Akbar V's Weight Loss Journey (Secrets & Strategy Revealed)

James Cunningham, BSc, CPT
Published by James Cunningham, BSc, CPT | Staff Writer & Senior Coach
Last updated: January 26, 2024
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You may remember Akbar V from the reality TV show “Love and Hip Hop Atlanta,” but you might not recognize her after her amazing transformation.

As a fitness trainer, I was curious about how she dropped so much weight in a short span of time.

I also thought this would be an excellent opportunity to use her weight loss story as inspiration for some of my younger clients who follow her.

So, I spent a week looking at her interviews and Instagram posts and evaluating the latest gossip on her fat loss story.

Here’s what I found.

Akbar V’s Weight Loss Journey

Before her transformation, the self-proclaimed “Queen of Atlanta” weighed 297 lbs (135 kgs).

After undergoing weight loss surgery, Akbar dropped down to 191 pounds (87 kgs).

 

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Today, she’s more or less maintained a body weight of 152 pounds (69 kgs).

While Akbar didn’t share why exactly she opted for surgery, our educated guess is that she began to face health problems due to her weight.

At her heaviest, Akbar had a BMI of 51, which is considered morbidly obese.

Post-Surgery Recovery

Akbar V was very transparent about her post-surgery recovery.

She shared that it comprised the hard and difficult parts of her fat loss journey.

When a fan asked what her recovery was like after her surgical procedure, Akbar stated that she was still “swollen” and that she needed a “hug and some painkillers.”

Akbar also shared that she underwent plastic surgery to remove excess skin from her midsection, leaving her with an hourglass shape. She’d later go on to share photos on her Instagram posts.

Akbar V Stats

  • Date of Birth: August 22, 1989
  • Age: 33 years old
  • Height: 5’4” (163 cm)
  • Weight: 69 kgs (152 lbs)

Did Akbar’s Fat Loss Include a Workout Routine?

Performing a workout routine outside

No, Akbar’s fat loss did not include a workout routine. Her fat loss was purely a result of her stomach reduction surgery.

Following her surgery, Akbar found it extremely challenging to move around, so strength training and intense cardio were out of the question.

However, she walked around slowly to get used to moving around and keeping her body fit and running.

Did She Reveal Her Diet Plan to the Public?

No, Akbar V didn’t reveal her diet plan to the public.

As far as we know, she followed a strict diet planned by her doctors. The diet included foods that’d help her recover after her surgery.

Based on some of her interviews, Akbar V isn’t currently following any diet plan because she feels like she has lost enough fat.

But she’s also trying to avoid past guilty pleasures, like fast food and soda.

Thoughts on Her Body Transformation

Akbar V’s body transformation was mainly a result of her surgical procedure, while diet and exercise were part of recovery and maintaining her fat loss.

 

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“I haven’t pop out, I wanted to be transparent with my fans about my surgery that’s why I’m showing the hard and difficult parts.”
- Akbar V

Some Akbar fans among my clients enquired about whether weight loss surgery was a good option.

While surgery should be a last resort, there are several safer and more effective ways to lose fat and keep it off.

Here are some of the ways to achieve this:

  • A strict and healthy diet: Accordibg to ScienceDirect, the simplest way to lose fat is to burn more calories than you eat. Aim for foods that are rich in healthy fats and protein to keep you satiated [1].
  • Increasing water intake: As per the National Institute of Health (NIH), regular hydration throughout the day can increase your feelings of satiety, thereby helping you avoid unnecessary cravings [2].
  • Daily cardio: According to NIH, to lose fat quickly, you should aim for a total of 150 minutes of cardio per week [3]. Low-impact options include elliptical and brisk walking to burn fat. High-impact options include running and jump rope.
  • Weight training: Adding safe and manageable weight training to your cardio routine is an excellent way to burn extra calories, build muscle, and enhance fat loss.
  • Taking natural fat burners: Natural fat burners are one of the best ways to enhance and maintain your fat loss. They use natural ingredients to curb cravings, burn stubborn fat, and boost energy levels.

FAQs

Did Akbar Get a Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

Yes, Akbar got gastric sleeve surgery. This procedure shrunk the size of her stomach, forcing her to eat less. Eating less decreased her caloric intake, leading to her fat loss.

Who Did Akbar V’s Gastric Sleeve?

An Atlanta plastic surgeon, Dr. Curves, did Akbar’s gastric sleeve, according to some unofficial sources. However, this information is most likely popular gossip since the same surgeon also did her cosmetic surgery.

What Motivated Akbar V to Lose Weight?

Akbar V's weight loss motivation stemmed from a desire for better health and increased self-confidence. Her journey was driven by personal goals to improve her well-being and set a positive example for her fans and followers.


References:

  1. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0268005X1630340X
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6209729/
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3925973/
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James Cunningham, BSc, CPT
Staff Writer & Senior Coach
James Cunningham, BSc, CPT holds a BSc degree in Sport & Exercise Science from University of Hertfordshire. He's a Health & Performance Coach from London that brings a unique blend of academic knowledge of health supplements and practical exercise experience to the table for his readers.
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Benedict Ang, CPT, PN1-NC is an ex-National Soccer player turned MMA and Kickboxing champion, with ACE CPT and PN1-NC certifications. His advice is rooted in education and experience, ensuring that readers receive scientific and battle-tested insights. His mission is to empower his clients and readers to realize their potential and become the best versions of themselves.
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