He is a singer, a composer, an accomplished pianist and above all, he is one of the nicest persons our Indian film fraternity is gifted with. This guy even pioneered a music style and is the first musician to play Indian classical music on piano. In addition to this, he has been tagged as the “Sultan of Music”.
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We are talking about none other than, our very own and Lift Karaa De fame Adnan Sami. He has reigned Indian music industry for many years. Long back in 2007, he was all over in news, but this time it was not for his musical achievements, but for amazing weight loss.
Ever since, he has been inspiring a lot of people over the counter who are struggling hard to lose their extra bulge. It took him so much patience and hard work to lose 155 kilos within a span of 16 months. Yes, that’s right! Let’s just have a look at his successful weight loss journey.
Everyone know that Adnan Sami was way too obese, which was the reason that he couldn’t even see his knuckles. The situation got worse when he had to undergo a knee surgery called lymphedema. For this very reason, he was advised complete bed rest for three long months. And when all of this happened, he got hit from another problem named sleep apnea. As and when he used to lay down, his extra bulge was pushed against his lungs.
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This was the time when his doctors strictly warned him to shed those extra kilos. Recalling all this, Adnan in an interview once stated:
“One day, my doctor bluntly told me that he wouldn’t be surprised if my parents found me dead in a hotel.”
At this point in time, he was completely shaken out of his complacence, and he decided to focus all on losing weight, keeping aside the work commitments. He decided to move to his hometown, Houston, in order to seriously start his weight loss journey.
It was on June 6, 2006 that the singer ate to his heart’s content for the last time before actually starting the weight loss trip. He ate everything from a huge cheese cake to a potter house steak with lots of butter to mashed potatoes. From June 7, he started his journey like very seriously and dedicated himself to a low carb high protein diet.
In Adnan’s case, every step taken was a complete challenge. As we all know that he was morbidly obese, this was the reason that he was unable to do workout in the initial phase. His body was not that strong to bear his weight of doing exercise. Had he started working out at that time, it could even trigger a heart attack.
Because of all this, he initially had to lose all the weight solely through diets and a strict plan. In Houston, from where he was getting all the guidance of losing weight, he hired a nutritionist there. The nutritionist then came to know that Adnan is an emotional eater who ate at the times he is happy and at the times he is sad And then, his low-carb diet plan was made to kick-start his journey!
He had to consult a nutritionist to start with a proper diet plan, and controlling his eating habits was a big challenge for him. Adnan, in an interview, stated:
“I lost weight by consulting a nutritionist. It was as challenging for me as it would have been for anyone trying to lose weight, and I dealt with these battles on a daily basis.”
He had to give up white rice, bread and all the junk food. In place of all these, he started focusing on eating more of salads. Plus, he began eating popcorn without butter, tandoori fish and boiled dal, putting less oil in all of the recipes.
In addition to this, to satisfy his sugar cravings, he switched to diet fudge sticks, sugar-free drinks, and diet ice lollies. He also had to stop drinking alcohol since they slower the weight loss results. He started his day with a cup of tea with no sugar in it at all. Lunch plan was inclusive of vegetable-based salad along with just a teaspoon of a fat-free dressing and some fish. And for dinner, he didn’t eat chapatti or rice, it was just plain boiled dal or roasted chicken.
So, only after losing 40 kilos all through diets, he started his workout regimen. For which he got training from Mumbai’s famous trainer, Prashant Sawant. Even after losing this much, he was quite a lot heavy and couldn’t run. So, he started off with walking a short distance, and when his weight came a bit more down, he increased the time of walking.
Prashant took a couple of months to be sure if Adnan could run on a treadmill, and then he gave him a complete exercise program. His weight loss plan was a mix of weight training and cardio exercises and it was an hour session. He worked out for 6 days in a week for a few months. He himself was stunned with the results and later even stated:
‘I could lie down, sleep longer, stand longer and move freely’.
Recollecting the period when he was trying to lose weight, Adnan was quoted as saying:
“Losing weight is like running a marathon, where running the last lapse is the toughest. You know you are close to victory but you’re nearing exhaustion and need to put in that last-ditch effort, no matter what,”
He further added:
“I am able to keep at it only because of the co-operation and support I have received from my family and friends. It’s getting very tougher each day but I am heartened by the support I have been receiving.”
Result that shocked one and all
When this amazing singer started his weight loss journey, he weighed 230 kilos and today he is less than 75 kilos. So, basically he lost 155 kilos in 16 months, which is 10.5 kilos approx. in a month. Amazing, right?
Happy Adnan after shedding those extra pounds was found saying:
“I feel that weight loss is 70 percent psychological and 30 percent physiological. Most of the times, our body says enough but it is the mind that is greedy and wants more. It is this disagreement between mind and body that creates a problem. Train your mind to resist the temptation but it’s quite easy to train the body than the mind.”
No liposuction surgery at all
Many people think that Adnan might have undergone a liposuction surgery to lose weight. But the singer soon shunned the news in an interview with Hindustan Times. He burst out laughing and said:
“Liposuction is for people who are slightly chubby, not for somebody who weighs 230 kg. To actually squeeze out that fat, I’d need a vacuum cleaner”.
He is such an inspiration no doubt, and even goes on to motivate people who are seeking to lose weight. Here’s what Adnan said in an interview earlier:
“Everybody, including me, had written me off. I proved everyone, including me, wrong. If I can overcome it, anybody can.”
Such an incredible journey it is, don’t you think so too? There is no denying that Adnan Sami has inspired a lot of people with such a commendable change. He still is inspiring them as he has maintained the lost weight all this while.