The British born singer musician, Adnan Sami lost almost 130 kilos in a span of 11 months. He proudly says, “If I can do it, anyone can”. This Canadian citizen, presently living in Bombay. India is a much sought after playback singer who also holds the record for the fastest keyboard player in the world.
What Triggered Adnan Sami to lose Weight
Four years ago, he had been told by doctors that he would not live for more than six months if he continued weighing 440pounds. It was very difficult for him to even walk five steps without taking rest, he required extra belt extensions in plane and while travelling he used specially designed wheel chair.
At 206 kilos, it was nearly an impossible task for Adnan Sami to lie down without the aid of pillows. He required an external help to get out of his bed. He found it difficult to do daily routine activities like leg stretching and standing straight on his feet.
The situation went worse in 2005 when he developed lymphedema in his knees and for this he had to undergo a surgery that layed him bedridden for three months. Due to his huge weight whenever he lied down, the extra fat pushed against his lungs thereby causing sleep apnoea. Not only this, he needed two measuring tapes to get his clothes stitched. He wore 6X sized clothes and he always placed the order in bulk.
The turning point came when his doctors told him that with this much weight he could not survive for more than six months. Internally also he felt that his body was unable to bear his weight and may give up any day. Upon being forced by his father, he decided to quit work for six months and thus he moved to Houston where he dedicated his six months in dieting and work outs and strictly said “NO” to his consignments. On June 6, 2006, he ate a huge cheese cake, a potter house steak with lots of butter and mashed potatoes. From then on he went on a diet and regular exercise and work outs.
Adnan Sami’s Exercise Routine to lose weight
Initially, it was tough for him to exercise. So he opted for a well made diet plan and with the help of this only he lost 40 kilos of weight. This was a morale booster for him and then he thought about exercising. To start with, he opted for a treadmill and did moderate amount of walking.
Getting excited to see the results, Adnan Sami said, “I started noticing small changes like I could lie down, sleep longer, my sleep apnoea was beginning to disappear slowly, I could stand longer. It was very gradual. Then, as I moved forward, things began to get better and better.”
Adnan Sami chose Prashant Sawant a trainer in Mumbai to help him work out. According to Prashant, Adnan felt exhausted after walks, but was regular with the workouts. Whenever in town he trained diligently for an hour doing weights and a mixture of weights and cardio exercises.
Diet plan for Adnan Sami to lose Weight
His nutritionist in Houston realized that Adnan Sami was a hard core emotional eater. He linked food to his emotions. Be it happiness or any sad moment, he always ate. This led to his extreme weight gain.
He was strictly abstained from rice, breads (including roti – an Indian flat bread), sugar and oils. The meals that helped Adnan Sami to lose weight included vegetable salads, boiled dal, tandoori fish (tandoor is a traditional Indian clay oven used to bake or cook) and that too without oil, sugar free drinks. He was also kept away from drinking alcohol.
Speaking regarding his breakfast, lunch and dinner, he started his day with sugarless tea and for lunch just ate salads with one table spoon of fat free toppings. In dinner, he only ate boiled dal.
Rate of weight loss in Adnan Sami
According to Adnan Sami, “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 lost weight at a rate of 23.4 pounds per month. This is too high and a risky figure but appreciated as Adnan Sami weight more than 2 tones.
Adnan Sami Weight Loss Tips
Health first: Do not wait for the doctor to tell you that you are obese. Plan for a good change in lifestyle right now.
Know the root cause: Identify the root cause of obesity. For Adnan it was love of food. Once he made healthy changes in his diet, he was on a successful weight lose route.
Lifestyle changes: Healthy changes in eating and exercise habits are more effective in losing weight than following fad diets for a limited period, after which you may gain back the lost weight.
Choose wisely: Avoid bread, rice, sugar and oils. Have lots and lots of salad and boiled dal.
Focus on the results: losing weight is not an overnight work. It requires patience, hard work and determination. At the end of your weight loss course, you won’t only look good but will also feel good.