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Weight loss story: "I replaced wheat roti with jowar and bajra roti" | The Times of India - Times of India

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01/8 Read his weight loss story for some instant dose of motivation to get fitter for better!

Working from home disrupted Zuzer Pardawala's lifestyle and made him sedentary. Snacking at odd hours, late meal times led to rapid weight gain, so much so, he feared developing serious health problems had he gained any more weight. He started by minimizing sugar, fried items, rice and refined flour from his diet, and lost weight in a span of 7 months!

Name: Zuzer Pardawala

Occupation: Working in Ad Sales

Age: 33

Height: 5 feet 11 inches

City: Mumbai

Highest weight recorded: 97 kilos

Weight lost: 17 kilos

Duration it took me to lose weight: 6-7 months

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02/8 The turning point

Ever since the pandemic began and I started working from home, I didn't keep a tab on the number of times I was eating through the day! Untimely snacking and erratic meal times at that. I was literally gaining so much weight and there was no physical activity. One fine day, I checked myself in the mirror and couldn't recognize what now I looked like. That's when I felt something needed to be done for my body to get back in shape, or there would only be health issues to deal with later.

03/8 Diet followed

My breakfast: My day started by having hot lemon water and later, I would have something like poha/idli/upma/ bajra roti and jaggery/oats dosa etc.

My lunch: A couple of hours after my lunch, I would have green tea. Then, for my lunch meal, usually, Jawhari Roti/Bajri Roti with any kind of vegetable preparation and buttermilk. I hardly have wheat chapatis now.

My dinner: Dinner was early around 7 pm so that by the time I sleep I should feel light, I used to have all types of daal, salad, Jawhari Roti and fruits.

Pre-workout meal: Since I didn't engage in heavy or intense workouts as such, I would have light evening snacks like bhel, coffee or ragi biscuits. All without sugar.

Post-workout meal: Fruits, if I felt hungry

I indulge in (What you eat on your cheat days): Honestly, I didn't have any cheat days as my focus was to lose weight and remain healthy and fit. I had pizzas once in 5 months and Biryani almost after 7 months :(

Low-calorie recipes I swear by: Low-calorie bhel mix and salads of any kind are guilt-free, healthy options.

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04/8 Workout followed

So because I did not really go to the gym or use weights, I lost weight by going fast walking for 8 kilometres every single day. The initial days were tough but soon enough it became a habit for me.

Fitness secrets I unveiled: No Sugar, Maida, Rice, Fried Items should be there in your diet or limit their consumption to the absolute minimum and engage in some form of physical activity which will keep you fit and going. Also, whatever you are eating eat only 75% and keep 25% stomach empty. Idea is to keep your weight steady, eat healthy and burn out.

05/8 How do you stay motivated?

When you eat healthily and stay healthy, you automatically feel a level of inspiration and motivation within you. Seeing your weight on a weighing scale then gives you the confidence to keep going and work harder on the goals!

How do you ensure you don’t lose focus? My journey has made me realize that fitness is really the only thing that matters in life, everything else can only give you temporary happiness! You stand nowhere without a fit body!

06/8 What's the most difficult part about being overweight?

Being unfit, first and foremost, and not looking presentable at all makes you feel a certain level of guilt within you about the damage that you have done to yourself.

07/8 ​What shape do you see yourself 10 years down the line?

No shape as such, just to look in my 30s while I am in my 40s, ageing gracefully ;)

What are the lifestyle changes you made? I have stopped consuming Sugar, Maida, Fried items and Rice

08/8 What was the lowest point for you?

It was the very fear of gaining even more weight that might create health issues further which pushed me to start my weight loss journey.

Lessons learnt from weight loss: Remain persistent and think positive....weight loss is not one time process it's a journey to stay fit forever.

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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.

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