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'I've gone from overweight to fit again'
Kunal Mehta
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July 12, 2007

We asked Get Ahead readers to share their stories of weight loss with us. Here, Kunal Mehta, a 24-year-old computer engineer, tells us how he managed to control his weight:

I have noticed that weight often becomes an issue for IT professionals who move to the US or UK on work for a few months or years. I faced a similar problem when I moved to the UK in January this year. 

The UK is without a doubt a fantastic place to be in, if you can cope up with the ever changing climate and food.

For the first four months, I didn't cook once at home. Everything I ate came was store bought and I had no fixed diet. From burgers to pizza, bread and butter to jam slices, juices, garlic bread, chips and sodas � I'd relish it all.

As the months went by, I noticed my trousers and baggy jeans getting tighter. When I finally did weigh myself, I found I had touched 73 kilos from my original weight of 67. The shock was all I needed to bid adieu to Pizza Hut and McDonald's.

I wasn't the best of chef but I began cooking for myself. Though it wasn't easy, I found that it helped control my diet and weight. I then adopted a programme to get me back on the road to fitness. Here's what I did:

~ I joined the gym and ran\ jogged\ walked\ cycled (7.5 kms each) for five days a week) with no heavy weight exercises.  That was the most tiresome part but it was the most effective. I'd also get up early and practise some yoga exercises for 15-20 minutes to reduce the flab on my abdomen.

~ I stayed away from junk food and went back to good old roti and dal; eating less than required but not starving myself. I'd have three fixed meals and a lot of water.

~ For breakfast, it was hot milk with cereal or cornflakes. I'd avoid bread as far as possible.

~ Lunch would be yoghurt with dry vegetables or a dal (pulses) with roti.

~ I broke the habit of snacking on biscuits and sweets when I returned from work, and would carry some fruit with me to office for a healthy snack.

~ Dinner would be chapattis with dal along with lots of salad.

~ Avoid sitting for long durations in front of the computer. If your job requires it, make sure to move around for a few minutes after every hour. If time permits, take up a sport as well.

For those of you looking to lose weight, here are some rules to follow:  

~ Do not check your weight everyday. Everything takes time. Give yourself at least two months to notice a substantial difference.

~ Make sure you do not eat just for the sake of eating. Instead, enjoy your food and be aware of what you eat.

~ If things aren't going your way, don't change your direction; you just might need a little more time.


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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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