Name: Vivek Nadimetla
Age: 20 years
Height: 5 feet 7 inches.
Highest weight recorded: 112 kgs
Weight lost: 34 kgs
Duration it took me to lose weight: 2 years
The turning point: I had grown up battling body-shaming and was really tired with my unhealthy body weight. Moreover, I did not feel comfortable looking at myself in the mirror. That was the point I realised that I needed to do something about my weight.
Since my main goal was to lose fat and gain muscle, I joined a gym in 2017. I did basic cardio and weight lifting, followed with a low-calorie diet for almost two years. While I did lose some of my body fat, I still looked bulky and was still in the overweight category. Hence, I decided to take it to the next level and started Intermittent fasting followed by heavy weight training.
My breakfast: A cup of green tea
My lunch: Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday – 4 boiled egg whites and 200 grams stir-fried chicken breast
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday – 4 boiled egg whites, 4 chapatis and sabzi
My dinner: Same as above
Pre-workout meal: A cup of black coffee
Post-workout meal: 1 apple
I indulge in: I absolutely love butter chicken, naan and smoothies
My workout: Monday – Chest, Triceps and 20 minutes of cardio
Tuesday – Back, Biceps and 20 minutes of cardio
Wednesday – Shoulders, Abs and an hour of cardio
Thursday – Legs and an hour of cardio
Friday – Chest, Triceps and 20 minutes of cardio
Saturday – Back, Biceps and 20 minutes of Cardio
Sunday – Rest
Low-calorie recipes I swear by: I completely avoid sugar and use less oil while preparing food.
Fitness secrets I unveiled: My body showed major changes when I started doing deadlifts. I lost stubborn fat and love handles and my body started to get in ‘V-Shape’.
How do I stay motivated? I look at myself in the mirror and tell myself that if I can get this far, I can go further.
How do you ensure you don’t lose focus? I make it a point to click my photos and compare them with my older pictures. It is a good way to keep myself on the fitness track and understand why I started this journey in the first place.
What’s the most difficult part of being overweight? I was body shamed throughout my school days because of my weight. However, that wasn’t the worst part, it was basically looking at myself in the mirror and feeling terrible. The mirror was my biggest enemy.
What shape do you see yourself 10 years down the line? I just want to stay healthy for the rest of my life.
What are the lifestyle changes you made? I made it a point to completely shun white rice, junk food, juices and drinks which were laden with sugar from my diet. I also ensured that I made time for gym every day, no matter what.
What was the lowest point for you? Even though I loved playing football, I couldn’t perform my best because I found it very difficult it run.
Lessons learnt from weight loss: Losing all the excess weight has made me realise one simple thing–if I could achieve the physique of my dreams, I can achieve anything if I stay disciplined and focused.