Health Star of the Week: Naved Shaikh's Mantra for Weight Loss
Naved was almost a 100 kgs when the weight loss whip stuck him hard. The 25- year- old engineer junked the junk food habit and followed a fitness mantra to attain his desired weight loss in a span of two years. For Naved, fitness is now a lifestyle.
Name: Naved Shaikh
Age: 25 years
Profession: System Engineer
Weight before (November 2011): 92 Kgs Weight now (May 2013): 79 Kgs
Just have a look at my picture and you can understand what type of a fat monster I was. I hardly got fancy clothes for my size. Words like ‘XXL’, ‘XXXL’ hovered around my head like dementors sucking away my happiness. To add to my miseries, I kept falling sick time to time. I began to realise that the oodles of weight around your body is not just a turn off but can drift me to a sea of diseases and ailments.
How did you begin your weight loss? Tell us about the baby steps that you look, like avoiding junk or if you started to take a walk after lunch, etc?
All I needed was solid inspiration and a regular reminder for my weight loss.
I was passing by a gym (Talwarkar’s) one fine day, and the thought of enrolling myself. At that very instance thought I got myself a year’s membership at the gym.
My second biggest obstacle was Food. Pizzas, burgers, pastries and fried foods had become a part of my identity. I had to depart with them altogether. It was difficult in the beginning as the urge was uncontrollable. But slowly and steadily I learned to control my cravings.
Tell us about your exercise regime? How difficult was it in the beginning to exercise? What were your biggest concerns?
In the initial stages everything seemed like a killer. I started finding reasons to be away from the gym. My macro concern was cardio exercises and lifting weights but as it is rightly said, there has to be a motivational factor behind everything you want to do. I have this mantra - No matter how hard you hit me. I will not fall and fail and warriors never quit. Adhering to this mantra of mine I kept pushing myself harder. And trust me, all the patience, hard work and self control paid off well.
Tell us about your diet? What type of changes did you do? Did your family help you or join you in your efforts?
I have this special diet designed for me every two months with the help of my dietician. It was unexpected change which I had to opt. One good habit that I adopted with my health changes was reading the nutrition charts of products I bought over the counter. These habits helped me in a long way, many a times I would keep the product aside realising that burning those many calories would be an uphill task. My family wasn’t happy as they felt I was starving myself. But the changes in my body and the way I looked changed everything.
Tell us about your diet in detail?
Pre workout (optional): Fruits
Breakfast: Luke warm water and tea
Morning snack: Boiled eggs & fruits
Lunch: 3 chapattis, chicken gravy, salad and butter milk
Evening snack: Fruits, poha, boiled eggs
Dinner: Fruits and boiled chicken
Tell us about the happiness or achievements, post weight loss.
I started feeling light and confident in wearing clothes which I never tried before. I started to focus on body building and stay fit. I also realised that a balanced diet, exercise and good habits keep you happy even in tough times. To be mentally strong one needs to be healthy and fit!