Interview with Coach Amrit Mishra

Name: Amrit Mishra

Occupation: Earlier Software Engineer, now Health Consultant

Age: 29

Highest weight recorded: 80kg

Weight lost: 12kg

Duration it took me to lose weight: 3 months

The turning point: I was always active since my childhood coming from army background and grown up in army camps, we loved all sports including vollyball, soccer, sprints etc. But things were not good when I started my career as a software engineer in 2012. Lack of poper food, all junk, unhealthy eating patter, over eating, no exercise, resulted me gaining huge weight. It was 2015 when I was in best in my professional life, but personal life was not so great, no energy, lack of enthusiasm to do anything, always tired, body pains etc. Even though I was having gym membership I was not regular and use to eat a lot everyday. In 2015, I luckily found one friend via facebook who introduced me to the healthy active lifestyle concept and helped me understand how good nutrition is most crucial for good health. This was the point where I started considering importance of good health

My breakfast: Low calorie Herbalife Nutrition Shake

My lunch: Prefer Rice Dal and lots of vegetable with salads, avoid lots of fried food and extra sweets here.

My dinner: This varies from day to day, I prefer to have approx 20gm protein here and keep it light eating with relax mind.

I indulge in (What you eat on your cheat days): I love non veg, so lots of fish and chickens

My workout: Since I am participate in running and cycling challenges, my workout is mostly functional training with weight or HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training).

Low-calorie recipes I swear by: Scrambled Eggs with Broccoli

Fitness secrets I unveiled: There is no such secret for good health most important aspect is eating clean with lots of nutrients, having enough of sleep, adequate amount of water, daily meditation, avoiding all junk and unwanted toxins away from body with regular physical exercise. And these secrets helped me to help my father loosing 12kg of fat at age of 60.

How do I stay motivated? Yes Most important question. It is hard when we keep working and results don't show up. But for me being with like minded people on same goal helped a lot. I surrounded my self with many friends and colleages who were on same mission as I was. We kept pushing each other everyday , and still do. And other thing which help me stay motivated is fear of going back to the old slugish lazy me. I always loved to look good and stay active, this keep me motivated always to keep working on myself regardless of any situation.

How do you ensure you don’t lose focus? This happened many times, and its not possible to not loose focus, we are human, and we all have desires. I many times gone out of path and what I feel is theres nothing wrong. But important is knowing that we are out of track and coming back to schedule and make up all lost time. And even I suggest same to everyone. There is no need to be too harsh on ourselves, we should love ourselves the way we are and keep working on being the best version day by day.

What’s the most difficult part of being overweight? Not able to wear clothes of your choices. I know this sounds silly, but I did not had any other issues, as I was surrounded people who were more over weight than me. So they considered me fit. But I knew I was not, as facing many health issues.

What shape do you see yourself 10 years down the line? 10 year from now I will be 40age, and I would love to still wear M size teeshirt showing off my biceps and not trying to hide my belly under XXXL shirt. hehe.

What are the lifestyle changes you made? Guess these are major changes which transformed me. I started waking up early by 5am daily, start day with motivational book with my energy drink in warm water, followed by planning for the day. I stopped all fried, packed food, junk items, reduced on sweets and chips. Opted for more vegetables and fruits with good amount of protein. Stopped late night parties and drinks.

What was the lowest point for you? Coming from an army background, being healthy and fit goes in our blood, and when I was 80kg I felt bad my self, as I was not able to give my best in lots of competitions.

Lessons learnt from weight loss: Most of times when we are overweight our only point of discussion is the weight. But our life is much more than that. We should rather focusing on living life king size, weight is just a number, when we start living healthy and happy, everything falls back to the normal. If we keep worring and no do anything, nothing gonna change. Our life is a decision of all choices we make daily. And as my mentor use to say : "Life only gives to people who deserves, not those who wants.".