The worst part was when she wasn’t even able to soothe and calm her newborn because of her chronic back pain. From being body-shamed to being the best possible version of herself, her weight loss journey is an inspiration through and through. Read on.
Name: Akanksha Sharma
Occupation: Fitness consultant and homemaker
Age:33 years old
Height: 5 feet 7 inches
Highest weight recorded: 90 kgs
Weight lost: 35 kgs
Duration it took me to lose weight: 24 months
The turning point: I was suffering from PCOS (Polycystic ovary syndrome) before my pregnancy. However, the heartbreaking part was that I couldn’t even hold my baby even though he barely weighed 3 kilos.
He was crying all night and I was not even able to soothe him due to my chronic back pain. That was the moment I realised that I needed to get fit, not for anyone else but for the sake of my child. I wanted to play with my baby and decided it was time to lose all the extra kilos.
My breakfast: Whey protein, nuts and a cup of black coffee
My lunch: For my mid-day meal, I have 100 grams of paneer (cottage cheese), 50 grams of rajma and 50 grams of rice with green leafy vegetables.
My dinner: I keep switching my dinner and make sure to have something light. Some of the options are vegetable pulao, 1 bowl of dal and some portion of rice cooked in ghee and paneer bhurji.
Pre-workout meal: A cup of black coffee
Post-workout meal: I have 75-100 grams of paneer with two slices of bread, 1 cheese slice along with some fish oil capsules and multivitamins.
I indulge in: I never opt for cheat meals as I enjoy whatever I eat.
My workout: I do strength training 6 days a week and make it a point to focus on two body parts per week.
Low-calorie recipes I swear by: I am not a big fan of fancy stuff. Hence, whenever I feel hungry, I prefer to have salad and green leafy vegetables. I try to add different spices to make them tasty. It also helps me to fulfil the micronutrient requirement of the day.
Fitness secrets I unveiled: I have realised that you don’t need to follow any detox or fad diet to lose fat or get abs. You can shed kilos even while eating normal “Ghar ka Khana”. You just have to ensure that you count calories religiously.
How do I stay motivated? I absolutely love working out in a gym and challenging myself. This not only keeps me motivated but also helps in improving my stamina and strength.
How do you ensure you don’t lose focus? I made it a point to set realistic, achievable goals and chase them with all my might.
What’s the most difficult part of being overweight? The worst part was definitely not being able to carry your weight. I was also battling various health conditions including PCOS, irregular menstrual cycle and back pain.
What shape do you see yourself 10 years down the line? Right now, I am already working as a Fitness Coach and help people to get healthy and lead a fitter life. After 10 years, I want to have a fitter physique.
What are the lifestyle changes you made? I make it a point to never miss any of my workouts sessions. Even when I am travelling, I carry my resistance band with me and do some weight training workouts. I also ensure to avoid all sweet and fried food items.
What was the lowest point for you? It was incredibly devastating when I started looking double my age and was constantly body-shamed by my close family members.
Lessons learnt from weight loss: I have realised that consistency is the key to weight loss. As long as you are consistent, your progress is inevitable. If you want something badly, you need to find a way to achieve the same.