Before Weight: 110kg
After Weight: 71kg
Age: 21 years
Profession: BA college student
Location: New Delhi
My biggest regret (after letting my body go) was giving up sports because that was the reason for my tremendous weight gain in the first place. As a kid I was actively into sports, but come 10th grade and my studies had to be given priority. By 2008, I was 110kg and terrified about my first day at college.
The idea of walking into college and being ragged for my weight and shunned (by the women) got me to a gym. Thanks to an extensive love for junk food, I barely lost any weight for the first two months. I was ready to quit, when an instructor from the gym took over and asked me to eat carbs only before a workout and not after, as they make for great pre-workout snack and pumps you up with energy to up the intensity of the regime. For recovery, I stuck to boiled veggies to cut down on calories without compromising on the nutrients.
Balance your routine
The myth that cardio alone helps weight loss was also quickly dispelled by my instructor. Too much cardio eats up muscle, so weight training becomes very important to preserve muscle. Also, more muscles mean higher metabolism. Taking fat burners was tempting, but it can have side effects like insomnia and elevated heart rate.
Don't crunch, squat!
I discovered that abs crunches alone are not enough to lose fat and carve out a six pack. Compound exercises like squats and dead lifts not only burn more calories and fat, but they also use the core muscles. Playing sports like badminton is also great for cardio and improving the reflexes.
To concentrate on breathing and exercising at the same time was not easy, but once I got used to it, it really helped my workouts become more effective when lifting weights. When picking up a weight, always exhale.
What keeps me on track is the fear of being laughed at once again. That is enough to help me get motivated, stay energetic and work to be in better shape than ever!Reproduced From Men's Health. © 2011. LMIL. All rights reserved.