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Weight loss story: 'I started my mornings with a special fat burning kadha and lost 13 kilos in 52 days' - Times of India

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01/8 He started his weight loss journey during the second lockdown, and met his goal within 52 days!

Susanta Kumar Barick found himself on the heavier side, thanks to his extreme love for food! When his weight crossed the 80-kilo mark and started battling breathlessness, he realized it was time to take the plunge and cut back on bad habits for good.

Name: Susanta Kumar Barick

Occupation: Service

Age: 31 years

Height: 5 feet 5 inches (165 cm)

City: Kolkata

Highest weight recorded: 80+ kilos

Weight lost: 13 kilos (I'm still a little far from reaching my goal weight, I wish to weigh 63-65 kilos)

Duration it took me to lose weight: 1 month 22 days (52 days) (My weight loss happened during the lockdown in 2021)

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02/8 The turning point

The turning point : Ever since I had put on excess weight, I had started becoming breathless. While I work in the food industry, I am also a passionate foodie and that made me face the brunt. I realized the problem is my unhealthy dependence on fast food and street food. This was the time I realized I had to pull in focus and determination on getting fitter and transforming myself.

When the lockdown was announced, I thought this was the perfect time to go for it. I started to work out every single day and followed Intermittent Fasting to lose weight.

03/8 Diet followed

My breakfast: I used to start my day with lukewarm Kadha(with Lemon, Bay leaves, Tulsi drop, Turmeric powder, Black pepper powder, Black salt, Ginger). I skipped having breakfast because I was following Intermittent Fasting.

My lunch: I completely stopped having white rice, wheat flour chapatis. I also limited oil, sugar, table salt and potato consumption. So my lunch was :

A) Green moong dal (sprouted) boiled Soup + 3 Moong dal chilla (without a drop of Oil) + a big bowl of Vegetables and Fruits Salad

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B) 3 Eggs Boiled or Omelette (without a drop of Oil) + a big bowl of Vegetables and Fruits Salad

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C) Green moong dal (sprouted) boiled Soup + 3 Moong dal chilla (without a drop of Oil) + 3 Eggs Boiled or Omelette (without a drop of Oil)

My dinner: I made sure to finish dinner by 8 p.m. It used to be mostly light, such as Boiled Vegetable Salad + Moong dal chilla + One big bowl of Soup.

Pre-workout meal: None as such, just water.

Post-workout meal: It is the same as my morning drink.

I indulge in (What you eat on your cheat days): I never had any cheat meals during the journey, only except on my birthday which was on 3rd June.

Low-calorie recipes I swear by: Low-calorie meals like Sprouted Moong Salad, Moong Dal Chilla, Vegetables and Fruits Salad.

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04/8 Diet rules which worked for you?

Apart from the diet mentioned above, here are a few basic diet rules that I made sure to follow:

-Stopped consumption of White sugar and Table salt.

-Stop having any sort of packaged or fast food and street food

-Drink plenty of water (3-4 liters per day)

-Completed my Dinner by 8 pm.

-Eat plenty of green vegetables, plenty of salads in both major meals.

-Reduce Carbohydrates and fats, increase protein intake and whole grain.

-Never keep myself starved.

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05/8 Workout and fitness secrets

My workout and fitness secrets : Since it was the lockdown, I prioritized home workouts. I started by doing skipping and some freehand exercises, especially the plank move. This was my regime followed every single day through the transformation.

Fitness secrets I unveiled :

I am grateful to my family for encouraging me. My father, mother, wife and brothers. Starting from my morning drink to dinner, they arranged everything for me. They constantly praised and appreciated my hard work. Apart from this, being consistent and regular with your diet and workout really help, I believe.

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06/8 How do you stay motivated?

The first 6 -7 days of your journey are the hardest, once you power through them, 70% of your battle is done for! Once you start to observe changes in yourself, feel fresher, you'll never want to go back to your older, lethargic self. That's all the motivation one needs while trying to lose weight. I also try to keep myself motivated by comparing my old physique, transformation pictures with what I have now. It keeps my confidence high and makes me so happy to see the results in front of me.

When I was overweight, my clothes didn't really fit me well but now having lost weight, I can confidently and proudly go for those.

I also kept myself motivated by reading Times of India (TOI) weight loss stories and watching inspirational videos on the internet.

What’s the most difficult part of being overweight?

Being hungry all the time, sweating excessively, being low on energy. These were the things that pointed out there's something wrong with my fitness level. I used to feel breathless while doing even basic daily tasks like climbing stairs or going from one place to another. I had started to feel so lethargic all the time.

How do you ensure you don’t lose focus?

It's all about having a regular routine and being disciplined. Earlier, I used to love eating unhealthy fast food and street food or routinely order food from outside. Now, I say big ‘’NO’’ to those. So it is all about how dedicated you are to the goal in front of you and putting in hard work from Day 01. “It will not happen in a day but will happen someday”.

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07/8 Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?

I want to have a super-fit physique and healthy life. My only goal is to keep myself physically active, fit and healthy. As of now, for the coming years the task before me is to maintain the body weight that I have achieved. I will also keep skipping and continue doing freehand exercises.

What are the lifestyle changes you made?

I have left all fast foods and also started drinking 3 - 4 liters of water every day, giving up sugar and table salt with outside packaged foods, getting up early in the morning for work out and eating lots of vegetables and whole grains.

What was the lowest point for you?

Whenever I used to see my family members indulging in delicious, yummy food while I was dieting, it was challenging. On some days I wanted to quit and give up! Leaving junk food was very challenging for me. I used to have fast food cravings but hopefully, now it's not the same thing.

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08/8 Lessons learnt from weight loss:

You need to have patience, as one cannot lose all the extra weight in a few days, nothing really happens overnight so believe in your efforts. Losing weight and becoming fitter makes you fitter, energetic and more confident towards life.

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These views are not generic in nature. Weight loss results vary for individuals and the views shared in this article offer no guarantee of specific results. The content is not intended in any way as a substitute for professional advice.

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