How Eating More Helped This 40-Year-Old Fitness Blogger Get In Shape

by | Nov 14, 2017

Nessa Sphere has grown a huge Instagram following from sharing the ups and downs of her health and fitness journey. Over the last three years the German-native has transformed her eating and exercise habits to trim down and tone up, losing five centimetres from her waist and putting on three kilograms of muscle.

And the best part? She actually ate more to achieve her incredible results.

In a recent Instagram post, the 40-year-old busted some huge misconceptions many people have about nutrition and weight loss.

“Food is your friend not your enemy,” she captioned her impressive before and after image.

“I believe that if there is anything that people completely overlook, it is the nutrition aspect of living a healthy lifestyle. Most of us, when it comes to eating healthy, think about a bowl of salad with grilled chicken.”

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“But is it enough to reach your goals? Definitely not. Unknown to most people, one of the biggest reasons they don’t get results they aim for, is simply NOT eating enough. When people start their fitness journey, they add a lot of cardio to their daily routine and cut calories way too low to get results faster. But that is actually working against them.”

Nessa previously told Self that after starting a demanding job, she let her healthy habits slip. She started doing Kayla Itsines’ BBG program but her progress plateaued after several months. Nessa says she really started to see results when her food routine changed, involving consistent meal prep, five to size well balanced meals each day, and a caloric intake of 2000-2200.

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“I turned on my metabolism, I constantly progress, I look leaner although I gained weight, I am stronger and I feel great,” she wrote on Instagram.

“Building muscle, weight lose or body recomposition is a patience game. It takes time and consistency to make it work. Don’t skip meals, make food your friend not your enemy and remember, eating more is the key to losing more and looking better.”

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Women Fleeing Domestic Violence Can Now Receive A One-Off Support Payment

It’s been labelled the shadow pandemic and the fact remains that for many women across Australia, domestic violence is a lived reality that doesn’t discriminate by age, occupation, or socio-economic status. Researchers have found that during Covid-19 lockdowns, there was a surge in family and domestic violence, with agencies experiencing a surge in demand as nearly half their clients reported an increase in controlling behaviours. 

As many who have lived through such turmoil and trauma can attest, the roadmap to fleeing such situations at home can be fraught with challenges and extremely difficult to navigate, particularly when such bureaucracy makes it even harder. Now, it’s been announced that women fleeing a violent relationship will be given a one-off $5,000 payment as part of a federal government trial scheme. 

Known as the “escaping violence payment scheme,” the government has set aside $144.5 million over the next two years to give women $1,500 cash, with the remainder to pay for goods and services, bond, school fees and other necessaries to establish a new safe home. UnitingCare Network will be tasked with delivering the payments while helping link women and their children with relevant community services. 

As the Daily Telegraph reports, “An analysis of domestic violence data by the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows that while it is more common for women from poorer areas, women from high socio-economic areas are not immune from experiencing partner violence.”

As Women’s Safety Minister Anne Ruston explained, the trial has been introduced with the aim to help women overcome the financial barriers that might deter them from leaving a violent relationship. “We know that financial hardship as well as economic abuse - which may involve interfering with work or controlling or withholding money - reduces women’s ability to acquire and use money and makes it difficult to leave violent relationships,” she said. 

“The payments will assist people who need financial support to leave. We know the size of the house a woman is fleeing doesn’t matter. Often she bundles the kids into the car, maybe the dog too and they leave with nothing more than the clothes on their backs.”

To be eligible for a payment, women must be facing financial stress and have some evidence of domestic violence such as a referral from a family and domestic violence service provider with a risk assessment and safety plan, or an AVO, court order or police report. As UnitingCare Australia National Director Claerwen Little said, “We believe that all people, especially women and their children, have the right to live freely and without fear, and this payment is an important step forward to ending violence against women and children.”

If you require immediate assistance, please call 000.

If you’d like to speak to someone about domestic violence, please call the 1800 

Respect hotline on 1800 737 732 or chat online. 

Under 25? You can reach Kids Helpline at 1800 55 1800 or chat online.