While people are well aware of the perils that come with being overweight, not a lot of them understand what skinny people go through.
Navneet’s journey from being a skinny guy who weighed a mere 45 kilos to a sculpted man who weighs a healthy 73 kilos, serves as a motivation for all those who are trying to gain weight in a healthy manner.
Occupation: Marketing Head
Age: 29 years
Lowest weight recorded: 45 kgs
Weight gained: 28 kgs
Duration it took me to gain weight: 3 years
The turning point: It was really heartbreaking to be one of the leanest and shortest guys in the college. I was easily picked on and used as an example, whenever anybody wanted to mention anything which was inferior. That is when I realised I needed to take care of my body and change my life if I wanted to feel better about myself.
My breakfast:1 cup of milk, 2 slices of bread with peanut butter and a handful of mixed nuts.
My lunch: 150 grams of chicken breast, a portion of salad, 1 bowl of dal, 1 bowl of curd and lots of vegetables.
My dinner: 250 grams of boiled chicken, a portion of beans and protein shake.
My workout: I do strenuous strength training, giving more focus to legs and core workouts.
Recipes I swear by: The craving for chicken and malai paneer is irresistible. Hence, I have them in moderation.
Fitness secrets I unveiled: I have realised that if you stay disciplined and consistent you will reach your goal, without any doubt.
How do I stay motivated? I feel really amazing when I workout and take care of my body, so much so, that if I miss it for even a day I feel incomplete. It will be safe to say that I have become addicted to working out. Hence, there is no question of getting demotivated.
How do you ensure you don’t lose focus? I knew that I was giving almost 9 hours to my office. Hence, I decided that I would not let my exhaustion and lethargy take over my dedication to working out.
What’s the most difficult part of being skinny/underweight? The worst part was, without any shred of doubt, being used as an example whenever anyone wanted to talk about something inferior.
What shape do you see yourself 10 years down the line? I want to retain the shape I am in right now for the next 10 years as I know that maintaining one’s shape is the most difficult part of the whole process.
What are the lifestyle changes you made? I made it a point to eat healthy food items and give at least an hour daily to physical exercises. I have realised that the ultimate result of a disciplined mind is a well-shaped and attractive physique.
What was the lowest point for you? After a certain point in time, I stopped seeing visible and tangible results. Even though I was putting in a lot of hard work and extra efforts, nothing was really changing. I felt like I was stuck at one point and wasn’t moving ahead. Thankfully, I pulled myself back up and kept working towards my goal.
Lessons learnt from weight gain: The age-old saying, health is wealth, is as true as it gets. Your body is the only wealth that will be with you till the last breath of your life, so you better start taking care of it. With good health, you will also be able to witness a boost in your self-confidence.
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