Dubai: He lost 43kg in less than 10 months. He is overjoyed; when he started his weight-loss journey he weighed 127 kg, now he is 84kg. And he’s not done yet his target is to shed 10kg more in the next three months.
This is the story of Hafeezullah Khattak, a 37-year-old Health and Safety Engineer from Peshawar, Pakistan. Gulf News spoke to Khattak to find out how he managed to achieve the miraculous task.
He says he is proud of his achievement as he is happier, healthier, and fitter than ever. He is thankful to his younger brother, Ihteshamul Haq, who motivated him to take the challenge.
“My brother saw my ‘miserable’ condition when I went to Pakistan in November last year because I was too heavy even to walk. He convinced me to lose weight and told me that I can do it, and I must do it to live a healthy and happy life. He took me to a doctor who advised me to go on [the] Keto diet. Initially, I was not sure about the results but I stuck to the plan and my brother kept me motivated. The results were amazing for I lost nine kg during the first month.”
The keto diet is one that uses macros as the basis for calorific consumption – most of the daily calories consumed come from fat and carbohydrates are restricted to 20 grams or less each day. A moderate amount of animal and plant protein is also consumed by dieters.
Khattak came to Dubai in 2014 to work as an HSE advisor. He was 115kg when he arrived in Dubai and kept gaining weight; he put on 12kg by the end of 2018 due to a sedentary lifestyle and binge eating. When the 5-foot-seven-inch tall Khattak moved to Abu Dhabi last year, he weighed 127kg.
Night shift and sleeping routines
Hafeezullah explained that he had been on the night shift, from 6 pm to 6 am, as an HSE advisor in Dubai. “I used to eat a lot at 7 am and then go to sleep. I tried the gym but the results were disappointing as I could not lose more than two to three kilograms at any time,” he recalls.
“I started feeling miserable as I suffered from high cholesterol and I was so lazy that I even did not like to walk as it was tough for me because of belly bulge.” “I was surprised when [the doctor] put me on a Keto diet. Being from Peshawar, it was tough for a person like me who was used to binge eating on red meat. But I was determined to lose weight,” Khattak added.