The Weight Loss Plan That Got This Guy To Drop 121 Kgs
To all of those who think this kind of weight loss is impossible, it’s not! Sarvesh Govinder is proof that anything is possible when you work hard for it.
Location: Cape Town
Occupation: Financial Accountant
Weight before / after: 214kg / 93kg
Time to goal: Almost 4 years
I was always a big kid and I grew up accepting it. I played sport throughout school, but was never as fit as my teammates. I started gaining more weight towards the end of high school but didn’t see it as a problem. Once I started at college things got out of hand, junk food became a staple along with two new hobbies, drinking and smoking. I couldn’t find clothes to fit me and before I knew it I was over the 200 kilogram mark and heading downhill fast. At 22 I was severely obese, hypertensive and borderline diabetic.
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It happened just like in the movies. I was walking back from a meeting and stopped in front of a mirror. For the first time in my life I truly saw myself and I didn’t like the person I was looking at. All the conversations with doctors and family members finally made sense.
I went cold turkey. I stopped drinking, smoking, cut out all junk food, sweets and the biggest culprit: fizzy drinks and juices. I started eating proper meals and drinking up to three litres of water a day. Things were going really well until I hit the 150 kilogram mark – I had reached my plateau and had to start adding in an exercise routine. I started walking and light jogging in the beginning and within weeks I was back on track. In 2011, I had to have spinal surgery – I had four herniated disks from all the years of being overweight and the added impact of playing sports with that bulk. It was a tough period to get through but with the help of my family and pure determination I soldiered on.
Fitting into normal clothes is a simple pleasure that I will always treasure. I’ve been given a new life and I’m going to make the best of it. Today I’m a fitness freak, I gym at least three times a week, run twice a week and try to fit in some MMA classes if there’s time.
I lost a total of 121 kilograms, my waist went from a size 54 to a 34 to 36 and my shirt size went from 4XL to a medium. I have my confidence back and I’m dedicated to living healthily. I want to help people to achieve their goals because it isn’t easy and help isn’t always freely available. I really owe a big thank you to my family and friends who have supported me on my journey. To all of those who think it’s impossible, it’s not!