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Getting back to life by losing weight

  • Atul Khatri

I was a healthy child. Healthy being just another way to say fat. I was always a foodie and as I grew older, so did the love for food. But it was not the only thing that was increasing.

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 15 years ago I had gone to donate blood but they refused to take my blood as my blood pressure was very high. But since it is hereditary in my family I ignored it.

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By the age of 45, I weighed 96 kilograms. One day my mother’s glucose tester stopped working and I had to take her to the doctor for her blood sugar check-up. While we were there, I got mine also checked and was alarmed to see 230 instead of the ideal 90. The doctor asked me to get a full body check-up done.

I got the tests done at Suburban Diagnostics and to my dismay, my blood pressure, cholesterol, sugar level and weight – all were extremely high. The doctor at Suburban Diagnostics called me in his office and told me something that changed my life. He said, “Atul, you are killing yourself.

I was in my 40’s, and was the breadwinner of the house and if anything happened to me, it wasn’t just me who was going to suffer but my family as well. Even though I was a bit skeptical, I went to a renowned dietitian who promised me that if I followed her instructions, I will lose 1 kg every week. I started to live the biggest fear of my life, living on less food.

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I was eating the right thing at the right time in the rightamounts. I was exercising, cycling, running marathons.

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People started complimenting me and I was getting a strange sort of confidence to stand out and stand up. I tried my hand at stand up comedy and it became a hit.

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It is not just a change in my weight, but a change in me “personally and professionally that allowed me to live my dream of being a stand up comedian. After all, comedy is serious business.