As many of us know, the battle to lose weight is not an easy one and comes with many obstacles to overcome. There are many lurking temptations that make the journey even harder to pursue, however, with strong will power and support it is possible to succeed. This was the case with Abdulla Ani, a 15 year old who had been suffering with obesity from the age of 12. One day he decided to start taking control of his life and health, and with the support of both his parents and Lofat Junior, he was able to shed an alarming 40Kg! Abdulla is an inspiration to both teenagers and adults alike, and he was kind enough to share his story with us in the interview below.When did you become unhappy with your weight?
Since I was young; 12 years old.
What made you decide to lose weight?
I was never comfortable in my own skin. Last summer, when I came back from holiday, I was bigger than I had ever been. My weight was 108Kg. I remember looking in the mirror and just thinking to myself, how did I let this happen to myself, and I decided to lose weight.
Why did you choose Lofat?
I remember once trying the Lofat restaurant and the food was amazing compared to other diet companies/foods I had tried before. It tasted like ‘real’ food. So I took the brochure, called Lofat and set an appointment – I didn’t even have to decide between other companies. Also, Lofat is the only company in Kuwait that actually has a section dedicated to children and teenagers up to age 16. This was another factor that pleased my mother when joining a diet company.
How long did it take for you to reach your current weight?
I joined Lofat in September 2010 my weight was 108Kg. It has been one year and four months since I have started my diet and I lost 40Kg.
How has your life changed now that you’ve lost weight?
My life has changed drastically now that I have lost weight. The best thing is simply how I feel. Inside, I just feel better, healthier. It is a feeling I hadn’t experienced before my weight loss.
Everything I do is easier and less stressful now that I have lost weight.
How did Lofat help you reach your weight loss goals?
Having a weekly consultation motivated me to want to lose weight every week. My dietitian at Lofat, Tanya, made sure that I followed my diet regularly, and gave me advice, which I found very helpful. Also the variety and selection of the meals offered by Lofat made it easy.
How would you describe your health condition before you started your weight loss journey?
My weight was 108Kg. I never played any sports, and I would run out of breath by just walking up stairs. After doing a blood test, my results showed that I had high lipids and cholesterol in my blood. It was scary to think that I, at 15, would have high cholesterol.
How did you do it? What’s your secret?
Honestly there really isn’t a secret. I followed the Lofat diet set out for me by my dietitian Tanya, and I just exercised regularly.
How is your health after losing the weight?
I participate in many sports, regularly. I run an average of 6Km, 4 times a week, as well as swim.
I feel better than I have ever been.
Do you have any advice for others who would like to lose weight?
No matter what you think, nothing is impossible. If you really want something and with the great support from Lofat, you can achieve your goals. Good luck to anyone like me who is trying to lose weight!