Name: Nilofar Keshvani Sutar
Age: 32 years
Height: 5 feet 8 inches
Highest weight recorded: 68 kg
Weight lost: 9.5 kg
Current weight: 57.3 kg
Duration it took me to lose weight: 2.5 months
The turning point: While I wasn’t unhappy or even remotely upset with the way I looked or with my weight, I did realise that if I gained a few more kilos, then I would be considered obese. Also, unwanted and unsolicited rude comments about my weight really affected me. However, it was only for the sake of my health that I decided to lose weight and get back in shape. I did not look back since the day I decided to lose weight!
My breakfast: I used to have a high-fiber and high protein breakfast like oats, moong dal chilla, poha or besan chilla. I also had a cup of tea but without sugar with my breakfast.
My lunch: A small bowl of curry, 1 chapatti and 1 small bowl of rice.
My dinner: I used to choose between salads, soups, quinoa khichdi, buckwheat pula, dal and boiled moong and chana.
Pre-workout meal: A glass of lukewarm water with two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar.
Post-workout meal: I had my breakfast as I worked out in the morning.
I indulge in: Definitely pizza and handmade chicken biryani! In desserts, I prefer cakes.
My workout: My workout routine consisted of the following exercises:
Low-calorie recipes I swear by: Quinoa khichdi
Fitness secrets I unveiled: I have learnt that keeping a tab on how much you are eating (the portion of the food) is very important. I always take care of the same. Also, I believe that sipping on green tea has helped in improving my metabolism.
How do I stay motivated? Undoubtedly, my husband was my greatest motivator and mentor during my weight loss journey. He was the one who pushed me to lose weight and get back in shape. He told me that I did not have to do it for looks but for good health in the longer term. Also, when I started seeing visible results of my hard work, it further motivated me to lose more weight.
How do you ensure you don’t lose focus? I used the weighing machine as my source of motivation and focus during my weight loss journey.
What’s the most difficult part of being overweight? It was definitely the body-shaming I faced. People had started commenting rudely like, “Oh, you have put on so much of weight!” or asking questions like, “Are you planning for a second child?” after looking at my tummy. It was very disturbing for me.
What shape do you see yourself 10 years down the line? I want to lose more weight in the coming years and become thinner.
What are the lifestyle changes you made? I made a lot of lifestyle changes. Some of these changes included:
- Sleeping early
- Waking up on time
- Eating homemade and healthy food
- Eating my dinner on time
What was the lowest point for you? While nothing quite bothered me in a negative way about my weight or how I looked, I really did not wish to be counted in the obese category. Hence, I decided to start my weight loss journey.
Lessons learnt from weight loss: I have learnt a lot of patience during my weight loss journey as weight loss cannot happen overnight. You have to work really hard for it and it takes some time to see visible results. I have realised that if you make up your mind, you will definitely achieve your weight loss goals.
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