Weight loss story: “I looked like a pregnant woman even after giving birth! This is why I lost 29 kilos!”

It can be really overwhelming for new mothers to get used to the sea of changes that pregnancy brings with it. The growing weight could be one of the most difficult changes to deal with. For 28-year-old Akshaya, it was heartbreaking when she was not able to fit into pre-pregnancy clothes. She decided to pull up her socks and lose all the extra kilos. Here is her weight loss journey.

: Akshaya


Age: 28 years

City: Bangalore

Height: 5 feet 2 inches

Current Weight
: 55 kgs

Highest weight recorded: 84 kgs

Weight lost: 29 kgs

Duration it took me to lose weight: 18 months

The turning point: I could sense that I was getting exhausted really easily and was not able to get even my day-to-day work done. However, my breaking point was when I wasn’t able to fit into any of my pre-pregnancy clothes. It was extremely frustrating and upsetting to know that I had become overweight. I felt that I still looked like a pregnant woman even after giving birth. That was the point I realised that I needed to do something to regain my shape.

My breakfast:
Horse gram sprouts salad or peanut salad

My lunch: A small cup of rice with one bowl of dal and lots of vegetables

My dinner: I usually have two dosa with a bowl of sambar or coconut chutney

I indulge in: I love eating sweets, ice creams and drinking milkshakes. However, I make it a point to do not go overboard.

My workout: I make it a point to work out six days a week without fail. I do intense strength training and rope skipping workout. At times, I also go for a walk to switch my routine.

Low-calorie recipes I swear by: Oats with skimmed milk, dry fruits, fruit salad with honey

Fitness secrets I unveiled:
I have realised that there is no shortcut for losing weight. A healthy diet and proper workout routine play the most crucial role in your weight loss journey.

How do I stay motivated? I do not want to get overweight again. So, whenever I feel even a little demotivated, I used to look back at my old photographs to stay right on the track. I have realised that weight loss is not only about shedding those stubborn kilos, it also improves your self-confidence levels and makes you feel happy every time you look into the mirror.

How do you ensure you don’t lose focus?
I ensure that I do not miss my workout session. I also practice portion-control whenever I eat.

What’s the most difficult part of being overweight? When you are overweight, you get tired very easily. I had difficulty getting done even the day-to-day stuff and routine work. This irked me a lot because I was never used to getting exhausted just like that.

What shape do you see yourself 10 years down the line?
I want to be happy with my current shape and stay fit. I don’t want to lose my focus and wish to stay in shape.

What are the lifestyle changes you made? I have made it a point to completely cut out junk food, sugar-laden products and fried food items from my diet. It hasn’t been easy but it is definitely worth it.

What was the lowest point for you? It was really heartbreaking when I was not able to fit into the clothes that I wore before getting pregnant.

Lessons learnt from weight loss: I have realised that weight loss is 80 per cent your diet and 20 per cent work out. A lot of people get easily disheartened on their quest to lose weight. All you need is a little bit of patience and unwavering focus and you will reach your desired goal.

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(Excerpt) Read more Here | 2019-11-20 01:30:00
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