The 32-year-old from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, had reached her heaviest weight of 92kg back in August 2018 after years of eating massive meals – often with double or triple helpings - and not exercising.
Tarra’s confidence had hit rock bottom after she spotted her size 18 physique in photographs from an awards night organised by her workplace – so she began researching diet plans.
After coming across a weight loss solution that claimed it could make people drop the pounds by eating cookies, Tarra said she was very sceptical – but decided to give ‘Dr Siegal’s Cookie Diet’ a shot.
And thankfully, the quirky diet paid off big time – with the mum managing to lose an incredible 30kg and four dress sizes over the next year, with 18kg being in the first two months while on the cookie diet.
Now the former property manager, who is now studying medical health administration, said she feels more confident than ever flaunting her brand-new 62kg, size 10 figure – and has been inundated with comments from people saying she looks a decade younger.
Tarra said: “I was a bit of a bigger girl in my teenage years, but I only really started piling on weight after I started having kids. I found it difficult to balance being a new mum with having a healthy lifestyle, so my weight just crept up over the years."
“I would eat far too much food for someone who wasn’t exercising, so it’s no surprise I got to my heaviest weight."
"I’d drink two or three coffees with three sugars for breakfast, and then scoff down a ham and cheese sandwich from the petrol station while driving to meetings. Then I’d be starving for dinner, so I’d eat two or three massive servings of whatever we were having as a family."
“Dinner was my weakness, as I’d not eat that much all day except coffees and a small lunch, so when I’d get home, I’d eat everything in sight.
“I never realised how big I was until I saw some professional photographs of myself for a real estate award ceremony in August last year. When the portraits were returned to me, I was in disbelief at his big I was. It was mortifying."
“I also noticed how much older I looked than what I really was. I looked more like 40 than 30."
“I knew I needed to make a change and get my life back. I’m so thankful for those pictures now.”
Inspirational Tarra began the cookie diet in September 2018 and managed to lose 18kg in the first two months – while the remaining 12kg came off gradually over the next 10 months.
The diet consists of consuming nine cookies a day, with each one being just 60 calories – with her first cookie being at 6am, followed by three more before midday, and then three cookies at lunch, and one for afternoon tea.
For dinner, Tarra would cook up a healthy high-protein, low-carb meal – usually something like grilled chicken or fish with salad or vegetables.
After dropping nearly 20kg in the first two months, the mum managed to lose another 10kg over the next year by maintaining a healthy diet full focusing on low-sugar, high-protein meals.
Tarra said: “I was really sceptical at first. Who could ever lose weight eating cookies? But it was just what my body needed.
“Regular eating intervals helped keep my metabolism rolling to its full effect.
“I was satisfied, and so I’d no longer be gorging on large meals.”
The incredible super slimmer now looks unrecognizable with her brand new sleek 62kg, size 10 figure – with her friends and family all commenting that she looks 10 years younger.
“I have so much more energy now and feel amazing. I like my reflection in shop windows now and I love seeing my kids scroll through their camera gallery giggling at the ‘bigger me’."
“I love meeting up with old friends I haven’t seen in months and hearing their comments, and I definitely love asking the shop assistant if they have a smaller size out the back."
“I feel 10 years younger. I didn't realise the difference until I looked back on my ‘before’ photos. When I look at the pictures from before losing weight, I see a 40 year old.
"Now I get comments from people that tell me I look like a teenage mum. I certainly take this as a complement. I feel attractive now and have more confidence whereas beforehand I didn’t."
“My life has changed for the better and I’ll never look back.”
For more information on The Cookie Diet, please visit https://www.cookiediet.com.au/