“In those days it was a more full-figured Turnbull who took issue with an article I had written suggesting he was sporting love handles in his Speedos down at Bondi Icebergs.
But all that changed in 2012 when Turnbull lost 14 kilograms thanks to the wondrous work of Bondi Junction herbalist Shuquan Liu, who says his potions are not about weight loss but rather making the body’s internal organs work better.
Those embarking on the program say they have virtually no appetite, which allows them to drop weight very quickly.
The treatment does not come cheap, with some customers paying about $2000 a week, or roughly $1000 per kilo of weight lost.
Turnbull said at the time: “I must say that I found the fast extremely informative because it made me realise I am in control of my own body and can control my appetite. It is a very good insight.”