Anirudh Pachisia is a 34-year-old corporate executive. Super smart, motivated and hard working, he was enmeshed in the business world. Over time, this had taken a toll on his lifestyle, eating habits and resultant health. His weight had increased. He had low energy levels. His body fat was high. Overall, he didn’t feel healthy.
I advised him to make lifestyle changes. He willingly took my advice. My advice included being mindful of what he was eating. I asked him to track his food using www.myfitnesspal.com. Tracking gave him a deep understanding of the nutrition in everything he ate. Using the knowledge gained, he changed the composition of his food. The tricky areas of nutrition, true for most of us? Foods in the sugar basket. He significantly reduced this. He started eating earlier in the evening to allow his body to undergo intermittent fasting. Over the weekend, the fasting would be longer as he would eat breakfast later on Saturday’s and Sundays. On weekends, he would eat regular food including pizza and other foods high in carbohydrates. He was following a 5-2 diet plan. Five days of watching food and two days of including foods that you might crave. He was watchful though and prioritised eating food that he was fond of, instead of eating everything that came his way. Mindful eating, if ever there was such a thing.
For the three months during which he did this, he was engaging in the most basic exercises such as walking, push-ups, etc. There was no strenuous physical activity. The lack of physical activity is an important lesson because many people associate vigorous physical activity as the necessary ingredient to losing weight.
In three months, he dropped a total of 25 pounds, which was his goal. He is significantly more energetic and clear headed. His cravings for many types of food has come down. He can say no to eating. He has found it incredibly simple to follow my advice as it didn’t involve crash dieting or starving yourself. There were no magic pills or potions. I am not a druid and therefore do not concoct any. He has since moved on to advising others on the power and simplicity of losing weight. What is holding you back?