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I’ve always been overweight, ever since I was little. As I grew older, the weight kept piling on, and during uni, I kept eating all the wrong food (crisps, chocolates, doughnuts, ice-cream) plus drinking multiple times a week. During my second year at uni, I joined The Gym Group along with my housemates, but only ended up going 5 times and then cancelled the membership. Shortly after, I got told about Raspberry Ketone tablets that were supposed to aid weight loss, so started taking them but never saw any results, and I went back to my old ways by ignoring the issue. To be honest, I had convinced myself that I wasn’t that much overweight to justify eating more junk food, and so the pounds piled on.
I then started my masters that same year, which was intense, and started having panic attacks towards the end of completing my dissertation. It was at the end of my masters that I was at 16 stone, which was my heaviest weight. My clothes no longer fitted me and had to buy size 22 clothing. My self-confidence and self-esteem were on the floor, to the point where I didn’t go out with friends or to family events because of the way I felt about myself and the way I looked. Seeing pictures of myself with friends or family from the few occasions I did go out, only made me feel worse about myself. I ended crying myself to sleep more often than not, thinking that I was going look this way for the rest of my life, and of how bad my fitness levels were (I could barely walk down the street for 2 minutes without getting out of breath).
So how did I get started on my journey?
I knew I needed to do something about my weight and fitness levels, as they were gradually getting worse and affecting daily activities. My brother was already part of the FLC at Body and Beyond Performance run by Vin Patel, and suggested that I should join too. From September 2015, I joined the FLC sessions, which involves doing resistance training for an hour 4 times a week. Prior to starting FLC, I was so nervous and scared about how the session would go; worried about not doing anything to make myself look stupid or not being able to do things because I was so big; and what would Vin or other members think of me.
The first session was incredibly nerve-racking, and although I don’t remember it too clearly now, I do remember not being able to do a single burpee. I felt embarrassed for not being able to do one burpee, that I tried to practice at home and ended up pulling a muscle. So, it’s fair to say my first week of training did not go anywhere near how I wanted it to. Despite that, I kept attending my training sessions regularly as I could as well as tracking my calories, and slowly the weight started coming off each month. Fast forward to today, I’ve been doing the FLC for 19 months. The journey has not been easy by any means, as there have been times where I have had to miss weeks of training because of anxiety issues, or have felt like giving up because the results weren’t visible. However, I’ve learnt that there is no quick fix to weight loss, and all you need to do is put in the hard work in whatever form of exercise you choose, and stick to your calorie count.
So, my advice to anyone who is looking to start their journey – I know taking the first step is scary and nerve-racking, but even if your hands or legs are trembling, take a leap of faith and start. Before you start your journey though, really think deep about why you want to start your journey. Every time you feel like giving up or throwing the towel in, think of that reason of why you started and that will keep you going. There’s no quick fix to weight loss, it does take time and isn’t a straight line journey; there will be bumps along the way, but as long as you keep putting in the effort with nutrition and training, you WILL see results whether it’s in terms of weight loss or becoming stronger and fitter.
Over the past 15 weeks I have had the pleasure of training Anand on The Fat Loss Camp. He joined in November 2013 and since then completed 3 courses. On every course we run a little competition where the person with the largest fat loss receives their money back and guess what? Anand is the first ever member to win The Fat Loss Camp 3 times in a row or even just 3 times alone.
I just wanted to take this chance thank Anand for joining on The Fat Loss Camp and congratulate him on his success, not only has he smashed his expectations he has also smashed mine. Well done mate and keep up all the hard work, there are more amazing results to come for you!
Here’s a little Q&A I did with Anand, please have a read:
Why did you join The Fat Loss Camp?
In order to become more trim and fitter.
What you have achieved so far?
I now seem to have a lot more energy and I surprisingly feel less tired and more active during the day.
Weight loss – 2.5 stones (15.9kg)
Cm loss – a total of 49.3cm from my body, of which 15cm from my waist.
How has The Fat Loss Camp helped you achieve this?
All that has been achieved is 100% because of the FLC. The training sessions are tough but you feel a great sense of achievement after each one. Vin diligently sets out a range of exercises and he motivates you throughout each session. The complementary diet plan is also key. One of the best things I did was carefully read through the FLC starter pack and made notes on the types of foods I could eat and the recommended portion sizes. A few days into the FLC course, I provided Vin with my food diary and he was able to provide suggestions to further improve the diet. This actually included increasing my calorie intake on workout days! Without the training sessions, the diet plan and Vin’s support, the results achieved would not have been possible.
What you would say to someone thinking of joining?
In the words of Nike – Just Do It! No matter whether you are big or small, tall or short, old or young, the FLC caters for everyone! If you are looking to become fitter and healthier, in my opinion there is no better way than by joining The Fat Loss Camp.
Inside you’ll find out:
- Exactly why you’re finding it so hard to lose weight.
- How you can fix those problems without much effort at all.
- What the difference between losing weight and fat is.
- Why just trying to eat healthily is making you fat.
- How you can have a life and a great body at the same time.
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