“I believe in myself and love the way I am. I feel, a person cannot be judged on the basis of his/ her appearance. But yes, you tend to lose confidence, if you are on a heavier side,” said Sampada Sawant, who surprised everyone with her new avatar.
Sampada informed that since childhood itself, she was a healthy kid. “I used to eat a lot of rice and oily foodstuff and enjoyed it. After SSC, I didn’t pay heed to my health. I was shocked, when I stood in front of the mirror. Yes, I had gained a lot of weight. I was whooping 94 kgs.”
According to Sampada, slowly she became a butt of a joke and people mocked, lectured and taunted her and she couldn’t even wear clothes of her choice. “This affected and frustrated me so much that I shunned myself from everything. I stopped stepping out of the house, hanging out with my friends. I gave up my social life,” said Sampada.
Sampada was motivated after watching fitness videos on social media. “I browsed on the internet and modified my diet with the help of a nutritionist. Though, following a strict diet was difficult in the beginning, but, when everyone started complementing me. I was motivated.”
A happy-go-lucky Sampada proudly said that still her target isn’t achieved and I want to shed few more kilos. “Now, I weigh 85 kgs. I feel fit, energetic, active, content, and optimistic and I can easily fit into the clothes of my choice. I have also started exercising.”
- Breakfast: 2 rotis with sprouts or paneer or egg curry
- Mid morning: 1 fruit
- Lunch: 2 rotis and subzi without oil
- Evening: Butter mil
- Dinner: 1 roti
Since Sampada’s weight loss was unbelievable, we also spoke to some experts. Pooja Udeshi, Sports nutritionist and certified diabetes educator and practising at Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani hospital, said “Though, it is a huge amount of weight loss, it is possible. There are many nutrients missing in the diet, due to which she may experience hair fall and her skin can become dull. Also, she will have to follow this diet regularly, otherwise, she will gain weight.”
Rutika Murudkar, clinical nutritionist at Naraindas Morbai Budhrani trust explained, “Weight loss differs from person to person. Losing weight gradually is important as it shouldn’t only be muscle loss. A person should get adequate proteins, carbs, along with macro and micro nutrients.”
Shilpa Joshi, RD consultant dietician, Mumbai Diet and Health Centre and a National Committee Member of Indian Dietetic Association said, “Yes, losing 10 kgs in one-and-a-half months, is possible. Here, the important question is whether it is right?”