During his sister's marriage, his life changed forever. Read on to know his weight loss journey, which is an inspiration to anyone trying to throw that stubborn kilo.
Name: Mukesh Tekchandani
Age: 24 years
Height: 5 feet 11 inches
Most important recorded: 122 kg
Weight loss: 30 kg
As long as it took me to lose weight: 9 months
The turning point: I faced a number of medical conditions including severe knee pain and lumbar spine issues. The worst part about being overweight was definitely unable to get clothes of my choice for my sister's wedding. It was really heartbreaking and made me realize that it was my time to start taking my health seriously.
My breakfast: I start my day at 7 in the morning with a handful of dried fruits, one cup of milk tea and 4 biscuits that are diet-friendly.
My lunch: A portion of green vegetables, some pans and chicken with one jarar (sorghum) chapati.
My lunch: I make a point to have my lunch around 7 to 7:30 pm. I have a light meal that includes a bowl of collar or a ball diet and one egg to boil.
I enjoy it: For the first 6 months I did not have a single cheating day. I also made sure, even if I ate any junk food, that it balanced it the next day with a light lunch or lunch.
My practice: During the day: 2 hours of exercise and carding in the gym. At night: 45 minutes of running and walking
Low calorie recipes I swear by: t Unlike many people, I don't prefer salads. Instead, I eat oats or a handful of dried fruits whenever I want something.
Pre and post exercise meals: t I eat an apple before working out. Then I have a glass of warm water and a bowl of clear broccoli soup.
Fitness secrets revealed: You don't really need zillion different types of shakes to stay active. Keep your diet healthy and your exercise is heavy. Essentially, weight loss is 70 per cent of diet and 30 per cent of exercise, so act accordingly.
How do I stay enthusiastic? I make sure I meet the friends and those relatives, I haven't seen for a while, so they can immediately notice the difference in my weight and appearance. It makes me feel very good and motivates me to push our harder towards my goal.
How do you ensure that you don't lose focus? Every morning, the first thing we do after lifting is to check my weight. This is to ensure that, if it continues to increase, I can keep a tab on what I eat and stay focused on it.
What is the hardest part of being overweight? I couldn't buy the clothes from my choice because of all the excess weight. Secondly, I also feel that being too heavy makes you look like a panda instead of a man when you get a look at a picture.
What shape do you see yourself 10 years down the line? I want to have a totally economical body with a killing set of abs.
What are the lifestyle changes you made? I made two lifestyle changes that I did and I continued to follow them very harshly. Number one is to keep a close tab on my calorie intake by controlling my diet. Secondly, I make sure I sleep on time and wake up early, no matter what happens.
What was the lowest point for you? When I started my weight loss, I could see a big change in my weight but after a few months the number at my weighing scale became stable and I never kept at all. That was the point that I felt very low and demoralized.
Lessons learned from weight loss: t I have realized that being healthy creates a sense of confidence in you, not coming from anything else. Living a healthy life is essential to be happy and there is no shortcut to it.
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