Alumni Stories

My Battle Against Paunch, With Data & Strategy, Not Sweat- Alok Agarwal

(This article was posted by Alok Agarwal on linkedin)

Long hours at office notwithstanding I jog 4-5 times a week. I wistfully skip desserts. But I still had a paunch. How do I get rid of the paunch without investing disproportionate time & effort into it?

Our first bastion of research, on-line, has little clinical evidence available. And lots of opinions. These conflicting opinions need to be reconciled for action. My approach was to make considered choices and keep moving. Now having lost 4 kilos in 2 months, the direction seems right. I want to share this journey & open-up for builds from your own experience.

To lose the paunch I had to lose weight. To lose weight, I looked at calories and key macro-nutrients (Water, Carbs, Fats, Fibre & Proteins).

WATER is, surprisingly, a vital macro-nutrient

I always believed I was hydrated. I sipped water regularly during a jog. I am a green tea fan. I had water along with meals. Sadly, this was not enough. Did you know that the average requirement is 1 litre of water for every 25kg of body weight? Exercise and Indian summers each add another 500ml/day.

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-Alok Agarwal , an alumnus of PGP’97 batch and Marketing Director, Digital Marketing Head, GSK.