Real People, Real Weight Loss Stories – Pooja Gandhi & Her Fat-To-Fit Journey
We've seen a number of celebrities and their inspirational weight loss stories. Though they give all the credit to yoga and diet, we always suspect medical help in their case. Besides this, we all know there are a few factors that we, as common people, don't have in favour – read, personal trainer who'll monitor every little thing we eat and do, chef to serve us diet-friendly food, etc. This is why real weight loss stories are always a tad more motivating.
In a TBD first, we present to you a fat-to-fit journey that will make you rethink about what's on your plate. Hear Pooja Gandhi speak about how she took matters in her hand and went from fat to fit!
A Business Head in a leading digital marketing agency, Pooja started gaining weight when she gave up on her active lifestyle, thanks to long hours of sitting and laptop-gazing. But she finally decided to do something about it when the weighing scale showed a 67 instead of a 53! What inspired her, you ask? The fact that people would come up to her and say, ‘Tu kitni moti ho gayi hai'. This made her determined to turn things around in her favour... ‘coz as they say, it's now or never!
Soon enough, Pooja started to pay more attention to her diet since she knew that her body was high on fat. So, while she discontinued the bad habit of skipping her breakfast, lunch saw her eating lesser than usual, and dinner was struck off the card altogether. Though she made it a point to not eat anything after 8 p.m., she would munch on raw cucumber and tomato slices if hungry. Pooja also made sure that her diet had zero sugar, minimum carbohydrates, and maximum proteins. So, no tea, coffee, juices, aerated drinks, sweets, chocolates, ghee, butter, maida, and rice.
P. S. – One of the biggest reasons behind Pooja's weight loss success was a regular breakfast of white oats mixed with powdered flax seeds. Yes, it does not taste heavenly; but no pain, no gain :)
Just like us, Pooja, too, is a foodie at heart which was why it wasn't easy for her. But she followed the mantra – self-control is the key. Plus, she ensured that she doesn't starve or force herself into eating bland food. "Spicing things up a bit helps you go on with your diet for long," she says. Now that Pooja has achieved her goal, she's back to her normal diet but sans the indulgences, of course.
Since diet and workout go hand-in-hand, you can't achieve good results with the help of just one. However, the good part about Pooja's weight loss journey is that she didn't bother blowing money on a gym membership. Instead, all she did was use a cycling machine at home along with a routine of crunches and squats for just 15 minutes every day. So cool!
Pooja lost around 15 kilos in a matter of 3 months, and compliments just wouldn't stop coming her way. Now people would come up just to ask her about what she's started doing to lose weight ‘coz she looks absolutely kickass! In fact, just the fact that people were noticing the transformation kept her going on with the strict diet.
Pooja also had a special anecdote to share:
"Fitting into my old, smaller-size clothes was my primary motivation when I began; however, only when I got back in shape did I realise that fitness also boosts the confidence levels of a person. You automatically start feeling better when you notice random people looking at you with both envious and aspirational glances!" ;)
So what's Pooja's last piece of advice for women who have that one sexy dress stocked away for a day when they can fit into it? She believes that every body is designed differently and hence needs a different diet. So, to crack the competitive exam of weight loss, you gotta know your syllabus (body) well and design a study pattern (diet) that works for you. Following a Google-d diet plan will not necessarily show results!
On that note, Pooja and I leave you to have a little talk with your inner foodie and convince her to go underground for a while :)