Name: Diksha Singhi
Age: 24 years
Highest weight recorded: 105 kgs
Weight lost: 20 kgs
Duration it took me to lose weight: 1.5 years
The turning point: I had always been a fat child. While a few might blame it on genetics, in reality, nobody really taught me what to eat and more importantly how much to eat. I must have enrolled myself in the gym at least 10 times throughout my life, only to lose a few kilos and gain much more. Ultimately, I used to get disappointed and quit the gym. I have tried a vegetable diet with only herbal drinks but nothing was ever good enough. Every trainer would ask me to go on a diet which was below 1000 calories, to eat only boiled vegetables and to do rigorous cardio. All of which I hated. Ultimately, I realised that weight training is the key and you need to pre-plan your meals.
My breakfast: 50 grams of daal ka chila with 50 grams of paneer with vegetable stuffings.
My lunch: 60 grams of low-carb wheat with vegetables like cauliflower, cabbage, bottle gourd etc.
My dinner: 50 grams of rice with lots of vegetables.
I indulge in: I eat whatever I want on my cheat days as long as it fits my macros. Some of my favourites are keto brownies, sugar-free Ice cream and South Indian delicacies.
My workout: My workout schedule is as follows:
4 Days of weight training
1 to 2 days of abs workout
Low-calorie recipes I swear by: I love gorging on paneer parantha made in low-carb wheat, whey pancakes and paneer with stuffed daal chila.
Fitness secrets I unveiled: There are 3 secrets to weight loss. These are:
How do I stay motivated? I have been sharing my weight loss journey on Instagram and the comments and messages keep me motivated. I am also a part of several workout related WhatsApp groups where we all motivate each other. Additionally, fitting into smaller sized clothes and getting complimented by people is both flattering and motivating.
How do you ensure you don’t lose focus? While we can all get distracted, every now and then, we need to simply stay strong and dedicated to our weight loss goal.
What’s the most difficult part of being overweight? I have been a victim of body-shaming and fat-shaming at several stages of my life.
I remember my father scolding me and asking me not to eat while the food was still in my throat. I didn’t know whether to gulp it down or puke it out. I was only 10.
I remember my mother getting angry when the clothes didn’t fit me in the trial room followed by a terrible bashing at home. I was only 12.
I was asked by my dietician to drink only two glasses of herbal drink and eat only two chapatis the entire day. I was only 14.
I remember a relative telling me that even if I lived on cucumbers for the rest of my life, I wouldn’t lose any weight. I was only 16.
I remember a friend telling me you would look good, if only you lost weight. How else will a boy like you? I was only 18.
I remember my colleagues mocking me, making jokes on my weight and on my appearance, in the name of good fun. I was only 20.
I remember it all so vividly like they all just happened yesterday. How couldn’t I? After all those times, I used to cry until I fell asleep. I am tearing up even when I write this.
What shape do you see yourself 10 years down the line
? I will continue to weight train and keep a check on my diet as I want to remain fit and healthy.
What are the lifestyle changes you made? There were quite a few changes that I made. Some of them are:
1. First and foremost, learn to say no. You can go out with your friends and family but you need to put a pause to your cravings.
2. Take out at least an hour for yourself daily and do some physical exercise.
3. Take the stairs whenever possible.
What was the lowest point for you?
The worst phase, without any doubt, is when I hit the weight loss plateau. I was doing everything possible to lose weight but my weight did not budge. I was working out, I was eating right, but nothing was changing. I was so discouraged that I started to eat more, without keeping tabs on my calories.
Lessons learnt from weight loss: When it comes to weight loss, we have to understand that as we do not gain weight overnight, it will take some time to shed it off as well. Secondly, it is a common misconception amongst girls that lifting weight makes you big and bulky. Not only do we need to lift weight to increase our metabolism, but we also need to put down those ‘pink dumbbells’ and start lifting heavier weights.
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