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I went from a fat kid to a fitness consultant, says Dipannita Sarkar

Dipannita was always THAT chubby girl in class, but why should THAT be someone's identity? Her fat-to-fit journey is riddled with eating disorders, being bullied, losing confidence and not giving up

Nairita Mukherjee NotThatNairita 2 July 2018, 2:28 PM
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Dipannita is a business analyst turned nutrition and fitness consultant

Dipannita is a business analyst turned nutrition and fitness consultant Image: Facebook / Dipannita Sarkar

We keep hearing fat-to-fit stories these days. Thanks to a growing population of health-conscious people, multi-gyms mushrooming in every corner, fitness and lifestyle bloggers and Instagram models storming the Internet, and the recent trend of macho men flaunting their cuts and shapes, there is a growing interest in all of us to get fit too.

Needless to say, this pursuit of a fitter and healthier lifestyle is a very essential awareness. And through your inspiring story, you inspire and motivate others to adopt a healthy and active lifestyle.

But these were the words of a nutrition and fitness consultant. If you hear it from just another girl, born and cursed to be fat and greedy and lazy all her life, you will notice it's a different story altogether.

Before - After

Before - After Image: Facebook/Dipannita Sarkar

I was born in a Bengali household where people live to eat. I grew up in an environment where every occasion and happiness is celebrated with food. I don’t get the logic, probably food is the most easily available and tempting poison. I’ve been surrounded by people for whom eating a full three-course meal of the unhealthiest food on earth and then going off to sleep with a tummy so full that you can’t even move is the most coveted luxury that life can offer — the afternoon siesta. Naturally, I’ve adapted to a sedentary lifestyle and found my simple pleasures of life in it. Relatable, isn’t it?

To make things worse, I found out I have hypothyroidism at a very early age, but never took any step because apparently being chubby and having baby fat was cute, and apparently it was supposed to go away with age. It didn't. And I ended up worse as I grew up with disorders like obesity and breathlessness. Again, relatable?

As a teen, I was awestruck by beautiful young ladies rocking gorgeous dresses, and all I could fit into were plus-size flare skirts. I cursed myself and my misery.

To add insult to injury, there was this gang of bullies teasing and calling me names all my life. All I could do was sit in a corner of my room and shed a few tears, decide that I will do all I can to get in shape from tomorrow, only to wake up and have a deliciously unhealthy breakfast, and lunch to follow. My parents, however, always thought I should eat more, because parents will be parents, right? But I blame myself for never being able to get out of that temptation and greed. 

Image: Facebook / Dipannita Sarkar

The next 10 years, I struggled. Cutting down food now and again only to get back to stress and social eating, taking one-year gym memberships only to be there on January 1 and December 30 (obviously, December 31 was for the all-night party and the New Year resolution to lose 20kg in the next 2 months) I binged on weight control pills, homeopathy, allopathy, please-make-me-thin-o-pathy, herbal, Ayurveda. I purchased steam and sauna belts, medicine balls, AB-King-Pro (yes, from that television commercial) and after all that, lost nothing (except some good amount of money and some more of my confidence).

At SQUATS, I realised that the only difference between people who succeed in their journey and those who fail is consistency, of course, provided you have adopted the right strategy. It's called quantified nutrition and periodised workout regime. There are no hidden secrets, no magic formula. Yes, you have to eat the same food day in and day out; yes, you have to hit the gym everyday, be it a Monday or a Sunday; yes, you have to sacrifice the delicacies on your birthday and on your bosses promotion; yes, you have to push yourself against all odds until your obsession and your desire to take control over your mind and body propels you with the fuel you need to sustain. 

Image: Facebook / Dipannita Sarkar

Is it as easy as said?

Does it require sacrifices?
Hell yeah.

Are you always successful?
Oh, no. You will definitely fail.

Then what’s the key to success?
Don’t give up. Start again.

There can be a thousand inspirations around you, there can be a hundred helping hands. But the only one that can make the difference is you. It’s that one small voice, that one small step, that one small decision to not stop when you are tired, but stop only when you are done that will make the difference.

Image: Facebook / Dipannita Sarkar

From being a fat kid, a greedy teen, a lazy engineering student, and a boring business analyst in an investment bank, today I am a nutrition and fitness consultant with SQUATS. It took me a year to go from those 'before' to 'after' pictures. I love to help people heal because I see my struggle in them. And believe me, the struggle is never-ending. My inherent genetic composition always wants to pull me back, even I have a hectic professional schedule and at times personal problems. Every day is a new battle to stop myself from giving in to the unhealthy lifestyle I see all around. I need to wake up a couple of hours early to hit the gym, I need to keep my temptations under control during social events, I need to sacrifice every day. I fight every day, I fall, I get up and get going, because now I have learnt to take charge over my mind and my body, and come what may, I will never give up. 

(Dipannita currently works as a nutrition and fitness consultant as well as a business consultant in JPMorgan Chase & Co. She is preparing for a two-year full-time MBA in consulting. After her MBA, Dipannita wants to use her knowledge about business administration in the fitness industry and expand it further.)

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