WEIGHT 209 lbs
BODY FAT 45%
WEIGHT 172 lbs
BODY FAT 15%
Being fat can be a nightmare. It can be even worse if you're a teen. I was a skinny vegetarian until age 12 when I went to America for a month and only ate potatoes and pizza. They were tasty, but not healthy. The weight gain started rapidly when I came home. I played cricket, but wasn't able to lose the weight.
At 15, I weighed 209 lbs and was in the worst shape of my life. I was in London for the holidays and saw two girls laughing at me because I was fat. It was one of the most embarrassing moments of my life. I decided it was time for a change; a complete turnover. I wanted to be a teen transformation.
Making a decision and implementing one are two different things. When you decide to change, a lot of changes have to be made. For me, the two most important were craving control and discipline. They didn't happen overnight. It took time, but I was able to change. I saw myself changing slowly and gradually started to bring more control and discipline to the gym.
It feels great to see myself today. The small sacrifices brought big rewards. The most important is confidence. I used to be very shy, but now I stand proud. It's been a life changing experience. I'm at peak fitness levels and can say I'm more fit than people my age. I've learned to control myself, be more disciplined, and be better-looking.
Setting goals and accomplishing goals are completely different. I took extreme measures to get here. It didn't happen at once. It was a step-by-step process. Dieting requires the most change and discipline. I reduced my sweets and junk food intake and went to gym at least 5-6 times a week.
I made friends in the gym and talked to them about everything fitness. I constantly played around with different rep ranges to ensure I was burning calories at an optimum pace. Creating plans are easy as one can find them all over the internet, but it's all about the mindset.
I started this journey when I was 15 with little patience. I expected to get in shape in three months but didn't see changes in the first five months and thought about quitting. The thought of staying the same kept me going. I wanted to be confident and attractive to girls. The changes I saw over the next four months were motivation to persevere.
Inspiration can come from anywhere. My first inspiration was seeing a better future for myself. I was inspired by imagining myself in better shape. This may sound funny, but if you want girls you need looks, confidence, and a nice shape. The opposite sex is a big motivational factor. Motivation and inspiration are important to achieve anything.
Training was a challenge for me, but it was fun to get stronger. The biggest challenge was the diet and avoiding junk food. In India, foods are very high in calories because nearly everything has butter in it. I remember going to restaurants with my family and they had nice meals while I ordered nothing or salad.
Another challenge was meeting my protein requirements because I'm a vegetarian. I had lots of milk and soy to meet the requirements. Not eating your favorite foods is tough, but if you can master it than anything is possible. Bodybuilding.com helped me acquire knowledge about training and dieting. I was able to overcome the challenges and knew it would be worth it.
I'm focusing on gaining muscle without fat, but more importantly, living the fit life. I want to join the fitness industry in the future. Right now, I'm more into academics and getting a good degree from a university.
- Don't expect changes in one night. Be patient.
- If you're fat, don't make a goal to have eight-pack abs. Divide your goals into smaller targets.
- Train dirty and eat clean.
- Believe in yourself and don't give up.
- Have fun in the gym by socializing, but don't get distracted while training.
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