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Apr 15

Losing weight? It’s a cinch!.. Dromore husband and wife team revamped eating and exercise regimes – Belfast Telegraph

Milestone birthdays and wanting to be good wellness role models for their three children inspired Kelly and Alan Corbett to overhaul their health and weight.

he husband and wife from Dromore have lost close to five stone between them but found an increased lease of life and a taste for running, having previously not ran since their schooldays.

The couple, owners of Corbett Haulage have been married since 2008, are turning 40 this year and seven months ago, discovered the Cinch Fast30 programme on Instagram, started by Angela Hunter and Nicola McIlhagger.

Like anybody, I suppose, you get to this stage where youre just fed up, says Kelly.

I tried all these different diets and came across the Cinch Fast 30. I knew girls who had started it and thought it was really interesting.

I joined Slimming World or tried to calorie count and Alan has always done it with me, but you never stick at it.

We decided, lets do something about this and the rest is history. We just jumped on board.

It felt totally different because it wasnt like your usual other diets, your calorie counting, you werent weighing, you werent measuring. It was just you were choosing your window, your time frame to eat.

I was also getting fed up with weight, feeling sluggish and just overweight. And it was more of a health kick for me too, says Alan.

And I have tried other weight loss plans but this is like nothing Ive tried before; it really is very easy to follow and like second nature now.

Cinch Fast 30 focuses on health first and challenges diet culture. The plan introduces the concept of Intermittent Fasting with a whole food approach to eating, designed to help with weight loss and boost wellbeing.

Insulin production is reduced, encouraging the body to use energy in stored fat cells, promoting weight loss.

Short periods of fasting help promote autophagy, which is the bodys way of cleaning out damaged cells to regenerate newer, healthier cells.

The Cinch plan doesnt specify which foods to eat, rather when to eat them, changing the timing of meals and counting the goodness in food, not the calories.

As the days went on, I adapted to it and so did Alan; it honestly just became like second nature, says Kelly.

There was no thinking about it. There was no, I can only have this, theres only so many sins in this. Nothing is restricted. Thats what we like about it.

I had a banging sore head in the first day. But youve got the WhatsApp group, which is absolutely fantastic, and Ive seen everyone had been putting in and out saying, Id a really sore head.

Nicola and Angela were on hand; as soon as you drop a text message, one of them comes straight back to you. And they said, up your water, its just your body adjusting.

I would say honestly, by day three or four, I was on the swing of it. Its honestly just came second nature. There was just no thinking about things. And I was being prepared for mealtimes and then I shut my window tight at six oclock.

Believe it or not, with Alan driving, he adjusted really well too. I was actually shocked at how quickly he adjusted.

Kelly opts for either 18:6 plan or a 20:4; husband Alan has a longer window given his role as a haulage driver.

The couple removed milk from their coffees but that, and swapping pasta and rice for whole-wheat versions, were the only changes made to the Corbetts cupboards.

The Corbetts live in a busy household, with each of their three children actively involved in sport.

Son Jake (20) is a signed Linfield player, currently on loan with Harland and Wolff Welders. He has represented Northern Ireland and has international caps.

Weve never once had to say, right, do you want to try football? Do you want to try rugby? says Kelly of her eldest son.

From when Jake could walk, he had a football at his feet and there was just something about it, we just thought, right, this kids really going to go down this line here.

Daughter Abbie (16) is an elite gymnast at Salto gymnastics club and a senior on the Gymnastics Ireland squad.

Whenever Abbie came along, I always thought its going to be gymnastics or dance, Ill see which one shes interested in, says Kelly.

I used to do both, never to her standard or level. We had swimming lessons one day in Lisburn and she kept saying, Mummy, whats that building? I said it was gymnastics.

She went there one day, and shes been there ever since.

And Zac, hes only 12, hes only coming through the ranks so to speak, Kelly continues of her youngest son, who is currently a striker at Dromara Village FC.

Like their children, Kelly and Alan also got active, walking 5km every day and incorporating running into their exercise regime.

We did our first 5km run at Stormont for the Chest, Heart and Stroke Association. We hadnt run properly since we left school, laughs Kelly.

The couple also feel the mental health benefits of being more active.

A million per cent, getting out and getting that fresh air. We try to go different places, could be Hillsborough Forest Park, it could be just around our local roads.

If Abbies training and we havent got out earlier that day, me and Alan will head down to Lisburn, and well walk out half of our 5K walk and do things like that.

Its definitely good for the head space, and good for Alan to get out of a lorry which hes driven all day.

I used to never, ever sleep, she continues. I would have been like a tosser and a turner. I could have gone to bed at 11pm and still been on my phone at 1am. Now, I honestly am ready for bed at 10 oclock, 10.30pm. As soon as my head hits the pillow, Im out.

The loss of weight has helped me feel better in general all over and I have so much more energy, says Alan. Its much easier and more enjoyable to go for walks now and not struggle.

Losing four-and-a-half stone between them, the couple are keen to stress that theyve never hungry reframing food as fuel.

It is actually so amazing how your mind-set completely changes. Youve got this little thing in your head saying Im hungry, I need this.

One day last week, I really needed a comfort. I said to myself, Kelly, no you dont. I poured myself a glass of water. And I said I actually was just thirsty; it sometimes is just in your head.

My slow cooker is constantly on; Ive bought a new air fryer and Im making pretty much a lot of fake away meals and my whole family is benefitting from it.

Its working for all five of us. Were trying to be a good advocate for them and show them at home, eating good and healthy reflects on you and training you do as well.

Our kids are so fit and healthy and two of them are at a high level of sport. I dont want to be the two fat parents standing on the sideline cheering for our kid. At least now, we feel weve achieved something, we feel fit and healthy with them.

Alan agrees. We like our food, and we never really did live out of the freezer anyway, and now we have more recipes for meals.

Because the kids are so sporty and so active, its now good for me to feel much fitter and able to join in with them and not feel breathless.

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Losing weight? It's a cinch!.. Dromore husband and wife team revamped eating and exercise regimes - Belfast Telegraph

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