Health Star of Week: Rushil’s Inspiring Weight Loss Story
19-year-old Rushil has always been on the fatter side, but once he joined college his ‘junk food’ habits escalated considerably. The young lad wanted to change the way he looked at himself as a result of his weight, so he enrolled in a gym, fought his biggest enemies (junk) and finally managed to lose weight.
Age: 19 years
Profession: Arts Student
Weight loss (January 2013): 115 kg
Weight now (October 2013): 94 kg
When did you realise that you were overweight? Was it a ‘Happy realisation’ or a medical issue?
The mirror was my biggest enemy, every time I looked at my reflection in the mirror I felt a sudden urge to look away. I didn’t like what I saw. My weight was both a mental and a physical problem for me. Getting tired easily, fatigue, laziness was synonymous with me, I would be ready to eat a plate of crispy fried bhajiyas, but physical work turned me off. I was 18 but I looked like some middle-aged guy.
How did you begin your weight loss journey? Tell us about the baby steps you took, like avoiding junk food, alcohol or if you started to take a walk after lunch etc?
With my level of laziness, I needed a place that would push me towards exercise and a strict diet. I needed expert backing. So my first step was to join a gym. Trust me it takes a lot of motivation for a person like me to hit the gym every day. My first day at the gym (Talwarkar’s) was exhausting and killing. Simple warm up exercises made me sweat and I was out of breath. I started with an hour of exercise and then gradually increased it to one and a half hour. The nutritionist at the gym helped me with a workable diet that I had to follow rigorously.
Giving up my favorite bad habits was baffling, not allowed to eat fried stuff and junk made me cringe. I could exercise with the trainer but giving up my favourite food was hard.
Tell us about your exercise regime? How difficult was it in the beginning to exercise? What were your biggest concerns?
In the beginning of January 2013, I focused more on cardio exercises mainly walking, running and cycling. So I worked out on the treadmill and cycle both for 15 minutes, followed by the stepper for 15 minutes and then long walks at Shivaji Park in the evening for an hour. It was 3 weeks later that I started my weight training.
As soon as I started losing weight, my stamina, body flexibility, strength all increased surprisingly. I was very very happy with the change; it motivated me to do more. In a matter of three months I lost 9 kgs and this fueled me to lose more weight.
Tell us about your diet? What kind of changes did you make? Did your family help you or join you in your efforts?
I started my day with 2 glasses of water and 3 soaked almonds. I timed my meals and limited my portion sizes. My family helped me a lot by encouraging me to stick to healthy food, packing salads for me and using less oil.
Tell us about your diet in detail?
Breakfast: One bowl poha or 2 idlis or 2 bowls of cornflakes with milk or 1 bowl oats with milk.
Pre workout (optional): 2 sandwiches (No potato, no Beetroot, and butter just for taste)
Lunch: 2 chapatis, 2 types of vegetables, lot of salad, one bowl of rice and a bowl of dal
Evening snack: One glass of cow's milk with 4-5 marie digestive biscuits or fruits (1 apple or I orange or 1 bowl of green grapes)
Dinner: 2 chapattis with 2 types of vegetables with lots of salad
Tell us about your happiness or achievements after your weight loss
The increase in my confidence level and my activity levels have risen. This is purely the result of my hard work. Many of my friends and family compliment me and the feeling is awesome. I am so happy that I can't express my happiness in words.
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