Being a health professional, Ankita Guchait, liked being in charge of her own health, even while maintaining a busy lifestyle. Over time she started noticing that her body had started becoming really stiff and she got tired very easily. That was the time she decided to take the power of life back in her hands and shed weight. Here is her inspiring story.
Name: Ankita Guchait
Occupation: Nutrition Consultant
Age: 24 years
Highest weight recorded: 96 kgs
Weight lost: 37 kgs
Duration it took me to lose weight: 7 months
The turning point: Things took a turn for the worst when I realised that I was losing my flexibility because of my growing weight. Additionally, it was really irritating when I started getting exhausted while trying to adjust to a new country. Ultimately, it was when my doctor told me that my metabolic age is much higher than my real age, which is when I decided it was time to shed those stubborn kilos.
My breakfast: Black coffee or green tea with fruits or an egg white omelette with green vegetables.
My lunch: One sandwich or salad with a bowl of soup and a small serving of fruits.
My dinner: Brown rice with legumes/ 1 bowl of daal.
I indulge in: My cheat meals consist of only chocolates and desserts.
My workout: My workout schedule is as follows:
MONDAY: 10 minutes warm up + 50 minutes running + 30 minutes butt and glutes session + 10 minutes stretching
TUESDAY: 10 minutes warm up + 50 minutes running + 30 minutes HIIT session + 10 minutes stretching
WEDNESDAY: 10 minutes warm up + 50 minutes running + 30 minutes strength session + 10 minutes stretching
THURSDAY :10 minutes warm up + 50 minutes running + 30 minutes weight lifting + 10 minutes stretching
FRIDAY: Rest day
SATURDAY: 10 minutes warm up + 50 minutes of running
SUNDAY: Rest day
Low-calorie recipes I swear by: I absolutely vouch on eggs, chicken dishes and smoothies.
How do I stay motivated? I make it a point to ensure that I introduce something new every week. I inculcate the same in my food, workout or even fasting as I have realised that having a variety really helps with the weight loss quest.
How do you ensure you don’t lose focus ? I make sure that I maintain a fitness journal. It really helps me in reflecting what I have achieved so far and keeping a track of my progress.
What’s the most difficult part of being overweight? During childhood, many of the shopkeepers were really rude towards me and used to tell me that they did not sell clothes in my size. People would also taunt that you need to be thin in order to wear clothes of my choice. It was really heartbreaking.
What shape do you see yourself 10 years down the line? As of now, I am focusing more towards muscle and strength training as I aspire to be a fitter and healthier version of myself.
What are the lifestyle changes you made? In order to lose weight, I decided to completely avoid processed food and stick to clean eating. It worked wonders for my body.
What was the lowest point for you? It was devastating to constantly hear that you won’t be able to lose weight.
Lessons learnt from weight loss: One of the most important takeaways from my weight loss journey is how it transformed me into a really strong person, both physically and mentally. In fact, once you begin to understand the science and logic behind weight loss, it becomes really easy to follow the process.