Weight loss story: “I could not fit into the outfit I really wanted, so I lost 20 kilos in just 7 months!”

In addition to health conditions that creep in with the extra kilos, it is also disheartening when you are not able to dress up the way you wish to. When 33-year-told Sudhir Goswami did not like how he looked in the mirror, he decided to take control of his health. His weight loss journey is the living, breathing proof that anything is possible if you have unwavering dedication. Read on.

Name: Sudhir Goswami

Software Development

Age: 33 years

Height: 5 feet 5 inches

City: Hyderabad

Highest weight recorded: 99 kgs

Weight lost: 20 kgs

The duration it took me to lose weight: 7 months

The turning point:
I have always believed in living life to the fullest. So, I enjoyed good food, without bothering whether it was good or bad for my health. Infact, even my weight did not bother me till the time I went shopping with my partner and started to try a suit of my choice. However, I realised that none of the suits of my choice came in my size and I was really disappointed with myself.

That day, I looked at myself in the mirror and realised that I had become really unhealthy and fat. I vowed to change myself and I am glad that I got a loving partner who supported me in every which way on this weight loss journey. I started walking and following a strict diet to get back in shape and even though it wasn’t easy, I am so glad I did it. The journey from walking to joining a fitness studio has helped me change my life!

My breakfast: 5 boiled egg whites with 2 slices of brown bread with peanut butter and 1 whole orange or any other whole fruit

My lunch: Carrot, beetroot and peanut salad with grilled chicken and sautéed vegetables

My dinner: Grilled fish with sautéed vegetables or 200 grams of soya paneer with sautéed vegetables

Pre-workout meal: Black coffee with 5- 6 soaked almonds is a must before working out

Post-workout meal: Protein shake which is to be taken within 15 minutes of working out

I indulge in: Even though I try my best to not have a cheat meal, I do crave for chole bhature and have them once in a while.

My workout: I work out 6 days a week for 1.5 to 2 hours and it includes cardio, muscle training and weight training. I also play badminton thrice a week.

Low-calorie recipes I swear by: Palak chicken. Boiled palak (spinach) and chicken cooked with a dash of olive oil with few herbs and spices.

Fitness secrets I unveiled: Eating the right food is essential to stay fit and healthy along with good sleep and drinking a lot of water.

How do I stay motivated? I have a goal chart in my room, and I look at it every day to chase my fitness dream. Whenever I feel low, I close my eyes and visualize all the good things that have happened in my life and it motivates me to keep going forward. Rest everything else is taken care of by my gym trainer Naveen and my fitness partner Rohit Prakash.

How do you ensure you don’t lose focus? I believe that there is still a lot to be accomplished on this weight loss journey and I have a long way to go. I also ensure that I surround myself with positive and uplifting people so that I do not lose sight of weight loss journey.

What’s the most difficult part of being overweight? The most difficult part of being overweight is the inability to carry yourself both mentally and physically. You reach a point where you start doubting your abilities in every facet of life.

What shape do you see yourself 10 years down the line? Honestly, the shape does not matter, health does and I want to be healthy, wealthy, and wise.

What are the lifestyle changes you made? I made it a point to wake up early in the morning, lead a disciplined lifestyle and completely remove sweets from my life.

What was the lowest point for you? My lowest point was when I wasn’t able to walk properly because of the growing weight. Moreover, the day when I couldn’t bear to see myself in the mirror was also heartbreaking.

Lessons learned from weight loss: I have learned that the only time one feels happy after losing something is when they lose those stubborn kilos. I have also become a more patient person as losing weight requires perseverance and commitment.

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