WEIGHT loss can be achieved in many different ways but the most common is through dieting and exercising regularly. One woman has shared how she managed to lose all of the unwanted weight at the age of 46. Weight loss is often associated with following an intense diet and cutting certain food groups out of your diet. It is a well-known fact that exercise is the main factor in boosting weight loss results as it can help your body burn more calories.
One woman has shared how she transformed her life at the age of 46 by following this exercise regime and healthy eating. London-based lawyer, Samira Khan has shared with Express.co.uk how she managed to transform her life at the age of 46. Inspired by Jennifer Lopez on a magazine cover, Samira decided to change her exercise and eating habits.
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She said: “I had tried everything. I tried dieting, eating healthy, going to the gym, and drinking smoothies. I also followed the trend of drinking meal replacements for lunch and breakfast or even skipping lunch, but no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t lose the weight.
“Being British Asian…I never saw any successful female gym personalities with Asian ethnic backgrounds. Growing up I didn’t have any Asian role models to look up to either. Asian families focused more on academics than counting carbs and calories.
“And being a size 14 didn’t help. Shopping for clothes was a nightmare…Besides, I never looked good in anything. I was overweight, my body felt heavy and tired, and I couldn’t run for more than 15 minutes, as my knees started hurting. At the time, I didn’t know how I let myself go.”
Samira spent between 12 and 16 hours a day at the office and worked weekends too. This meant it was easier for her to grab lunch and dinner on the go rather than making it at home.
She explained: “I realized I needed a big change…It’s so easy to have that takeaway after work, but waking up at 4:30 am, seven days a week, pre-planning your meals and eating healthy, and staying away from processed foods, carbs, and sugars every day is something entirely else.
Samira explains how she thought about contacting her local gym for a personal trainer but had one previously and didn’t see much of a result.
The mum said: “That’s when I heard about Ultimate Performance Fitness from a former work colleague. “Have you seen the posters when going down the escalators to Liverpool Street station?” he asked.
“But, after heating his experiences about completing their 12-week program, I was intrigued. “U.P Fitness provides a bespoke training program, they match your ambition with the right personal trainer, they set up your diet, calorie intake, daily steps, and training program that suits your busy working life.
“I was determined to lose weight and live healthily. Getting out of your comfort zone takes a lot of courage. I chose the 12 weeks body transformation program, and bought the vitamins, supplements, protein, and Fitbit to count my steps. I went home and cleaned the cupboards and threw anything of temptation away.
“The first week was a shock to my body. I couldn’t walk down or up the stairs to the Underground. Tears wept down my face. My body hurt, it was painful and I was covered in sweat. “The second week, I threw up and used profane and obscene language, like never before…Week by week, I grew stronger. I laughed, and I cried. I was hungry. I felt a roller-coaster of emotions.”
Samira explains that saying no to going out with friends for food and drinks was hard but persistence is key and the odd cheat day here and there is good. She said that having something to look forward to every day helped her, and that was her breakfast.
She said: “A bowl of 200g Fat-Free Greek yogurt mixed with one scoop of U.P Fitness’s Chocotrients, a nutrient-rich chocolate power formula, high in antioxidants. Having this first thing in the morning, made sure I had a great start to the day but also to stay focused.”
Breakfast is known to be the most important meal of the day as it can help with weight loss and kickstart your metabolism. When you burn more calories than you consume, you lose weight. When you eat breakfast, you activate a process called thermogenesis which stimulates your metabolism.
Eating a big meal at breakfast will keep you fuller for longer which will mean you will be less inclined to snack throughout the day, reducing your overall daily intake. amira is now in the best shape of her life after training with weights three times per week, getting 10,000 steps a day, and building dirt high in protein, with plenty of vegetables and healthy fats. express co UK