Name: Diksha Singhi
Occupation: Communication Strategist & Body Positive Influencer
Highest weight recorded: 105 kilos
Weight lost: 23 kilos
Duration it took me to lose weight: 1.5 Years
The turning point:
I have always been told that being fat ‘doesn’t look good’ so I was always on the lookout for shortcuts to lose weight so that I would look appealing in front of others.
I started going to the gym when I was in class 3 or 4! Herbal drinks, liquid, fad diets or weight loss methods- I have done it all. Needless to say, nothing worked at all. Even if they did, the change was only temporary. This went on for 23 years when I sought validation from others.
It was only a vacation which put light on to things. Being an enthusiastic person I was, I wanted to go paragliding with my friends. However, it broke my heart when I found out that you need to be less than 90 kilos to be able to take part. I was 15 kilos overweight.
I knew I had to make changes now because I was losing things dear to me. So, while everyone told me to lose weight for the wrong reasons, I finally found the right one- to take care of my health.
My breakfast: Something light like poha, oats, besan chilla.
My lunch: Any green vegetable accompanied with chapaati.
My dinner: Dinners are usually protein-packed- lots of veggies with a source of carb.
I indulge in: Ice-creams, as I try to avoid sugar otherwise.
My workout: I workout for 5-6 days a week, 45 minutes every day, depending on my schedule. I usually do weight training coupled with a few HIIT exercises. Apart from this, I walk as much as I can.
Low-calorie recipes I swear by: Protein Pancakes, Yogurt Parfait, Spinach Zucchini Pasta, Beetroot Pulao
Fitness secrets I unveiled: Losing the first few kgs isn’t difficult. It’s only after you hit the plateau, further weight loss becomes difficult. This is when you need to be observant and make changes to your diet and lifestyle. Once working out and eating right is a part of you, there is no stopping you. Be consistent. Be flexible. Be disciplined.
Lastly, don’t give up. We don’t give up on the people we love, so how can you give up on yourself?
How do I stay motivated?
As I said, when you change your lifestyle, it becomes easy after a while. On the days I lack motivation, discipline is what gets me going. Once I chart my progress, both physically and mentally, it gets easier to not stop.
How do you ensure you don’t lose focus? I would be lying if I say I don’t lose focus. I get distracted. But then I wake up and work on myself all over again. It’s a continuous process. You learn as you grow.
What’s the most difficult part of being overweight? For me, I was always told that I didn’t look good and I constantly faced body image issues. Some of the factors which forced me to change were:
-Being body shamed
-The constant fear you don’t look good.
-The constant fear you will never find someone who will love you.
-The stares & nasty looks you get when you try losing weight as if you should give up already.
-The silent judgement when you pick something healthy to eat.
-Being overweight was never about being unhealthy for others, it was always about how you look.
What shape do you see yourself 10 years down the line? To be healthy, physically and mentally. Preferably be the best version of myself every year and hopefully, even help people change their lifestyle in the journey.
What are the lifestyle changes you made? Not only did I change my lifestyle, but I also shifted from maintaining a negative to an enriching, positive attitude. I keep away from people who constantly try to bring me down, and even those who say “aaj aaj gym skip karle/ ek din khale, kuch nahi hota”. (Skip the gym today and eat something, nothing would happen).
Another change I did is correct my sleep schedule. I sleep and wake up on time now.
What was the lowest point for you?
I lost the first few kgs very easily. And then I hit a plateau, when I didn’t see any change in my weight loss, I started to give up and I messed up whatever I lost. Next time, I learned to be consistent and to continue despite the odds.
Lessons learnt from weight loss:
1. Girls can and must weight train.
2. You can lose weight at whatever weight and age you are at
3. There is no shortcut to health. Give yourself time.
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