Mirshad had no worries about his ascending body weight even when the weighing scale touched 123 kilos. The youngster, a native of Karaparambu in Kozhikode district, happily enjoyed spicy beef curry with fragrant puttu for breakfast. He clearly had no plans to work out or alter his diet to shed that extra flab. However, in December 2018 Mirshad took a life changing decision that has since won him praises from everyone. While travelling to a private hospital in Kozhikode to donate blood for a friend who was admitted there, Mirshad hardly imagined that this hospital visit would change his life forever. The doctor had advised to run a basic blood work before Mirshad gave blood. However, the results of the test, which showed high blood pressure, came as a rude shock for Mirshad. Moreover, the fact that he couldn’t donate blood for his friend made him really upset. This was a tipping point which forced Mirshad to do a reality check about his health and well being. In a candid chat with Onmanorama, Mirshad shares his diet and work out tips and how he managed to shed 46 kilos in just four and a half months.
“I realized that I had high BP when a few testes were run before donating blood for a friend. My friends and family hinted that it could be the beginning of many serious health problems. I was just 29 years old then and my blood sugar level too was on the brink. Losing body weight was the only solution to get rid of these diseases. First, I had to get mentally ready for my weight loss journey,” says Mirshad. Like everyone who tries to lose weight, Mirshad too started with cutting down his food intake and did some basic exercises. But his weight remained stubborn, refusing to go down. It was then that Mirshad found Pratheesh Raju, a wellness coach, on Facebook. Pratheesh designed a unique diet chart and exercise regime that suited Mirshad’s needs. Mirshad recalls 26 December 2018 as the date on which he had become Pratheesh’s ‘disciple’. Pratheesh prepared a detailed plan that would help Mirshad shed a whopping 46 kilos in just under four and half months. He made a list of food items that could and could not be eaten. Besides, Pratheesh suggested some effective work outs too.
Kept it a secret for a month
Mirshad had kept his weight loss journey under the wraps for almost a month. His mother and wife were the only ones who knew about Mirshad’s decision. Mirshad says they had been super supportive, encouraging him and preparing healthy and tasty dishes too. “My breakfast was always packed with nutrients. I snacked on fruits like papaya, orange, apple and pomegranate and salads to satiate my hunger pangs. I cut down the amount of rice that I had for lunch by almost half. Leafy vegetables and seasonal veggies became regular items in my menu. Fishes like mackerel and sardines were eaten as curries. Coconut was completely avoided from my diet. Meanwhile, I enjoyed having refreshing vegetable soups in the evenings. I made sure that I drank at least 6 liters of water,” Mirshad reveals his special diet. The youngster didn’t mind saying ‘no’ to the plump laddoos and delicious ghee cakes that he had loved the most. Besides, tea, coffee, sweets, soft drinks and unhealthy snacks too didn’t have any place in Mirshad’s weight loss diet. He did simple workouts like jumping, twice a day. Mirshad still sounds excited when he says that he had lost 15 kilos in just 29 days. His weight gradually dropped to 77 kilos, which is his ideal body weight, around four and a half months after he began his weight loss regimen.
People couldn’t help but notice Mirshad’s amazing transformation. Some were curious to know whether he was ill. That was when Mirshad had revealed the details about his grand weight loss journey. Those who had told Mirshad that he could never lose weight are pleasantly surprised by his spectacular transformation. Now, Mirshad is a wellness coach who trains around 500 people.
“I was someone who frequented most of the hotels in Kozhikode. I didn’t refrain from visiting these hotels even after I began dieting. However, I didn’t lose control and stuck to my diet even when my friends enjoyed the food. I make sure that I work out for at least half an hour daily. I eat everything in limited portions. As I watch my diet and stick to my daily work out plan, my weight doesn’t shoot anymore,” notes Mirshad.
Mirshad had always been a little overweight since childhood. He confesses that his unhealthy eating habits too had steadily added extra kilos. Mirshad, who was working as a freelance photographer flew to the Gulf in 2013. He had crossed the century mark when he returned home, two years later, for his wedding. His body weight was 123 kilos when he quit his job and moved back home. “I had become used to people making fun of me for my body weight. They jokingly asked me from where I got my ration, while some observed that I didn’t require a tripod to hold my camera as I could always use my big belly for that. I took up an entire triple seat in KSRTC bus. I had been the butt of jokes for that too. However, things have changed now,” smiles Mirshad.
Looks and feels younger
Mirshad says he looks and feels as if he is at least ten years younger. Moreover, he no longer pants while walking or sitting. Most importantly, his confidence level has sky rocketed ever since he got trimmed down. “I have realized that a healthy body is your greatest wealth. I have learned, in the past three years that our body wouldn’t get obese if it is fed with only what it requires. When I finally lost weight, some people lamented about it saying that I looked better when I was fat. But, you needn’t pay heed to them. Now, my wife and mother too follow my diet tips,” Mirshad signs off.