Health Star of the Week: Self Control is the Only Way to Weight Loss
Mahuya, a media professional was very happy with her lifestyle and glamorous job until she realised that its was affecting her health. Pilling on the pounds, was a wake-up call when she couldn’t jump during a fun basketball match. The young professional gave up alcohol and her junk food cravings, to reach her goal weight.
Name: Mahuya Saha
Age: 33 years
Profession: Media Professional
Weight before (August 2011): 75kgs
It was a fun evening with friends wherein we were playing basketball and I realised I was constantly out of breath, which was very embarrassing as I used to be an athlete in school. This jolted me to reality that my expanding girth was not only weighing me down but also making me ill and low on energy. That day onwards I started making small changes in my life that would help me in weight loss journey. My first step was to stop eating junk food.
How did you begin your weight loss journey? Tell us about the baby steps you took, like avoiding junk food and alcohol or if you started to take a walk after lunch etc?
The first step was to totally boycott alcohol. My lifestyle gives me a lot of reasons to party and eat out with friends. This caused me to drink alcohol and indulge in a lot of fried, refined food. Giving up junk food was hard, but I managed to succeed.
Tell us about your exercise regime? How difficult was it in the beginning to exercise? What were your biggest concerns?
I started with running in the mornings, and ended my day with an evening swim. It was not difficult because it was something I wanted to do. In fact, after a point, I began enjoying these physical activities and I had more energy and stamina. Also, I started to feel good about myself.
My problem area was my tummy, losing weight around the arms and thighs was possible with exercise and running, but my tummy needed special attention. The amount of fat I had collected over the years didn't go off easily.
Tell us about your diet? What type of changes did you make? Did your family help you or join you in your efforts?
Diet was no rocket science. I knew my body best was that was my “mantra”. I supported myself.
Tell us about your diet in detail?
I had to cut down a bit on carbs. My love of white rice was switched to brown rice. Lots of fibre and protein intake was my daily goal. Also, I did not completely cut off fat from my diet, I would have a littke butter everyday with my brown bread. Plus I began drinking lots of water, to flush all the toxins from my body.
Breakfast: 2 slices of brown bread with butter, 2 egg whites and fruit.
Pre workout (optional) : A glass of fresh juice or a whole fruit.
Lunch: A bowl of veggies andchicken soup with 2 chapatti’s/brown rice with chicken curry.
Evening snack: A bowl of sprouts/ steamed fish /Chole chaat etc.
Dinner: Dal & roasted vegetables/ A bowl of veggies and chicken soup.
Tell us about the happiness or sense of achievement you felt, after you lost the weight
It feels nice when you are appreciated by the people around you. Also, you are much more confident than what you were earlier. My body language too has changed and I feel wonderful.