Hard to believe — this is the story of Sapna Vyas Patel, who sweated it out and fought against all odds to lose 33 kg in a year, that too without going on a diet. One glance at the svelte 27-year-old Gujarati girl, and you find it hard to buy the fact that the fit-as-a-fiddle and flexible-till-her-very-last-muscle Sapna weighed 86 kg at one point of time.
In Patiala on Monday to attend an event on fitness organised by the International Association of Students in Economic and Commercial Sciences (AIESEC) at Thapar University, the lady who has earned over nine lakh hits on her weight loss video that she uploaded on YouTube, shared her fitness mantras.
“When I was 19, I used to look way older than my age, and people would often taunt me about my weight. However, those comments triggered a desire in me to look, if nothing much, then at least my age. That is how the whole weight loss journey began for me,” says Sapna. In 2009, Sapna weighed exactly 86 kg and by 2010, she was down to 53. “Initially, I just wanted to find the fastest way possible to shed some pounds. I started with crash diets, but they didn’t work, so I started digging harder to find better ways,” she adds.
Her first step towards getting into shape was to cut out all junk food from her diet and replace it with fresh fruits and vegetables. Next, Sapna made sleep an essential part of her schedule, following it up with cardio exercises. Later, the fitness enthusiast included lawn tennis and weight training to her regime.
Vehemently against starving oneself to lose weight, Sapna says she trusts only exercise and healthy diet as the perfect weight-loss methods. In 2010, she also undertook a Reebok professional fitness training course and implemented on herself all that she learnt. “I realised that achieving fitness is the easiest thing to do, all you need to do is to eat healthy, sleep soundly and exercise a bit. If you are able to maintain a balance between these three, being fit is a cakewalk,” says Sapna.
She terms her one-hour daily walk as the key catalyst of her weight loss agenda. “Any exercise for a minimum of 45 minutes daily can help you achieve your goal. To lose weight, one doesn’t have to spend money. It is, in fact, one of the easiest and cheapest goals to achieve,” Sapna says.
The fitness trainer is presently pursuing a doctorate in lifestyle brand management from Indian ManagementAcademy (IMA),Ahmedabad. Besides this, she also updates her video blog: www.youtube.com/sapnavyaspatel, every week on ways to remain fit.
“My aim is to make more people aware about fitness and take it to the next level,” Sapna says ambitiously.