- Name: Aravind Teoh
- Age: 30 Years
- Goal Weight Loss
- Achievement: Lost Over 50kg in 6 Month!
I’m Aravind Yeoh 30 years old from Taiping, Perak. Here I would like to share my journey of getting ripped from 120kg to 67kg in less than 6 months.
Obese since childhood
I was seriously obese since my childhood. And losing fat in Malaysia is just impossible for me because Malaysia is the heaven of food (although I’m a vegetarian). My favourite food was always carbohydrate (bread and noodles). I could eat 5 roti canai or 4 wanton mee or 6 packets of nasi lemak or a large pizza (extra cheese) at a time without feeling full. There were times where I felt embarrassed with my size and weight especially getting clothes to fit my body. I don’t really know how to dress for a public event and was quite reluctant to join in social activities.
..My waist line was 50 inches. My wakeup call was when I experienced some chest pain in 2009…
I never dream to have a ripped body with 6 packs as I have now. My waist line was 50 inches. My wakeup call was when I experienced some chest pain in 2009. But I just ignored it. My elder sister started a slimming programme with Herbalife but no result after few months. So I told myself and very determined that I’m going to start my own workout routine after watching the reality show The Biggest Loser. Bob and Jillian’s words were always in my mind-there’s no short cut to losing fat and being healthy. I started to look for information. My father also gave me some guidelines because he was a body builder and Mr Perak 40 years ago.
The Learning Process
I searched for informations in the internet and the most important thing is I bought Kevin’s book Fitness 24/7. It was my bible and helped me a lot. I learned how to count my BMI, BMR, and DCR. And when I told my family that I will take 1 year to lose weight, everybody was laughing and teasing me.
My Transformation Training Guide
I started to do some cardio exercises at home like cycling, hiking, brisk walking, and swimming in the morning before breakfast (to burn fat rather than glycogen) and another 30 mins in the evening. I would change my workout routine every 6-8 weeks to avoid hitting plateau. I did lots of HIIT cardio and cross fit training. My weight dropped fast within the first 2 weeks (12kgs). But after that, my weight just stopped going down. So I decided to join gym. We don’t have a good gym or professional trainer in our small town. I spend 2 hours (2.5 hours the most) in the gym (with the old school and homemade equipments). My first 30 mins will be either on treadmill or cycling. Then I continue with weight training.
My Weight Loss Diet Plan
After I started my workout routine, I change my diet totally. No more refine carbohydrate. My diet consists mostly on varieties of vegetables, fruits, grains, nuts and legumes. I challenged and pushed my daily calories intake from 3000 calories to less than 2000. I learned a very good lesson regarding food. Good and bad food, vitamins and minerals, anti-oxidant and free radicals in food. Even my neighbors were shock to see my new ripped body. My daily food during my ripping period is as below:
- 8.30am (breakfast): Protein shake or oat with Milo or cereal with milk or blended mix grains (brown rice, black and white sesame, almond, Brazilian nut, walnut etc with little bit of molasses.)
- 11.00am: Snack. 1 hand-full of mix nuts or 2 fruits orange and green apple
- 1.00pm (lunch) : Boiled vegetables and egg(broccoli, cabbage, spinach, carrot, tofu, especially bright colours vegetables)
- 3.30pm: Protein shake
- 6.30pm: Fresh fruits or yogurt or healthy cookies(fiber cookies)
- 9.00pm (dinner): Boiled vegetables or blended fresh fruits with vegetables.
- Overall: lots of green tea.
My diet sounds very boring but fortunately I can accept them and suppress my appetite well. My supplements are protein powder (whey protein) and multivitamins tablet. I tried other gym supplements before such as the Nitric-Oxide (pre-workout supplement) and Fat Burner (Lipo-6 and Total Lean), but all these didn’t help me at all but only gave me bad side effects. So from my experience, there’s no short cut to get a good ripped body except the correct way of eating and proper workout.
there’s no short cut to get a good ripped body except the correct way of eating and proper workout.
Before and after photos
I would like to attach 2 photos of myself, my present picture and myself few years back(very unfortunately I didn’t take a photo of myself before I started my workout routine because I don’t like to see my own body. I never thought it would be so successful). The only left for memory is my extra flabby skin at my waist and thigh area.
People had a hard time believing that I could lose such a large amount of weight in such a short time frame. People always asking me how difficult it is to achieve my goal and I always answer them it’s not difficult at all if we have the strong determination and understand our own body and the food we eat. Now I feel great, energetic, so much healthier and more confident in myself to motivate others.
Determination and Self discipline
And I would like to tell everyone that I was seriously obese since my childhood and I did it, so does everyone. We just need a strong determination and good self discipline.
*(I do not recommend others to follow my diet without understand your own body needs.)