Name: Aakaash Pulivarthi
Education: MBBS student
Age: 22 years
Height:5 feet 8 inches
Highest weight recorded:98 kgs
Weight lost: 26kgs
Duration it took me to lose weight: 7 months
The turning point: After I got admission in medical college, I had started smoking, binge drinking, going out for late-night parties every week etc. Over a course of three years, I had gained a massive 25 kilos and weighed a whopping 98 kilos! As a result, people in my college used to comment on my weight, which really impacted my confidence levels. Moreover, I no longer felt healthy from within and used to suffer from severe back pain.
One day my parents got to know about my smoking and drinking habits and from that day I decided to lose weight. It has been more than 7 months now and I haven’t smoked and touched alcohol!
My breakfast: 1 bowl of plain oats, 2 oranges and a cup of green tea
My lunch: 1 apple, 2 chapatis with dal and 2 eggs
My dinner: A glass of buttermilk with boiled oats
Pre-workout meal: A glass of warm water with a dash of lemon and honey and 4 almonds
Post-workout meal: An apple or orange with a handful of dry fruits
My workout: My workout routine is as follows:
Early morning jog for 3 kilometres in 20 minutes
Cycling to commute to my work
Evening jog for 3 kilometres in 20 minutes
Low-calorie recipes I swear by: I vouch on oats, upma and poha
Fitness secrets I unveiled: Your journey is not about losing weight, it is all about experiencing a healthy lifestyle which I did not have all these years. This lifestyle has improved my confidence levels and helped me stay motivated towards my goals.
How do I stay motivated? My biggest source of motivation is comparing my present weight and physique, with where I was 2 months ago. So, when I look back at my old photographs, I get incredibly motivated. Now, I also inspire and help my friends who are overweight, to lose weight and get back in shape.
How do you ensure you don’t lose focus? I make sure to keep switching my workout routine. So, if I get bored with jogging every day, I simply change my workout and start riding a bicycle instead. I also change the locations of exercising to keep the boredom from creeping in.
What’s the most difficult part of being overweight? It was really heartbreaking to go shopping and come out empty-handed because I couldn’t find any clothes for my size! Moreover, when I used to sit down to study, I could clearly see all the stomach flab! I was also suffering from severe back pain because of my weight.
What shape do you see yourself 10 years down the line? Even though I have lost 25 kilos, I don’t want to stop my fitness journey as I have made working out a regular part of my lifestyle. While I don’t want to gain muscles, I do want to stay lean and fit.
What are the lifestyle changes you made? I actually started jogging to deviate my mind from smoking and drinking. Now, I can proudly say that it has been more than 7 months since I last touched a cigarette or had a drink.
What was the lowest point for you? One of the lowest and saddest parts of my battle with my weight was when my parents go to know that I was a smoker and drinker. They lost all faith in me which made me feel really guilty. That was the time I decided to lose weight and get back in shape. It was to prove to my parents that I had changed my lifestyle for good.
Lessons learnt from weight loss: A lot of people don’t realise the importance of a balanced diet and working out for a minimum of 30 minutes every day to stay healthy! If you truly wish to lose weight and get back in shape, you need to start inculcating healthy habits.
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