This graphic designer from New Delhi gorged on junk food for years. His reckless lifestyle was pushing him to the edge, but he couldn't care any less. Till a sudden breathing problem shook him up!
From Fat to Flat
Then: Weight: 97Kilos, Waist: 34in. Vices: Chips, maggi
Now: Weight: 70 kilos, 39in, victories: confidence, learned to push himself
Then: "Being very competitive in nature and a sports lover, I was unable to match the fi tness levels of most guys my age. A real scare occurred when a sudden case of palpitations and irregular heartbeat struck out of nowhere just before bedtime."
Now: "I started off with running every evening for about 20-25 minutes and played football. It meant I was doing High Intensity Interval Training, stopping and running at full speeds, which is great for weight-loss.
How: "The whole process of sprinting at full speed and stopping greatly improves speed, endurance and constantly keeps your body guessing. Not only does it burn a ton of calories, it singes more calories even while you're resting."
Then: "I was a big fan of momos, aloo paranthas and maggi. Somehow I always skipped breakfast and had potato chips for lunch. And in office, pizzas and burgers became a daily affair because I did not fancy cooking at home."
Now: "I got into the habit of eating a hearty breakfast, mostly skimmed milk with cereal or toast with low fat cheese. But a cup of green tea after each meal made all the difference as it made me
How: "Skipping breakfast results in higher glucose levels in your system, which is linked to diabetes and obesity. Also, adding a cup of green tea after my meals helped me shave off a lot of weight as it is rich in antioxidants, which burn fat faster."
Then: "There was hardly any muscle in my body. And working in a creative fi eld meant staying late in office. So I used to snack on junk food. After offi ce, my friends would diligently hit the gym but I'd go to a pub, then reach home and eat late."
Now: "I bought some light-weight dumbbells and did higher reps, mostly working my chest, lower abs and obliques because that's where fat is visible. I changed my routines periodically but running remained the constant in the long battle."
How: "The reason I lifted lighter weights, doing more reps was because I wanted to gain lean muscle mass. My goal was to increase endurance in my muscles much more than adding muscle mass which is why this suited me best."