Diana Bergen (pictured) credits her age-defying looks and enviable bikini body to intermittent fasting
A working mum-of-two who feels better in her 40s than she did in her 20s has shared the glowing secrets behind her radiant complexion and flawless physique.
Diana Bergen, from Melbourne, credits her age-defying looks and enviable bikini body to intermittent fasting, a dieting method where you restrict what you eat at different times of the day or the week.
The 47-year-old – who has two teenage kids aged 15 and 18 – eats 80 per cent healthy foods and 20 per cent of anything she wants, within reason.
‘I believe intermittent fasting has played a big role enabling me to slow down my ageing,’ she told Daily Mail Australia.
‘What I love about it is there is no calorie counting. It’s just a window where you eat during the day. I do eight hours a day and it’s doable. It’s also great for a 24 hour reset to help with bloating.
‘It’s really about the 80/20 rule. 80 per cent of the time I’m trying to make good choices. Getting enough protein is key because it keeps you feeling full and accelerates weight loss.’
The mum eats 80 per cent healthy foods and 20 per cent of anything she wants, within reason
Ms Bergen said she has since slimmed down to 73kg. Despite losing just nine kilos, her body composition has changed significantly – and she’s been able to avoid the inevitable weight creep as she ages without calorie counting
Diana’s typical day on a plate
Morning: When I first get up I have water with lemon
Breakfast: Black coffee
9:30am: A sachet of Wednesday Cleanse Day mixed with 250ml of water
11am: Protein shake with almond milk and frozen berries or Greek yoghurt with berries and a low sugar/high protein seed mix sprinkled on top
1:30pm: Two eggs, tomatoes, avocado and feta or smoked salmon/sliced chicken with spinach or chopped up veggies
3pm: Apple and almonds or almond butter on a spoon
6:30pm: Salmon, steak or chicken with brocollini or a chopped salad. I love a good roast potato too
Throughout the day I try to drink lots of water with lemon
Evening: I try to stick to peppermint tea but if I feel like it, I’ll definitely have a glass of wine
After the birth of her first child, Ms Bergen – who weighed 82kg at her heaviest – said she struggled with her fluctuating ‘baby weight’.
‘I worked really hard to shed the kilos, initially by counting calories but it wasn’t sustainable as it made me miserable and I felt like I didn’t have a life,’ she said.
When she suddenly became a single mum at the age of 42, she was determined to get on top of her weight once and for all by tweaking her diet and exercising.
Instead of doing strenuous workouts, she goes walking on most days.
Ms Bergen said she has since slimmed down to 73kg. Despite losing just nine kilos, her body composition has changed significantly – and she’s been able to avoid the inevitable weight creep as she ages without calorie counting.
Ms Bergen (pictured at the age of 35) has managed to avoid the inevitable weight creep as she ages without calorie counting
While Ms Bergen enjoys wine on occasion, she tries to stick to a few glasses a week
Diana’s five secrets to keep weight off and achieve glowing skin
1. Stick with intermittent fasting
2. Follow the 80/20 rule
3. Limit alcohol
4. Get eight hour sleep
5. Move your body every day
The mum – who struggled with adult adult throughout her 30s and early 40s – said she noticed her complexion completely cleared up.
‘I now have the best skin I’ve ever had,’ she said, adding she’s turning 48 next month.
‘I am super basic, I tend to use just soap and water. My skin is quite sensitive so I find when I use products I tend to break out with little bumps.’
Her go-to skincare product is Mecca Cosmetica Transforming Facial Cleanser.
While Ms Bergen enjoys wine on occasion, she tries to stick to a few glasses a week.
‘In the evening I try to stick to peppermint tea but if I feel like it I’ll definitely have a glass of wine,’ she said.
She also treats herself to the foods she loves without depriving herself.
‘After all we are all only human. My guilty pleasures include a bowl of chips and a glass of wine or a cheese platter,’ she said.
‘I make the choice to live on the weekend and have fun with food, cheese and wine.’
She also treats herself to the foods she loves – including chips, cheese and even wine
She created Wednesday Cleanse Day – a berry tonic to help keep you fuller for longer
When she started intermittent fasting, Ms Bergen said she wanted something light to help her get through each morning until she had her first meal at lunchtime.
‘At the time I couldn’t find any products that were natural, without chemical stimulants,’ she said.
So she created Wednesday Cleanse Day with a food scientist in Melbourne to solve her own problem.
‘It’s packed with natural ingredients like beetroot powder, peppermint, ginseng, green tea, watercress along with collagen too. Each serving is only 10 calories, so it’s enough to keep you in a fasted state while feeling full,’ she said.
As her business took off, she quit her steady job to focus on the brand full time.
‘I always wanted to do a business that I truly believed in and could help others so why not. So far I have helped over 9,000 customers and have already achieved $300,000 in sales in 12 months,’ she said.
‘As a 47 year old single mum in lockdown I know if I can do this, anyone can.’