Name: Priyanka Agarwal
Occupation: Former national billiards and snooker player
Age: 27 years
Highest weight recorded: 70 kgs
Weight lost: 15 kgs
Duration it took me to lose weight: 5 months
The turning point: I was really tired of editing all my photographs before posting them on social media. I felt disgusted with the whole idea of not being true to myself and decided that it was high time I did something about my weight.
My breakfast: I keep switching between my breakfast options. Some of my absolute favourites are upma, poha, dosa, paratha, brown bread, and peanut butter sandwiches.
My lunch: I have 2 chapatis, lots of green vegetables with some papad. Another option is wholewheat pizza with lots of cheese.
My dinner: I love gorging on Hummus and Falafel. Some of my other dinner options are soya tikki, a bowl of rajma and 1 chapati and paneer kebabs.
I indulge in: I love eating anything and everything that my heart desires on my cheat days. From wraps, golgappe, chole bhature to cheesy paav bhaaji, I love eating everything.
My workout: I brisk walk for around 6 kilometres daily and do 30 minutes of weight training.
Low-calorie recipes I swear by: My go-to recipes are oats poha, roasted fox nuts, soya tikkis, boiled egg salad and hummus sandwiches.
Fitness secrets I unveiled: I have realised that core strength exercises can do wonders to your body. You just have to be consistent with your workout regime to witness miraculous results.
How do I stay motivated? I make it a point to set weekly targets for myself and ensure that I fulfil them.
How do you ensure you don’t lose focus? I have devised a very unique technique to make sure that I stay on the fitness track. I weigh myself every other day and if I find that I have gained weight, I grind myself harder the same day.
What’s the most difficult part of being overweight? Being overweight was torturous in ways more than one. I have seen how society disregards you when you don’t fit into their supposed ‘ideal’ weight. I had started looking five years older than my age and could not fit into the clothes of my choice. However, nothing beats the fact that someone even asked me if I was pregnant. That moment was really heartbreaking.
What shape do you see yourself 10 years down the line? I will be happy if I am able to maintain the shape I am in right now.
What are the lifestyle changes you made? There are quite a few changes. I have started waking up early in the morning. I make it a point to have an early dinner and I have stopped taking naps in the afternoon.
What was the lowest point for you? I had started panting and huffing after jogging for a mere 3 minutes. Now, I am proud to say that I can jog for 15 minutes without stopping.
Lessons learnt from weight loss: It is the best change that I have brought in my life. Now, I have been getting a lot of acceptance, respect, acknowledgement and notability in the society. Even though it is just my physical appearance that has changed, the whole perspective of people has changed towards me. I have learnt that in the society that we live in, physical appearance is the power and confidence is its sword.
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