04 Feb Amit Lakhani Case Study: How Amit Lost 15kg And Used The Physical As The Vehicle To Transform His Life
Since his childhood, Amit had always struggled with his weight.
When he was 17 years old, he clocked in at well over 100kg. A conversation with his father sparked an initiative for increase general activity such as walking, swimming and sports.
Over the course of his 20s, Amit settled into the mid 80s. A great job so far.
At the age of 33, Amit was now a father, husband, and a manager at Heathrow airport. But something was missing.
Despite losing some of his initial weight, the ‘muck’ from his childhood still stuck with him. He suffered with body confidence issues, paralysis by analysis and indecisiveness. By his own admission, he had a habit of spending more time strategising as opposed to executing.
Something was missing.
He’d been searching for the solution for years when it came to him while scrolling through social media.
The mission of RNT.
He saw the words: the physical is the vehicle.
Amit knew this was what he was looking for. While he’d lost some weight, he’d not laid the foundations, cleansed his palate and taken himself through the “Grind” phase, for which he began to aptly call a period of “peace”.
He’d not been through a hard transformation which he could use as a platform for a long-term lifestyle solution.
Reading about the power of the physical to act as a vehicle for the greater good in everything else in your life struck a chord.
Amit jumped in with both feet.
The rest is history.
In this case study, we’re going to include many anecdotes directly from Amit, as he explains how the mission of RNT has changed his life forever.
The Previous Three Struggles
Before starting with RNT, there were three key areas that Amit struggled with, which he’ll dive into here:
1) Poor Nutrition Practices
“In my 20s I grew to enjoy physical exercise in different forms, and the beautiful pain I’d get from it. I’d wipe myself out in the gym, the pool or various classes because I had the mindset that it allowed me to justify my poor diet of cakes, pastries, cookies and whatever else I could get my hand on!
It was a vicious and unhealthy cycle. I always heard that ‘you can’t out train a bad diet’, but I was willing to do whatever it took to disprove this theory’.
How wrong I was.
I’d say on reflection it only ever felt good 1% of the time, and left me with guilty, anxiety, stress and fear the other 99%. Especially as I’d spend hours strategising how I could ‘hack the body’, when in reality, I now know I just needed to eat better.”
2) Body Confidence
“I’ve always struggled with body dysmorphia on some level. Before starting RNT, it was on another level. It was getting to the point I was unable to wear certain types of clothes because of how I felt about my hips. It would make me anxious on a daily basis, and fear for attending social events.
My deep routed psychology was that of wanting to feel accepted. I always thought everyone was watching and judging me. All of this combined meant the simple act of wearing clothes took up so much mental capacity and it overflowed my stress cup daily. I was exhausted before I could even deal with life’s daily challenges and opportunities.
I even remember searching on Google for advice on how to dress a particular body type in order to hide certain features. Or whether certain colours could create an illusion of slenderness.
The amount of time I’d spend in clothing shop dressing rooms was depressing. I’d try everything and nothing would fit. It was draining and soul destroying.
I was a prisoner in my own body staring down the barrel of a life sentence, and a fast tracked ticket to a wasted life.”
3) Poor Digestion
“Due to my poor nutritional choices, I always felt inflamed. I had irregular bowel movements and as a result, felt in a state of stress at all times. I remember I’d make lifestyle decisions based on how my digestion would be.
If I felt congested, I’d be bloated, and so I’d avoid exercising, socialising, or wearing certain clothes.
It was the centre of my day. I’d constantly worry and wonder about when my body would decide to ‘go’, so to speak. It dictated my happiness and confidence levels during a 24 hour period.
To try help, I’d take laxatives, try different sleeping positions, chew gum, all sorts. I’d try whatever I’d read online!
The combination of these three were very real, and I can’t believe just how much it paralysed me in my day to day.”
To hear Amit’s story in more detail, listen to episode 121 of RNT Fitness Radio here:
The Why, And The Why Behind The Why
If the above wasn’t enough to drive action, Amit wanted to have a completion mindset. He was fed up of becoming a great “starter”, but never following through. It was showing up in his work, and with his family and friends. And all it’d do would feed the vicious cycle of insecurity, stress and more paralysis by analysis.
You can see a pattern emerging, right?
We took this a step further to really crystallise Amit’s underpinnings for his journey, and asked his why behind his why.
“Because of everything I’ve discussed so far, my whole day was centred around consumption in order to simply sustain my life. It was sleep, eat, travel, work, stress, eat, sleep, repeat. While there’s nothing unusual in that per se, I was doing this with little consciousness. My mind and body was in decay, and it wasn’t being used for anything productive. My poor health was triggering negative emotional reactions in my life which I felt was holding me back everywhere”.
Applying A Singular Focus
The beauty of going through the RNT Transformation Journey is the level of single mindedness it allows you to harness.
Especially when working towards your first Transformation Checkpoint alongside a coach, whereby you’re able to put the blinders up, focus, and simply execute. Less thinking, more action.
Amit drastically cut down his level of consumption, and he replaced evenings scrolling through random websites to channeling his attention to one source: the RNT Education Hub.
“When I started this journey I decided to cut the clutter and go all in with RNT. This meant interacting on the RNT Facebook group, listening to their podcasts (Spotify, iTunes, etc.), checking out the recipe hub, and reading the case studies and educational articles (on their website prompted by e-mails to your inbox). So long as you have a phone or some sort of laptop / tablet – you have industry leading health and nutritional content at your fingertips. This was a life changer.”
The Power Of The Check In
Combining the educational resources with the check ins proved to be the deadly combination Amit had been looking for in the past 15 years.
With an overthinking personality, the check in process formed a critical part in allowing him to experience the mind, body and soul transformation he experienced.
The check in was an opportunity for Amit to put his thoughts down in a structured format. It became a form of journaling, and heightened his self-awareness to notice trends, areas to improve and his positives.
In his reflections:
“The process of checking in each week gives you the opportunity to really see how your week has been, the results you’ve achieved, and a chance to download how you feel has worked well and what’s not. Because all coaches are fundamentally good people, this weekly check in doesn’t need to be restricted to food and exercise related topics. Quite often the topics of conversation spilled into all aspects of life. The greatest value in this journey is receiving the feedback from your coach. They have an ability to pick up on things that you may not have, while also having the extra ability to analyse your words, mood, tone, emotions and actions. The coaching and accountability element the check in provides is incredible – you think you have a health coach, when in reality you’ve got a life coach as well!
“To say it’s been life changing would be an understatement. The major surprise for me is how much life has changed in simply a matter of weeks. All the foundation building, and cleansing the palate, while finally having a structure, strategy and system to my day has been revolutionary. In terms of tangible, physical results; in 6 months, I’ve lost 15kg and 6 inches off my waist!”
Starting Weight: 80.1kg
Starting Waist: 36 inches
Checkpoint Weight: 66.7kg
Checkpoint Waist: 29.3 inches
Telling His Story…
The run to his first checkpoint has been nothing short of spectacular.
Outside of the pictures you see through this article, he’s experienced the following ten benefits:
- A completion mindset
- Singularity of focus
- Increased human efficiency
- Body confidence
- Increased education on health and fitness
- Heightened presence
- Better relationships with his family and friends
- Higher performance at work
- Healthy digestion
- Emotional connectivity and inner peace
The Physical Is The Vehicle
We asked Amit why RNT’s mission means so much to him.
“The reason why I think the physical acts as the physical is because tackling the physical forces you into a state of being. Which lends itself to operating at the best version of yourself.
What I mean by this is the simple actions of preparing your meals, planning your week, waking up earlier, moving more, eating healthier foods, etc.… all of this simple actions naturally free up your time, and give you energy to pursue other interests in your life which previously would always fall at the bottom of the priority list.
For me, this meant spending less time worrying about ‘me’, and more time helping and giving to others. I’ve started volunteering to help feed and clothe the homeless in London. I help more at home with domestic responsibilities (as they say, charity begins at home), and every Friday I buy coffee for people in my queue at the local Starbucks. I’ve started helping graduates at work develop in their careers through mentorship and coaching. I help my family in whatever they need me for, and overall, I just focus on being present and available for whoever needs my body and mind.”
“Now that I spend less time stressing or worrying about how I look, who’s judging me, how I haven’t finished what I started, it’s allowed me to feel peace and focus on giving. When I say giving, I mean it in almost every context of life. In this context of emotional connectivity, I mean it in the sense of my improved ability to meaningfully exchange information and emotion with others. And with no other purpose besides making that person feel like the most important person in the world.”
The Next Phase For Amit
As of writing this, Amit is at the beginning of his Investment phase, after a successful period navigating through Consolidation.
His goal is opt on the left side of the Investment Continuum, meaning he wants to continue to refine his structure, strategy and systems to stay in the shape of his life, for life, while always experiencing the power of the physical as the vehicle.
“There is a saying in life that ‘good things come to those who wait’. Well, this saying definitely resonates with me as I’ve had to unknowingly practice the art of patience many times before encountering some of the most life changing moments in my life…one of which I would definitely say is working with RNT.
My journey officially started back in July ’19 where I joined the family, and from this moment onwards, my life hasn’t been the same since. For years I struggled with body confidence, poor digestion, frustration, stress and social anxiety all stemming somehow from a lack of self care and respect for the physical.
As far as analogies go, it’s fair to say I was a pilot sitting in a broken aircraft, engines missing, and no previous flying experience; yet expecting my plane to take off any minute.
From the very second I started with RNT, I knew I would finally be freed from my struggles as the level of personalised service, tailor made programming, and genuine love and care they showed me was amazing. I mean, within 24hrs, I had my new coach send me a personalised video message welcoming me and explaining exactly how I will achieve the goals I so desperately desired!
Since this moment, every week I receive personalised advice on why, what, when, where and how to eat, train and LIVE in order to change my body and life. Myself and those around me have witnessed the changes unfold on a weekly basis; whereby I lost unprecedented amounts of body weight and fat whilst simultaneously gaining confidence, belief and mental steel.
I wish I joined and knew about RNT a lot sooner in life, as in only six months my life has transformed for the greater good. I wonder what could have been if I applied industry leading knowledge combined with personalised structure, strategy and systems many years sooner.
As far as analogies go, it’s fair to say I am now a proud pilot in a shiny new A380. I have the honour of having the world’s best co-pilot meticulously guiding me through take off, flying at various altitudes across many continents, and back to landing again. I’m armed with the best knowledge, experience and skill for self-mastery of my own future flight path, shaping my future destiny.
Thank you RNT, I will be indebted to you forever.
Like me 6 months ago, if you’re reading this testimonial looking for justification to start your transformational journey, then I’m here to tell you that the more optimal, productive, energetic, aesthetic, healthy, happy and more peaceful version of you is desperately waiting to meet you on the other side of your journey.
How will you get to meet this version 2.0 of yourself?
Well that’s the easy bit, simply ‘use the physical as the vehicle’, allow RNT into your life, and the rest will be history!
Peace be the Journey!”
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