My tryst with fitness started when I was in college. I generally had a good physique, and at that time it was mostly about workouts- nothing to do with diet. I just wanted a fit body. Flash forward 10 years and work stress hit me hard. Work and family completely took away all of the time I had. My IT job demanded 9-10 hrs of sitting on the desk. Exercising went out of the window. I am a foodie, hence ordering in became a regular habit. I was into stress and binge-eating as well and without knowing, I piled on kilos of lard. Realization came in hard at a health camp at my office. That's when I decided to step on the gas.
Getting back into routine was the major hurdle. I knew I had to make gym a daily routine. Anyhow, I started with waking up early to the hit gym first thing in the morning. In order to achieve at least 6-7 hrs of sleep, I tried to go to bed early. All this meant that I had to adjust everything else like spending time with my family, etc. It indeed was pretty difficult but I did it anyhow.
Getting into healthy eating was the most difficult part of it all. I had to always be cautious of what I put into my mouth. But in due course of time, that came to me naturally and it got easier to avoid junk and high calorie eatables.The Mistakes
I still remember having those stupid slimming tablets. It was when I was at my heaviest- 84kg. I bought few packets and started having them. Needless to say, I saw no change and it didn't take me much to understand that it's all false.
With hard work, I dropped down from 84kgs to 76kgs. But then, I hit a plateau and did not understand why my body wasn't responding. That's when I talked to Rajiv Ambat, who had cofounded the online platform, GetSetGo Fitness. I decided to enroll under Coach Melvin and gave it a shot.
Though I was having a 'healthy diet', I was still overlooking the macros in my diet and wasn't counting my calories https://www.mensxp.com/health/nutrition/45485-7-foods-that-contain-almost-zero-calories-are-a-good-addition-to-everyday-meals.html . Through Melvin's diet plan, I understood the importance of calories and macronutrients. That along with the exercise plan that he gave me, helped me achieve the desired body composition. He made me understand why it's important to see the energy balance, achieve the correct body fat percentage, and what changes to bring about it my diet. I could then see the plateau break.