Health Star of the Week: Mom Hits the Gym to Burn Baby Fat
The feeling of being a mother had left Rupa ecstatic, but the repercussions of fatty foods and unhealthy eating left her depressed and de-motivated. The 28 year old mother joined a gym to get back in shape the difficult way.
Age: 28 years
Weight before (May 2013): 71 kgs
Weight now (July 2014): 60.5 kgs
When did you realize that you were over weight? Was it a ‘Happy realization' or a medical issue?
The bundle of joy in my arms made me forget the kilos of fats I had burdened myself with. I gained a lot of weight during my pregnancy and that seemed to increase post delivery too. I didn't want to deny my baby from the nutrition she needed, so I continued savouring desi ghee ke laddoo, battisa (grounded mixture of dry fruits) and rich oily food. My movement was restricted and my diet too heavy, this resulted in blood pressure problems along with weight gain.
My body had no shape and I had no confidence left. I would be ridiculed and laughed at by my friends and relatives for being overweight. Gradually I stopped going out completely, thus restricting my body movement further. The feeling of not being able to fit in your old clothes is frustrating, I was getting mentally and physically sick due to my weight. It was then I decided to join a gym and get right of the extra handles the tougher way.
How did you begin your weight loss? Tell us about the baby steps that you look, like avoiding junk, alcohol or if you started to take a walk after lunch?
By now deep fried and spicy greasy food had taken a toll on my food preferences. Gobbling on pizzas and vada pav and then washing it down with cold drinks was a routine, to stop this habit completely was the toughest. I started rummaging through the internet to find out the dos and don'ts of weight loss. I bought a treadmill and started working out on it at home, but the repetition of the same exercise left me bored and uninspired. Plus I didn't notice any major weight loss.
It was then I decided to join a gym, so I could be more focused and motivated. The first few weeks at the gym were intimidating. But gradually, I started to increase the hours of exercise from half an hour to one and half hour.
My diet was corrected by the dietician at the gym who asked me to start healthy snacking and cut my oil intake considerably.
Tell us about your exercise regime? How difficult was it in the beginning to exercise? What were your biggest concerns?
I hadn't flexed and stretched my muscles in years, but during my pregnancy I did indulge in yoga and simple exercises, but those didn't leave me panting or exhausted. I would do them at my leisure. But to lose weight I started hitting gym early morning when my baby was asleep and than returned to my treadmill in the evening for a quick 40 minute brisk walking. I also started to count my calorie intake and calories burned. But one needs to understand that all these exercises are superfluous if you aren't following a healthy diet. I would see to it that I drank more than 3-4 litres water in a day.
Tell us about your diet?
I tried a lot of variation in cooking healthy food high in protein and low in carbs by looking at recipes online. Below is my diet I followed everyday.
Breakfast - Bowl of Oats with low fat milk / Upma /Poha.
After workout - Buttermilk, Seasonal fruit
Lunch- 1 bowl of salad, 1 bowl of vegetables with a small bowl of rice, dal and two chapattis
Evening- 1 whole fruit/ Tea with two Biscuits / sprouts/ boiled Chana
Dinner- 1 chapatti, vegetable, salad
After dinner - 1 glass low fat milk
Tell us about the happiness or achievements post weight loss
My lifestyle has changed completely. My body has become more flexible and energetic. I can fit into my old denims. This transformation is not just for my body, but more importantly for my mind. During my journey for weight loss I realised that it is not just about burning calories but about adopting healthy habits and eating right. Plus I feel younger!
*Image Courtesy: Talwalkars
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