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Name: Nivedith G a.k.a #MacroTraveller
Occupation: Travel blogger & Content creator
Age: 32 years
Height: 5 feet 6 inches
Highest weight recorded: 126.6 kilos
Weight loss: 41.2 kilos
The duration it took me to lose weight: 5 months
The turning point:
I have been working as a full-time travel content creator for the past 12 years now. I led a pretty unhealthy lifestyle which made me pile on weight. I weighed 126.6 kilos in January this year, which was the highest ever. That was when I decided to bring in a little bit of discipline and get in shape. The lockdown period served as the perfect time to do so.
My breakfast: I start off my day with a cup of black coffee. Post that, I go for a healthy breakfast option like oats or millet dosa with some chutney.
My lunch: 1-2 chapatis with a bowl of vegetables or curry which would be heavy on protein, such as paneer.
My dinner: I prefer to have a lighter meal, such as a bowl of soup or grilled veggies.
Pre-workout meal: I do not have a pre-workout meal as such. Walking has been extremely beneficial for me. Depending on my schedule, I have something simple like a cup of black coffee or warm water before heading out. That is enough for me.
Post-workout meal: Post my walk, I have something filling such as nuts (almonds) with a serving of seasonal fruits.
I indulge in (What you eat on your cheat days): I am very proud to say that I haven’t cheated on my diet ever since I started my diet. It has been five months since I had anything oily, fried, chocolatey, sugar.
My workout: Walking is my go-to exercise. Initially, I could only go about walking for 4-5 kilometres and that too with difficulty.
Since its lockdown and I am not travelling for the last 4 months, I have been doing almost 3-4 hrs walk to cover 10-15 km walk/run.
Low-calorie recipes I swear by: Paneer bhurji, baingan bharta are some of the things I really like eating.
Fitness secrets I unveiled: More than the diet or exercise, it’s the discipline that matters.
I never followed any fad diet such as Keto or went to the gym. Clean eating and a good fitness regime helped me lose 41 kilos this year. Don’t listen to others, just stick to basics
How do I stay motivated? I keep thinking of all the things I can do once I am fit and that is enough to motivate me.
For example, I always wanted to do skydiving and with my weight, I couldn’t do it. I did bungee jumping with great difficulty a couple of years ago when I weighed 119 kgs and the deadline was 120 kgs.
How do you ensure you don’t lose focus? On days I feel lazy or tired, I just try to do a simpler workout, or walk less. But I do exercise and not skip it entirely. Once you get in the flow of things, you won’t find a reason to stop.
What’s the most difficult part of being overweight? One is physical appearance. People start looking at you in a different way and your self-confidence goes down. Weight gain also dips your energy levels. Before my weight loss, I was too lethargic and lazy. I couldn’t even wear the stuff that I did like. Once, I was size XXXL, and now I have come down to size M.
What shape do you see yourself 10 years down the line? I didn’t begin my journey with a final goal weight. I do, however, want to follow a healthier and fitter lifestyle. Some years down the line, I want to be able to run a marathon.
What are the lifestyle changes you made? My main lifestyle changes are:
1) Sleep on time, for 6-7 hours regularly.
2) Eat meals on time. Instead of 3 full meals, I sometimes prefer to have 6 small meals so that I don’t feel hungry.
3) I ditched my cravings for healthy eating.
What was the lowest point for you? Weight loss wasn’t the easiest. I sprained my ankle once and suffered from small injuries on my leg when I picked up the pace. I didn’t give up and kept going.
Lessons learnt from weight loss: Remember, it’s always mind over your body. If you make up your mind, 50% of the battle is won.
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