Karan Sawhney started gaining weight when his habit of reaching for junk food to tackle his stress spiralled out of control. When he hit 104 kg, he knew it was time to take action.
I am a 23 year old architect who grew up loving good food. My dad was a food caterer until I was 11, and my mom is a professional baker. Having easy access to rich food ruined my eating habits, and I grew up fat.
After my final year of college, I was determined to transform my lifestyle and my body. However, this motivation lasted only for 40 days, after which my 9 month long internship begun. At this time, my binge eating problem spiralled out of control.
Food was a source of comfort
I worked for 12-14 hours a day. Initially, I tried to stick to eating home-made food at office. But, as the work stress increased, I turned to food for solace. Eating used to comfort me, so I ate more and more to make myself feel better.
Believe it or not, I used to eat 3 home-cooked meals before the lunch time. And to survive the rest of the day, I ordered junk food multiple times. After 9 months, I had gained 9 kg. By the time my internship ended on 31st march 2017, I was 104 kg.
The loss of my dog changed my perspective
In august 2017, I lost my black cocker spaniel. He had been with us since I was 12-years-old, and I was extremely attached to him. Losing him meant losing a big part of my life. But, this helped me realize nothing is permanent.
If you can lose something in life, you might as well gain something too. I told myself that my poor health status wasn’t permanent either- it can be changed. Within 2 days of having this thought, I stopped binge eating, and started working out. Since then, I haven’t looked back.
Created my own fitness routine
I didn’t start working out with a personal trainer, like most people suggested. Instead, I tried to build my own workouts with the help of online websites and YouTube videos. Initially I struggled and even injured myself a couple of times. But slowly, things got better.
In the past two months, I’ve learned how important it is to vary workouts. Doing the same thing over and over again leads to the body getting complacent. Results are slow. To avoid this from happening, I vary my workouts. Also, I make sure that my workouts are intense.
Changing my eating habits came next
To begin with, I was a junk eater who also drank at least 1-2 liters of coke each day. Unless food was tasty and greasy, I didn’t enjoy my meal.
My food addiction was so severe that getting rid of the junk food (especially sugar), was the most difficult part of my transformation journey. Giving it up completely led to major withdrawal symptoms. But I adjusted slowly.
Intermittent fasting works for me
My new diet is somewhat boring, but it seems to work for me, so I stick to it no matter what. The first meal of my day is at 2:30 pm, and I eat my dinner at 7 pm. This intermittent fasting diet combined with my workouts has helped me lose 16kg within the last 6 months.
Fitness has made me more efficient
A profession like architecture requires one to be in good health. Before I adopted this healthy lifestyle, even small everyday tasks seemed very difficult. But, now I feel my efficiency has gone up to 200%.
My message to everyone is: take care of your body, and your mind will amaze you!