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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


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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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