Name: Upasana Pathak
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Occupation: Working with an International Foundation
Highest weight recorded: 71 kgs
Duration it took me to lose weight: Complete 1 year for weight as well as inch loss
The turning point: I was never obese but was a plump child. In fact, while growing up, I remember an incident when one of my close relatives made fun of my chubbiness. As I was enacting the role of Cinderella’s mom in our school play, she thought I got the role because I was plump and chubby, and I looked older in age. I didn’t realize that it was my first encounter with body shaming. However, the turning point of my life was when I lost both my mother and father quite early in life. It was quite sudden and unexpected. My parents were never fat, and they looked quite fit apart from the fact that they were diabetic and they never indulged in any kind of physical exercise.
After losing my parents, I was in a state of shock and couldn’t get out of it. At that time, I was a young mother myself and had a two-year-old son. So, the first thing that hit me was that I need to do something about myself so that I can keep myself fit and away from any disease.
My path towards fitness started way back in 2009, not to lose weight but to embrace a healthy lifestyle and in that process, the aim was to lose weight and feel happy about myself. It was a combat against diabetes. My immediate task was to take control of my diet. A fact is that almost everyone I speak with, who wants to improve their health and fitness isn’t eating enough. Drastically reducing your daily calorie intake will only work for a small period. The rebound in body fat when you go back to eating normally can be quite disheartening. What I say and what I believe is that you need to start thinking of your bodies as machines.
My breakfast: Fruit chaat / kala chana salad / bajra chila or muesli
Mid-Morning: Tomato juice or a fruit
My lunch: 1 chapati, vegetable, salad or protein in some form
Post lunch after 2 hours: Green tea and a few raisins
My evening tea: Green tea along with roasted chana or walnut
My dinner: 1 chapati, vegetable and salad
I indulge in (What you eat on your cheat days): Chocolate brownie
My workout: Aerobics and Pilates, 5 days a week
Low-calorie recipes I swear by: Quinoa salad and bajra chila
Fitness secrets I unveiled: Eating more food that is nutritious will allow your metabolism to run efficiently. I realized how an efficient metabolism will help me burn fat effectively.
How do I stay motivated? When people compliment me on my looks and when I dress up and feel good about myself. It fuels me up to keep up the good work.
How do you ensure you don’t lose focus? It’s natural to take a few things at a time and allow your body to get accustomed to your new lifestyle. So, we should not rush through to get immediate results.
What’s the most difficult part of being overweight? Not feeling fit and motivated enough to work towards your goal.
What shape do you see yourself 10 years down the line? I see myself getting fitter and getting a toned body.
What are the lifestyle changes you made? An important fact that people tend to ignore is that no diet can work without any physical workout. So, it has to be a combination of both – a healthy diet and a workout regime that suits your body. It is important to understand that changes can’t happen overnight. It is a continuous process and after you have achieved your target, it is important to continue the good work and to maintain what you have achieved. The most difficult part is to maintain.
What was the lowest point for you? When I used to feel tired and was not able to spend more time with my son in outdoor activities.
Lessons learnt from weight loss: It is not difficult to accomplish anything. It is just that extra step you need to take for yourself. You need to fuel your bodies with nutritious food as well as a good amount of food which will sustain you throughout.
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