Family Status: Single
Occupation: Media Consultant
Hometown: Delhi, India
Starting Weight: 210 pounds
Current Weight: 170 pounds
Current Waist Size: 31″
Manu’s Weight Loss Interview!
How much did you lose (pounds, inches, dress/pants size)?
I lost 40 pounds and dropped 5 inches off my waistline!
When did you become unhappy with your weight (were you overweight as a child or did you gain weight as an adult)?
It wasn’t until the day that the word “average” made a permanent place in my life. That’s when I decided to put down the fork and spoon, turn off the television and start working out!
What made you decide to lose weight?
Not being able to make significant progress in my favorite sport (field hockey), while sitting in the South Asian subcontinent where being a college dropout and not being an entrepreneur sounds like a crime. I lacked basic confidence that an entrepreneur should have.
What were the most important changes you made to lose weight?
Consistency is the key to progression. Each workout has to have a presence every day even if it is for a short duration, such as 10-15 minutes. If you can’t go to a gym, use a stepper, or go outside for a quick run. You can even just do sit-ups and push-ups at home. You should focus on moving your body every single day.
What was the most challenging thing you had to deal with during your weight loss journey?
Not seeing results right away was tough. It’s important to remember that results will not come overnight. Sticking to your fitness routine and trusting yourself is the toughest and most pivotal part of success. Managing my time and effort with a corporate lifestyle was the toughest part.
How long did it take you to start to see results?
It took about a year before I noticed considerable results.
How long did it take for you to reach your current weight?
It took 2 years for me to reach where I’m currently at with my physique.
Did you have any issues with loose skin after losing the weight? If so, how did you deal with it?
Weight training along with cardio in a calculated manner will help with any loose skin problems.
How long have you maintained your weight loss and what are the most important factors for keeping it off?
I have sustained my weight loss and also my muscle growth for 2 years now. My body is crafted in the kitchen and grown while working out. It’s not about dieting at all, it’s all about eating clean for a lifetime.
What keeps you motivated to continue your weight loss success?
Recognition, appreciation and a high level of productivity within my work atmosphere is what keeps me motivated.
How has your life changed now that you have lost weight?
I have embraced my baldness with confidence and I’m proud of it! Every style of fashion and clothing that I couldn’t try on before is now in my wardrobe. My body has overtaken the shortfall of hair 🙂
Do you have any advice for others who are trying to lose weight?
Stay focused! You might feel tired in the beginning and see no value in your journey, but trust me, with time you will see a meteoric rise in many smiles on your face when you succeed!
How did ShapeFit help you reach your weight loss goals?
The fitness articles on ShapeFit.com have helped me overcome all of those marketing gimmicks that trap you in an endless loop with many other publications.
Manu’s Weight Loss Tips!
Weight Loss Tip #1:
Stay focused. When you feel stressed out, drained and unable to make time for exercise, that is the real test of your character. Stick with it since the end result will be beautiful!
Weight Loss Tip #2:
Make sure you workout day in and day out.
Weight Loss Tip #3:
You will get bored with your routine if you do not change it up. Include variations like different sports, Zumba Dance, bodyweight workouts and CrossFit training.
Weight Loss Tip #4:
Dieting is a gimmick, so don’t be fooled. You have to eat clean on a consistent basis. Your stomach knows if what you are eating is worth it or not.
Weight Loss Tip #5:
Improvise! Switch up your exercise routine and have fun while doing it!
Manu’s Weight Loss Eating Plan!
What do you normally eat for breakfast?
Egg whites, peanut butter sandwich, chick peas and brown rice, stir-fried green vegetables.
What do you normally eat for lunch?
Bowl rice, bowl of seasonal vegetables, bowl of yogurt and salad.
What do you normally eat for dinner?
Bowl of lentils, bowl of yogurt and a salad.
What do you normally eat for snacks?
Homemade fryers (cereal), boiled eggs, low-fat yogurt.
What type of nutritional supplements do you take?
Fish oil and a multivitamin.
Manu’s Weight Loss Workouts!
What do you do for weight training (exercises, workouts)?
I train a single body part with 5 exercises every day (3 sets for each exercise). On Sunday, I do a complete body workout where I train every body part with 3 exercises (1 set each).
What do you do for cardio training (exercises, workouts)?
For cardio, I like running and doing the stepper, stair climber and Zumba.