“Will power and desire, when properly combined, make an irresistible pair.”
This quote fits well in our today’s story which is about a Gurgaon-based businessman, Hemant Rao, who lost 40 kilograms over a year. From weighing 120 kilograms in early 2017 to becoming 80 kilograms a year later, Hemant’s will-power to lose weight and a little discipline in life, made him an inspiration for many.
His journey is one of uncompromising and stringent persistence, pain and sweat. If shedding weight is on your list for quite some time, but you are not able to get that inspiration, this story is all you need.
“My journey to fitness started after facing the embarrassment of not being able to complete a supposedly very easy 2-day trek, Nag Tibba. It was in beginning 2017, when I decided to take this trek with my college friends. Being a mountain person, I went there with a lot of excitement and thrill but only to return with a lot of guilt and embarrassment. Due to my heavy weighed body and lack of energy, I stayed back at the base camp whereas my other friends went and completed the trek. It was that point when I realised I needed a transformation. I needed to become fit so that I can climb much higher mountains. I would call that day as the turning point in my life because after that, there was no looking back or falling down.
I came back and joined the gym and found that my fitness level was so down that I could barely manage to complete a single push up. I developed the attitude and mental conditioning to completely devote myself to my fitness and I hired a personal trainer who helped me get started.
We always owe a lot to our mentors and in my case, I owe a lot to my trainers who always encouraged and pushed me to achieve greater level of fitness.
From taking the help of circuit training and cardio training, I switched to diet. With my initial training of 5-6 months, I was able to shed 20 kilograms. After my first 6 months of fitness training, I decided to take another trek, and this time it would be more challenging. I decided to go for a mountain trek called “The Roopkund Trek” which gave me an experience which deserves no word less than mesmerizing. I lived in a heaven for 8 days.
This time, being weighed at 101 kilograms, I led my trek group, carrying all my luggage (which weighed approximately 20 kilograms) till the top. Completing the trek and reaching at 16,000 feet gave me the high sense of pride and accomplishment, given the number of trekkers had got ill or given up half way through the trek.
After this victory of being able to finish the trek successfully, I resumed my fitness journey and since then, I am on a healthy diet whereby I managed to eat something I love without putting on more weight. Do remember, initial cravings would always want you to break your diet chart but just stick by it, just hang on for a while, and you will come out winner in your journey. In my journey of last six months, I owe a lot to “SQUATS” platform which helped my found my mentor, my coach BalaKrishna Reddy who made me understand the importance of quantified nutrition and training. He really inspired me to follow my diet religiously and following my mentor’s words, I did exactly how he said. Initial temptations were obviously there but his inspiration and motivation were bigger than anything.
There’s a general perception about diet food being tasteless and bland and rigid, however, to my surprise it wasn’t so at all. All my meals were cooked in one spoon of ghee (three spoons a day). My breakfast included 4-5 whole eggs omelettes which includes the yolk. The omelette used to be prepared in green veggies (spinach/cauliflower) which gave it a variety and a new taste every once in a while.
My lunch included 100-200 Grams of paneer with green veggies. One can make the heavenly delicious versions of chilli paneer and other veggies.
My dinner included a chicken biryani. Yes! I had it almost every day and would only miss it when it was a low carb day. My meal includes 100-200 grams of rice with 300 grams of chicken. And that’s not all! In between meals I would eat green salads if I was hungry or just needed something to munch on.”
So, Hemant’s journey tells us, if you are determined to do something, no matter what, anything and everything is achievable. What about the boring and monotonous diet? As he rightly said, you just need to find happiness in what you have. He found his happiness in same paneer but learned to make different versions of it.
If a person who was addicted to chips, spicy junk, sweets and binge-watching Netflix can come down to as low as 80 kilograms with the height of 6.4, we all just need that will power and determination to start our health journey.
Indian culture comes with a lot of wrong eating habits with increasing influence of western food habits. Just educate yourself about it and start on your path.
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