Starting bodyweight: 90kg
Current bodyweight: 65kg (undergoing a second transformation)
How did you get started?
I have been fat throughout my teenage. I never bothered as my friends made fun of me. In 2012, while in college I had uploaded a photo on social media with my close friends, in front of whom I looked obese and somebody pointed it out. That was the day I started my journey.
Where does your motivation come from?
My motivation comes from my inner self. I want to be better than I was yesterday. I want to be stronger than yesterday. Seeing myself in the mirror everyday… That gives me motivation.
How do you feel your flexibility helps you both in and out of the gym?
I don’t focus much on my flexibility. May be i would rather take that up more seriously in coming future. For me, the focus now is getting stronger… Which makes me confident even outside the gym.
What workout routine has worked best for you?
Undoubtedly, lifting weights. Prior to weight training, I have tried aerobics, zumba, plyometrics and functional to an extent. But once I started lifting weights, I fell in love with the process.
If you had to pick only three exercises, what would they be and why?
This is a very tricky question as I have many favourite exercises. But I would like to suggest these three exercises to everybody and these can be done anywhere.
1. Squats– Undoubtedly my most favourite exercise ever. Not only do you need squats to have a great pair of legs, but squats burn more calories in your entire body than any other exercise.
2. Pushups– This has a lot of variation and can be tried to make your exercise routine more interesting. Using your own bodyweight against the gravity builds up strength and that is why I love it.
3. Burpees– Okay not really a favourite of mine! Cause it exhausts you to death. But it is a very very effective exercise to burn body fat and it builds up your stamina. Try it to believe it.
What is your diet like?
I don’t follow a diet. I follow healthy eating. I try to eat foods as close to natural form as possible. This means avoiding processed and packaged foods. Vegetables and protein sources are my favourite ( chicken, eggs). I eat 6 small meals throughout the day.
Being a foodie, it’s difficult for me to stay away from tasty junk food. But the sacrifice is worth it!
What’s the one food you couldn’t live without and how do you handle food cravings?
I am a bengali and I love rice in any form. I could never possibly imagine living without rice even for a day. If possible, I would eat rice even in breakfast. But due to my regime, I had to avoid it. I still love rice and crave for it.
Food cravings are natural and I go through a lot of cravings. At that point I try to focus on the fact that don’t let your mind overpower your dreams. It’s very tricky. Don’t let temporary cravings ruin your hardwork. I look at my photos from the past and remind myself that I can’t afford to go back to that form.
What’s something not many people know about you?
I was a state topper in my board exams. I also am trained in Indian classical music for 12 years. These are few facts most people don’t know about me.
Work untill your idols become your rivals!