Emma Hurst has transformed her body (above left) by switching to a Vegan diet ahead of winning her first national bodybuilding title.
SWAPPING her cheese addiction and low-cal diet to the plant-based, Vegan alternative, has seen a St Peters woman not only shed weight but win her first national bodybuilding competition.
Emma Hurst, 37, won the 'Bikini Over 35 Years' category in the Australian Natural Bodybuilding Association competition - after only 16 weeks of training.
She said that she used to eat so much cheese, her stomach would always be swollen and she had no idea why.
"After I stopped the cheese and drinking milk and actually started to lose weight, it made sense to me that cow's milk is for calves, not humans, we might as well be drinking dog's, cat's or rat's milk," Emma said.
"I use to eat a calorie-restricted diet, consuming 1,200 calories a day and was a runner; I can't imagine eating that little now.
"I eat around 1,600 to 1,700 calories a day now. A lot of that comes from carbohydrates like potatoes, rice and oats to help fuel me through my workouts and build muscle."
Dropping from 56 kilos to 48 kilos, Emma said beforehand she would regularly skip meals but now eats five meals throughout the day.
"I would never eat vegetables but now I have roughly 12 servings a day, along with beans, tofu, tempeh and vegan protein powders," she said.
"Before I was always hungry and bloated and now I'm strong, energetic and busting myths that you have to have chicken, meats, dairy and eggs to build enough muscle to win bodybuilding competitions."
Emma said most people could only compete in one bodybuilding comp a year as it was so taxing on the body to shed enough weight and build enough muscle to be stage ready - but not with her approach.
"My health is great and I'm looking to compete again in September as is my partner Damon Salakas who has been inspired by my Vegan diet and is also getting fantastic results," she said.