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For every television fanatic, Ram Kapoor has been a household name through his more than two-decade-long career. With his terrific acting skills, irrespective of big or small roles, Ram Kapoor has always made us laugh with his wit and root for his characters. When we think of Ram, we always imagine a chubby man in a suit portraying the role of a quintessential middle-aged high society husband. Now cut to 2019, Ram has proved to be an inspiration with his fabulous ‘fat to fit' transformation, breaking the stereotyped image of him! (Also Read: Sonam Kapoor To Bhumi Pednekar, Bollywood Celebs And Their Jaw-Dropping Fat To Fit Transformations)
It was on July 10, 2019, when a picture posted by Ram Kapoor had created major headlines! And why wouldn’t it? Ram created history with his juxtaposed collage when the nation saw his unbelievable transformation from flab to fab. Sharing a ‘fat to fit’ juxtaposition of two images side by side, Ram captioned it with a kiss emoticon. And his super-proud wife, Gautami Kapoor had written, “Fat to fab!!!!!!! Way to go. So so proud” reposting the same collage. And we were completely blown off by not only his newly attained leaner and sexier physique but also by his changed look with a French beard and pepper-and-salt hair.
Since then, Ram Kapoor and his wife, Gautami Kapoor have been flooded with questions about his commendable ‘fat to fit’ transformation. In an interview with The Times Of India, Ram got candid about how difficult it was to give up food and the reaction of his kids, wife, Gautami Kapoor and Bade Achhe Lagte Hain co-star, Sakshi Tanwar. Reasoning taking up the transformation at this stage in life, Ram stated, “I was always overweight and comfortable with my weight. It never bothered me, so I never thought of losing weight. My family will always love and respect me, no matter how I look. But I did not want to set a wrong example for my children. Today at the age of 44, I want to be healthier. They are growing up fast and I want to be the right role model for them. I wanted to do this for my wife, my kids and myself. I want to live longer and be with them.”
Revealing how it all started, Ram Kapoor shared, “I have been trying to loose weight since last 2 years. I had told myself two years ago that I have to loose weight and was desperately trying. I used to diet for two/three hours while I was working on different projects, but the results were not that effective. Finally, in 2019, I decided to take a break from work for an entire year and started working on my goal. I had so much to do, and I wanted to do it properly. I started in January this year and till now the progress has been good. I am 60 per cent there but I still have to achieve 40 per cent. My goal is to be 80 kilos by December 2019.”
Elaborating on the weight loss process and the next target, Ram Kapoor continued, “When I started working out in January 2019, I weighed around 130 kgs and my target was to loose 50 kilos. Till July, I have managed to loose 30 kilos and by December my target is to loose another 20 kilos. I think when you are focused, there is nothing that you can’t achieve. I have challenged myself. I eat for 8 hours and fast for 16 hours. I workout 2 hours in the morning and at night.” (Also Read: Ram Kapoor's Wife, Gautami Finally Reveals If He Underwent Surgery For His Drastic Weight Loss)
When asked how his kids reacted to their father’s amazing transformation, Ram Kapoor remarked, “I wanted to do this for my children and my wife. There were reports earlier that I wanted to do it for my daughter, but how can a parent just pick one child? I wanted to do this for both my kids. They will always love me the way I am and have never pressurised me to loose weight. I want to do this for them. They have seen my desperation, my frustration in these last 3 years. They are now super happy and proud of my achievement and they are with me in this journey till I reach my goal. I have their full support.”
Sharing the most memorable moment during the weight loss transformation, Ram Kapoor was quoted as saying, “Till now, my daughter and son were never able to hug me properly. Whenever they hugged me, their hands would never touch together at the end of my back. But after the weight loss, that's the most memorable and sweet thing that has happened to me. Both my kids told me that since the time they were born, this was the first time they could hug me in their arms properly and it was very sweet.”
And if there was a moment when he felt weak, Ram said, “Before 2019, I was getting mad because I desperately wanted to loose weight. But when I made the decision, there was no looking back and there was no moment when I did not feel motivated. I feel you have to be mentally very strong to achieve something like this and I had mentally prepared myself for it. People feel giving up cigarettes, alcohol is harder, but believe me giving up food, especially, when you love it, is way harder. But as I told you I was mentally preparing for the the last two years. I am happy with the results.”
Acknowledging his fans feedback and his contemporaries applauding his efforts, Ram Kapoor stated, “As I told you earlier, I wanted to do it for myself. If my career was that important for me, I would have never gone for weight loss. I have entertained fans for the last 20 years and did various roles for them, but this is for me. My fans who love me will understand that at this stage, I want to lead a healthy life. But I am not getting too excited because I feel I have just reached halfway. There’s still a long way to go and a lot to achieve. So, I am holding my excitement. I can’t thank my friends from the industry for their love and support. But honestly speaking, I am not reading much because I don’t want to get too excited and lose my focus.”
Speaking about his inspiration (read wife Gautami Kapoor), Ram Kapoor remarked, “My wife Gautami loves me the way I am. She never pressurised me to loose weight or made me feel I am overweight. But whenever I looked at her, I felt what an inspiration she is. Actually, Gautami is my inspiration because when I see how fit she is even after delivering two kids, I can’t help but get inspired. She has been my biggest strength and motivation throughout my journey.”
Revealing how his Karrle Tu Bhi Mohabbat co-star, Sakshi Tanwar reacted to his drastic weight loss, Ram Kapoor said, “Sakshi Tanwar has seen my transformation and been a part of the process. She keeps sending me messages, saying how happy and proud she is of me. Sakshi and I have immense love and respect for each other. We trust each other a lot. And we just don’t respect each other as actors but also as human beings. We share a great bond.”
In another interview with The Times Of India, Ram Kapoor's wife, Gautami Kapoor had revealed how their kids reacted to her husband, Ram Kapoor’s transformation. She had said, “A lot of people came up to me and told me that we like Ram fat. I said ok you like him fat but what about me, I want him fit. For our children, when Ram lost weight, they were overjoyed. My younger son recently went up to Ram and hugged him. He was overjoyed when he could hug his father all around unlike before. That statement touched both Ram and me and we realized that unknowingly and unintentionally they are these small things that matter to the family. For Ram, the fact his children could hold him around now was a big thing. He got very emotional. Now I don't think after this emotional thing, Ram would put on weight anymore.” (Also Read: Ram Kapoor's Wife, Gautami Reveals That Fans Thought He Was Married To Sakshi Tanwar In Real Life)
Thank you, Ram for inspiring us to hit the gym than lazing around and being a couch potato!
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