From 130 kgs to 80kgs, this cosmetic dentist changed his life around. This body transformation story of Vishal Pritmani is nothing short of a wonder. MH spoke to the man himself to know about his hurdles and his motivations and also to get good health tips for our readers with similar goals.
MH Team: What inspired your body transformation?
Vishal Pratami: Sometimes your own family and relatives can be your challengers. I was body shamed many a times. A close family relative told me I could never lose weight in my life and said some things like "fat people should not eat so much or they shouldn't wear such clothes." That was enough to inspire me.
Tell us about your fitness regime and diet plan during this time?
Vishal Pratami: Being a dental student in college, my diet was horrific, as my busy schedule and extreme workload made it the perfect environment to just binge on whatever was easily available. Today, I realise how important it is to eat right as we are what we eat. I insist there has to be a perfect balance in your protein, carbohydrate and fat intake with essential minerals and the right amount of water to keep our system working. We learn these basics in school and we forget them as we grow old. Proteins are building blocks, carbohydrates are energy, fats are protective nutrients and water flushes the waste out. We just have to have these in right proportions to maintain the correct balance.
My fitness regime includes weight training 4-5 times a week with functional/ MMA/ cardio activities 3 times a week.
What were the biggest hurdles that you faced during this process?
Vishal Pratami: The biggest hurdles that you face when you have a lot of weight to lose are the plateau phases. That is when you get stuck to one particular weight for a long time. It happened with me after every 6 to 7 kgs loss. I would be stuck in a plateau phase. What I did to overcome that was make a minor change in my activity and diet. That's the trick that worked for me. Don't make your body accustomed to one thing, a slight change does the magic. Trust me, it works.
Have you achieved your fitness goals?
Vishal Pratami: Fitness is like an addiction, so you never reach your goals. I am always hungry for something better, one rep more and the journey has no end. You can’t stop making yourself stronger and better.
Do you plan to inspire others for such a body transformation? If yes, how would you do it?
Vishal Pratami: Yes, of course, my motive is always to inspire others. There are so many Vishals out there who gave up on their health, maybe for education or career. At the end of the day, the only person you can count on is yourself. Being fat is not a curse, you should not feel any shame being fat and not let the perspective of other people affect you negatively. Just be fit and try to reach a stage where you feel good internally as well as externally.
What advice would you like to give others who are struggling with their transformations?
Vishal Pratami: My only advice would be, if I can do it, anyone can. It's a difficult path, agreed. But it's a beautiful journey too where you will see yourself grow. At the same time, you are an inspiration to many others out there. Just follow simple rules:
- 60% is what we eat
- 30% is mandatory physical activity
- 10% rest and no unnecessary stress
Always watch what you eat. Start with any basic physical activity, start a simple walk or choose steps over the lift and don't take unnecessary stress. Just relax at the end of the day. You will reach your goal, you just gotta give it time.
What is the fitness mantra that got your through this time?
Vishal Pratami: I believe in motivation, encouragement and believe in myself. I think that now I have reached this stage, so I encourage others to take steps towards their fitness goals as there are many out there who lack the motivation. I also feel that we should never stop believing in ourselves and that we can achieve what we aim for.