This dude’s weight loss journey is amazing
Being overweight has become a stress factor for many because of the society’s conditioning to body shame or because of health reasons. It is no news that overweight people grow up listening to humiliating insults, insensitive jokes and absurd nicknames hurled at them. However, when someone takes actions about the bullying, in whatever form they feel safe and comfortable doing, that’s laudable. Something similar happened with this student from Lahore.
Hasnain Sheikh from Lahore underwent a weight loss journey like no other losing 50 kgs in just nine months
He was a student of O Level when Hasnain decided to completely change what he saw in the mirror.
They say you’re just one decision away from completely changing your life; and, perhaps this befits the situation completely. We reached out to Hasnain and he told us that on October 17, 2017, he ate a lot of food, much more than he wanted to. And, that was his way to bid food goodbye. Weighing 120 kg with 5″8 height, on October 18, 2017, Hasnain completely made his mind to lose all the extra weight and that there was no going back.
Especially to be noted, just three days after Hasnain started his weight loss journey, he met with an accident and was not allowed to go to the gym. He was, however, unstoppable and used to go for walk for three hours each day.
Hasnain’s weight loss journey was not free of turbulence
All the students can completely relate to what a stressful time is around the final O level/Matric examinations. Hasnain, too, was juggling between his O level’s last year, his socializing and now his determination to workout. He shared that he was so resolute in losing weight that for the first month in his weight loss journey, he only consumed 300-400 calories per day when an average person should take up to 2000 calories each day. He soon realized that he needs to have a healthy balance.
Hasnain shared that he was so impulsive to lose weight that he went to unhealthy lengths to do that, which shouldn’t be the case. After one month of irrational schedule, he finally sat down to make a routine with healthy eating and exercising. Here’s what his food chart looked like:
- Breakfast: 2-3 egg white + milk
- Post-breakfast snack: Apple
- Lunch: Grilled chicken/fish
- Evening snack: Brown bread/whole wheat + Peanut Butter
- Dinner: Boiled/grilled vegetables / Beef
What to avoid: Soft drinks, oil, white rice, fast food.
Hasnain mentioned that every Saturday he would have a cheat meal to balance the nutrition intake. He would workout three hours per day with 1.5 hours for gym, 45 minutes for swimming and 1 hour for walk at night. After six months into his weight loss journey, he included some supplements such as protein shake, multivitamins, fish oil and black coffee in his regime.
With such a hectic school routine, what motivated him to continue on his weight loss journey, you ask?
In the amidst of finals approaching and growing academic pressure, it only took Hasnain a moment of realization to make a life altering decision. While talking to us, Hasnain shared that he constantly thought that something lacked, as if something was just missing from his personality. Being an obese child, he was always subjected to body-shaming and mocking. He would sometimes engage in a fight with strangers who made fun of his weight, but would be forced to remain silent when people close to him did so. Hasnain shared that no matter how much he denied, he did feel the need to look presentable so he thought to give it a shot. With a mindset that there’s no turning back, off he went on his weight loss journey. He also said that once you start seeing the results, you automatically feel the need to be consistent.
The real question that arises next is: How does he maintain the weight?
Hasnain shared that every Saturday he would have a cheat meal to balance the nutrition intake. After reaching 70 kg, he gained a few kilos to suit his body type. His goal was to maintain 75 kg and to achieve that, he would workout three hours per day with 1.5 hours for gym, 45 minutes for swimming and 1 hour for walk at night. After six months into his weight loss journey, he included some supplements such as protein shake, multivitamins, fish oil and black coffee in his regime.
Hasnain shared with MangoBaaz that the key that kept him going was consistency. He shared that the answer to lose weight and then to keep maintaining is consistency. He also told that due to his busy schedule, he had to cut down on socializing. whenever he had to attend a birthday party, he would already had his healthy meal prepared in car, to avoid any junk eating. This is the consistency level that he had achieved. He did not even compromise his routine during his O level exams and went to gym before taking the exam.
Hasnain also shared the challenges he faced during the weight loss journey and they were tough
Hasnain Sheikh from Lahore said he knew what he was fighting against – his biggest challenge was his habit of smoking. He said his habit was too strong to let go of. Due to excessive smoking, he had no stamina for workout. Hence, he took the tough decision to quit smoking. He made his health his first priority and did not touch a cigarette until he had lost 40 kg. Another great challenge was the hectic routine and last year of O levels. However, nothing could stand in front of his motivation.
Hasnain’s story is a true inspiration and a hope for everyone out there trying to lose weight. It took him 9 months of hard work to reach where he ultimately did.
They key that Hasnain kept repeating is ‘consistency’ and not losing your faith on your journey with setbacks that you may face – even if you do not see the results right away, hang in there and keep working towards your goal.
Cover image via: Hasnain Sheikh