Slow and Steady
Initially Adnan admits that when he lost the first 4-5 kilos, he could hardly see any difference but his family egged him on and constantly complimented him for looking better.
Adnan adds that being so heavy; he was in no shape to exercise, so he stuck to dieting for 2 months with a bit of walking. Only after losing about 40 kilos, Adnan was able to walk on the treadmill and do some of the exercises. He started noticing small changes in his body, from being able to sleep lying down, to requiring no help in getting up. Adnan also realized that slowly and steadily he was getting better.
Explore other options
Adnan’s nutritionist studied his body, his mental and physical make-up and suggested a diet regime for him. He was told to stay away from rice, bread, sugar and oil and eat only foods that are high in protein. But this did not mean that he gave up all the things he loved; instead of binging on unhealthy snacks, he was given the option of opting for home made popcorn with salt, choosing diet chocolate fudge sticks as a sweet option, going for diet ice lollies instead of ice creams. Adnan said that he almost discovered a different world out there that is diet friendly.
After Adnan got used to this kind of diet, he said he could continue it easily at home in Mumbai also.
Going out during weight loss
Being a celebrity, Adnan was invited to lot of parties but he realized that being out is not a good enough reason to forget your diet. One factor which frequently interrupted his attempts to stick to his diet was the overtly courteous Indian hospitality which forces people to overeat; Adnan devised a solution by always carrying a heavily laden plate in his hand so that people would feel that he was having enough food.
He narrates that even when he stuck to water instead of the drinks, everybody assumed it was vodka, and he simply let them.
Mental or Physical Struggle
Adnan feels that weight loss is 70 percent psychological and 30 percent physiological. He adds, most of the times our body says enough but it is the mind that is greedy and wants more. It is this disagreement between mind and body that creates a problem, when you train your mind to resist the temptation as the body is easy to train than the mind.
The journey from Fat to Fit
From being unable to stand or walk unsupported, today Adnan Sami likes to play tennis and squash. His new found physique has given him new confidence and a positive outlook towards life. He says, now he realizes how much can be achieved with will power.
His message to whoever wants to lose weight is, “Everybody, including me, had written me off. I proved everyone, including me, wrong. If I can overcome it, anybody can.”
What we learn from Adnan’s amazing weight loss story
- Unless we take charge of our body there is no end to the problem
- Most of the weight loss battle is to be fought in the mind and once mind is conquered, achieving the desired weight loss is not far away.
- Take the help of experts when dealing with weight loss.
- Take all the support your friends and family have to offer; share your goals with them
- You cannot let others or even yourself say that you cannot do it!