When you are unable to perform even the most mundane jobs in your life due to your weight, you know there’s a problem. For Chetan Sabharwal, a banking professional, tying his shoelaces was also an issue at 95 kilograms. He panted after climbing stairs and above all, his weight lowered his self-esteem. It is then he realised he needed to choose weight loss but in a permanent manner. This is how he lost 23 kilograms:
27 years old
Highest weight recorded:
Turning point in my life:
I realised I had breathing problem and heaviness in my chest. I was unable to even tie my shoelaces. Climbing stairs was also an ordeal for me. More than tarnishing my physical appearance, my health had also started deteriorating and I had low self-esteem.
Egg whites, sunny side-up, boiled eggs or omelette with veggies. I also alternate this with vegetable besan cheela or low carbohydrate recipes like tomato onion and capsicum in multigrain bread.
Grilled chicken with green vegetables along with complex carbs like multigrain roti and brown rice. Or egg white bhurji or brinjal bharta.
Scrambled eggs/ boiled chicken/ roasted chicken/ peas salad or sprouts with egg whites.
I indulge in:
Chinese fast food and sweets. But I have them in moderation.
High-intensity cardio like cycling and running coupled with bodyweight training like push-ups, squats. I also alternated between weight training and cardio six times a week. Cardio is must for losing fat and weight training to tone up body. Other than this I also trained each body part on a specific day.
Low-calorie recipes I swear by:
Besan cheela, egg whites omelette, grilled chicken salad, sprouts, brown rice and baingan bharta.
Fitness secrets I unveiled:
Remember your workout is just 10 percent of your goal. You must supplement your workout with the right nutrition. Do not go on crash diets, they do not help. Instead, eat in moderation. Moderation is the key. Consistency is really important and you need to be patient while losing weight.
How do I stay motivated?
My body is my motivation. Once I got into shape I had no intention of ruining it.
How do you ensure you don’t lose focus?
I often take a break in few months for 3-4 days and indulge in cheat meals. That is what keeps me going.
What’s the most difficult part of being overweight?
Low self-esteem, health problems, clothes not fitting well, heavy breathing.
What shape do you see yourself 10 years down the line?
I wish to maintain my body weight ten years down the line. I do not aspire for a muscular frame but rather a toned body.
What are the lifestyle changes you made?
Clean eating. I gave up alcohol for five months. Alcohol contains empty calories with no nutritional value. I also started taking stairs instead of the elevator and started consuming breakfast daily without fail. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day as it helps fuel your metabolism and keeps you satiated till lunch.