Most women and men have been on a diet ever since and barely manage to lose 1-2 kilos over a period of time.
However, India’s boxing champion Mary Kom was confronted when she landed in Poland for a just-concluded boxing tournament — the one in which she picked up her third gold of the year, as per PTI.
“We landed in Poland at 3:30 in the morning and the general weigh-in was at 7:30am. I was a couple of kilograms above 48kg, the category I compete in, at that point,” the London Olympics bronze medalist said.
“So, I had roughly four hours to shed the weight or I would have been disqualified for being overweight at the time of general weigh-in. But I did skipping for an hour at a stretch and just like that, I was ready,” said the 35-year-old.
“Thankfully, the flight we travelled in was nearly empty so I could sleep with my legs outstretched, ensuring that I was not stiff on landing there. Otherwise, I don’t know how I would have been able to compete,” she recalled.
The Manipuri was the lone senior gold winner for India at the tournament in Poland, a testimony to her longevity and also a reflection of the lack of depth in Indian women’s boxing.
This surely seems like an advert of an outlandish weight-loss regimen? Is losing weight too fast harmful to your health?
As per an analysis done by straighthealth.com losing weight quickly is unhealthy for a number of reasons; quick weight loss is unlikely to stick for a long period of time, you’re much less likely to take in 100% of the nutrients your body needs each day, and your energy levels will plummet, impacting many areas of your life. When you think of losing weight as a temporary diet, you will lose it in an unhealthy manner. Weight loss should be thought of as a long term lifestyle change rather than a quick way of losing a few pounds for a party, beach trip or wedding.