For 36 years old Ayush Mohan, it was his photograph that his close friend showed him that made him realise how fat he had actually become. In that moment of epiphany, he decided that he will do whatever it takes to get his physique back. With his friends and gym buddies acting as the wind beneath his wings, he lost a whopping 25 kilos in just 15 months.

Not only is his journey inspiring but it also proves the age-old saying right that you can always rise back from the ashes, you just need to have the fire within. Read his fitness journey to know more. Name: Ayush Mohan Occupation: Consultant Age: 36 years Highest weight recorded: 127 Kgs Weight lost: 25 kgs Duration it took me to lose weight: 15 months The turning point: One of my friends showed a picture of me in which I looked fat and beyond recognition. It compelled me to do some self-introspection. My breakfast: 6 boiled eggs, protein shake, a fistful of almonds or walnuts and fruits (1 banana or 1 apple) My lunch: Some daal, rice and cooked vegetables My dinner: Daal and 2 chapatis I indulge in (What you eat on your cheat days): I enjoy my cheat days to the fullest and eat everything and anything. I love feasting on both vegetarian and non-vegetarian delicacies. In non-vegetarian dishes, it is mostly butter chicken and mutton korma. In vegetarian, it is either shahi paneer or daal makhani. My workout: I maintain a strict workout schedule. This means from Monday to Thursday, I work on all my body parts along with skipping and running. On Fridays and Saturdays, I include cross-fit and compound exercises in my schedule. Low-calorie recipes I swear by: Poha and chidwa Fitness secrets I unveiled: I figured out that you have to balance your workout (cardio and weights) and be regular with exercising. In addition to this, you must workout five days a week and it is of utmost importance that you watch what you eat. How do I stay motivated? Appreciation and words of motivation from close friends and gym mates always act as an inspiration to work harder and stay motivated. There is a WhatsApp group entirely dedicated to sharing fitness videos and pictures, which helps me analyse my overall progress and improvement. It also helps me focus on the areas that I need to work upon. How do you ensure you don’t lose focus? The apprehension of losing whatever I have achieved so far and the desire to go to the next level in terms of fitness and physique keeps me on track. What’s the most difficult part of being overweight? While one can definitely be fat and healthy at the same time, being overweight and unhealthy is a lethal combination, it affects you both physically and mentally as you feel that you are always lacking behind. What shape do see yourself 10 years down the line? My ultimate goal in life is to be fit, not gaining or losing weight. Even after 10 years, I would like to run as far as possible and lift as heavy as possible.

What are the lifestyle changes you made? First things first, I have stopped skipping breakfast and eat light lunch and dinner. I try to sleep for at least eight hours a day which gives my body enough time to recover from the grilling workout. I completely avoid sugar and take stairs whenever possible.

What was the lowest point for you? When I started working again, I was not able to do most of the exercises that I could do very easily 4-5 years ago. The heartbreaking realisation dawned on me that it is very easy to go out of shape but extremely hard to get back.

Lessons learnt from weight loss: Fitness routine should be a part of our daily lives just like our daily meals. It is not a phase but a journey.

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