Health Star of the Week: Ankur Jariwala’s Journey from Flab to Fit
Our main goal at HealthMeUp.com is to correct your diet, keep you fit, educate you on lifestyle diseases and medical know how. But most often than not, being overweight brings you at the centre of the spectrum of all the above problems. From today, we are introducing a new series titled 'Health Star of the Week'. We wish to inspire you through real-life weight loss stories of regular people who have lost weight and now pursue a fit life. They have the same problems and the same time constraints that you face, yet the drive to lose weight and live a healthy life is topmost on their priority list. Here's your chance to get inspired to live healthy!
Name: Ankur K. Jariwala Age: 28 Profession: Businessman
Weight before: 83.3 Kgs (August 2012) Weight now: 72 Kgs (April 2013)
When did you realise that you were overweight?
I was getting tired easily. I noticed that at work I had low self esteem. You don’t feel good about yourself when you are FAT. I was tired of this thought. I had to change the way I look and feel about myself.
How did you begin your weight loss journey? Tell us about the baby steps that you took, like avoiding junk food, alcohol or taking a walk after lunch?
My weakness has always been junk food (especially vada pav). I would binge on junk food and coke regularly. I had to stop this! My nutritionist Shraddha told me to search for a healthy replacement for my evening snacks. So I started having chaas (buttermilk) and khakra (crispy flat bread) in the evening. In fact, my lunch got interesting with colourful sprouts and fruits as dessert. Let me be candid, it did take time to accept these tastes because pav bhaji and pizza tastes superbly different: P
Tell us about your exercise regime? How difficult was it in the beginning to exercise? What were your biggest concerns?
To be honest, the initial days were very, very difficult. For somebody who doesn’t bend to pick up things easily, I was forced to do squats and push ups. You can imagine my situation. In addition to that, I had dislocated my left shoulder a while ago, so my exercises had to be crafted in such a way that no pressure was put on my left shoulder. Thanks to my trainer Neha at Gold's Gym, Kandivali, that worry was taken care of.
Now, I do weight training for one hour for three days in a week and one hour of cardio the other days. It is very important to maintain a balance between them.
Tell us about your diet, what are the changes in your diet? How did your family support you?
My change was drastic: Unhealthy food to healthy food. Being single and having a busy work schedule, it was stressful in the beginning. I had to ENTER the kitchen! I did not want to pressurise my mother with my change in diet, but I will accept that 80% of my weight loss credit goes to my mother. She prepared a healthy tiffin for me, made herbal tea, packed a glass of chass and made oil-less food. You know, in a way, my entire home turned healthy.
Tell us about your diet
Breakfast: khakra/ oats/ milk/ fruits
Lunch: rotis + vegetable+ salad+ dal
Evening snack: roasted chana/ fruit/ sukha bhel
Dinner: rotis + vegetable+ salad+ dal
Post weight loss experience
For me, this has been the best change in my life! You can see it in the picture itself. Don’t I look confident and handsome (smiles)? This transformation is not just for my body, but more importantly for my mind. Let me share a secret... I couldn’t approach the love of my life for a long time because of my weight. But after the weight loss, I finally did that! I am engaged to her today and my work has gone from good to better with my fitness level and the positivity I have garnered over time. For me, being fit is now a lifestyle.
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