What do you do when you hit rock bottom? Well, 21-year-old Sameeksha Nagi knew that there was only one way to go– it was to get up and get moving. She realised that when you don’t take care of yourself, your health ultimately takes the beating. Sameeksha knew that she had to lose weight if she wanted to fit into the clothes of her choice and feel healthy again! Her weight loss story is an inspiration that no matter where you are or what you are doing, anything is possible if you set your mind to it.
Name: Sameeksha Nagi
Age: 21 years
Height: 5 feet 3 inches
Highest weight recorded: 76.6 kgs
Weight loss: 21 kgs
Duration it took me to lose weight: 10 months
The turning point: There was a time I did not care about my health and weight at all and used to eat junk food without wondering about its consequences. Soon, the kilos started piling up, my clothes started getting tighter and my health began to take the beating of my unhealthy lifestyle. People started passing unsolicited comments about my weight and I realised that enough was enough. I knew I needed to get back in shape, so I started my weight loss journey and did not look back!
My Breakfast: I keep switching my breakfast between dalia, besan cheela, boiled eggs, omelettes and sandwiches (only brown bread).
My Lunch: In lunch, I have a bowl full of vegetables, 1-2 chapatis, a portion of salad and a bowl of yoghurt.
My Dinner: When I had started working out initially, I just had yellow or green dal khichdi for my dinner for one whole month. Now, I have 1 chapati, a bowl of vegetables, a bowl of dal and a cup of milk.
Pre-workout meal: 1 banana or banana shake
Post-workout meal: I workout in the evening and eat my dinner afterwards
I indulge in: I eat whatever I feel like during my cheat days but make sure to maintain my diet accordingly for the coming week. Initially, I used to feel scared of taking cheat days or cheat meals but I have learnt to tweak my diet accordingly.
My workout: I feel that your workout should be tailored as per your needs and what you enjoy doing so that it doesn’t feel like a burden. So my workout routine includes Zumba, HIIT and strength training, 3 alternative days a week, for 1.5 hours daily. I thoroughly enjoy my workout sessions!
Low-calorie recipes I swear by: Corns, black and nuts became my best friends during this weight loss journey!
Fitness secrets I unveiled: I had tried to lose weight a lot of times in the past but I never quite succeeded. After many failed attempts, I learnt the 4 essential secrets to lose weight. These secrets are dedication, will power, patience and a healthy diet. Even though working out is very important of losing weight and getting in shape, you cannot achieve this goal without strong willpower and dedication. You need to stick to a healthy and nutritious diet, instead of binge eating.
How do I stay motivated? The answer is pretty simple, it is the results that keep me going and motivated to move forward with my weight loss journey. Moreover, it feels incredibly amazing when people compliment you on your weight loss and say things like, “Yaar, kitni patli ho gayi ho tum! Hume bhi weight loss tips dedo!” Also, when I see my old clothes, it gives me a lot of confidence and makes me feel happy.
How do you ensure that you don’t lose focus? There is no denying that everyone feels a little down and out at some point and can easily stray from their fitness goals. In my case, whenever I used to feel low, I used to listen to my body and understand what it wanted. As and when I would do so, my energy levels would go up and I would feel motivated to achieve my fitness goals.
What’s the most difficult part of being overweight? I think I speak for most of the girls when I say that the most difficult part of being overweight is the fact that it feels really bad that you cannot fit into the clothes of your choice when you go shopping. Hence, all the extra kilos that I had piled on over the years really put a dent on my self-esteem and self-confidence. Moreover, I used to feel lethargic all the time and used to fall sick very easily.
What shape do you see yourself in the next 10 years? I see myself as a fit and healthy person, who would still be working on achieving fitness goals and following a healthy lifestyle.
What are the lifestyle changes you made? One of the most important lifestyle changes that I have made during this journey is to stop eating large portions of food. I have made it a point to strictly count my portions of food and only eat home cooked food. My biggest challenge was to quit eating chocolates and pastries as I was a complete sweet tooth. Gradually, I overcame this habit as well.
What was the lowest point for you? When I wasn’t able to lose weight, even after a month of strict dieting and working out, I was so demotivated that I almost quit my weight loss journey. However, even during the toughest of times, it is crucial to stay patient and work out.
Lessons learnt from weight loss: On my quest to weight loss, I have realised that losing weight is not as difficult as it may seem in the beginning. Given, it is not the easiest task in the world, but there is absolutely nothing in this world that you cannot achieve once you set your heart to it. When you finally do so, you will experience incomparable joy and happiness.
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