33 Years Old | Get Healthy participant
“It was very hard to start but once you do it’s too easy and now it’s become part of my everyday life.”
Food has always been a part of Parminder’s life and culture. Born and raised in India, Parminder admits that Indian food features weekly on the menu in his household, especially when his mother is in town. Parminder was struggling with his weight and after hearing the Get Healthy Service advertisement on the radio he immediately signed up.
With a wife and 2 year old daughter, Parminder never wanted his struggles with food to impact on his family. On a social level, he never wanted his family to feel like they were missing out as taking them to nice restaurants was important to him. Physically, Parminder never wanted to pass on his bad habits to his daughter and create struggles for her future.
“I’m a family man with a 2 year old and a partner and we love to eat out. At no stage did I want my health issues to affect my family” he says.
With the help of the program and his health coach, Parminder lost 17 ½ kilograms by setting realistic goals every week. He admits he still indulges with Indian food but now understands the importance of a balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle. Rather than miss out, Parminder now cuts back on portion sizes and when he feels like he has indulged too much he often increases his fruit intake to flush out his system; a piece of advice from his health coach.
Since losing the weight, Parminder is amazed at how much energy he has “for the first time in my life I realised how active and energetic I was.”
Eating healthily, exercising regularly and enjoying life with newfound energy have now become part of Parminder’s everyday life. He exercises 4-5 times a week without the aid of a trainer and has even motivated his wife to start running. Together as a family they both understand the importance of setting a positive example for their 2 year old daughter and they spend more time outdoors in the park.
Parminder has happily had to change his whole wardrobe now that his clothes are so baggy.