Vishal Giri lost 14 KG and discovered self-care — after getting a wake-up call when he couldn't even fit into an XXXL clothing size
Despite what many luxury programmes would have you believe, losing weight isn't rocket science. And, unless you have a medical condition, you know how that scale needle has begun to creep up: there are far too many burgers and fries and far too few burpees and flies. We've all been in that stage of life where you look at the weighing scale and think, "It's next to impossible to lose this much weight." If you fall into this category, this story may serve as motivation and inspiration to you.
When you are overweight, it is not the comments of others that break you, but rather your inability to perform everyday tasks with the same ease. It's also disheartening to see your clothing size increase. Vishal Giri, at the peak age of his 30, had a similar experience when he realised he needed to lose down those stubborn 103 kilos when even XXL size did not fit him. His weight loss journey proves that you can achieve anything if you put your mind to it.
The reason that Motivates weight loss
While there were many things wrong with me, the wake-up call came when I couldn't even fit into an XXXL clothing size. I realised I needed to make a change in my weight. Aside from that, I was motivated to lose weight after reading real-life weight loss success stories. Weighing 103 kgs....well, it was intimidating. In my mind, losing 103 kg was a seemingly insurmountable mountain. I was wearing a 3XL shirt; the only options were to lose weight or, well, there were none.
In early February, I resolved to make an effort to lose weight for the first time. Making a concerted effort to do something. Something I'd always thought was too difficult to pursue. By some coincidence, a temporary intern at my work had mentioned he lost 20kgs on the WFH program. I had never heard of it before. On the same night, I went back home to start searching about the WFH. I was amazed to find the WFH has so many valuable and unique features and all that at such affordable rates.
What is the most difficult part about being overweight?
We all have seen that tipping point once in our life. The time where we had enough and are hoping for a better future. We don't believe it's possible. For as long as I can remember, I've struggled with my weight. In comparison to my mates, I always remember being a little heavier. I had always been a big guy. I wasn't bullied in high school, and I had a good group of friends, but I was always "that big funny guy."
So my bad habits and lifestyle choices continued throughout my teens into my 20s and into my 30s. However, it was never about anything other than my weight. I was tired of feeling like that and wanted to feel like a lighter version of myself.
Starting Phase and procedure of transformation journey
I was completely new to the fitness world and knew nothing about it. At the time, the WFH team of coaches and dieticians explained to me what BMI and TDEE are and how they affect me. The Body Mass Index calculates your ideal body weight based on your height, weight, and age.
And TDEE (Total Daily Energy Expenditure), which estimates how many calories you burn per day while taking into account your physical activity throughout the day. And I was surprised to learn that my BMI was high. Besides that, having a high BMI can contribute to a plethora of health issues.
With all of the TDEE and BMI calculations, my calorie intake for the day was determined, and the entire meal plan was designed in such a way that I began seeing results in no time.
I am a very picky eater, and the WFH teams of dieticians and nutritionists created a meal plan based on my food preferences and daily routine. The diet plan was viable while also being effective and simple to follow, which has helped me in the long run to stick with the plan and achieve the best results.
My routine was set. 10 a.m. shake, 12 p.m. snack, 2 p.m. lunch, 4 p.m. snack, and 630 p.m. dinner I've eliminated bread and sugar from my diet. I used to spend my days smashing soft drinks. Now it's either water or green tea.
Macros and quantified diet
As I previously stated, I was a newbie in the fitness world, and counting calories, such as how many grammes of rice and how many calories of roti, was extremely difficult for me. Fortunately, WFH has sent me a free gift of measuring spoons as a thank you gift for enrolling in their programme. The spoons were labelled with colour and measurement; all you have to do is take the listed food with the instructed spoon and the calorie and everything will be taken care of.
It was the best part of the programme for me because I no longer have to worry about measuring and remembering the calories of each food item that I eat.
Workout Followed to achieve the goal
My goal was to lose weight, so the WFH coach planned a workout routine that included 60% cardio and 40% strength training. The workout routines were pre-programmed on the app calendar, which I used to stick to the schedule. For extra assistance, I used to switch to their live video training, where professionals keep a closer eye on your exercises, posture, and everything else to ensure the best impact on your body.
I used to get stuck on any exercise of something that I was capable of doing every now and then. I used the WFH 24*365 support system, and within minutes, the professionals were assisting me, directing me forward, and solving my problems.
How do you stay motivated?
There were many times when I felt down, but WFH was more than just an instructional app; it is a whole community of people like me. Finding and being a part of this incredible group of WFH has changed my life. There are so many positive people in there who are always willing to help. So many awesome people are looking to better themselves for a number of reasons.
We all began this journey with different weights and destinations, but that doesn't make one more important than the others. Some people are beginning their weight-loss journeys at my current weight. Some people are starting their journeys with more weight than I did. We are all unique, but we all have one thing in common. Reading all of these blogs and inspirational stories made me feel at homely and comfortable, which inspired me to get up the next day and start again.
What lifestyle changes did you make?
I began by attempting to establish a routine. I saw a video on YouTube about intermittent fasting and decided to give it a try. Midnight snacking and late-night treats, along with a soft drink, were always my main concerns. So I have to stop midnight snacking and replace it with green tea once in a while.
Lessons learnt from the transformation
"I do what I want for myself and no one else," is the most important lesson I've learned. "For people who are having difficulty changing their lifestyle due to family, friends, or a significant other, it all comes down to discipline. How do you want to change your lifestyle? And once you decide you want to make a change, you can and will. Today I am 78 kg from 103 kg. It is all because I decided and would love to thank WFH for helping me in the process and sharing my story that inspires people like me.