Health Star of the Week: From Flab To Healthy & Fit
Shuvam was harrowed with the ridicule and physical difficulties he faced being overweight. He finally took matters in his hands, joined a gym, tamed his sweet tooth and accomplished his weight loss goals.
Age: 27 yrs
Profession: Service engineer
Weight before (Jan 2013): 108 kgs
Weight now (July 2014): 85.2 kgs
When did you realise that you were over weight? Was it a ‘Happy realization' or a medical issue?
I couldn't fit in a rickshaw, tying shoelaces left me panting and climbing stairs made me sweat like a pig. to add to my misery my friends would keep taunting "shuvam tu motu ho gaya hai", trust me such taunts can be really demotivating and aggravating at the same time. I was just 27 years old but kids called me ‘uncle'! honestly I decided to lose weight for mental fitness than physical, though I knew both were interlinked.
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 etc?
My first step was Googling for gyms in my vicinity. For a person like me continuous inspiration and motivation is mandatory. I didn't want to lose weight on my own as I knew I would give up mid way. So I joined a gym (Talwalkars) in Ranchi and started working out regularly. My biggest obstacle was to keep away from the amazing mouthwatering appetising junk food that lay in my path.
Tell us about your exercise regime? How difficult was it in the beginning to exercise? What were your biggest concerns?
My exercise regime was designed according to my body strength and capability, I would juggle between cardio and weights on alternate days. On days with cardio I usually burn 800 cals on machines, which is good for a fatty like me. But the beginning for nerve wrecking and exhausting, every time I stretched or bend my muscles would scream in pain. You may think this sounds funny but my biggest concern was to maintain my weight till the next day of workout.
Tell us about your diet? What type of changes did you do? Did your family help you or join you in your efforts?
Diet was a real concern for me from day one. I get a regular diet chart from my dietitian which I then follow regularly. But my biggest weakness is sweets! I just can't control myself from it. I was advised to much on natural sweet foods like fruits, nuts to kill my sweet tooth cravings.
My family was pretty supportive in my weight loss journey; in fact I feel I in a way inspired them to eat healthy and less oily.
Tell us about your diet in detail?
Breakfast: Coconut water and salad @ 11 am
Pre workout: 2 pieces of brown bred sprouts or egg white and cucumber salad @ 8:00 am
Lunch: 2 chapattis, green vegetables, sprouts, pulses, salad and curd @ 1:30 pm
Evening snack: one bowl of Gram bhunja and green tea
Dinner: A big bowl of corn flakes with milk.
In additional six litres of water daily.
Tell us about the happiness or achievements post weight loss
It's a great feeling! The attention and admiration I received from my friends and family was encouraging. I can do my work; feel fresh, energetic at all times. Being healthy is now a lifestyle for me.