Name: Renuka Pamnani Vaswani
Age: 36 years
Height: 5 feet 7 inches
City: Mumbai, Maharashtra
Highest weight recorded: 127 kgs
Weight lost: 43.5 kgs
Current Weight: 83.5 kgs
Duration it took me to lose weight: 2.5 years
The turning point: There was a point where I weighed a massive 127 kilos and was about to hit 130 kilos. I started feeling really low and depressed and used to wonder whether I will ever have a partner or not. Since I was the only kid in the house. I used to get really pampered but I had never thought that my weight would touch 3 digits. I decided to get in shape and started my weight loss journey. My dietician Khyati Rupani and my fitness coach Rakesh Pawar helped me immensely to achieve the same.
My breakfast: I have smoothies with oats or egg whites with a toast. At times I go for idli and dosas as well.
My lunch: I eat a bowl of salad, some protein in the form of dal or chicken accompanied with 1 roti or rice and a portion of sabzi made in low oil.
My dinner: I choose from grilled chicken or sauteed vegetables with paneer and whole wheat pasta.
Pre-workout meal: Bullet coffee
Post-workout meal: Dymatize ISO 100 Hydrolyzed Protein Powder.
I indulge in: I do not believe in the concept of cheat days.
My workout: In the year 2019, I realised that I was not really taking care of my body as my skin had started to sag. Hence, I decided to start my journey to fitness. My coach Rakesh Pawar helped me a lot during this journey. He used to correct my posture and helped me understand the purpose behind each and every movement. My work out routine includes cardio, strength training and functional training.
Low-calorie recipes I swear by: Tomato beetroot soup with avocado toast or grilled chicken with stir fry vegetables.
Fitness secrets I unveiled: The word diet itself is a negative word as it just makes you feel that you are depriving yourself of certain things. Hence, I have removed the word ‘diet’ from my life as I solely focus on lifestyle changes.
How do I stay motivated? When you hit the gym every day and follow a healthy lifestyle, it is enough to keep you motivated. When you workout, your body releases happy hormones. Once you begin to see the difference in your body and when people begin to compliment you on your transformation, there is no going back!
How do you ensure you don’t lose focus? Looking at how far I have come and how hard I have worked, I don’t want all of it to go to waste. This in itself is enough to keep me focussed and motivated. My parents and husband are the pillars of my support, so whenever we are out, they support my choices of eating.
What’s the most difficult part of being overweight? When you are overweight, you have to constantly battle low-self-esteem and lack the confidence to lead your life. No matter how much you say that you are comfortable in your own skin, deep down you know that is not the case. You cannot wear the clothes of your choice as they don’t have your size in it. Being overweight also brings a lot of health conditions including PCOD, joint pain, rising levels of cholesterol and even diabetes. You feel lethargic and down and out all the time.
What shape do you see yourself 10 years down the line? I want to lead a healthy and energetic life and also want to have a super fit physique.
What are the lifestyle changes you made? In addition to eating healthy, it is also important to eat in the right amount. It is important to understand that losing weight is all about replacing your unhealthy cravings with the right food. I made fitness a part of my daily routine and also started drinking 3 litres of water every day.
What was the lowest point for you? I battled a lot of body shaming growing up as I was always the fat child in the classroom. As a result, I did not have any friends growing up and it was really heartbreaking.
Lessons learnt from weight loss: The small steps that you take during your weight loss journey can help you make a drastic difference. We often underestimate the amount of time it will take to notice a certain amount of changes as nothing really happens overnight. Everyone has a certain type of body and it is important that you do not compare yourself with others.
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