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Holly Rudman: A Great Weight-Loss Journey

Holly’s* story in her own words

My name is Holly Rudman* and I am 24 years old. I live in beautiful Cape Town and work in a really fast-paced, exciting, yet extremely stressful, industry.

In 2012, after a hectic week at work, I raced home on a Friday night to get dressed into a pretty dress and hit the town with the girls. I raced through the door and into the shower. After I jumped out the shower I found myself staring into my full length mirror – paralysed. My naked self unable to move.

A realisation hit me at the speed of G-force – I was so overweight!

Holly Rudman: Before

How had I missed this? How could my 24-year-old self, be this overweight? In that moment, in front of that mirror my 24-year-old heart shattered into a million pieces. With no exaggeration to this story, I dropped to the floor and sobbed.

I cried because I was ashamed, I couldn’t believe I had done this to myself. How could I be so bubbly and happy around all my friends and family but be so sad within myself? This new realisation petrified me, I was so afraid about what this would mean for my future. I needed to change, and quickly.

I put my pyjamas on, cancelled on my girlfriends and got straight into bed. I may have gone to bed very upset that night, but little did I know that I was in for the greatest journey and wildest ride of my life so far. 


I decided to do four things on that Saturday morning.

1) Do a massive grocery shop to introduce routine and food planning into my life.

2) I went and joined the gym.

3) Did a lot of research and found a life coach.

4) Bought a diary and began documenting my journey (This was incredible and I am still writing in this journal today.)

Monday came and I was raring to go. I met with my life coach for the first time and we decided that all I needed to do was take this journey week by week. Looking at what I needed to do as a collective would make this process seem impossible. So if I only focused on a week at a time I could do it. We would make weekly incentives. For example, if I worked really hard in a week I was allowed to go out and buy a pair of gorgeous new heels.


It was in this grocery shop that I first bought Herbex Slimmer’s Tea: Fat Burn and haven’t stopped buying it ever since. After a month, the results were amazing – I’d only lost about 1.5kg’s, but I felt amazing. So amazing that I decided I needed to give up the one thing I possibly love the most – wine. Don’t worry I only challenged myself to do this for a month – any longer would have been madness. I went from the drunken socialite amongst my friends to the designated driver. I made a decision that “no alcohol” wouldn’t mean “no fun” and would make sure to be at all the parties with my glass of water in hand.

I told strangers I was drinking g&ts – because who likes a party pooper drinking water while you’re drinking too much wine. The tactic seemed to work, and I found myself dancing the night away without a care in the world.

Giving up alcohol took my weight loss to a whole new level. It just started falling off – granted I was gyming 5 times a week. When I started at the gym, I had no idea what I was doing. I also didn’t have enough money for a personal trainer, so I would watch what personal trainers were doing with their clients and then I would copy their routines.


With my new bod came a new confidence and ultimately a new man. I fell in love with a gorgeous man who made me feel like the most beautiful girl he’d ever seen, but not even he could have known what I’d gone through to become the person he found “beautiful”. Not all adventures are forever, and soon I was single Holly again! Yikes, a sore heart deserves ice cream – surely? Not this time! I got back in that gym faster than you could say Mcflurry, and kicked my butt into overdrive.

Holly Rudman: Before and After

This entire journey has taught me that I don’t have to be strong all the time, I’ve learnt that to be great, it doesn’t mean you’re not allowed to be sad sometimes. Greatness comes from pushing forward and learning how to dance in the rain.


Today, 28 September, I have lost a total of 13 kg.

Holly: My body shape has completely changed

This is no comparison to the incredible ladies who lose 40+ kg, but losing these 13 kg’s has been the most difficult thing I have ever done in my life, and I really hope if you’re reading this and feel like this journey isn’t possible for you – that you remember my story and know that if I can do it – anyone can. It just takes a conscious decision do give up what you want right now for the life you really want one day.

My body shape has completely changed and my back and hips are no longer in pain due to the extra weight I was carrying. I wake up in the mornings at 6:00am with energy – and hit the gym. Before this life change I would sleep till 8:00am and then race off to work to be there by 8:30am.

Holly: Everything has changed!

Everything has changed, I’ve changed, my dreams have changed – I had no idea that there was a better life waiting out there for me. I want this life for all girls my age. I’m not saying it’s perfect – by no means, but it’s hopeful and it’s filled with opportunities I would never have been exposed to before.


Life will break your heart for many different reasons, but I can assure you a heart will mend – if you don’t take care of your body, it might not be as lucky. I can’t thank Herbex enough for being such a positive part of my journey. Not only your products, but your staff, your website and your online eating plans. Thank you for being a positive force in a very hard but uplifting journey. Never give up – it really is that simple.

Take a look behind the scenes of Holly’s* photo shoot at Val de Vie. 

Beautiful location, beautiful people, and the result – beautiful photos! 

Holly and Herbex Slimmers Fat Burn TeaWell done, Holly*.

We are very proud of you! You did it through hard work and determination. You are an inspiration to all of us.


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68 Responses to “Holly*”

  1. Tessa November 7, 2013 at 6:01 am #

    Hey Holly, Well done! I enjoyed reading your story. By the way you look amazing!!

    • Holly Rose November 19, 2013 at 4:09 pm #

      Hi Tessa

      Thanks so much, appreciate it.


      • marlene December 17, 2013 at 9:14 am #

        HI Holly is the fat burn tea the only product you used you look good

  2. Refiloe November 12, 2013 at 10:16 am #

    WOW GIRL!!!!
    Super Proud of You :)
    You look amazing, Stunning, sexy and having known you for a only a month, i couldn’t tell that this is a “New” body. you wear it so well it looks like you’ve always had it!!!

    Keep up the good work :)

    • Holly Rose November 19, 2013 at 4:11 pm #

      Hello Miss Raf

      Thanks for your comment! It’s been so wonderful getting to know you over the last month. How wonderful it is to laugh with you and share in this health journey.

      We’ll share many cups of Herbex tea together next year :)


  3. Lauren November 12, 2013 at 10:58 am #

    Wow! you look incredible. PS 13kg’s is a HUGE amount of weight!

  4. Matt November 12, 2013 at 12:20 pm #

    Well done Hols! Your brother.

    • Holly Rose November 19, 2013 at 4:12 pm #

      Lots of love Matt, thanks for all you support and love. Very blessed to have such an amazing family!

  5. Claire November 13, 2013 at 9:48 am #

    Wow Hols

    You look so stunning <3

    • Holly Rose November 19, 2013 at 4:13 pm #

      Thanks Claire, appreciate the support!

  6. chuma November 13, 2013 at 2:06 pm #

    hi holly

    wow that’s great how long did it take you to lose 13 kg.

    • Holly Rose November 19, 2013 at 4:15 pm #

      Hi Chuma

      Most of my weight loss happened in a period of 1 year. But in total it took me about a year and a half to lose all the weight.

      The trick is to not focus on just losing weight, but rather to change your lifestyle. That’s the part that really takes time.

      Hope your health journey is going well?


      • Bro October January 13, 2014 at 12:44 pm #

        Holly i like what you say…”change your lifestyle”.
        and well done. wish i had you as a jog partner hehe. keep up the good work Holly

        • Holly Rose January 17, 2014 at 10:04 am #

          Thanks so much :)

          • Beverly Reddy January 29, 2014 at 9:30 am #

            Hi Holly,
            Your story is really inspiring. I just bought Herbex fat burn tablets and tea so hoping i will also be able to lose the weight this year.

            I just had a baby (2nd child) who is now 5 months old and i am almost back at my birth weight which really sickens me. I hate my body and everyone is always telling me how fat ive become.

            Really keen to get started on my Herbex and hoping to become the person i want to be.

  7. Amber November 14, 2013 at 7:50 am #

    You look absolutely incredible, what an amazing story!!! Your determination is inspiring – thanks Holly :)

    • Holly Rose November 19, 2013 at 4:18 pm #

      Thanks Ambs,

      I can say the exact same thing about you! Thanks for all your support.


  8. Pamela Zuma November 14, 2013 at 8:39 am #

    Well done Holly!! Looking gud.

    13kgs is amazing and its exactly my target. 5 kgs off now, and still pushing strong.

    How long did it take you if you dont mind me asking?

    • Holly Rose November 19, 2013 at 4:20 pm #

      Hi Pamela

      Most of my weight loss happened in a period of 1 year. But in total it took me about a year and a half to lose all the weight.

      Well done on your first 5kg’s – that’s great! The first 5kg’s are tough because you’re still forming new habits. I promise the next few will be easier to get off. But please, whatever you do don’t give up now! You’re so close :)

      You’re going to look amazing for the Dec holidays so keep pushing through! No excuses – time to have the life you want!


  9. Michele November 19, 2013 at 1:41 pm #

    So proud of you – what an amazing transformation!

  10. Shirley Chetty November 20, 2013 at 8:32 am #

    Hey there

    you are truly inspirational.

    I have +/- 15kgs to go and recently started on the herbex tablets. I have tried many things and am skeptical but willing to try herbex.

    how did you find the products and which ones would you recommend?

    • Holly Rose January 17, 2014 at 10:04 am #

      The Fat Burn Tea and training concentrate is amazing!

    • sandra January 30, 2014 at 9:19 am #

      wow! Holly am so proud of you, you look really great.Am really inspired, cant wait to start the program as soon as I stop breastfeeding. cant wait!

  11. Lebo November 20, 2013 at 12:20 pm #

    Wonderful story! And so inspiring. How long did the weight loss take and how long at your current weight?

  12. Lebo November 20, 2013 at 12:20 pm #

    Never mind – question answered. Well done!

  13. EnhleN November 21, 2013 at 9:22 am #

    Hi Holly

    WOW, you look amazing doll. Am inspired! So did you stop drinking wine completely? (I am trying to loose weight the Herbex way, but I have a glass of wine now & then)
    You look really great!


    • Holly Rose January 17, 2014 at 10:05 am #

      I only stopped for one month :) It really helped! I definitely didn’t stop drinking wine forever!

  14. Natasha November 21, 2013 at 9:24 am #

    WOW I am so inspired!!!

    You go girl, you look amazing……..Life stories like these gives people like me hope and drive to push hard even if it feels difficult.

    Thanks a million Holly!

  15. Emma November 21, 2013 at 11:30 am #

    Incredible! You should feel so proud. A beautiful body to match a beautiful personality. Well done xxx

  16. Candyss December 3, 2013 at 5:23 am #

    Hello Holly

    My visit to Clicks last night ended with me walking out with the Herbex Effective Weight-Loss formula. To be honest I bought it without being convinced that this was a good product to use. I thought that I’d try it for a while to see if it would work. I do attend gym about 3 time a week. My eating well that needs to be changed. BUT opening the Herbex website this morning and seeing how GREAT you look and how along with a mind set change and a healthy eating plan you have helped me change my mind.

    Well done, You look great!!!!!!!!

  17. Jo-ann December 3, 2013 at 7:54 am #

    Congrats girl…over what period have you lost the 13kg.

  18. Faheema December 3, 2013 at 9:41 am #

    My weight loss journey has started today…..bought a bunch of herbex products yesterday but i am still soooooo skeptical about the whole thing…just sounds to good to be true….but my fingers are x

    • Holly Rose January 17, 2014 at 10:06 am #

      How is your journey going Faheema? Don’t give up!

  19. Nelisiwe Ann December 4, 2013 at 8:07 am #

    Wow what a great beautiful body wow this thing is so easy any woman can go for herbex ,herbex thank you very much.

  20. Roxanne December 4, 2013 at 9:22 am #

    Well done! That is so awesome.
    I was wondering if taking something like Herbex is a good idea as I don’t want to be dependent on supplements for the rest of my life. But I have at least 30kg to lose and you have given me the boost I need.
    Thank you for sharing your story, its not easy!

  21. angela ngano December 4, 2013 at 10:09 am #

    hy Holly looking fabulous gal… m also weighinh 69kg nd m only 21 years old o started using herbex fat burn tea last month and i lost 300g i wanted to noe how long t took u 2 achieve such a wonderful result no more belly fat wow!!!

  22. Zenobia December 4, 2013 at 11:38 am #

    Hi Holly

    I love how committed and amazing your story is. Your my own personal inspiration. Am also 24 and just started my herbex slimming tea journey. But reading your story just gave me that extra umpf ineeded. Thanks

    • Holly Rose January 17, 2014 at 10:07 am #

      Thanks Zenobia, really appreciate this message! How is it going? Let me know if you get this comment and I’ll give you more tips.

  23. francisca December 4, 2013 at 2:50 pm #

    Wow wow u did I enjoyed reading ur story.Q how long have u been using thise herbex

  24. Babes December 5, 2013 at 9:07 am #

    I have started herbex tea and herbex fat burn concentrate. I have lost myself in the last year and now weigh almost 75 kgs. My weight was always a problem and for the 18 years I have battled. I have taken my before photo already.After reading these success stories I am feeling better. There is a lot of bloating in the first few days a bit embarrasing. But it’s settling down now will keep you posted of my results.

  25. Roxanne January 2, 2014 at 2:15 pm #

    I just read this story of Holly and it truly inspired me..
    i am going to use herbex Fat Burn Tea… because i am trying to lose wight but im not using enything.. and i cant come right so this story inspired me to try this…..


    • Holly Rose January 17, 2014 at 10:10 am #

      Good luck Roxanne! You can do this! If I could – anyone can.

  26. Rebecca January 5, 2014 at 5:26 pm #

    You are just too beautiful Holly Rose! What a fantastic achievement, I’m so proud of you my special friend xxxxx

    • Holly Rose January 17, 2014 at 10:09 am #

      Ah my brighty! Thanks my special friend. So lucky to have you in my life :)

  27. Louisa January 28, 2014 at 7:29 pm #

    Hi Holly

    I just downloaded the latest Fair Lady magazine on my i pad mini and the Herbex Ad with your success story immediately propelled me to visit the Herbex website to read your personal journey. What caught me instantly is that you didn’t need to loose 20 + kg’s, like most stories and the fact that you pin pointed your first fat storing culprit – wine!! I am very fit and I am working out 4 x a week for the past 7 years, but I can’t seem to get “lean”. I have 4 kg’s standing between my goal of getting “lean”. I am weighing 58,6. kg’s on the moment and I can’t get below 57 kg on the scale! Obviously my daily exercise routine is only maintaining my current weight since my daily wine is adding all the calories that I tried to work off. You are looking sensational and are a fantastic ambassador for Herbex. Your post has inspired me to quit wine for a month and even try the Herbex range. I have already been detoxing since Sunday, but now I am definitely going to change my life style and enjoy the next month without a glass of wine in the hand! Thank you!

    • Holly Rose February 6, 2014 at 8:08 am #

      Hi Louisa

      Thanks so much for the beautiful mail, it really made my day! I see you’ve linked this to an email address so I’m going to be sending you a mail shortly.

      It won’t take you long to get under 57kg’s if you really want this! I’ll mail you my best tips.


  28. Nosipho February 5, 2014 at 9:25 am #

    I am soooooo inspired by you Holly, I’m starting my journey tommorow, Just a quick question how many times a day do you drink the tea and do you use sugar or sweetners with it????. Youlook beautiful dear.

  29. Holly Rose February 6, 2014 at 8:14 am #

    Hi Nosipho

    Thanks so much! I’m so excited for you!!!!

    You can have as many cups as you feel like a day! But one at lunch and one after dinner is more than enough.

    I cut a slice of ginger and add a drop of honey to all my cups – and it’s delicious! My favourite is the fat burn tea :)

    Let me know if you need anymore advice?

    I’m happy to help!


  30. Pulane February 16, 2014 at 6:21 pm #

    Hi Holly your story inspired me, went out and bought my herbex products today. Please be my life coach

  31. Nerika February 20, 2014 at 5:46 am #

    Hi Holly,

    You are truly an inspiration. I am the exact same age as you and at that point where I realise i need to change my lifestyle because I am very uncomfortable with myself and feel embarresed when I go out.

    Please can u give me some advise of how u did it and what ur daily lunch and supper was like etc.

    I am trying really hard to start exercising but the main problem is with what to eat.

    I would really appreciate any advise.

    Thank you. :-)

  32. maryna March 2, 2014 at 11:33 am #

    ♡HeY♡ holly well done!*,,,wish i could loose weight but we don’t have te money nd can’t find a trainer that can help me!*,,,but very proud of you,,you look great!*,,,,God bless

  33. Cindy March 10, 2014 at 12:43 pm #

    Hi Holly

    You look stunning girl.

    Can you also sent me some of your tips please cause I’m also using the Tea.

    Thank you

  34. Nokuzola March 27, 2014 at 9:43 am #

    Hey Holly

    Loosing weight is one of the best rewards a person can give him/herself. It takes serious determination to change your eating lifestyle because the minute you realize how ”bad” you look. That is where the edge to change starts. I am truly inspired by you Holly. I have a huge weakness on bread,home baked cookies,hot dog rolls & black TEA TEA TEA.. I would drink about 4-5 cups a day. Last week Monday I bought the Herbex Syrup, because I have been inspired by your story & of others as well. From far it seems impossible but people like you tell us its possible. So I also want to wear a bikini & feel sexy……… Thanks Hols

  35. Laetitia April 1, 2014 at 2:08 pm #

    Hi Holly,
    You look amazing! What eating plan did you follow? What do you snack on?


  36. Jane April 2, 2014 at 6:02 am #

    Hols…Every time I read your story I get inspired all over again xxx

  37. Nicolette April 9, 2014 at 7:11 am #

    Hi Holly
    This morning I stood up at my lowest of low all due to my lack of motivation to just start and do it and drop of this fat that’s weighing me down. I saw a Herbex advert and told myself im going to get my products TODAY and change my lifestyle. I know what hard work is coming with this commitment but this is one I simply cant past.

    I just saw your story and you are my inspiration! You look so wonderful and gives me hope that my life can be changed as well.


    • Holly Rose August 6, 2014 at 7:20 am #

      Nicolette, this is such wonderful news! How are you doing?
      Post your email address here and I will respond to you personally.
      Really proud of you!

  38. gugu May 6, 2014 at 10:32 am #

    Wow girl you look amazing,I am truely inspired.I just bought myself a bottle of “mix and drink” and i a hope i am determined enough just lyk u…u look wowzzzaa

  39. Pumela May 21, 2014 at 6:28 pm #

    The rose amongst the thorns. who would have thought I would come across your story here holz…you look amazing hey and have just inspired me to do something about this body of mine…keep up the great work.

  40. thembakazi June 8, 2014 at 4:02 pm #

    Holly dear u luk absolutely gorgeous.. 13kg is a lot of weight when I luk @ ur b4 n after pics.. such n inspiration 2 most of us n I think I must put ur pic up against my wall as a motivator! Keep well n congrats :)

  41. Gosia July 7, 2014 at 12:51 pm #

    Hey Holly!

    Just came across your Herbex advert in Women’s Health. Your story is really inspirational and you are so brave for sharing it with the world – congrats, you look stunning!

  42. Esmerelda September 4, 2014 at 8:31 am #

    Hi Holy,

    This is really an inspiring story. I decided to change my lifestyle and what I eat in December last year and to date I’ve lost 13kg’s. I still have to loose 10kg, but I do not see any change in my weight. I’ve started with the Herbex syrup yesterday. Please give me some advise on what I should take with it?

  43. bern September 12, 2014 at 10:00 am #


    Holly u luk g8t and wud also like some of your best tips i need to lose 10 kg’s by december i am following a healthy diet drinking 2 litres of water i walk for excercise and i’m taking herbex slimmers tablets.

  44. Lebo September 18, 2014 at 10:18 am #

    wow Holly you look super sexy, you are an inspiration and definitely my journey is starting now, i just need to be more disciplined on what i eat and i will be getting that sexy figure soon.

    keep it up and ill be visiting clicks sooner than i thought to get the tea.


  45. Lynne September 18, 2014 at 11:46 am #

    Hi Holly
    Well done my girl! I always thought you were a beautiful girl but hiding it to somewhere…..Now it’s all there to see.
    I have just started the drops! Yikes!!! Menopause is not easy but no excuse.. Just seems we get lazy and out of control! Time to take charge!
    All the best (Faye’s Mom) ;)

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