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Dubai, Oct 3 (BAN/CD): The now 84 kgs Hafeezullah Khattak, a 37-year-old Health and Safety Engineer from Peshawar, Pakistan started his weight loss journey when he weighed 127 kgs. Thanking his younger brother Ihteshamul Haq, who motivated him to take the challenge, Khattak said that he is proud of his achievement as he is happier, healthier and fitter than ever. The story of this young man was carried by leading UAE English language daily 'Gulf News'.
Speaking to Gulf News, Khattak said “My brother saw my ‘miserable’ condition when I went to Pakistan in November last year because I was too heavy even to walk. He convinced me to lose weight and told me that I can do it, and I must do it to live a healthy and happy life. He took me to a doctor who advised me to go on [the] Keto diet. Initially, I was not sure about the results but I stuck to the plan and my brother kept me motivated. The results were amazing for I lost nine kg during the first month.”
The keto diet is one that uses macros as the basis for calorific consumption - most of the daily calories consumed come from fat and carbohydrates are restricted to 20 grams or less each day. A moderate amount of animal and plant protein is also consumed by dieters.
Khattak says his sedentary lifestyle and binge eating habits made him gain an additional 12 kg after he arrived in Dubai in 2014. He weighed 115 kgs when he came to the city as an HSE adviser.
Hafeezullah explained that he had been on the night shift, from 6pm to 6am, as an HSE advisor in Dubai.
“I used to eat a lot at 7am and then go to sleep. I tried the gym but the results were disappointing as I could not lose more than two to three kilogrammes at any time,” he recalls.
“I started feeling miserable as I suffered from high cholesterol and I was so lazy that I even did not like to walk as it was tough for me because of belly bulge.”
“I was surprised when [the doctor] put me on a Keto diet. Being from Peshawar, it was tough for a person like me who was used to binge eating red meat. But I was determined to lose weight," Khattak added, Gulf News reported.
Khattak says he started his Keto journey in December 2018, without any cheat days. As of now he is 84 kg, healthy and free of cholesterol and health issues.
“As of October 1, I am 84 kg with no cholesterol and no health issues. I go for five km walk every day and [am] living a happier life. But I have no intention to stop here as I want to shed 10kg more in the next three months. I want to settle at 74kg.” he says.
On a typical day for Hafeezullah, his food is 75 per cent fats, 25 per cent protein and 5 percent carbohydrates
According to Gulf News, his daily menu looks like this:
Breakfast at 7amTwo boiled eggs and a cup of tea without sugarNo LunchDinner 6pm:A variety of vegetables, nuts and fatsAvocado, berries, almonds, and walnutsHe cooks his dinner in butter. He uses olive oil or coconut oil and cheeseHe eats celery, spinach, cauliflower, cabbage, cucumbers, carrots, mushroom, eggplants, okra, two small pieces of grilled chicken.He also drinks at least two liters of water every day.