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Fitness trainer Diksha Chhabra: I am my own guardian

How a Delhi-based woman rejigged her priorities to focus on health, drop 30 kilograms and become a fitness trainer

Diksha Chhabra found it hard to sleep the night after her college re-union in December 2015. She tossed and turned, thinking of ways to change her life. At 29 years of age, she weighed 96 kilograms and had Polycystic Ovary Disease (PCOD) and hypothyroidism. “In college, I was an NCC cadet, an athlete and a dancer. Nine years on, my friends were shocked to see me so overweight.”

Since then, Delhi-based Diksha has lost more than 30 kilograms to hit the 62 mark on the scale. Not only that, she is a fitness trainer, a nutritionist and a model.

Diksha works out for two hours every day and says that she loves the transformation. “Earlier, I juggled between a nine-to-five office job and my family. My husband is in the Army and I was raising my five-year-old son by myself. My mother-in-law was battling cancer. I had so many things happening in my life that I forgot to take care of myself. I slowly developed depression and insomnia,” she recalls. She quit her job as a school principal in January 2016 and moved from Delhi to Gangtok to be with her husband. She admits she was not clear about the right diet or exercise for weight loss then. “I made many mistakes. I ate less and did excessive cardio exercises. I lost 18 kilograms in the first six months, but had loose and saggy skin around my waist and under my arms. I was always tired and even had blackouts, thanks to my improper food habits.”

Once she realised the importance of a balanced diet, she enrolled herself for a certification programme in nutrition. She added fish and meat to her diet. “I started with small quantities and gradually increased my portion size. These are the best sources of protein, which is important for anyone who works out.” She later joined a gym and did weight-training to tighten her muscles and skin. “This helped me drop my body fat and gain muscle-mass, giving an impression of a toned body. I lost another 12 kilograms and felt good about myself,” she says, adding that the only health supplements she takes are multi-vitamins and omega 3.

Diksha posted photographs and videos of her transformation on Instagram and the response was overwhelming. “I started to get a lot of followers. There were many people who connected with my struggle. I also received requests from people to help them with their training and nutrition.” This led her to launch a website that offers customised diets and workouts in November 2017. “It is important to know a person and his or her history of health. What works for one may not work for another. In the past one year, I have worked with more than 200 people. One has to understand that transformation will not happen in a day. It is a slow process, but one will definitely get results with patience.”

The best thing about her weight loss journey? “I can now play football with my son. I could not do that before,” she laughs.

You can follow Diksha on Instagram @dikshamalik.malik, or visit www.dikshachhabra.com

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