Advice for weight loss'
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Rashmi Pillai

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“When we attempt to lose weight we try to change everything at once. That includes buying all sorts of gadgets, exercising seven times a week, swearing to sleep more, taking supplements, and sticking to a diet. Now this is all wrong. I’ll tell you why,” said my friend Deepa. She had lost 20 kilos in 3 months. “The 80-20 rule, also known as the Pareto Principle, states that just 20% of the changes are responsible for 80% of the results. The key to losing weight is like the Pareto Principle. If you want to lose weight, stick to making one change, mainly the food you eat. That will be responsible for 80% of your success or failure.”

That should be easy enough, I thought. I decided to heed her advice. So I bought a weighing scale and recorded my current weight. With willpower and planning, I should be able to lose at least 10 kilos in 2 months. I immediately downloaded an app that allowed me to record my daily weight (with graphs and charts, how cool!) as well as post entries of my progress, sort of like a dear diary. These were some of the entries:

Day 1: Read articles on Atkins, Paleo, Mediterranean, South Beach and other latest fad diets.

Went shopping and bought broccoli, quinoa, flax seeds, walnuts, tofu, avocado etc. Informed my family that I am now strictly on this diet, threw out all junk food from the house, much to their chagrin.

Weight difference: 0 (well, we are just getting started).

Day 3: Took out running shoes and tracksuit. Reminded myself that I was walking for about 20 minutes a day already, which should be more than sufficient, as I needed to focus on diet, not exercise. Kept them back in place. Munched on those walnuts.

Weight difference: -0.1 kg (yay!)

Day 6: Created WhatsApp group with friends having similar goals to share weight loss tips.

Weight difference: -0.2 kg (we are getting there, these graphs are so helpful).

Day 8: Drank honey added in warm water first thing in the morning. Posted pictures of masala oats breakfast on Instagram and Facebook accounts.

Weight difference: -0.3 kg (we are killing it!)

Day 10: Read article on “Importance of taste in food.” Dumped the various fad diets. Decided to stick to Indian food after all, thinking small portions should do it. Instructed my cook to pack 4 dabbas for me henceforth, as I had to eat every 2 hours, ignored murderous glare from cook.

Weight difference: +0.2 kg (damn!)

Day 12: Had samosas and cake during colleague’s birthday celebration in office. Did ten pushups at home to compensate.

Weight difference: +0.4 kg (how did that happen?)

Day 15: Wrote inspiring blog post on “My weight loss journey- the only thing between Fat and Fit is I”. The post got umpteen likes and comments. Feeling mighty pleased with self, rejoiced with juice (sugar free, obviously), a bag of chips (hey, who got these back in the house?) and a pizza.

Weight difference: +0.6 kg (must get a grip on this soon).

Day 17: Went for a movie, got a large bucket of butter popcorn (popcorn is light, doesn’t even count as food, right? Besides, who watches a movie without popcorn?)

Weight difference: +0.8 kg (is there something wrong with my weighing scale?)

Day 19: Watched YouTube videos in which Madhuri Dixit and Bipasha Basu danced to Bollywood music as a way of exercise and later switched to watching Zumba videos. After watching their antics for about 90 minutes, reminded myself again that I needed to focus on diet, not exercise.

Weight difference: +1.2 kg (these graphs are rather annoying, is there a way to switch them off?)

Day 21: Went to friend’s party to celebrate her new job. Drank red wine (had read that it has antioxidants, so should be fine!) followed by more red wine, dinner and dessert.

Weight difference: +1.5 kg (this is getting out of hand, help!)

Day 24: Got invited to more events including a wedding, engagement party, farewell party, birthday party etc. for the next few days. Did not relish the thought of eating salads, while everyone around enjoyed pasta or biryani. Paraphrased Mark Twain, “Weight is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.”

No more entries. Deleted app and gave away weighing scale.




Rashmi Pillai is a pharma professional and lives in Mumbai. She loves to express herself through writing, which is her passion. She has authored a children’s book and some of her short stories and articles have been published online as well. She is an avid reader, her other interests include travelling and watching movies. She blogs at

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