Name: Rahul Ditta
Occupation: Senior Manager, Banking Industry
Years: 36 years
Height: 6 ft 1 in
City: New Delhi
Highest registered weight: 128 kilos
Lost weight: 45 kilos
Duration it took me to lose weight: 10 months
The inflection point: I used to believe in the saying “live life in king size” so I didn’t think twice about eating what I felt and enjoying the hard drinks of my choice. Gradually, these sloppy lifestyle habits began to harm my body, and I developed various medical conditions such as high blood pressure, gout, and sleep apnea, but I did nothing about it. However, one day I fell asleep behind the wheel due to sleep apnea and collided with a two-wheeler in front of me. That was the day that I realized that my weight and my medical problems that have arisen due to the same thing are literally risking my life. I made a life-changing decision to get back in shape that same day and look where I had come from!
My breakfast: I choose between quinoa, daliya, poha with two fried eggs, boiled chicken and cornflakes with fresh seasonal fruits.
My lunch: I choose between quinoa, daliya, poha with curd, a portion of vegetables or legumes and boiled minced chicken breast. I plan to have a cup of green tea an hour after my lunch.
My dinner: Tofu with two slices of whole wheat bread or steamed fish and boiled chicken
Pre-workout meal: A cup of unsweetened black coffee, a banana, two cooked egg whites, and peanut butter
Post-workout meal: 5 boiled egg white with skim milk
I give myself to: I love the brown rice biryani chicken, the paneer tikka (cottage cheese), the fish curry, and the kebabs. However, I keep my cheat foods very limited and I intend to do religious exercise afterwards.
My training: My exercise routine includes a healthy combination of cardio, circuit program weight training, and exercise sets. I used to set aside two days a week for cardiovascular training like burpees, battle ropes, flipping a 70kg tire, leg lift, planks, side twists, deadlifts, and weight squats. I used to exercise 6 days a week for about 2 hours.
Low calorie recipes I swear by: Boiled chicken, tofu, steamed fish, citrus juice (no sugar), and a bowl of green leafy salad.
Fitness secrets I revealed: If you want to lose weight, you must create a good diet plan based on your body’s needs. Once done, half the battle is already won. You should also check your consumption and the calories you are burning.
How do I stay motivated? To keep me motivated, I envisioned what I would look like after losing all the extra pounds! I used to set short weight reduction goals and used to work towards them. I wanted to heal without any medication. My coach Vipin Choudhary really helped me to realize my dream.
How do you make sure you don’t lose focus? When you’re on a quest to lose weight, the thought of shutting out the people who made fun of you is enough to keep you focused. So, rain or shine, I never missed my training session. Remember, the journey can be painful but the results are sweet!
What is the most difficult part of being overweight? Being overweight in today’s incredibly high pressure world is like a time bomb on your body. Create a network of negativity and various health conditions. Also, you have to deal with a lot of unsolicited comments and bodily embarrassment as you don’t really fit anywhere in many social circles.
What shape do you see yourself in 10 years? I just want to stay in good shape and be physically and mentally fit. I know there is still a long way to go for the same, but I want to be an example to others who are fighting the same battle. In fact, I am also interested in taking my passion for fitness professionally.
What are the lifestyle changes you made? I’ve made a lot of lifestyle changes on my trip, some of these include a total ban on sugar and sugar-laden products, bringing healthy snacks like fruits and nuts to curb my cravings, and stopping hard drinks. As a result, my blood pressure has been under control for the past 7 months and I no longer need to take medication for it.
What was the lowest point for you? While there are many factors that affect your well-being and general health when you are overweight, I can’t forget the day I had an accident due to sleep apnea. Finally it was for all the extra kilos he had accumulated.
Lessons learned from weight loss: You only have one life, you can use it and take care of yourself and your physique or throw it away.
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