While motherhood is a beautiful and divine experience, it surely comes with a zillion challenges of its own. One of the most difficult tasks is shedding all the stubborn pregnancy fat and getting back in shape. When 30-year-old Shruti was no longer able to fit into the clothes she had before becoming a mother of twins, she took it as a challenge to get back in shape. For all the new mothers who are facing a similar hurdle, her weight loss is an inspiration. Read on.
Name: Shruti Sarda
Occupation: Client Manager
Age: 30 years old
Highest weight recorded: 89 kgs
Weight lost: 32 kgs
Duration it took me to lose weight: 18 months
The turning point: I almost waited for a year, as everyone informed me that I will lose all weight naturally but it didn’t happened, its only after my twins first birthday that I decided to join fitness trainer, which really helped me get motivated. This changed things for me and I decided to lose weight and be fit.
My breakfast: 2 rotis or brown breads with sautéed vegetables
Lunch: 2 – 3 different varieties of fruits with handful of nuts
Dinner: 2 rotis or brown breads with sautéed vegetables along with bowl of daal (very early dinner before 5:30 pm) followed by a bowl of salad
I indulge in: I am a foodie and I love Indo-Chinese food, breads, pasta and pizza so, on weekends I have either of these.
My workout: I work out for one and a half hours for four to five days in a week. I always start with stretching followed by 20 minutes of cardio exercises, weight lifting, squats, and core strengthening and abdomen exercises and 30 mins of evening walk.
Low – carb recipes I swear by: I am not calorie conscious
Fitness secrets unveiled: The healthier you eat, the better you work out. Cut down on bad fats and include good fats to make your diet healthy. It takes perseverance and patience to be successful in whatever you do. I never skip my breakfast and always include some protein-rich foods in every meal.
How do I stay motivated: How do I stay motivated? Shopping for smaller size dresses keeps me motivated. When I started losing weight and it became visible to others, the compliments I received from family and friends kept me determined and motivated. The more your work out, the more you get rid of your depressed thoughts and weaknesses. For me, when I am active with my kids and workout itself is a motivation
How do you ensure you don’t lose focus? I keep myself motivated by reading more and more articles and watching videos about workout, nutrition and weight loss.
The most difficult part of being overweight: Low self-confidence, body shaming and feeling isolated are some of the most difficult problems one faces being overweight. It’s also the short- and long-term health risks that are associated with being overweight.
Lifestyle changes I made: I am living a healthy lifestyle now along with being more disciplined with exercise and water intake.
What was the lowest point for you: I tried to follow lot of diets from GM to Keto but wasn’t able to finish even day 1.
Lessons learnt from weight loss: Weight is just a number, but Health is so much more. Try to focus on your health and inches.
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