'Why we chose to let ourselves go'
BUDERIM residents and fitness experts Sharny and Julius Kieser have deliberately packed on the pounds so they can lose them again.
The couple, founders of the Fitmum and Fitdad programs, have decided to gain the weight so they can complete the programs alongside their clients to fully support them and "provide transparency".
"We want to actually do it again and to do it we had to get fat," Julius said.
"We're doing it again so that we can do it with the mums and dads again.
"The programs are both buy once and you get lifetime access for only $47. Many mums and dads bought it a few years ago, and we want to do it with them again. There's nothing to gain for us, we're not trying to prove it works, we don't need to. Most of the people doing it bought it ages ago and are doing it again now for free essentially."
Julius said the pair had been trying to gain weight for the last four weeks and had gotten to the point where they were now enjoying and addicted to eating badly.
"We now know we've gotten into that dangerous place of eating because we're not just eating to get fat we've actually really enjoyed it," he said.
"We've got to the point of eating so much it's become addictive. I know this because we intended to start this program this morning but the first thing I ate this morning was chocolate.
"It's been fun but it's got to stop."
Sharny and Julius jumped on the scales in a livestream to Facebook to reveal how much fat they had actually gained.
Julius weighed in at 109.3kg and set a goal weight of 95kg.
Sharny weighed in at 69kg and set a goal weight of 55kg.
The couple said while their weight might not be considered fat for people of other body shapes and types, for them they considered themselves overweight.
"How fat we are is relative to our careers. We're fitness people, so we're fat for fitness people.
"If you're not a fitness person, don't try to look like us. In fact, don't try to look like anyone. Let what you look like take care of itself.
"The programs are about being a present parent to your kids, while enjoying quality time with them and showing them what it means to choose health and fitness over a world geared toward gluttony."