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'50 kilos lost in a year's time'
Rishi Sharma

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June 07, 2007

We asked Get Ahead readers to share their stories of weight loss with us. Here, 32-year-old Rishi Sharma explains how he lost a massive 50 kilos in one year:

I have been overweight from my childhood, until I reached 25 years of age. The reason being: I LIVED TO EAT.

Food for me was like a good friend. I always carried it with me, ate it and enjoyed it. As a result, I was massively overweight throughout my school days and all through college.

In the year 2000, at the age of 25, I was 5' 11" tall and weighed 120 kilos. I was addicted to junk food, and had no interest in  a healthy diet, nor in exercise. Not surprisingly then, years of overeating, smoking, and an unhealthy lifestyle began to take its toll on my health.

I was diagnosed with high blood pressure (210/130) and high cholesterol in July 2001. At the time I was working as a software consultant in New Jersey, USA, indulging in a highly undisciplined lifestyle and eating all sorts of junk foods (pizzas, burgers, French fries, you name it!).

The will to lose weight and get healthy began as a challenge for me, and has gradually turned into a passion. I lost 50 kilos in a year's time, coming down from 120 kilos (204 pounds) to 72 kilos (160 pounds). I was able to get rid of the high blood pressure and cholesterol, and have been able to maintain my target weight range (72-78 kilos) for the last six years, thanks to my daily routine of exercise and controlled diet.

Here are some tips and principles I follow to live a healthy life, and to maintain my target weight: 

If you are overweight and need more help losing those extra kilos, you can visit my website at www.commonsenseofloosingweight.com.

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Were you once overweight? How did you manage to drop the excess baggage? Email your contributions to howilostweight@rediffmail.com, 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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