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Weight loss story: "I had a glass of sattu protein shake and did yoga to lose post-pregnancy weight" - Times of India

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01/8 From a person who was so unfit, she is now a certified yoga teacher inspiring others!

Richa Sharma had been on the heavier side for the longest time she remembers and had been pretty comfortable with the way she looked. However, being unable to quit the post-pregnancy fat and feeling fatigued often pushed her out of the comfort and monotony, and made her focus on her health. She worked out religiously, watched what she ate, without giving up her favourite foods and lost over 33 kilos in less than a year!

Name: Richa Sharma

Occupation: Chartered Accountant and International certified Yoga Trainer

Age: 32

Height: 5 feet 4 inches

City: Kolkata

Highest weight recorded: 90 kilos

Weight lost: 33 kilos

Duration it took me to lose weight: 8 months

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02/8 The turning point

I have always been on the healthier and chubbier side, ever since I was a child and over time, I somehow got comfortable with the way I looked. However, post my pregnancy, I had become extremely overweight. Even after my kid was born, my weight was over 90 kilos. It was only then that I decided to do something about it. So I started to work on myself. I became cautious of what I ate and started to exercise. My efforts were consistent and within a period of 6 months, I managed to lose around 15 kilos.

03/8 Diet

My breakfast: I didn't follow anything different but generally ate whatever was made at home- including poha/ upma/ vegetable vermicelli/chilla/sandwich or appe but made sure I monitored the quantity and nutrition.

My lunch: 2 chapatis with a bowl of dal and one dry vegetable. I have a glass of buttermilk after lunch.

My dinner: Either 2 roti and subji or oats besan chilla, moong dal paneer chilla, chole or rajma kebab etc.

Pre-workout meal: A glass of lemon water and one small banana

Post-workout meal: I drink a glass of sattu with a pinch of salt and lemon.

I indulge in (What you eat on your cheat days): I didn't really follow the concept of cheating on my diet since I wasn't really following a diet in the first place. I didn't eliminate anything from my diet but had everything in moderation.

Low-calorie recipes I swear by: Besan oats chilla, moong dal chilla, poha, rajma kebab

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04/8 Workout followed

I worked out 6 days a week for an hour daily, which used to involve different exercises such as cardio, yoga and strength training. I love doing a mix of all forms of exercising because it helps you to avoid boredom in your sessions. You have to passionately look forward to your workout sessions and make them a part of your lifestyle, not feel as if they are a chore. I did this, and now I teach yoga to other people.

05/8 Fitness secrets unveiled

If you want to follow a healthy lifestyle, forego sugar and refined flour. You can always alternate sugar with jaggery or dates etc. One should also limit the intake of outside and processed foods even if they are labelled to be 'healthy'. Nothing from outside is as healthy as what you prepare and eat at home.

06/8 How do you stay motivated?

When I see and feel the changes in my body that is enough to motivate me every single day. The mantra I follow by heart is- 'nothing will change unless you change so work for what you wish for'.

How do you ensure you don’t lose focus? I am very focused and just feel that no one should take their health for granted and that helps me in staying focused.

07/8 What's the most difficult part of being overweight?

When you are overweight you always lack that confidence. Moreover, because of poor health and being overweight, you feel tired and fatigued very easily.

What shape do you see yourself 10 years down the line? Fit and fabulous, and probably younger than my age.

What are the lifestyle changes you made? I quit having refined sugar, flour and limited my consumption of junk, processed and outside food. I also started having a lot of water. We follow clean eating at home and try avoiding outside food. I and my husband both are very conscious of our workout regime and our food.

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08/8 Lessons learnt from weight loss

Having a healthy lifestyle is the most important thing. It is a habit that one needs to develop. And always follow moderation rather than elimination in my food and diet. I enjoy all the foods that I like but in moderation with discipline.

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DISCLAIMER

These views are not generic in nature. What worked for the writer may not work for you. So avoid following this article blindly. Find out what works for your body.