Weight loss story: " I gave up rice and roti completely to lose 12 kilos"
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Here's how this woman lost weight during the lockdown

 

For someone who had always been chubby but not obese, Julietta encountered a lot of bullying and shaming which lasted from her school to her adult years. Suffering from joint problems only made problems worse for her. She never really managed to see the desired results, despite working out and being active. It was only when she tried her hand at Intermittent Fasting and a low-carb diet did she realize the wonders of a well-structured diet. Her takeaway? Weight loss is 95% diet and 5% exercise! Here's her super motivating weight loss journey that
shall get you going.
 
Name: Julietta John
 
Age: 30 years
 
Height: 5 feet 3 inches
 
Highest weight recorded: 73 kilos
 
Weight lost: 12-13 kilos
 
Duration it took to lose weight: 3 months
 
 
The turning point
 
 
My turning point had arrived early in life, in my younger years. I was always a chubby girl, but not overweight. Yet, I faced a lot of hate and bullying during school. It drove me to feel that I always weighed more than I should. I was also taking medications for my migraine and underwent 2 knee surgeries, which made me pile on weight too (20 kilos). No matter what I did, my weight would never go down. It was only when I changed my lifestyle completely, two years ago, started exercising well that my weight started to go down but somehow got stuck at 68 kilos. During the lockdown, got up to 73 again. Then, I decided to try other diets.
 
Diet followed
 
 
Since I had made up my mind about getting rid of the stubborn fat, I went for Intermittent Fasting. Unlike other people, weight loss was for me was slower. I only lost 5-6 kilos in 2 months. Then, I joined a community 'Svasthya' which helps people lose weight naturally.
 
I majorly adopted a low-carb diet and it was only then I could lose weight faster. I lost 5-6 kilos in a single month. I avoided outside food, rice, rotis and mostly stuck to eggs, veggies and non-veg fare. But they were all yummy and made out of healthy fats like ghee!
 
My breakfast: Breakfast would ideally be omelette (2 eggs), sauteed vegetables/sprouts salad/vegetable curry.
 
My lunch: Chicken/fish/eggs and any vegetable curry
 
Snacks: Almonds, walnuts, peanuts tossed in ghee, curd with pomegranate and flax, chia and sunflower seeds.
 
My dinner: I skipped dinner
 
Pre-workout meal: I used to work out an hour after having my breakfast.
 
Post-workout meal: None
 
I indulge in (What you eat on your cheat days): I rarely cheated while following the diet but I had refeed weekends at least once in a month wherein I used to eat what all I wanted, did not keep a calorie count. This helped me to come back to my diet with a sane mind.
 
Low-calorie recipes I swear by: Shallow-fried chicken in ghee with sauteed vegetables, salad (having at least 5 kinds of vegetables) with mayo+curd dressing, low-carb strawberry smoothies and pomegranate salad.
 
 
Workout followed
 
 
I had two major knee surgeries and diagnosed with a condition called 'hyperelasticity' which made me prone to joint injuries, my doctors had told me to not exercise at all, or even climb stairs! But, I didn't pay heed and still worked out starting 2018.
 
I attended dance fitness and SnC classes. Then, I switched to weight training. There was a time when I used to deadlift 85 kgs (5 reps max). During the lockdown, I couldn't go to the gym. That's when I started doing HRX training and dance fitness sessions. Some days, I also used to go for a 5-kilometre run as well.
 
Fitness secrets unveiled
 
 
Weight loss definitely is 95% diet and 5% exercise. It is scientifically proven that we need only 30 mins of exercise during a week. Your goal of working out should only and only be to increase your strength and your cardiovascular endurance. Diet is the key of losing weight. Combine both of them to see extremely fast results.
 
How do you stay motivated?
 
 
My passion for fitness helped me in getting a job at cure.fit. I was surrounded by like-minded people and health was given priority there. Such an environment inspired me to adopt and maintain a healthy lifestyle. I got a lot of love and support from my friends also. We also had a gym in the office. But all this while I was not concentrating on diet and after struggling with low self-esteem for years I was determined to make it happen this time. Reading stories about transformations and the weighing scale always kept me motivated.
 
How do you ensure you don’t lose focus?
 
I had a target weight in my mind and I was determined to hit that. Initially, I did not see results and the weight loss was slow but there came a point wherein my weight started to drop almost 400gms every 2-3 days. That progress kept me going, also I used to work out a lot. I saw a tremendous increase in my cardiovascular ability and my strength, which helped me a lot to stay on track.
 
What’s the most difficult part of being overweight?
 
 
Even though people used to say that I am not overweight, I never felt like that from the inside. I was always uncomfortable in my own skin and not being able to accept myself every time I looked at the mirror was the most difficult part for me. I was just unable to love myself and that affected every aspect of my life.
 

 

What shape do you see yourself 10 years down the line?
 
Over the years I have realised that I have this undying passion for fitness and health. Most of the people I know loathe working out but for me, that is my happy time. I want to lead a healthy lifestyle that is a mix of proper nutrition and exercise, as now I know for a fact that this is the way to hack your body and reverse your age. I also want to help as many people as I can in realising their full potential when it comes to leading a healthy lifestyle.
 
What lifestyle changes did you make?
 
 
Humans beings are considered the most intelligent species but even after knowing the importance of diet and exercise, we just tend to ignore it completely. It does make you think are actually intelligent or just a generation addicted to sugar and unhealthy food. I adopted a healthy lifestyle which includes being mindful about what I eat and especially what I think. Your mind is your most powerful weapon. Train that and you can change your life.
 
What was the lowest point for you?
 
 
My thoughts about my body which was solely inspired by two decades of people constantly bullying and fat-shaming me. From school to college to my in-laws nobody spared a chance to make fun of my body. Even after losing weight deep inside I still feel like a fat kid, this is what society has done to me. It's time we change the definition of beauty. It's necessary to be healthy but that is not defined solely by your weight and appearance.
 
Lessons learnt from weight loss
 
 
You might lose weight but it's not necessary that it will change the way you feel about yourself. Loving yourself no matter how you look is important. A beautiful mind always trumps a beautiful body. Make sure you keep spreading love to the people who think less of themselves because of their appearance. Teach your kids values like compassion so that at least our next generation is not full of people with low self-esteem. It's high time we stop bullying people because of their weight. At the end of the day, if you behave like a mean person no matter how good and fit you look, it doesn't matter. Workout, meditate and mindful eating habits are not for a good body to impress people but for your own health.
 

 
 


 
 


 
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