One of the most discussed topics on fitness forums is the viability and sustainability of running daily as a successful medium for weight loss. Running is a high-impact sporting activity that ensures that various muscle groups of the body are working in complete harmony to improve your stride, stamina and overall quality of life. So, going by this definition, running is not just beneficial for weight loss but can also enhance your bodys fitness levels. In fact, according to 28-year-old Amandeep Singh, running is equivalent to meditation.
Singh tells us that he was able to lose 13 kg by running daily, along with a little bit of cardio in the form of swimming and simple core exercises. Id always had a keen interest in athletics and wanted to earn recognition for it as well. But I soon realised that to become a good athlete, I first need to be fit and in great mental healthboth of which I was able to achieve after overcoming a depressive episode by running daily.
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I weighed 85 kg when I started running, and from then till now Ive lost 13 kg and aim to lose a little bit more in the coming weeks, he explains. Once I started seeing a difference in my physique, I also started taking the below simple steps to get closer to weight loss goal.
1. Running was the first step. No other workout can be compared to running!
2. I started avoiding processed foods as much as possible. Chips, fried and baked food, juices with preservatives, tea with sugaranything that contains processed sugar or preservatives
5. Swimming also became a part of my schedule. Almost 3 times a week, Id swim a distance between 500 m - 1km.
6. I started working on my core too with the help of basic exercises such as push ups, sit ups, pull ups and planks.
7. Most importantly, I started drinking a lot of water and also eating healthier. Let me break down my weight loss diet plan for you below.
Breakfast: 4 small idlis or 4 small uthappas or upma or 3 paranthas with a cup tea without sugar.
Mid-day: A cup of black coffee
Lunch: A small bowl of rice, dal, soup, a lot of salad and vegetables
Evening snack: 1-2 biscuits
Dinner: Oats with milk or 2 chapatis with cooked vegetables
Apart from following this diet plan, I also ate a handful of nuts: walnuts, raisins, cashews and almonds daily and drank a lot of water throughout the day.
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1. It will take time. Just relax and enjoy the process.
2. Do not weigh yourself everyday and get disappointed if you are not losing any pounds. Trust me, you will lose weight. It just takes time. It is like investing!
3. Weigh your body on weekends only and at a fixed time of the day - let's say morning 6:00 am and without shoes.
4. Stay disciplined.
5. Avoid alcohol.
6. Drink a lot of water. It helps a lot.
7. Sleep is very essential. It also helps in burning calories.
8. Exercise is a must just like the way you brush, bathe and eat. Human body is made to exercise but we are ignoring it. In fact, do not focus on losing weight, focus on involving yourself in exercise daily and slowly push your limits.
Disclaimer: The fitness journey, diet and workout routines shared by the respondents are purely for inspirational purposes and in no way intend to propagate a specific body type. Please consult an authorised medical professional before following any specific diet or workout routine mentioned above.
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