Name: Ritika Trivedi
Occupation: Software engineer
Age: 25 years
Height: 160 cm
Highest weight recorded: 75.4 kgs
Weight lost: 23 kgs
Duration it took me to lose weight: 14 months
The turning point: When I couldn’t fit into ‘XXL’ size clothing, I realized that I needed do something about my weight. Another incident which strongly affected me was being confused for the elder sister because of my weight in my sister’s wedding.
My breakfast: I usually have a scoop of whey protein with one banana or 2 eggs for my first meal of the day.
My lunch: Since I follow a very strict diet, I prefer to eat only home cooked Indian food. Secondly, I always make it a point to count my calories and macros. My lunch is usually 1 bowl of pulses and a small portion of rice.
My snacks: I have around 8 to 10 almonds with a cup of tea (without sugar).
My dinner: For my last meal of the day, I stick to grilled paneer and sautéd vegetables. To satiate my cravings for something sweet, I either have homemade peanut butter with a slice of brown bread or a smoothie.
Pre-workout meal: 1 cup of black coffee
Post-workout meal: I usually have a whey protein shake (whey + milk ). I keep changing my post workout shake by adding peanut butter, banana or any other low-calorie fruit as per my taste.
My workout: My workout schedule is as follows:
Day 1– Chest + triceps
Day 2 –Shoulder + Biceps
Day 3–Back + Abs
Day 4–Legs (quads, glutes, hamstrings, calves)
Day 5–Full Body Workout + HIIT
Day 6–Swimming/Play a sport
Low-calorie recipes I swear by: I vouch on palak paneer, 1 bowl of curd with chia seeds or even a portion of sugar-free peanut butter.
Fitness secrets I unveiled: There will be days when your weighing scale won’t reflect any change but it should not deter your confidence or progress. The key is to stay motivated and stick to your diet and workout. Last but not least, do not cheat on your diet as it will only lead to more cravings.
How do I stay motivated? I have made an old photograph of mine the wallpaper of my smartphone. Hence, whenever I feel demotivated, I take a look at the photo and realise how far I have come. I have also kept a dress in my closet and the desire to fit into that attire keeps me motivated. Most of all, the compliments which I receive from my loved ones act as the wind beneath my wings
How do you ensure you don’t lose focus? For starters, I make sure that my weight does not increase. Secondly, I take the measurements of my body to ensure that they do not go up. Also, whenever I feel like eating anything which is not a part of my diet, I slowly count till five and the craving would go away.
What’s the most difficult part of being overweight? As the kilos piled on, I started facing a lot of medical issues. From high blood sugar, migraines, constant drowsiness to fatigue, I was battling a lot of physical and mental health conditions.
What shape do you see yourself 10 years down the line? I want to be a better version of myself, both physically and mentally.
What are the lifestyle changes you made? The first thing I did was to eliminate sugar from my diet completely. I also stopped eating junk food. I don’t even remember the last time I had a burger.
What was the lowest point for you? I had become really lazy. There were days when I could not even muster the strength to cook for myself and ended up eating chocolates for breakfast. Pretty soon, this unhealthy lifestyle took a toll on my health and it started to show on my weight.
I vividly remember the disaster that happened at my sister’s wedding. Thanks to the way I looked, people confused me for the elder sister and even asked my mother why I wasn’t getting married. They also commented that my weight could be the main barrier in getting marriage offers. This was very hurtful.
After that day, I decided that enough was enough and I haven’t looked back since.
Lessons learnt from weight loss: We need to make certain lifestyle changes to get fit as we are the only ones responsible for our health. I used to think lifting weights might make women look bulkier but I have realised that it is one of the best ways to lose weight and get a toned body. Remember, fitness is a journey and not a destination, so don’t stop no matter what happens.
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