An inspiring story of a 27-year-old whose weight made her acutely self-conscious in college. After losing 24kg, she is now confident, and a certified Zumba and aerobics trainer.
New Delhi-resident Jyotika Khajotia, 27, was a heavy teenager. Her weight had made her acutely self-conscious by the time she enrolled in college. “I couldn’t make friends, couldn’t find clothes in my size, and had very low self-esteem and confidence,” she recalls.
“Earlier, I had no control over my eating habits. I have a sweet tooth and indulged it fully,” says Jyotika. By the time she enrolled in college, her weight was at 78 kilos–20 kilos over what’s recommended for her 5’3.5” height. Breakfast would be tea and two biscuits, while lunch was had only at 3 pm.
The desire to come out of her shell and gain confidence inspired her to bring about a 360-degree lifestyle change. Encouraged by her then boyfriend and now husband, she began with her eating habits. She tried detoxing, upped her protein intake, and every few weeks would go on a new diet. It did help her shed 7 kilos, but after 6 months, it was time to join a gym.
“My basal metabolic rate (BMR) was extremely low, and I needed to create a calorie deficit. That is, I needed to burn more than what I was eating,” she says. In the first month, she gained weight so she took refuge in dieting. “I didn’t understand that my muscle mass was increasing and it was good: it would push up my BMR,” she recalls. In December 2011, this fashion graduate was offered a chance to become a group training instructor for aerobics and Zumba. “I jumped at it and trained for six hours every day,” she recalls. Combined with strength training, within six months, her weight had dropped to 58 kilos.
“My goal now is to increase muscle mass and reduce body fat percentage,” she states. Now a certified Zumba and aerobics instructor, she leads group classes at Mantan The Fitness Lounge in Gurgaon. She begins her day now with egg whites and oatmeal, has substituted brown rice for chapattis, and has fish or chicken for dinner. She blends strength training with group classes, making time for cardio six days a week. “The mental shift is immense–it’s changed how I communicate and how I present myself,” claims Jyotika.
- Lift heavy: “You won’t get heavy but will gain muscle mass and toning.”
- Eat right: “60 per cent of weight loss comes from nutrition. Divide your meals in two portions: raw veggies and fruits, and protein and good fats.”
- Never skip breakfast: “Your metabolic rate goes down. Eat small portions rather than starving yourself.”
Source: India Today