Claudia Cutino

Weight loss: 5.9%


BEFORE When Claudia’s now-fia…Continue Reading

Katlego Sejamoholo

Weight loss: 5.2%


BEFORE: Five years after the bi…Continue Reading

Lailah Orrie

Weight loss: 6.8%


BEFORE: It was a tough break-up…Continue Reading

Elize Cillie

Weight loss: 9.4%


BEFORE: Elize managed to lose t…Continue Reading

Sulveigh Ho

Weight loss: 5%


BEFORE: A keen cyclist, Sulveigh …Continue Reading

Carol Wathen

Weight loss: 3.2%


BEFORE Four years ago, a disapp…Continue Reading

Wild Card: Luoise van Staden

Weight loss: 14.1%


BEFORE: The kilos started accu…Continue Reading

Slimdown Slamdown Winner

Prudence Ogunlade, 32, Fourways


Occupation: Management consultant …Continue Reading

Claudia Cutino

Weight loss: 5.9%


BEFORE When Claudia’s now-fiancé was diagnosed with diabetes, the couple adjusted their lifestyle and she lost nine kilos. But as the shock wore off, the weight crept back on. Three years later, Claudia had reached 70kg. “Posting this photograph of myself has been one of the most terrifying things I’ve ever had to do,” said Claudia of the bikini shot she entered.


AFTER From an occasional dog-walker, Claudia morphed into an energetic exercise bunny. Her body underwent a transformation too. By the time she finished the challenge, she’d not only lost serious centimetres, she could also swim 1.25km in a pool, hold a plank for over a minute and had swapped girly push-ups for the real deal. “I couldn’t be more proud of myself right now!” she said of her triumph.


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Katlego Sejamoholo

Weight loss: 5.2%


BEFORE: Five years after the birth of her son, Katlego, a single mom, still hadn’t managed to shed the baby weight, but she was ready to change that. “I’m determined to celebrate my thirtieth birthday looking like I did before my pregnancy,” she said. “I don’t expect to be at my goal weight by the end of this challenge, but I hope to be halfway there.”


AFTER: Altering her eating habits proved tough for Katlego, especially while studying part-time, but her dedication paid off. “My eczema attacks have decreased – I used to go to the doctor every week!” she reported a few weeks in. Now she’s set for a permanent lifestyle change. “I like what I currently see in the mirror and I can’t wait to see the results of this journey when I reach my goal weight,” she said.


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Lailah Orrie

Weight loss: 6.8%


BEFORE: It was a tough break-up that prompted Lailah, once fit and happy with her body, to reach a point where her fitness was at an all-time low and her weight had increased by 14kg. “My frame looks overloaded and, worst of all, my wonderful wardrobe – which I refuse to throw out – no longer fits,” she lamented. “It’s time to transform myself into a lean, powerful woman again.”


AFTER: As Lailah progressed through the challenge, it wasn’t just her body that became fitter and healthier. “I’m bursting with confidence,” she said. “I feel attractive and – most importantly – I feel brave, like I could take on the world!”



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Elize Cillie

Weight loss: 9.4%


BEFORE: Elize managed to lose the weight she’d gained during her first pregnancy, but it returned with her second – and this time it was more stubborn. “I would really like to get rid of my post-preggy belly. Seriously!” she said. She’d already tried a range of methods, but struggled to stick to a diet and didn’t know what to do in the gym.


AFTER: “I love, love, love it! This is the first eating plan where I don’t feel the need to cheat,” she reported halfway through. “It’s the best I’ve felt since before my first pregnancy!” Elize achieved her goal of rocking a bikini for beach season – and more. “This challenge is now part of my lifestyle. I’ll always be grateful,” she said.


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Sulveigh Ho

Weight loss: 5%


BEFORE: A keen cyclist, Sulveigh had never struggled with her weight, despite being a self-proclaimed food addict. But after turning 40, she realised her fitness had slipped, her metabolism had slowed (although her eating habits were unchanged) and she was starting to feel flabby. “My goals are to have less body fat, get flat, tight abs and sculpted arms, gain more upper body strength and achieve a sub-three in the Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge,” she said.


AFTER: With only a few kilograms to lose (her aim was three or four), Sulveigh’s progress was slow initially, but by the end of the challenge she’d achieved her goal. “I lost nine centimetres on my waist, four centimetres on my hips and three kilograms. I have leaner, more defined arms and, most importantly, I’m fitter and stronger – plus I achieved my sub-three at the 94.7 race!”


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Carol Wathen

Weight loss: 3.2%


BEFORE Four years ago, a disappointing photograph prompted Carol to go on diet. “I looked like a baby elephant! The weight had just appeared – it crept up without me noticing.” She shed 37kg, but after she’d stopped the diet, the weight returned – along with a list of health problems. “My system was saying ‘enough’.”


AFTER With three kids and a job that sees her regularly attending functions, eating healthily was difficult for Carol and she struggled to maintain exercise discipline. To keep motivated, she set goals. And her determination started to pay off. “My clothing is starting to hang on me – a total of 18cm lost so far. I feel like I have so much more energy!”


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Wild Card: Luoise van Staden

Weight loss: 14.1%


BEFORE: The kilos started accumulating after her divorce, but Luoise reached her highest weight following her pregnancy. It was an enormous blow to her confidence and self-esteem. When she wasn’t picked as one of the nine finalists, Luoise decided to persevere anyway.


AFTER: With every centimetre lost, Luoise’s determination grew. By the end of the challenge she’d lost an impressive 13.3kg and 95cm, but it wasn’t just her body that had transformed. “The biggest motivation is the difference I see in myself,” she said. “Not just the difference I see in the mirror, but the change in my self-confidence and how I view myself.”


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Slimdown Slamdown Winner

Prudence Ogunlade, 32, Fourways


Occupation: Management consultant


Height: 1.71m


Time required to reach current weight: 12 weeks


Secret weapon: Portion control and weight training


Lesson learnt: “Falling off the wagon once in a while doesn’t equal failure”



Before: 85kg


After: 75.6kg




While Prudence Ogunlade has always had a sweet tooth, netball and gym sessions kept her figure and health in check throughout high school. But motherhood put an end to those activities and by the end of her second pregnancy she was tipping the scales at 106kg. The shock of her mother being diagnosed with diabetes provided the impetus Prudence needed to shed the weight. By the time she entered Slimdown Slamdown she’d already lost an impressive 21kg, but progress had stalled. Following the challenge helped her lose another 9.4kg and turn her life around.



The Gain


Two kids, a husband and a full-time job didn’t leave Prudence much time to exercise or eat properly. “I’ve been a food addict most of my life,” she confesses. “It was bad, especially when I was hormonal – chocolates and starchy food like warm bread and slap chips were my drug.” As she continued to ditch the gym and give in to her cravings, the kilos slowly added up. “My clothes started getting tight, so to accommodate the ‘new’ weight, I went shopping,” says Prudence. It was the first time she’d tried on size 40 clothing. “I was shocked to see my waist size. I couldn’t believe it had gotten to that level.”



The Change


The turning point came when her mother was diagnosed with type-2 diabetes in October 2011. Having watched other family members struggle with the disease, both Prudence and her mom were devastated. “My mom couldn’t come to terms with it. It was the first time I ever saw fear on her face.” Determined to avoid the disease and its complications, Prudence decided it was time to take control of her health and waistline.



The Lifestyle


Prudence knew she had to learn healthy habits, not fall for fads. With nutritious eating and exercise, she got her weight down to 85kg, but needed help shifting more – and that’s when she entered Slimdown Slamdown. “Being selected for the contest actually forced me to start thinking differently.” For the next three months, Prudence split her hour-long sessions between cardio and strength training four to five times a week to rev her metabolism. To curb her sugar and starch cravings, Prudence overhauled her diet. “I ate three meals a day with two snacks in between. Typically these would include a portion of protein, whole carbs, veggies and salad. Snacks would include fruit or a protein shake. I also drank at least three litres of water a day.”



The Rewards


Three months later, the scale flashed 75.6. Prudence, who once feared she’d be on prescription meds for diabetes, had dropped three dress sizes and felt great. “For once in my life I feel really good about myself,” she says. “I still can’t believe I can wear size 34. I’m overwhelmed by the slimmer version of me.”



Prudence’s Tips

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Be mentally ready. “Any ‘diet’ works if you’re committed, but if you aren’t mentally ready it won’t.”
No more excuses. “Sacrifice to make time for exercise. Even 30 minutes a day is something.”
You are in control. “Seventy percent is food, 20 percent is exercise and 10 percent is genes. That means you control 90 percent of your body.”



See Prudence's before pics here.

Slimdown Slamdown Finalists

Posted on: by Joy Niemack
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Meet the finalists who scored their best bodies ever in our online Slimdown Slamdown Challenge, powered by Coke Zero.

In August last year, nearly 1 000 brave women shared their pictures, measurements and weight struggles online in the hope of being chosen as a finalist in the first Women’s Health Slimdown Slamdown Challenge, powered by Coke Zero. Up for grabs: the opportunity to get into the best shape of their lives using nutrition and exercise plans developed by experts at the Sports Science Institute of South Africa, a professional fitness shoot, a profile in the magazine and R20 000.

Our experts selected nine finalists who they felt had what it took to be the faces of the 12-week challenge. After 12 weeks, a tenth finalist was added – Luoise van Staden’s outstanding results made her an easy choice for the wild-card entrant.

We’re enormously proud of all our finalists’ incredible transformations – not only that of their bodies, but their lifestyles and outlook on life.

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