When it comes to losing weight, people are willing to try everything that comes their way. From fad diets to weird herbal supplements, there is no dearth of weight loss regimes. Hence, it becomes really difficult to separate what really works for weight loss to what is purely a scam.
Hence, when 29-year-old Shikhar Shah decided to lose those stubborn kilos, he decided to take the old school way. From eating only homemade food to devoting at least one hour to himself daily, his weight loss is an inspiration for many. Read on.
Age: 29 years
Highest weight recorded:131.8 kgs
Weight lost: 30.6 kgs
Duration it took me to lose weight:6-7 months
The turning point:Since I was overweight, I had to face a lot of adversities on a daily basis. I did not want my child to follow my footsteps and struggle a lot too. Hence, I decided it was time that I turned my life around and started leading a healthy lifestyle.
My breakfast: I have 2 khakhras and 1 cup of tea in the morning.
My lunch:I eat 5 chapatis, a portion of green vegetables, 1 bowl of daal, some salad and a bowl of curd/buttermilk.
My dinner:For my last meal of the day, I choose anything from dosa, rajma chawal, paneer parantha, rajma chawal, khichdi, and upma.
Pre-workout meal: Coconut water/ 1 banana
Post-workout meal: 1 glass of milk
I indulge in: Honestly, I don’t cheat on my diet. Ever since I started seeing tangible results, I made sure not to stray from the path of fitness. The results are surely worth it.
My workout:I religiously walk and/or run for at least an hour daily.
Low-calorie recipes I swear by:I vouch on diet khakhra, good old Parle G biscuits and Marie biscuits.
Fitness secrets I unveiled: There is nothing that you cannot achieve if you set your mind on it. All you need to do is take care of your diet, do proper physical activities and rest accordingly.
How do I stay motivated? I am a hard-core foodie and have probably tasted everything on the surface of the earth. Hence, I use it as a motivation to focus on my body as I have already eaten everything that I ever wanted to.
How do you ensure you don’t lose focus?
I make sure to check my weight every week and set a target accordingly. I give my 100 per cent to achieve that fixed goal.
What’s the most difficult part of being overweight?
When you are overweight, you are constantly battling a lot of health issues. From breathlessness, constant backache to chest pain, it was getting incredibly difficult to go about normal everyday work.
What shape do you see yourself 10 years down the line?
I am not obsessed with 6 pack abs and neither do I want to have a chiseled body like an actor. I just want to stay fit and maintain my current weight.
What are the lifestyle changes you made?One of the biggest changes that I have made in my life is completely switching to Ghar ka khana. Nothing in this whole wide world is healthier than homemade food. As a result, I do not face any problems like headache or backache nowadays.
What was the lowest point for you? It was really disheartening to see my wife getting worked up and really worried about my health.
Lessons learnt from weight loss: I have realised that nothing beats ‘ghar ka khana’ when it comes to losing weight. Apart from eating home cooked food, going for a walk daily for at least an hour can do wonders to your body.
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