Weight loss : The greatest motivation to lose weight is the one you get from within. For Arpita Agarwal, a student, this inner voice only echoed when she was continuously taunted about her weight. Arpita lost 42 kgs in 6 months and now looks her healthiest best. Here is how she did it…
Name: Arpita Agarwal
Highest weight recorded: 96 kilograms
Weight lost: 42 kilograms
Duration it took me to lose weight: 6 months
The turning point: It was only when I reached my highest weight, which was 96 kilograms. I was often bullied for my weight and the constant taunts got to me.
Weight loss diet:
My breakfast: Oats, buttermilk, bread with peanut butter
My lunch: Chapati, dal, buttermilk, dahi and salad
My dinner: Soup, dal, brown rice and salad
I indulge in (What you eat on your cheat days): Chinese food, pani puri and ice cream
My workout: 15 minutes of cardio, 1 hour of functional training, weight training and CrossFit. It includes burpees, jumping jacks, plank walk, plank jumps, plank and lunges.
Low-calorie recipes I swear by: Oatmeal bars
Fitness secrets I unveiled: Try mixing up your workout to have some fun. Don’t stick to your boring old routine.
How do I stay motivated? I always inspire myself by looking at fitness videos. For weight loss, I followed many of them.
How do you ensure you don’t lose focus? I remember how much being overweight affected my health. It was a task to walk, to find clothes of my size and to do everyday jobs with ease.
What’s the most difficult part of being overweight? The fact that you can’t wear clothes of your size and people mocking this. Or when you can’t fit in the seat of fun rides. Weight loss is your only way out.
What shape do you see yourself 10 years down the line? I see myself healthy and as long as that, I am happy.
What are the lifestyle changes you made? I stopped eating out and cut out junk food completely. I replaced ghee with olive oil and started to walk a lot.
What was the lowest point for you? My lowest point was when I couldn’t even walk properly because of my weight. I couldn’t fit in my own clothes and got embarrassed when the shopkeepers would say that my size was not available.
Lessons learnt from weight loss: So always remember this: A little progress each day adds up to BIG results!
Sometimes, we are our worst critics as we tend to over analyze ourselves and get discouraged when we don’t see the results that we are hoping for. You can choose to continue to hate your body, to put yourself down, and to sit around waiting for miracles.
But miracles will not happen if you don’t work for them. Weight loss is a journey which requires effort. It takes waking up in the morning, tired as hell, and pushing yourself to go running. It takes choosing a salad when your family is eating Mcdonald’s. It takes small portions, and endless amount of water bottle refills.It takes sweaty shirts and heart-racing workouts. It takes dedication, passion, and motivation. You chose what it is that you want in life. Because at the end of the day, only you can determine your destiny.