Sonia Mehta describes how she lost 22 kg in just 9 months, by building a healthy lifestyle designed to trigger real, long-term changes.
In 2013, I was at my heaviest weight of 75 kg. In addition, I had a minor bout of spondylitis and a borderline thyroid problem. So, there was no option, but to lose weight. I told myself it was time to cut the excuses! And I joined the gym in August 2013, but didn’t become a regular, till December 2013.
At this time, I got serious about fitness. Aside from wanting to bid farewell to my back problem, I was also keen to decrease my risk of getting diabetes, thyroid imbalance and cerebral stroke, which run in my family.
How my plan evolved
My plan revolved around a healthy and reasonable diet and exercise regime, because I was absolutely against starving myself. My commitment to weight loss was more than a short-term goal. Instead, it was about adopting a healthy lifestyle. So I created a simple diet, since I enjoy eating home cooked meals.
For the most part, I restricted my intake of tea/coffee to a maximum of 2 cups a day, with minimal or no sugar. Then, I committed to giving up foods like deep fried food, excessively sweet food (desserts), packaged, sugar snacks such as biscuits. I replaced rice with wheat or raagi rotis.
As far as my exercise routine was concerned, I did many exercises to strengthen my back muscles along with cardio and weight training. Also, I practiced yoga and pranayama.
My diet chart
Pre-work out (very important for energy, and to stay hydrated)
A handful of peeled almonds, along with a banana, and plenty of water.
Breakfast options (heavy, to fuel my metabolism)
1 brown bread sandwich full of eggs and vegetable OR Poha/Upma/Idli/Dosa with vegetables OR oats with fruit or vegetables.
1 glass of homemade vegetable juice, with a few nuts.
Rotis with dal,vegetables and a piece of chicken/fish, along with a bowl of yoghurt.
A bowl of puffed rice with vegetables, and a bowl of fruit.
1 roti with salad & dal/vegetables.
Both diet and exercise work together
6 months after I’d made these changes, I dropped 15 kg. By October 2014, I weighed a healthy 53 kg. Notably, I looked forward to keeping up my new, healthy lifestyle.
My weight loss made me happy, and I concluded that nothing is impossible, if I put my mind and body to it. The point is, that weight loss requires a combination of dietary changes, and working out. One doesn’t help without the other.
Rest really matters
Getting enough rest is equally important. The changes I made along with my diet and exercise have really helped me get where I am: adequate sleep, drinking enough water, snacking on super foods such as flax and chia seeds, and fruit and avoiding extra salt and sugar. My plan is simple, and I believe anyone can follow it!