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'I dropped 10 kilos in three months'
Umesh B Sethia
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July 05, 2007

We asked Get Ahead readers to share their stories of weight loss with us. Here, Umesh B Sethia, a 33-year-old software professional, tells us how he lost 10 kilos in six months:


Who doesn't love kaju katli, badam shakes, Bengali rossogulla, pizza, Bikaneri papad, pav bhaji and cakes? I come from a Rajasthani Marwari background and used to live to eat, with a particular fondness for Bikaneri papad and bhujias.


Predictably, my weight graph looked something like the stock market -- forever tumbling and rising -- and even having crossed a century once. I have, however, managed to stabilise my weight with a great little strategy.


I am 6'2" and used to weight 102 kilos about six months ago. I managed to drop 10 kilos over 3-4 months and have been successfully maintaining since then by adopting an analytical approach to eating.


I began by analysing my eating habits and foods that I binged on. I would control my cravings, trying to balance my favourites with healthy foods and reduce my intake of sweets and junk food in a phased manner, slowly dropping high-calorie items from my diet. 


I also realised the need for doing more than just controlling my diet. My work involves sitting at a desk for 10-12 hours, with hardly any physical exertion. So, I began walking about four kilometres every morning, practicing deep breathing (yoga) and enjoying the crisp morning air.


Once I lost the weight, I drew up a new diet plan, which I eased into gradually.

         I begin the day with a cup of tea/ glass of milk with a few biscuits.

         For breakfast I have a paratha

         At the office I have three or four cups of tea

         Lunch comprises three chapatis, one/ two vegetables (green vegetables are preferred) and a small quantity of rice

         Dinner is similar to lunch, but low on the spicy, sweet or oily stuff


When at a buffet or a party, I usually opt for some plain rice with dal. If I do happen to cheat on the diet, jogging or walking is my quick fix; a two-kilometre walk burns off the excess calories and takes me back to my ideal weight.


Following this daily regime has made my weight-loss story a success, and I believe that just streamlining your daily schedule can work wonders. It will help you control your food intake, improve digestion and help your body function at its optimum. I find that I can now work more and have more energy to concentrate and focus on my priorities.



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Were you once overweight? How did you manage to drop the excess baggage? Email your contributions to, along with your name, age, occupation, contact details, and photographs of yourself both before and after your weight loss. We'll publish the best entries right here on Get Ahead.


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