Shocking! TV actor Atul Verma's transformation from 90 kg to 67 kg in four months

Published: Sep 05, 2019, 16:23 IST | mid-day online correspondent

Balveer Returns actor Atul Verma talks about his weight loss journey. Well, it was certainly not a cakewalk to shed all that weight.

Atul Verma
Atul Verma

While Sara Ali Khan is winning hearts for putting out her chubby throwback picture on social media, here's another lesser-heard story of 'flab to fab' transformation. When Television actor Atul Verma had put on 27 kgs in a matter of two years, he soon realised that he needed to get back into shape.

Atul, who will be seen in Balveer Returns, left his desk job at the time and promised himself to work out religiously and shed those extra kilos. It was after that, that he decided to join the acting field.

"Like every ordinary middle, class guy, after graduation, I also thought of getting a good job. I started working as an engineer and when I joined my company, I was 63 to 64 kg. But sitting on the same chair and doing the same work for almost like eight to nine hours, from Monday to Friday and sometimes Monday to Saturday as well, I gradually started putting on weight. So, from 63 kgs I reached 90 kgs in two years," he said.

"I was shocked. In fact, my family was like, 'What has happened to you? This is not something which is you.' I was always into fitness during my college days. I used to be part of bodybuilding championships and always won gold medals for that. I don't know how I became like that when I was working there, I guess I was more into my work, rather than into my fitness. One day my dad said, 'Maza nahi aa raha yaar, ye kya kar raha hai?'. Then I decided that I'll quit this job and reduce my weight," Atul added further.

However, it was not a cakewalk to shed all that weight. "I started working on it. I cut down my carbs and I started my high-intensity cardio workout. I would do it in the mornings as well as the evenings. It took me almost four months to come to 67 kgs from 90kgs. I am a very dedicated person when it comes to achieving my goals. I was like I am going to do this now and there was no turning back. And after coming back to 67, I was like let me shape up now. So, I got my abs and everything in shape and then I was like, 'Atul is back again!" said the actor, who has been seen in shows such as Bhagyalaxmi and Yeh Un Dino Ki Baat Hai.

It was then that he got into showbiz. "After that, I thought of what to do, because I didn't want to do my old job. I thought about business, I thought about other jobs, but later on, I somehow came to Mumbai and started working in the acting field. Somewhere I'll say I was sort of trained because I studied in Punjab from where I did my B-tech, so I learned Punjabi from there. Then I went to Allahabad where I worked as an engineer for two years, I learned Bhojpuri from there. I am a Haryanvi so I know Haryanvi language too. All this helps in acting," he concluded.

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    Himesh Reshammiya: The singer-turned-actor had a lot of excess fat (left) till a couple of years back. Now (right), he looks fit as a fiddle.

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    Ram Kapoor: A few days ago, Ram Kapoor shared a picture of his drastic transformation, that left his fans startled. In the picture shared on social media by Ram Kapoor, he looked much leaner than he has over the past few years.

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    Rhea Kapoor: Sonam Kapoor's stylish sister Rhea was a bit on the plump side a few years ago. But now, Rhea Kapoor has shown the world her lean side. Apparently, Rhea tried the Keto diet, which has resulted in this superb transformation. Recently, Rhea also went live on social media with her nutritionist Karishma Boolani and spoke at length about her Keto diet and how it helped her shed the extra kilos.

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    Kareena Kapoor Khan: It's hard to believe that Kareena Kapoor Khan who created ripples with her size zero look and started its trend in Bollywood actually weighed over 70 kg just a few years ago. However, she took to power yoga and a healthy lifestyle and knocked off those kilos.

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    Sonakshi Sinha: Sonakshi Sinha also was an overweight teen. The Dabangg actress lost 26 kg and there is a lot of difference from how she was earlier and how she looks today.

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    Adnan Sami: This singer's weight loss is now the stuff of legends. In June 2006, Adnan weighed 206 kg and according to him, his doctor said he was giving him just six months to live! However, Adnan was determined to survive and miraculously lost 107 kg in 9 months.

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    Zareen Khan: Zareen Khan recently posted her pictures of when she used to be overweight, and said that she never bothered about people's negative comments about her body. The actress has lost oodles of weight now and is training under fitness trainer Abbas Ali. A lot of youngsters have approached Zareen at the gym where she works out and on social networking websites asking her about the secret to weight loss. While she believes determination is important to achieve a goal her main message to the youth is never to go on a crash diet. Pic/Zareen Khan's Instagram account @zareenkhan.

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    Ganesh Acharya: Bollywood's ace choreographer Ganesh Acharya has shed a whopping 85 kgs in one and half years. It is unbelievable that at one point he weighed 200 kgs. Losing weight wasn't a piece of cake for Ganesh, but he took one and a half year to lose it all through a proper workout regime and regular gymming.

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    Sonam Kapoor: Arjun Kapoor's cousin sister Sonam Kapoor weighed a good 90 kg before her debut Saawariya. However, the determined lass lost 30 kg and is currently known as one of the most stylish actresses in Bollywood.

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    Karan Johar: The filmmaker lost 17 kilos in 4 months. His diet and fitness regime was designed by his weight loss trainer, fitness consultant Kunal Gir. It was Karan Johar's friend Ranbir Kapoor who recommended his personal trainer, Gir, when KJo was left impressed with Ranbir's transformation for Sanjay Dutt biopic. Pic/Karan Johar's Twitter account and Kunal Gir's Instagram account.

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    Bhumi Pednekar: Bhumi Pednekar's transformation will amaze you! She lost over 27 kgs since completing her debut film's shoot. She went on to star in successful films like Toilet: Ek Prem Katha, Shubh Mangal Saavdhan and Sonchiriya.

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    Arjun Kapoor: Arjun Kapoor before (l) and after (r). His transformation is amazing! Don't you agree? Arjun Kapoor was almost 140 kg before he forayed into acting, but leading a 'balanced' lifestyle helped him lose excess weight.

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    Adhyayan Suman: Adhyayan Suman, who flaunted his six-pack look in the film Raaz: The Mystery Continues, used to weigh 110 kgs before he hit the treadmill with a vengeance.

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    Masaba Gupta: Fashion designer Masaba Gupta lost 10 kilos thanks to yoga and Ayurveda health resort. Masaba Gupta checked into the clinic in January 2016 for help with various issues, primarily her post-marriage weight gain. She stuck to the methods taught there for the entire year. The result was a new approach to health and food. The designer reduced her size to UK 8-10 from UK 14-16. Pic/mid-day archive and Masaba Gupta's Instagram account.

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    Parineeti Chopra: Parineeti Chopra was a bit too chubby for a leading lady when she entered Bollywood (left). It hasn't taken her long to move closer to the zero-figure range.

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    Alia Bhatt: Mahesh Bhatt's daughter went from flabby to fantastic for her debut in Karan Johar's Student of the Year, co-produced by Shah Rukh Khan.

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    Farah Khan: Farah Khan looks distinctly slimmer and fitter (right) than she was a few years ago.

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    In Hollywood...

    Zach Galifianakis: American stand-up comedian and Hollywood actor, Zach Galifianakis, of The Hangover trilogy fame, has lost about 22 kilos recently. He stunned everybody with his looks at a screening of his film Birdman Or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance at the New York Film Festival. Pic/AFP

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    Chris Pratt: Hollywood actor Chris Pratt, famous for being part of Jurassic World, previously weighed 300 pounds. He lost weight and got fit for Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) and that's when his career got a major boost. In picture: (Left) Chris Pratt in a still from Parks and Recreation (2009) where he played the dimwitted but lovable Andy Dwyer (Pic/YouTube). (Right) Chris Pratt flaunts his abs post weight loss. Pic/Chris Pratt's Instagram account.

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