Health Star of the Week: Roopak Jain's Formula for Weight Loss
32 year-old business, Roopak was satisfied with his economic growth until the moment where his son called him ‘motu’. That very moment Roopak re-scheduled his to-do list, replacing work with workouts and swimming sessions.
Name: Roopak Jain
Age: 32 years
Profession: Vice President, JM Housing Limited.
Weight before (September 2012): 90 kg
Weight now (June 2013): 70 kg
When did you realise that you were over weight? Was it a ‘Happy realisation’ or a medical issue? Please explain
I was watching one of my news interview with my son with a news channel and suddenly he yelled “motu papa”! Honestly, I want to be my son’s hero and not some fat character from his favorite cartoon show. I realised that I was under a false impression that I look fit. Every father dreams to have a game of gully cricket or a TT match with his growing son, but my expanding girth seem to crush all my dreams. I had to lose weight… for my son!
As everybody does, I also started with avoiding junk foods completely (the devil behind all unhealthy sins). Being a vegetarian and a non-drinker regulating my diet wasn’t a worry for me, what bothered me was consistency and preserving my weight loss. To began with surfing the net; I started reading all about ‘What to do to lose weight’ and every article emphasised on - including a physical activity along with diet. So out of all the ones mentioned - yoga, aerobics, gym and swimming, I decided to join the gym and swimming classes to begin with.
Tell us about your exercise regime? How difficult was it in the beginning to exercise? What were your biggest concerns?
TIME is the common concern for everyone, even for me. With my crazy working schedules, joining a gym seemed a distant dream. So I a started to prioritise, I used to struggle initially, trying to fit everything within 24 hours. But, slowly and steadily heart won over mind and I decide that coming back to that fitness is the only thing I ought to do right now.
I decided hit the gym after work. I started with cardio exercises for around 45 to 60 minutes, followed by, 30-40 minutes of treadmill, 10 minute of cross trainer, 10-20 minutes of spinning. I also did some stretching and abs exercise like sit ups, hanging leg raise, side bending, twisting and leg raises reps of 20-25 of 3 sets. By the end of the day I used to be exhausted, but with a smile on my face. The changes were visible!
Tell us about your diet? What type of changes did you do? Did your family help you or join you in your efforts?
One good thing that happened was that my gym hours took over my binging hours. Ideally, after returning back from work junk food used to clog my mind, but now with the gym routine I hardly ate anything wrong. Even after returning from the gym, I wouldn’t touch the delicacies that my wife cooked even for a bit. You don’t want to lose what you just worked out for!
Seeing my dedication for fitness, my wife then brought a lot of healthy changes in my life, she replaced my ghee laden breakfasts with oats, sprouts, brown bread with low fat butter. The whole day I would now much on dry fruits or snack on fruit juices or digestive biscuits. The biggest change was shifting from Regular oil to olive oil for cooking.
Tell us about your diet in detail?
Breakfast: Corn, sprouts, bread butter milk.
Lunch: A bowl of Vegetable, dal, and a bowl of rice
Evening snack: Coffee with spinach sandwich.
Dinner: Vegetable sandwich (in brown bread)
Tell us about the happiness or achievements post weight loss
It’s just an incredible felling one can have. I am more confident now; my wardrobe has undergone a major makeover. Work wise, I am more productive as I always active. The appreciation from my friends and relatives is inspiring. But the best feeling is when I spend hopping and jumping with my son…