Beating a weighty problem
CHRISTIAN Coenen, the co-founder and co-owner of the Baker's Club, is slimming down the only way he knows how - by eating his bread.
Mr Coenen, 49, is on a unique diet of the franchise's German wholegrain bread which has already assisted him in shedding 26kg off his 148kg frame since January, with promises to get below the 100kg mark by July.
“There just came a time in my life when I realised I couldn't go on the way I was,” Mr Coenen said.
Baker's Club, which has a store in Tweed City Shopping Centre, uses Mr Coenen's 150-year-old family traditional baking skills.
Mr Coenen now weighs 122kg and credits the German wholegrain bread's low GI as a winning factor.
“It releases more energy throughout the day and allows me to concentrate better,” he said.
“With sugar it used to give me a boost for about 30 minutes before I crashed.
“I'm already noticing the difference and feeling much better about myself.”
Tipping the scales at nearly 150kg back in January, Mr Coenen said the weight loss was part of a New Year resolution he made to himself.
Mr Coenen also indulges in the store's gluten, wheat and yeast-free bread with his diet.
“It's not just the bread. It's about discipline and exercise,” he said. “I walk for more than an hour every night after dinner.”
Mr Coenen said the Baker's Club formula for baking bread plays a significant part in his weight loss.
“We start baking at 6am and go on throughout the day. People can see our products baking just behind the counter, so they know it's fresh,” they said.
“The key is overnight proofing. This will be the future of the baking industry in Australia.”
Mr Coenen's family has been involved with baking for more than six generations over 150 years in Europe. His first Australian store opened in Ashmore on the Gold Coast three years ago and his Tweed store last year.