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Living with joint pain is annoying – you never know how bending or changing your posture will make the pain worse. Yet it wasn’t the doctor’s orders or unsolicited comments about weight that finally turned the unhealthy lifestyle of Indian expatriate Savita Jaswal on its head. Acted as a real catalyst, she writes, what happened when she returned to the UAE from India. “My husband [and I] went to India in March 2021, we came back to Dubai in April 2021. Traveling [back] my husband got sick. Unfortunately, my husband (COVID-19) tested positive. We were both in quarantine for 14 days [and during that] Time we both realized the importance of health [is]. We both decided to start our weight loss journey, ”she told Gulf News in a written interview.
“The medical effects of unwanted weight gain are painful, expensive, restrictive and sometimes fatal! When we look at the benefits of weight loss, one fact is crystal clear. Everyone should pursue and try to maintain their optimal weight. It’s just the right thing, ”adds the 33-year-old expat from Sharjah, who at the time weighed 88 kg.
While Jaswal, who is 5 feet 2 inches tall, was determined to shed those pounds, this wasn’t the first time she’s treaded the fitness trail. “I had tried several times in the past to lose weight, but never quite succeeded. After many failed attempts, I learned the four essential secrets to losing weight. These secrets are dedication, willpower, patience, and a healthy diet. We need to stick to a healthy and nutritious diet instead of binge eating, ”she explains.
Jaswal began to focus on healthy eating; limit their food intake to 1,000-1,200 calories per day and avoid “as much as possible” on white rice, bread and refined sugar.
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“Weight loss is only possible if you combine the right exercise with a healthy diet and practice portion control,” she says. [Where fruits are concerned], avoid bananas, mangoes, grapes. “
Her other tips are to chew every bite well, drink plenty of water, and exercise regularly.
A menu of the day
Before breakfast: 2 glasses of lukewarm water with lemon juice and 1 tablespoon of cumin, flax, caramel and fennel seed mixture.
Breakfast: green apple with yogurt or chickpea flour bread or oatmeal or upma
Mid-morning snack: 8 to 10 cherries and an orange
Lunch: a bowl of vegetables, 1 multigrain chappati (flatbread), lettuce (lettuce, cucumber, white onion, tomato, carrot)
Evening snack: pineapple or avocado or watermelon or sweet melon or fresh coconut water.
Dinner: 100 ml milk with a date (optional)
Note: Drink at least 7-8 glasses of water throughout the day.
“I think the training should be tailored to my needs and what I enjoy so that it doesn’t feel like a burden. So my training routine includes one hour of yoga a day, ”she says.
This commitment to exercise is key to a healthier lifestyle, but it’s also one of the hardest things to do consistently. “Most of the effort during the trip was staying focused and awake at 4:30 in the morning, so I did [could] be ready for yoga [at 5am]. Human nature loves to make excuses for not having time for things [or things] costs too much money but the reality is that people [who] try to lose weight and not just have the willpower to do what is necessary when it is necessary, ”she says.
She threw off these chains and with them avoided the creeping pounds.
However, there was a time when weight loss seemed to be an obstacle. “I noticed that during this trip I lost weight [became slow] After a while, even we follow the same diet and exercise. This is called the plateau to break through [you] should [have a cheat day with the food] you love the most. But from the next day onwards, you should be following the same diet and exercise in a focused manner for effective results, ”she adds.
By following these guidelines, Jaswal states that in three months she lost 19 kg and has dropped to 69 kg.
As for their source of motivation, it all starts with the family. “I [was] motivated [by] my husband and father in law. [They] always support and strengthen me with positive thoughts and build my self-confidence. Plus, it feels amazing when people compliment you on your weight loss and say things like, “Wow, please share tips with us”. Even when I see my old clothes, it gives me a lot of self-confidence and makes me happy, ”she says.
At the moment Jaswal is happy with her progress, but she is aiming for 62 kg. “I see myself as a fit and healthy person who would still be working on reaching fitness goals and living a healthy lifestyle,” she says.
“In my search for weight loss, I’ve found that losing weight isn’t as difficult as it might seem at first. It is not the easiest task in the world, but there is absolutely nothing in this world that you cannot accomplish when you have set your heart [and mind] to. When you finally do this, you will experience unparalleled joy and happiness, ”she adds.
Weight loss starts in the mind, proves Jaswal; It’s about submitting your lifestyle to your healthy thoughts.