success.
Kick Start whole food soup recipe
4 cups water
2 x zucchini
2 bunches kale, collard greens or other greens (rough stems and centre ribs removed and leaves chopped)
2 cups fresh mushrooms (shitake, cremini and or white chopped)
Fresh herbs of choice
2 x massel vegetable stock cubes
2 large cans crushed tomatoes
2 cans liquid vegetable stock
1 bunch celery, including leaves
3 green capsicums
1 kg carrot
2 cups green beans
Kick Start raw live food green smoothie recipe
1 cup berries of choice
1 scoop Sunwarrior Raw Protein Powder
1 scoop Mila Chia Seed Blend
1 cup baby spinach
2 cup water
Kick Start raw live food energiser juice
2 stalks celery
1/4 cup cucumber
1 cup kale
2 wedges lemon
1 green apple
1 cup baby spinach