My fitness journey spans across almost 9 years. Right through my teens up until my early 20s, I dealt with self esteem issues because of my weight. At my heaviest, I touched 105 kilos. This was exactly when I decided to take my health seriously turn the steering around.
Back And Forth With Weight Gain (The Wrong Way To Lose Weight)
With the help of tennis and other cardio activities, I initially dropped down from 105kgs to 68kgs. Needless to say, this was the wrong way. I crash dieted and did cardio like a mad cow! Soon after, I moved to the UK for higher studies and in no time, I was back being overweight. The scale this time clocked my weight at 120 kilos. I was destroyed, mentally. Change in routine, too many social outings with the gang, career stress and job-hunt–all of these came together and hit me hard. Once back in India, I started all over again, for the second time. After cutting down some weight and dropping down a T-shirt size, I managed to lose weight yet again.
The Healthy Eating Fallacy
This time, however, I started my diet through healthy eating instead of crash dieting. Wrongly enough, the focus was still weight-loss and not fat loss. Cardio still made up the biggest part of my workouts. After a long battle and endless hours of cardio, I came at about 80 kilos. Then I read about weight training and incorporated it into my regime in order to ‘tone the body’. However, the nightmare wasn’t over just yet. Even after dropping down to 76kgs, I was still over 28% body-fat and had hit a plateau for about 4-5 months. While reading about this on the internet, I came across GetSetGo Fitness, an online fitness coaching platform. The knowledge I gained from JUST reading their posts taught me so much about weight loss plateaus and weight training. Personally, I feel that this was the actual turning point in my fitness journey. From here on, I started focusing on body composition as opposed to weight-loss.
Happy Ending And A Journey Forever
At present, I’m down to around 12-14% body fat and barely climb onto the weighing scale. Main focus is now on fat loss & building muscle. As far as the nutritional myths are concerned, I’ve personally tried and tested almost all of them through this journey. The big ones I religiously followed were-
1. Warm water with lime juice upon waking up.
2. No dinner after 8pm. And only a glass of fruit juice for dinner.
3. Not more than 2 rotis per meal.
4. Drinking cold water makes you fat.
5. Completely banned fried food n sweets.
Fitness, in short, is a journey forever. You put in work day after day and the results just follow. I am now into learning more and more about fitness and have entered the field professionally.