Tarunraj Yadav from Vapi, Gujarat tells us how he transformed his body in just five months.

I am 27. As part of my marketing job, I have to travel often to meet clients.

Due to bad food habits I gained too much weight and reached up to 90 kg.

I found it difficult to climb 10-15 steps on the stairs. I couldn’t even run 100 metres.

In December 2020, when my friends came to celebrate my birthday, we clicked some pictures.

After the party when I looked at the pictures, I realised I looked fat. That’s when I decided to do something about it.

I started my fitness journey in January 2021.

After five months of continuous hard work without any additional supplements, I was able to lose 24 kg.

My current weight is 64 kg.

My workout

I work out between 1 hour to 90 minutes everyday.

I started with cardio and followed with weight training.

As part of cardio, I do running and cycling.

For weight and muscle training, I dedicate one day every week for legs, shoulder, chest, biceps, triceps and back.

These are some exercises I do in a week:

  • Jumping jacks
  • Mountain climbers
  • Squats
  • Lunges
  • Push ups
  • Planks
  • Spot sprinting
  • High knees jump
  • Glute bridge
  • Leg raises

For a stronger core, I do these exercises:

  • Plank shoulder taps
  • Russian twist
  • Plank rotation
  • V crunches
  • Mummy sit-ups
  • Flutter kicks
  • Side plank
  • Bicycle crunches
  • Sit-ups
  • Burpees

Currently, I am pursuing high intensity workout — first running, followed by jumping jacks, jumping squats, push up, lunges and plank variations.

My diet

Before workout: Peanut butter or banana
9.30 am: Moong chana and vegetable mix salad
11 am: Green tea
2 pm lunch: 2 rotis with seasonal sabzi
5.30 pm: Black coffee with roasted chana
8.30 pm dinner: 1 roti and 1 bowl dal
10.30 pm: Turmeric milk with dry fruits.

In the initial days, I was not able to wake up on time. On some days I skipped the gym because I was too lazy.

A few days later, I realised that if I continued this behaviour I won’t be able to change anything.

Gradually, I learned to set an alarm for 5.40 am and began to follow the routine.

When the alarm rings, sometimes my body says, ‘Come on, get up and leave Tarun.’ But my mind says, ‘No you cannot.’

Every day, I jump out of bed and get ready for gym.

If I am travelling for my job, I look for gardens, parks, gyms or running tracks nearby where I can work out for a day.

Lessons learned

Initially, it is very difficult to do any exercise. But once you make up your mind and be strong, nothing can stop you.

I am not regular at the gym. But I exercise daily. The place doesn’t matter — hotel room, train or station; park or ground…but exercise is important.

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