Weight Loss within the UAE: “How BTS Helped Me Lose 23kg Regardless of PCOS”

Ritu Kalia before (left) and after
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“They told me that if I didn’t lose weight, they would have to remove my uterus,” says 25-year-old Ritu Kalia, recalling her doctor’s visit last year.

The appointment had come about because of a 9-month menstruation, which had made Kalia exhausted and perplexed. Once she was so weak from being discharged that she was routinely taken to a saline drop clinic; Your blood pressure would continue to drop.

It was around this time that the five-foot-five-inch Indian expat also learned that she suffered from PCOS – polycystic ovary syndrome – a condition that is not only made worse by being overweight but is also hampering weight loss efforts.

The avowed pizza lover weighed 125 kg at the time. “When I was in India I didn’t give too much importance to my weight, but everyone here in the UAE was very health conscious. [this helped me find support]“She says. But while that was consolation more than anything, her journey was about feeling better.“ I’ve tried several diets, such as the “fruit only” diet, ”she says however, or two weeks after starting a plan, the pounds would come back quickly.

Frustrated but determined, she continued to research and experiment. Slowly – “it is very difficult to lose weight when you have PCOS” – she began to see changes.

Here is the plan that Kalia says will work for her.

“I consulted a few doctors and then started. I cut out all of my sugar and gluten, ”she says. Then she cut out meals.

“Now I’m doing this two-meal diet and trying to avoid eating it [at other times] as much as possible and that is effective, ”she says.

“In the morning when I wake up, I drink chia seed water, then I mostly skip breakfast, but when I’m hungry I drink a banana with black coffee or I don’t eat anything, then I have cumin seeds [steeped] in hot water. I don’t eat the same thing for lunch every day. “But while variety is a must, it’s also healthy. So, says Kalia, she’s looking for alternatives. “I like pizza a lot, but now I can’t eat it. So I made this multigrain roti and put hummus, various grilled vegetables and goat cheese on it, and that’s kind of a pizza for me, ”she explains.

Potassium is also restricted in the diet by intolerance; “I have this problem with inflammation, so I avoid eating non-vegetarian foods. Most of my proteins come from legumes, ”she says.

Kalia says she doesn’t monitor her macros as “I’ll be in suspense”, but she does monitor her movement. “I record my steps – my goal is to take at least 10,000 steps a day. [I also do]

Yoga, [and from various YouTube channels] Zumba or various workouts that can be done at home, ”she adds.

Six months later, Kalia is 23 kg lighter. And she sees a world of change. “I used to have dark spots around my neck, maybe because of sugar intake, but it has decreased. My skin is hydrated. I drink about 6 liters of water a day. I feel good. I can go faster. Before I would [procrastinate, now I don’t]. There is so much difference, ”she says. In addition, her period regulated itself. But she’s not ready to say it’s over. Kalia emphasizes that she is only in the middle of the trip and is working hard to lose another 30 kg.

Food preparation

Meal preparation is critical to weight loss
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One thing that will help her stay in shape and not eat junk food or stray from things is preparing meals that she makes on her weekends. Another is music. K-pop to be precise. “When I was on this trip – there is a Korean band, BTS. When I feel like I can’t, I just listen to their music – [the lyrics] and that really motivates me. [My favourite numbers are] “Love myself” and “magic shop” “she says.

It was a long journey. “To the [people with] PCOS, it’s not easy to lose weight, “she says. “So don’t stick to a diet, because if you stick to a diet your body becomes immune to it [the effect of] this diet and you cannot lose weight. Try to change it. For example, if you fast intermittently for a week, change it to 3 meals next week and come back a week later. If you change your diet weekly, your body will [expends energy to adjust, giving you more weight loss.]”

With patience, concentration and care, Kalia works towards her goal: She is healthier.

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