Monday, April 09, 2007
Weigh to go!!
Stories of weight loss always have a universal appeal. May be, it is because they are vaguely (nah—definitely) inspirational.Motivational too—even if the motivation lasts for just 15 minutes or 15 hours or even 15 seconds, after reading the story, depending on the degree of the impact it made!
Adnan Sami is a well known figure in India, known for his musical talent and more recently his weight loss story. I was amazed when I read that he reduced from 206 kilos to 99 kilos (454 pounds to 218 pounds) through sheer determination, exercise and well, more exercise.
I know how hard it is to lose weight, having been through the whole process myself, not once but twice, after having each of my children. A lot of my friends have asked me how I did it and how I continue doing it. Many told me to put it on my blog—and to ‘share my secret’.So here it is
I am 5ft 4.5 (164 cms) inches tall and weigh 52 kilos.Click here to convert pounds to kilos.
After having each of my children, I weighed 65 kilos. I wasn’t fitting into any of my clothes and hated all the excess weight. I was very determined and hell bent on losing the kilos and the inches.
Theoretically, it is simple math. It is the excess calories that your body does not use up, which goes and settles down as ‘fat’. You burn more calories than you consume, you lose weight. It is that simple.
Putting it into practice was the hard part. Really hard. I used to begin my day at 6:30 am ,leaving my new born son with my husband , and jogging around the building, I stayed in. I could barely jog 30 metres and I would start panting. I just could not go on.So, I started walking as fast as I could—and I pushed myself a little more,each day.The first day, I forced myself to complete just one round, around the building( must have been about 850 metres approximately) and returned home.
But I was persistent. I went back the next day—and the next and the next. It has been 9 years now and I am hooked to exercise.Yes, it is true that exercise releases ‘feel –good’ endorphins.It kind of makes it addictive.I use a state of the art treadmill now—and old fashioned iron weights.
Diet was important too.I refused to touch any fried stuff.I do not eat meat, and I took eggs for protein .I took lots of milk, and lots of liquids as I was a nursing mother. I was never hungry at any given point of time. I just ate healthy.(No refined flour meant no biscuits, cookies, chocolates or any Indian fried snacks like samosas, chivda etc) Salads and fruits were always well stocked in my fridge.
There is no easy way.There is no secret.The magic words are exercise, diet and plenty of fluids.One should not starve at any point of time, especially when one is trying to lose weight.
The results took 10 months to show. One has to be patient.And persistent. By the end of 10 months I had lost only about 4.5 kilos. That was it!(To say that it was discouraging, is putting it very mildly) Another 5 months and I had lost some more weight. By now, I had discovered my body rhythm and knew I could push myself more. I cannot say that I never ate a chocolate or a cookie. I did, but in moderation. To me, a fitter me was definitely more important than the temporary high that the chocolate or cookie gave.
If you are an adult woman and especially if you are over 30, it is highly recommended that you do weights. Due to the fact that women do not, and cannot, naturally produce as much testosterone (one of the main hormones responsible for increasing muscle size) as males do, it is impossible for a woman to gain huge amounts of muscle mass by merely pumping some weights. If you are a man of any age, you will benefit a lot from doing weights.
(Yes, who doesn’t want well toned arms, abs and the works?)
Here’s a link to a good video which tells you how to do the weights.For men, just increase the amount of weights that you can lift and follow the same exercises.
I could go on and on—but I’m beginning to sound like a Fitness coach in an advert! So let me stop.In case you have any queries I’ll answer them here in the comments box :-)
Yes, for free :-)