Instead of following a strict diet or a strenuous workout regime, he proved that making small but effective tweaks in your daily routine can help you get back in shape. Want to know the lifestyle habits that helped him lose a massive 33 kilos? Read on.
Name: Manadeep Ganguli
Age: 27 years
Height: 5 feet 9 inches
Highest weight recorded: 110 kgs
Weight lost: 33 kgs
Duration it took me to lose weight: 10 months
The turning point: I was pretty lazy as I did not indulge in any physical activities and did not have any hobbies as well. To top it all, I was a hardcore foodie! As a result, I slowly became overweight and then sadly shifted to the obese category by the time I passed out of B-school.
While I did not care about my growing weight initially, I slowly saw that dark patches were developing around the side of my eyes, neck and wrists. I had read in certain articles that it could be a sign of very high cholesterol levels in the body. That served as a much-needed wakeup call as I could clearly see the impact of my growing weight on my skin. Since that day, I never looked backed and completely changed my unhealthy lifestyle and dietary habits.
My breakfast: 1 plate poha and 1 cup green tea.
My lunch: Protein biscuits and 4 egg whites
My dinner: Boiled chicken 150 grams
Pre-workout meal: Mousambi juice (without sugar) 250 millilitres
Post-workout meal: Murmure or dry chiwda
I indulge in: I look forward to eating mutton biryani and my favourite ice cream
My workout: 10 kilometres of brisk walking every day and dumbbell curls (500 reps)
Low-calorie recipes I swear by: Onion uttapam, brown rice pulav and probiotic yoghurt.
Fitness secrets I unveiled: If you really want to lose weight, you have to understand that lifestyle change is the key to any transformation. So, whether it is eating on time or catching enough shut-eye, they all help in boosting your metabolism and subsequently, pave the way for a healthy weight loss.
How do I stay motivated? There is nothing more motivating than looking at my old photographs and comparing how far I have come.
How do you ensure you don’t lose focus? The beauty of a changed lifestyle is that you really don’t have to push yourself every day to stay focused. So, for me, the right diet, staying active and sleeping on time have all become a part of my daily routine.
What’s the most difficult part of being overweight? Without any speck of doubt, it is underconfidence It affects your mentality and as a result, you don’t communicate well which impacts your professional life as well. When you are underconfident, you feel like a fish out of water at any social gathering and just wish to stay away from the crowd.
What shape do you see yourself 10 years down the line? I just want to stay happy and healthy, for all the years to come. It is all about body-positivism. If you are happy with the shape you are in, simply maintain that. I am happy with the shape I am in, so would like to keep this going forward.
What are the lifestyle changes you made? I made a lot of lifestyle changes. Some of them include zero sugar diet, maintaining sleep cycle and getting atleast 8 hours of sleep every day and always trying to be active. One simple trick for the same I have figured is that if the distance is less than 1 kilometre, we should prefer walking instead of taking a car or bike.
What was the lowest point for you? I had a manager in my previous organization, who once said “MNCs’ don’t really prefer someone who is obese, please work on your weight.” It wasn’t really an eye-opener, cause I started my transformation journey much later, but I always kept this humiliating statement in mind.
Lessons learnt from weight loss: You have to understand that mind is the coach of your body. So, if your mind and body begin to work together, they make for a formidable team. Once you start making lifestyle changes, your body will automatically get on board with the weight loss journey.
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