From battling harsh comments to suffering from PCOD, Juhi realised that she needed to adopt a fit and healthy lifestyle in order to be confident again and live her life to the fullest. However, it was the concern of her boyfriend (now husband) that shook her to the very core. Her weight loss transformation is a living, breathing example that anything is possible if you put your heart into it.
Name: Juhi Kapoor
Age: 29 years
Height: 5 feet 3 inches
Highest weight recorded: 92.5 kgs
Weight lost: 27.5 kgs
Current Weight: 65 kgs
Duration it took me to lose weight: 18 months
The turning point: It was the point when my boyfriend (now husband) told me very seriously, “I love you so much but I don’t want you to die at the age of 40 and the way you are going on with your life, I feel I am going to end up alone. Juhi, you will eventually die of a lifestyle disease since you don’t care for your body.” His words shook me from within and I realised that I needed to change myself and my lifestyle for good.
My breakfast: I choose anything from poha, upma, chillas, paranthas, idlis, dosa, sandwiches and omelette.
My lunch: 1 chapati, 1 portion of vegetable or chicken curry, 1 bowl of curd or 1 glass of chaas alon with some salad and chutney.
My dinner: I choose from the following options for my dinner: Dal khichdi, rajma chawal, millet pulao, dahi kadhi and rice, dosa sambhar, barley khichdi, and dal and roti.
Pre-workout meal: I have a banana or any fruit. I also switch it up with homemade muesli with half a cup of milk, walnuts and dates.
Post-workout meal: Whey protein and flax seeds.
I indulge in: I eat homemade sweets like sattu ladoo, rawa kesari, homemade Amritsari chole and kulcha and ragi chocolate cake.
My workout: My workout schedule is as follows:
2 Days – Weight training
1 day – Functional training
1 Day – Cardio
2 Days – Yoga
1 day- Complete rest or brisk walking sometimes
Low-calorie recipes I swear by: I have plenty of options to choose from. Some of them are Jowar besan chilla, lauki parantha, ragi dosa, dal khichdi, millet biryani, paneer, and vegetable pulao.
Fitness secrets I unveiled: Weight loss and fitness is all about eating healthy, homemade and balanced meals. Unlike common misconceptions, it is not about fads diets. It is about simplicity and traditional food, and more importantly, being happy with what you eat.
How do I stay motivated? I have created an Instagram page which is just shy of 10,000 followers. I keep posting my regime on the page to motivate my followers. This, in turn, keeps me motivated to keep going.
How do you ensure you don’t lose focus? Since I am a foodie, I love eating a variety of good food. I try to make different dishes at home and stick to a healthy, homemade diet. For instance, during monsoons, I stick to pulses, grains and gourds. While in winters, I switch to sesame seeds, leafy greens, besan and I make different sweets at home like multigrain barfi, ragi ladoo and besan halwa in the festive season.
What’s the most difficult part of being overweight? Everyone body shames an obese person. Even relatives and friends pass snide and hurtful remarks and it is incredibly difficult to deal with the situation. However, the most difficult part is to keep going even when you have hit the weight loss plateau.
What shape do you see yourself 10 years down the line? I see myself at an ideal weight of 55 kilos with a toned body and a great endurance level.
What are the lifestyle changes you made? I made a lot of lifestyle changes. Some of them are:
– I started eating very slowly and mindfully.
– I added ghee, peanuts, coconut, rice, potato back to my diet without any fear. I realised the importance of balanced meals and small portions.
– Today, I eat 8 meals a day in small and limited in quantity.
– I chew every bite slowly and that’s why my portion size has reduced to half of what it used to be.
– I eat all meals on time and accommodate atleast 2 fruits in a day
– I work out atleast 4-5 days a week
What was the lowest point for you? The worst part of my weight loss journey was when I was diagnosed with PCOD. It was the hardest part because it led to severe hair loss, acne, period pain, mood swings, and more weight gain.
Lessons learnt from weight loss: Homemade healthy meals and mindful eating can result in sustainable weight loss. Also, I learnt that losing weight is not about the workout but more about what you eat.