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How this diabetic cut sugar and lost 35 kg in 8 months

Last updated on: June 11, 2019 10:23 IST
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Here, Amit Singh, 32 from Delhi shares his incredible weightloss journey.

How Amit Singh lost  35 kg in 8 months

IMAGE: Amit Singh went from 140 kg to 105 kg in 8 months. Photograph: Kind courtesy Amit Singh

I work as a business development manager at Schindler India.

Thanks to an unhealthy lifestyle, I'd slowly started gaining weight.

In July 2018, when I had my sugar checked, I realised I was diabetic. 

My sugar level was 494 and I weighed 140 kg at the time. I was almost unable to walk.

My wife Dipti had warned me earlier but I never paid attention.

After the reports came, she encouraged me to focus on my health.

I did not hire a trainer or visit a dietician because I know my body best.

My weight loss journey

I started cutting down on junk food and saw my weight drop by half a kilo in the first week.

That motivated me further. I consciously decided to avoid junk food, potato and sugar.

At the same time I started walking for 40 minutes in the morning and evening.

Every day, I start at 5.30 am in the morning and walk for 40 minutes in my (housing) society's premises.

In the evening, I step out for 40 minutes of brisk walking. During this time, I leave my phone at home or keep it switched off to avoid any distractions.


For my diet, I focused on pulses and green vegetables.

Although I hated eating karela (bitter gourd), I included it in my diet twice a week as it helps fight diabetes.

In the winter, I have cabbage, cauliflower and beans.

I added boiled vegetables, especially carrots to my diet and cut down on roti.

In fruits, I avoid pineapple.

Breakfast: 1 roti (mostly bajra) and vegetables

Lunch: 2 rotis and vegetables

Evening: 1 glass milk and 2 Marie biscuits.

Before dinner, if I felt hungry, I would snack on roasted corn or murmura.

Dinner: 1 roti and vegetables

Since I am diabetic, sometimes I'd feel dizzy. But I never gave up. I believe that life is about overcoming obstacles.

In eight months, I managed to lose 35 kg.

Every Saturday, I get my weight checked. I check my sugar every 3 months and visit our family doctor.

I have successfully managed to control my sugar level and bring it to normal.

Since I have lost weight, I feel very healthy and motivated. At work, people have noticed the change and it has made me more confident.

I am 105 kg and plan to reduce another 20 kg.

Since my height is 6'2", 85 kg would be an apt.

Lessons learned

A key reason I learned from my success is the importance of intent. If your intent is right, you will be successful.

Also, it is important to listen to your body. A doctor or expert can only guide you.

Ultimately, you have to take control of your life and health.

As told to Divya Nair/


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