How to Lose Weight and Become Fit?

by Vinaya HS on March 28, 2007

in General Stuff

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Since February, I have been asked many a time on how I managed to slim down so much. At one point in time, I came dangerously close to the three-figure mark (read 100 kilos). I have managed to shed 30+ kilos. Friends who I haven’t seen in a few years hardly recognize me. I thought it would be good to document the steps I have taken in order to lose weight.

First of all, here’s something you SHOULD never forget: There’s no shortcut to losing weight. Period. Weight loss should happen gradually giving your body time to adjust to the change.

You can’t lose – at least naturally – 10 kilos for Rs 8500 or 5 kilos for Rs 5750. There’s no correlation between money and kilograms and I would advise you not to sign-up for such schemes, no matter how attractive the receptionists are! Believe me, I have had one person tell me that he signed-up just because the receptionist at a popular centre (you know which one) was extremely attractive. Keep your hormones in check!

That said, here’s what has helped me over the years:

  • I joined Gold’s Gym and later Fitness One. Fitness One’s the best thing to have happened in my life. I close my eyes and sign-up for their annual membership – every year. Exercising for one hour a day, six days a week is the surest way to lose weight.
  • I completely banned fried food, butter, ghee, and sweets. It’s simple to do this at home, but it’s real tough to resist the temptation when you eat outside. I always made it a point to ask for the food to be prepared oil, butter, and ghee free. That includes Pav Bhaji, Masala Dosa, Curries, Naan, Fried Rice, Noodles… well, just about anything you can think of. It’s OK to indulge once in a while, but only if you know that you are strong-minded enough to get back on routine the next day.
  • Every morning, even before drinking a cup of water, I would mix 100 ml of warm water with 1 tablespoon of forest honey – adding a pinch of lime now and then. This combination is known to be a great fat-burner and has the added advantage of purifying blood. Thanks to my mum for this tip. Sometimes you should listen to them!
  • I set milestones and rewarded myself (no foods!) for every kilo lost. I never listened to what people around me said. People are strange – if you are fat they ridicule you, if you are lean they ridicule you, and if you are just right, well, then they say that something is definitely wrong with you.

Keeping all that aside, it takes a tremendous amount of will-power, commitment, and persistence to shed those extra kilos. I have seen both highs and lows along the journey. Keep pushing yourself and you will get there.

Good luck on your journey to losing weight and a fitter lifestyle.

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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Neo March 29, 2007 at 12:26 PM

I have been trying hard to reduce…and follow most of the points listed above…but results… :(

Vatsa March 29, 2007 at 1:08 PM


U sud have put ur photographs(pre and post)….Would have been a real motivator for those who think “Slimming is not Easy”,including me :)

Vinaya HS March 30, 2007 at 6:26 PM

Neo maybe you need to try harder?

Good idea Vatsa. Let me hunt for a presentable old photograph.

LittilGurl March 31, 2007 at 10:32 AM

We’re waiting with bated breath ;)

Anand April 10, 2007 at 9:12 AM

i am sure this will work, i recoment if you are unable to attend the Fitness course, you can take a 30 minites walk

spiga lover May 11, 2007 at 1:22 PM

good going! will try and see if I can too…losing 30 kgs is an acheivement! am trying to lose 10 kgs and havent managed yet! :-)

lose 10 pounds in 3 days July 25, 2007 at 6:56 AM

cutting out fried food is the best. Stick with steam food diet.

And remember to exercise on a regular basis.

A combination of a balanced diet and exercise is more effective!

Secondtimearound January 9, 2008 at 7:38 PM

I did a lot of the same things you did a few years ago and saw tremendous results….and came out feeling VERY good about myself.
Recently I looked in the mirror and realised i have put on a lot of weight because i didnt continue to stick to that routine – a new country, new job and new dynamics to blame…
I am now trying to motivate myself to get back to working out but I feel tired just thinking about how much effort i have to put in..i can do it..i just need to stay focussed.

Wanted to say i enjoyed reading your post.

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