Manisha Kohli tells us how a combination of yoga practice and healthy eating prompted her weight loss.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve heard friends and family say, “As long as you exercise regularly, you can eat anything and everything, without gaining weight and becoming unfit.” My subconscious mind must have accepted this as the truth. Though I worked out regularly, I practiced no real diet control.
At every family gathering, I’d be told, “This girl eats nothing. Come on, have one samosa- you work out so much!” In the end, I succumbed to this brainwashing. Before I knew it I weighed 73 kg!
Seeing the number on the weighing scale forced me to realise that going to the gym wasn’t enough. Unless I paid attention to what I ate, I was never going to be fit and slim.
Yoga became my chosen workout
So I began a new routine, with a new attitude. My fitness regimen consisted mainly of different forms of yoga such as Vinyasa Yoga, Aerial Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, to name a few. Contrary to popular belief, yoga is not a slow exercise, for older and ailing people.
Instead, it’s a great workout for athletes and runners like me. I was keen on participating in the triathlon, and discovered that yoga helped strengthen my body, and build my stamina.
Creating a new way of eating
When it came to changing my eating habits, I decided to try and regulate my diet by altering my food portions. There is a saying, ‘Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper!’ This truly encapsulates the best way to plan our meals.
Therefore, I began the day with a hearty breakfast, and reduced the proportions of subsequent healthy snacks and/or meals throughout the day. Apart from this, I made it a point to drink at least four litres of water every day. This includes infused water, detox water, and cinnamon water too.
Cheat meals don’t attract me, since I have acquired a taste for clean, fresh food. I steer clear of junk and processed foods. Through my fitness endeavours, I strive to embody what I want to see in others.
My family was supportive and encouraged me, every step of the day. My mother graciously cooked me countless healthy gourmet meals. But the temptation to eat out was strong. Like other busy people, I was often tempted to take the easy way out, and pick up ready-made food. But I resisted this urge, because by now I’d see the truth in the adage ‘Abs are made in the kitchen’.