It’s not just your genes or your eating habits that make you gain weight. Being on medications and not exercising can also add extra inches to your waist. And this is what happened to Ishita Singh, who met with a serious accident on 2nd May, 2014. She had to spend 32 days in hospital following 5 surgeries and then another 5 months of bed rest. And this was the time when she had to take loads of medications, which made her put on weight in the next five months. From 58 kgs before the accident, Ishita was just over 75 kgs post six months of recovery, gaining 17 kgs in just a few months. But this didn’t put her down. She decided to shed the flab and went on her weight loss journey. She ended up losing 12 kgs in 10 weeks only with yoga. Here is Ishita Singh’s weight loss journey from 75 kgs to 63 kgs in 10 weeks, in her own words.
I started buying new clothes as the old ones couldn’t fit me anymore. People had started commenting on how I had changed and become heavier, which only made the things worse as I would get depressed after such comments. I had a regular diet (the one I used to have before the accident). I tried to catch up on exercise and running, but all in vain. And then I tried my hands at gymming, which I hated to the core.
After all the failed attempts, it was my Mum who suggested yoga. A yoga enthusiast, my Mum introduced me to the world of yoga and meditation, which did the trick for me. And within a week, I lost around 1.2 kgs by yoga. Get inspired by the story of Subia Siddiqui — From 106 kgs to 73 kgs in 6 months.
Diet plan for weight loss that worked!
My day started at 6.30 am with two glasses of lukewarm water and 2 tablespoons of methi (soaked in water overnight). It was followed by an hour of yoga and 15 minutes of meditation. And after spending 10 hours at work, I used to brisk walk for 45 minutes every day after coming home. On some days, I even played an outdoor game for 45 minutes before dinner. I made it a point not to eat or drink anything after dinner except having water before hitting the sack.
My breakfast was of sprouts or fruits and lunch was a bowl of boiled vegetables or dal and fruits. On some days, I used to have it with rice or roti or bhelpuri but not every day. The dinner comprised two glasses of boiled bottle gourd juice with a pinch of salt, black pepper powder, dash of lime. I didn’t have snacks. I would drink 4 glasses of lukewarm water every day without fail and not eat anything after 8 at night (a must if you want to lose weight). You might feel very hungry during the initial days of starting on this meal plan but it works! If you can’t resist the urge to drink tea or coffee, then have it without sugar.
How Yoga worked for me!
My fitness regime — I start with Vrikshasana for 1-2 minutes and then practise various yoga asanas like chakra-asana, virabhadrasana, Janus IR Sana, Madhya Chandra Sena and others for minimum 2 sets of 30 reps each for right and left parts of the body. Here are 10 yoga poses for beginners to get started!