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Tripti Gupta Interview Part 2: Tripti talks about Kangana Ranaut, macros and how to eat for Thyroid, Diabetes, PCOD

5. What do you suggest in terms of macros for foods for people not on a regimented diet but want to eat healthy? What should we be looking for in terms of:

a) Total Daily macros

Total daily macros should comprise of up to 75% good quality carbs which could be in the form of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, pulses, legumes and high fiber cereals.

b) Nutritional Content

One must stay away from artificial colors, preservative agents and foods high in trans fats. When we check the nutritional composition of any food, the fiber content in that meal plays the utmost importance.  It’s the quality here which matters more than the item or quantity. For example,  good quality fats such as olive oil or rice bran oil is better than a small fraction of fat Similarly, more of carbs in a particular food item in the form of jowar (Indian flour to make rotis) is better than less of carbs but in the form of maida (Another flour). Protein again plays a vital role whether it is healthy trans fat free protein such as chicken, eggs or is it sausages, salami and cold cuts which are rich in trans fats.

c) Protein vs Fat vs Carbs?

15% protein vs 10% fats vs 75% carbs is the best combination for person with ideal body weight. It is also essential to ensure each of these are trans fat free and wholesome fresh meals… which is the need of a healthy, active body. Choose Grade A proteins such as dairy, egg whites, fish over pulses & legumes. Choose desi ghee, olive / rice bran /ground nut oil over vanaspati, butter, margarine and processed fats. Choose high fiber whole grains such as oats, jowar, wheat and brown rice over white rice, maida and starchy cereals.

6.You worked with Kangana Ranaut to help her get into her character as a top supermodel in the movie “Fashion”. Talk in detail to us about the transformation she had to go through and what exact diets and exercise she followed to get that look? Were there any roadblocks?

Kangna was already waif thin when she met me for Fashion. But most people are not aware that for a thin person to lose weight is as difficult or even more difficult  than having an overweight person to lose weight. Getting a slim waistline to a flab free, chiseled one was in itself a challenge.  Our aim was to get the chiseled flat abs of a supermodel as well as flawless skin. In fact, it was with Kangana that the journey of “Eating Right for not only a fabulous body but also flawless skin” began for me. Getting the coffee & chocolate loving Kangana to eat fruits, fresh veggie juices and green tea was a challenge. We worked on a diet together which would help her shed inches, achieve flawless skin and keep her energy levels high and the beautiful actress did a great job. She was determined and always wanted to carry a body of international standards. Working with Kangana was a delight, her loving, child like warmth, down to earth attitude and devoted hard work is simply amazing. Even today in Bollywood, she is one of the very few Bollywood actresses who stands out on any international platform for her work & performance as well as a fabulous body. I would still call “Fashion” as the movie where she had the best body and skin she ever carried in any film.

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Kangana Ranaut looking like a super model for her role in Fashion

 

7. There are a ton of supplements and “weight loss” aids out there such as Raspberry Ketone. Do these help in weight loss or metabolism boosting or are they complete myths? What supplements do you recommend and what do they do to contribute to weight loss? What about green tea?

 

Anything that cannot be sustained lifelong is temporary. Ketone diets were originally created for Epileptic patients to meet their medical needs and limitations in food. Using these tools for a normal, healthy individual is not advisable, in fact one should feel truly blessed of possessing a completely healthy body and not abuse it. Instead nurture it, take care of it and don’t do anything to spoil it. The only supplements that support weight loss are exercise and rest. I would call these your lifelong supplements of health. Food and water has to be supported with rest and activity for life to enjoy a healthy, happy and fit body.

Green Tea is great substitute to other hot beverages. Lower in calories & caffeine, high on antioxidants and a natural diuretic, green tea also acts as a  digestive drink and promotes weight loss when consumed regularly instead of milk tea.

 

8. What foods should people with each of these common health issues use to naturally cure these issues:

 

a) Thyroid issue:

Weight management meals, Fat soluble Vitamins such as Vitamin A D,E,K rich foods to ensure healthy hormones and a Omega 3 rich diet. One must stay away from foods containing goitrogens such as raw cabbage, cauliflower, soyabean, broccoli, etc.

 

b) Diabetes:

Fenugreek seeds, Green tea, Dark green vegetable juices, low glycemic index foods, small portions sizes, high fiber meals, Omega 3 rich foods and Weight management meals

 

c) High Cholesterol:

Onion juice, garlic, Omega3 rich nuts such as Flaxseeds, Chiaseeds, deep sea fish, high fiber foods, fenugreek seeds, ensuring balance of fat soluble vitamins, green  & white tea.

 

d) PCOD:

Weight management is the common factor here, consuming low fat, high fibre, omega 3 rich foods combined with an active lifestyle can be the best cure for the above issues naturally.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9. In the celebrities you worked with or the beauty pageant contestants, have you encountered a situation where you thought “this is going to be a challenge” and got the desired results and how?

 

There have been many challenges in dealing with public figures, supermodels and Beauty Pageant contestants. One such challenge I recently faced with a Femina Miss India 2016 finalist was being under weight. She, being extremely tall for an Indian model with a height of 6.1ft., had lost a tremendous amount of weight which resulted in getting a highly disproportionate figure despite of having all the other promising qualities. As a judge for the Miss Perfect Body sub contest, we noticed this. Her body became her drawback and hence she lost her opportunity of reaching the top. It was a challenge to get her to eat the right proportion of carbs, protein and fat such that she would only gain healthy muscle weight proportioning out her body We worked on her diet and eating patterns in such a way that her body has regained the right balance of proportion with strength, health and glowing skin. Under my consultation and guidance she has achieved her dream body and will be again contesting the coming year.

 

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Tripti educating the Miss India contestants

 

10. We know celebrities work hard on their bodies and workout 2-3 hours a day and eat a very strict diet. How does one get the enviable Katrina Kaif abs in terms of diet and exercise? Please advise!

The key word is here is DISCIPLINE and not overly strict. One can never achieve the perfect body or perfect abs without their perfect plan. A good body is a plan which has to be created, followed and then maintained with will power, determination and a lot of effort. One need not be strict, but one should not get bored and complacent with the ideal plan which is the real challenge. A whole lot of celebrities go carb free, but that’s not always the requirement. One needs to plan their eating techniques well backed up with the right exercise to manage an overall daily total caloric intake.

Loading on fresh vegetables and running are the most successful tools in beginning your journey towards the impeccable Katrina Kaif Abs 😉

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Kangana’s perfect supermodel body in the movie Fashion which won her a National Award.

There you have it folks…Tripit Gupta has told us exactly how to look at food, plan our perfect diets and told us how to get those perfect abs! Tripti’s contact info is below….I would strongly advise you to work with her if you are looking for the right plan to help get you back on track or look good for an event….Call Tripti and her team!

Tripti Gupta Contact info:

Andheri | Bandra | Chowpatty | Online

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The official dietician for The Femina Miss India Pageant Tripti Gupta talks about her journey, macros and how to stay fit after 40! (Part 1 of 2)

I found Tripti Gupta and her team very causally looking to get to the mode of doing interviews for my blog a few months back. However, at the time, I had also come to a realization that my blood reports for triglycerides were very high and I needed to make a change in my life. As I read through Tripti and her team’s accomplishments and subsequently talked to a dietician on her team, Monica, I realized that I could use this myself to get myself motivated and on track. So my blog interview took a backseat and I started to get Tripti and her team to monitor me weekly. Compared to other dieticians, her price was very reasonable and what I loved was that she followed up herself every few days with me to see my progress and Moncia would whatsapp message me if she did not hear from me every other day to see how my progress was going. Just that helped me stay on track because I knew I would report to someone. For the first time in 3 years, I got back to a weight 10 lbs lower than what I was. Just what my doctor had ordered me to do. And the best thing is, i never ever felt like I was starving! And Tripti graciously said she would do an interview for my blog. So meet the magician herself in a very very frank interview on her journey of how she started and how she coaches the Miss India contestants to look their best for the big day! (Part 2 talks about how she coached Bollywood superstar Kangana Ranaut to look like a supermodel for the national award winning movie “Fashion”).

 Tripti Gupta:

  1. Talk about your background and what motivated you to get into this profession and adopt the theories you promote for a healthy lifestyle?

 

I was born underweight, but as long as I remember, I was an overweight child most of my early years of life. Not being able to wear shorts and tees like my friends, getting teased for being fat and finding it difficult to fit into teenaged clothes became a routine battle and lowered my self confidence drastically which eventually made me into a very shy girl who didn’t want to be in the limelight. I wanted to hide or at least not be noticed. I didn’t know what body shaming was then but yes, I was teased and I was conscious…very conscious. I had accepted that I was fat and would envy those who were slim. Of course the same question, like any other young girl, would come to my mind of “why am I Fat and she thin?”

However, suddenly, things changed for me in 8th grade, just the year when a teenager gets conscious, I lost weight and tons of weight…… yes, I shrunk. I did nothing to lose it, nor did I suddenly drop baby fat. I developed Typhoid! Now that’s the most unhealthy weight loss in the form of muscle loss we know but at that point of time for a fat 12 yr old, it was a dream come true and I totally loved  Typhoid! The new body I discovered, the way my clothes now looked on me & the compliments I received unfolded a new me. I was suddenly more confident, happier & I knew by now that I never wanna grow fat again. However, as destiny would have it, I did regain the weight once again, this time gradually but by the time I reached my 10th Grade I was fat again. I knew after my board exams this weight loss would be my sole mission. After all no teenager wants to begin college looking fat.

 

Soon after my 10th exams I started walking. Residing next to the beautiful Gateway Of India, I would walk down to Cuffe Parade and Colaba Woods a good distance, I would take 10 brisk rounds and walk back. To add further I also joined the then very popular Rama Bans Aerobics Classes to lose weight. I overdid the exercise & ate almost nothing. I could soon see the body shrinking, the inches were shedding but so was my hair. Age was on my side so whatever little I would eat / not eat / starve or even occasionally binge seemed to work. There were bouts of weakness, low immunity and constipation setting in. I would guzzle liters of water and eat nothing the whole day, then end up with a pack of farsan (indian snacks) / chips and a whole lot of crap gladly thinking I could afford to eat what I like since I hadn’t eaten anything the whole day.  My issues became worse and by now I started feeling thin & OLD. It was a new me with a slimmer body but no strength. I knew something was terrible but didn’t know what?? This was the only way to get slim is what I believed.

 

It was now that time post boards that we were hunting for admissions and I applied for colleges at  Jaihind , HR , Xaviers , KC and was extremely excited to a college life coming up like any teenage girl until my Father decided to take me to the College of Home Science Nirmala Niketan. It sounded like an institute with only cooking & stitching and I didn’t want to do simply cooking… I wanted to be working girl, maybe an Air hostess or even a model. However, the real light my Father showed me was in the difference of Subjects Nirmala Niketan offered as opposed to the Arts Commerce & Science of other Colleges. This surely had a great combination and the specializations looked very impressive. The subject of Nutrition took my attention and I thought inside maybe this is my calling so what if it’s a Girls College of Home Science, the syllabus looks great.

 

My journey to the world of Nutrition began here which gradually evolved into passion. At a time when nobody knew what a Dietician is to even choose to specialize in this subject for an ambitious young girl was daring, but the passion of learning was stronger. I entirely credit my Father for where and what I am today. I am so glad Dad that I listened and chose to go by your wise advice.

Theories for Healthy Lifestyle-

I have no fancy theories and names… In dealing with my clients to help achieve their health goals I simply believed in one thing “Feed Your Need & Listen to Your Body”  All the rest is bookish and irrelevant. We all know that protein is good but if one gets bloated, gains weight or develops uneasiness then that is not the best diet for him. There have been so many of my clients including Indian politician & singer Babul Supriyo who was completely on a protein diet. Babul would eat only protein and workout extensively but his weight had plateaued. When I met him and analyzed his body type I prescribed him to eat Roti. At this, he first raised his eyebrows, “Are you sure you me to eat a carb??” he reacted. But his fat loss at that time was unbelievable & he got his best results with carbs rather than protein then.

 

The fact is, one healthy lifestyle may not be the same for all. We have to find what our body is happiest with, so my simple principle of working around any person’s diet plan is understanding & analyzing their current lifestyle, identifying their goal and simply making the corrections as per their body type & needs. Life is simple and so should be your food. Some Say Go Vegan, others say Go Veg while so many Fitness Professionals make Vegetarians turn to only Meat. So many theories to confuse us but the intelligent truth is…Eat what suits you and shows you results. If this kind of food makes me feel great, look great, I have fantastic medical & body composition reports then that is truly your Healthy Diet Plan, the rest has no meaning. After all we are all in search of just one kind of body and that is a “Happy Body”

Besides, let me warn you there are no shortcuts. No matter where science advances decades from today…. No pills, surgery, treatments and supplements can make you lose weight and keep it off forever without your natural diet & exercise simply because we all reside in a natural human body and not a machine or a piece of metal. Our body responds to everything, eating more, eat less, eating consistently or eating constantly. My motto is : “You are & will always be what you Eat”

  1. How and when did you become the official dietician for the Femina Miss India Contestants?

I was approached by The Times Group in 2014 to educate the young pageant contestants on the importance of eating right. These were young college going girls and having battled weight as a teenager myself, I truly thought I would be able to help them out with their eating pattern. However, there was one thing different I observed with the newer generation now. Most girls today suffer from too many skin ailments- acne, pigmentation, uneven skin tone, melisma which I realized are stemming from poor nutrition and also leading to hormonal imbalance. Hence, I customized a training program on Nutrition for Health & Beauty for these young contestants.  A combination to eat right for great energy, flat abs, workout along with clear glowing skin, strong hair & nails through natural Nutrition which remains the need of every supermodel today. We had excellent results with our training sessions and ever since I have been an integral part of The Times Group training. I am glad to have gotten this opportunity of being the Official Nutrition Expert for Times since 2014 to Femina Miss India 2016.

 

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Tripti with the 2016 Miss India finalists

  1. Tell us details on what you prescribe them in terms of diet and exercise to be fit and lose weight for the big day?
  • Eating small frequent meals through the day
  • Excellent electrolyte balance is the most essential technique for supermodels and pageants.
  • Most of these girls really suffer from low blood pressure, dropping sugars, dizzy spells and irregular bowels due to dehydration hence hydration becomes another important criteria
  • Pre & post workout meals again form an essential part of their routine, giving them the right guidance for ensuring there is no muscle loss and more fat loss is again extremely essential
  • Suggesting antioxidant rich diets for glowing skin
  • Frequent snacking options when they are in between shoots, ramp walks, performances or travelling in the car
  • Late night binge options.

 

  1. Many readers in this blog are women approaching 40 or post 40 and have difficulties in losing weight no matter how much they workout. Tell us how the body changes and how to beat this plateau at this age and be able to see results?

 

As we age, it seems its more and more difficult for the needle on the scale to budge. We may restrict our diet, follow portion control, cut out desserts altogether, exercise and still the clothes don’t fit like we would wish them to. The metabolism, hormones, digestion and other bodily functions undergo a series of changes as we get near our 40s. Instead of fighting it we need to work around the issue. One of the most common factor and primary reason why woman over 40 can’t lose weight is because they have allowed their metabolism to slow down by not eating right and working out regularly in their 30s. In addition, estrogen levels begin to drop post 40 which is a huge reason for the body to lose more muscle and get weaker as a result.

 

Today crossing 35yrs itself is an alarm for one to start keeping a vigilant watch on your body. Get your medical reports done every 6 months. Check for your B12, D3 and Ferritin levels (which is a hormone of iron and it’s deficiency causes fatigue, low energy levels, excessive hair fall and increase to your weight). Surprisingly, this is not the same a hemoglobin hence a separate test for a 40+ is essential. Slow metabolism can further put you in the vicious cycle of gaining flab easily, bloating, water retention and in many cases become a hormonal imbalance. Remember! Our hormones are fat soluble hence the more fat we retain the more risk we endanger.  Keeping weight and blood reports in check is the only way to keep your body fit & young, stay alert n active and look fab.

 

Stay tuned tomorrow for Part 2 where we talk about macros, training Kangana Ranaut and how to eat through many common diseases lke thyroid, PCOS, and diabetes.

Tripti Gupta Contact info:

Andheri | Bandra | Chowpatty | Online

Website: www.ipink.in

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50 Shades of Fitness Kickoff and Days 1-3

Welcome to 50 shades of fitness! A fun and interactive way of keeping me on my health and fitness journey. In the last few years I have spent a lot of times trying to get fit, back to my original way of living life in a healthy and fun way of fitness. Unfortunately, the motivation factor disappeared, the same ole gym routine got bored and I was gaining weight and my fat percentage was too high. Everyone told me, “You look fine” which maybe I did, but there were a few who kept me in reality. After trying almost just deciding that I didn’t care as much and trying to lose that weight was not as important to me, two tings struck me hard. I had my cholesterol tested in an annual physical and my triglycerides came out way too high. Yes, a hereditary problem, but If I was fair to look at it, my lifestyle of eating patterns contributed to it too. The doctor gave me 3 months to get it in check naturally without any medication. That scared me because within that week, I kept hearing of people in their 40s,50s and early 60s who would go to sleep and not wake up. People I knew. Either a stroke or heart condition was the issue. I had just found some path in life where I felt at peace and I wanted to see that through, not be on a ticking time clock! Second was my dear granny…she came to visit and then gently put to me that although I looked great, she was worried because I clearly had gained weight that needed to be lost. She said it was my choice…something my own mom had been telling me for a year.  So with those 2 truths under my belt, and the guidelines the doc gave me to get my cholesterol down, my mindset got very hard. I ate wholesome healthy foods every 3 hours. I played mind games with myself saying that I was under training for an important event (which at that time there was nothing) and I needed to “look the part”. Fruits, vegetables and yoghurt were my friends. Wine, cheese, fried foods were things of the past. In 1.5 months, I concentrated just on what I was eating, how much I ate out and I lost 13 lbs!  All my life I had easily been at a set weight and I was determined to get back to that because that was where my fitness level made me feel my best. This is where I also learned 90% of losing weight is diet. I didn’t frequent the gym much. I just went for evening walks and moderated the amount of calories and foods I ate. Due to the cholesterol, my foods had to be prepared very smartly and with less oil, ghee and condiments.  Every now and then I would frequent something new that I had started loving which helped me mediate and clear my mind which was swimming. I saw my levels of energy coming back and being able to swim more laps in the same amount of time as I grew stronger. However, to stress….the level of fitness activity I did was very less up to this point.  I focused on diet and whole some foods.

In the last one month, I have allowed myself to be normal for some time and I ate whatever I want but in moderation. Believe it or not, in about 1.5 months, I have not gained a single pound. Now comes the last stretch. Now I do have a real reason to want to get back the stamina and look better and stronger as I have my brother’s wedding coming up. So comes the 50 shades of fitness. The shades in the title reflects how fitness can be implemented at many different levels..it’s not just going to the gym and working out for 2 hours and being frustrated on not seeing results. Results also come in different forms…when I am not focused on losing weight, I use different benchmarks on how fit I am. For example, I ran a 10K couple years back. With my back and knee issues, I stopped running as much and today I will probably struggle to do a 5k. My goal is to get that back. I love yoga…I go to yoga once a week..maybe I up that in the coming weeks, because that not only helps the toning but helps calm my active mind. Whatever makes you feel good.  A good friend of mine called me yesterday and said she finally ran 1.5 miles without stopping and felt so amazing about it and how running helped her FEEL good mentally. That is the key. That is the point. Set your personal goal and strive to it.  The other big thing I learned is to not depend on the weighing scale. My weight can fluctuate by a few pound daily based on water retention or what I had done the day before. No more than once e a week of not every 10 days. My other trick is to find a pair of jeans you want to fit into and use that as a benchmark. I was able to fit into a pair of jeans which I had not worn in 3 years! I kept it…now I have more jeans I kept that I am striving towards getting into. I know it is not a bad goal because I fit into those jeans once upon a time so it means I am striving to get back to my original form.

 

So, in 50 shades of fitness, I am going to build my stamina in the gym this time around as well as eat perfectly well as the cholesterol check is coming up soon for 50 days. We are all human so we have to keep some room for some “cheating” but the key is this: The days you have ONE cheat meal a week or every 10 days, those are the days you just don’t skip your workout. The days you don’t workout, are the days you make sure you eat as healthy as you can. I also plan what I eat for the week in advance so there’s no question about what my nest meal is. I just know and don’t reach for the wrong thing in the heat of the moment of being hungry. Also, hydrate hydrate hydrate. If you are on also embarking on this journey with me, I would be happy to have you follow along, keep me accountable and ask questions or give suggestions! I will be doing articles on superfoods I have discovered and the health benefits of these natural foods, interviews with fitness professionals, and I am even open to guest bloggers to share their journey or experience or difficulty to their story! The goal is to motivate as many people as you can.

 

So to ensure you don’t fall off the wagon and make many huge changes at the same time, I always like to start with one change. The first 3 days I am only focusing on eating clean and may add in a few walks as I see fit. As we get to the weekend, the gym will take its start and I will post some workouts I like to do. Some of the rules I live by:

 

  1. Don’t get goals you cannot keep. Be mindful of what is realistic and don’t be too hard on yourself.
  2. Get rid of anything in a can or a bag and alcohol. This is key. A glass of wine maybe every 10 days is fine but anything more can push back seeing results
  3. Eat wholesome healthy foods. Fresh fruits, fresh vegetables in season. Color on your plate is key and fun to look at!
  4. Go grain free or close to grain free. It helps balance the body’s hormones and you may even find out your body functions more energetically without grains (Like I noticed I did!)
  5. Measure out your portions and log everything you eat or drink. I love to use myfitnesspal which is an app I put on my phone and log my workouts and what I eat and drink. This shows me where I go wrong or where I need to add more protein, carbs or fat.
  6. Have fun and have a strong mindset!
  7. Water is your best friend. Sometimes I feel hunger pangs and I drink some water and feel really full and realize I just was a bit dehydrated. I try for at the minimum 3 Litres/day.

 

So the first few days will focus on food. I call is my “detox” because getting from eating yummy processed foods and eating out after a long vacation out of the country makes it harder to get back to wholesome foods, but in some ways it is easy because I am sick of eating out! I have to thank the next celebrity nutritionist interview (where I will explain and talk about how her plan helped me buckle down and keep myself in track) for planning this detox for me and ensuring every single day via whatsapp that I am in line with my goals.  Back to taking a hard look at what is going to stabilize my triglycerides and build my stamina! I was telling a friend today, its not easy at all to be this strict, but when it is for ensuring you live a long healthy life, what is a few weeks of being strict with your mindset to get yourself to that point!? And who says this can’t be fun!?

What are your fitness goals?

King of Six Packs in Bollywood: Prashant Sawant celebrity trainer talks about Shah Rukh Khan, the common man & all things fitness

He was Bollywood’s answer to 6 packs for the number one super star of Bollywood, Shah Rukh Khan.  Today, he has transformed Shah Rukh’s 49 year old body to an 8 pack of abs, trains the new heart throb of Bollywood Varun Dhawan and helps our own Singham Ajay Devgn maintain his buffed up look. How does Bollywood’s top stars stay so fit through age? Read on to find out from the trainer himself., Prashant Sawant.

Tell us how you got into training Bollywood celebrities. Your background includes working hard to get where you are. Tell us how you broke into Bollywood ? I worked at a gym in Bandra and used to train there. Eventually, one day Shah Rukh Khan happened to drop by at our gym and I trained him. He liked my way of training and we got along. He then asked me to accompany him on shoots and that got us started and paved my way into Bollywood.

Prashant training Shah Rukh Khan

Prashant training Shah Rukh Khan

A common busy man who has a good percentage of body fat, works 8-9 hours a day, has a family and travels for work. How can the common man as such go from unfit to fit ? What can they do to go from fit to 6 pack? (In general as everyone is different and custom. Please give a week’s specific workout and sample diet) A Six pack is the ultimate level of fitness, first start from going from unfit to fit and then strive your way to a six pack. Six packs are visible when your body fat is around 6-7% Fitness requires minor to major steps depending on your current status of fitness. A healthy diet and increased physical activity are the key to getting fit. I suggest you start with baby steps: start taking the staircase instead of the elevator, walk a stop to your work, move in the office whenever possible, do stuff on your own rather than ordering someone to do it for you. You can also start with the basic home workout , I also have the 8 minute workout planned which you can easily incorporate in your daily life.  

Shah Rukh Khan was with you a few years back for his film Om Shanti Om (2008) and achieved a six pack. Last year he achieved even better (an 8 pack) for his film Happy New Year. This is impressive for someone very close to 50. What do you think is the change in him between his OSO days and HNY training? What sets him Apart to get this done at this age without “photo shop” as was speculated? Do you incorporate any yoga or Pilates ? Is cardio important? When we trained for “Om Shanti Om: it was something new for us, as SRK was very hesitant in showing off his body so that was something holding us back When we trained for HNY we knew exactly what we were looking for as we had to set a benchmark from Om Shanti Om and the goal was to get a better body than the previous one. We strategically planned his workout and even after all his injuries we kept it consistent and worked towards it. The diet too was planned to help him achieve the look. We only do hardcore weight training, functional training coupled with cardio.

Left: Shah Rukh Khan for Om Shaanti Om; Right: Shah Rukh Khan Happy New Year

Left: Shah Rukh Khan for Om Shanti Om; Right: Shah Rukh Khan Happy New Year

Varun Dhawan is the new kid on the block. We all know he is hard working and works out early morning. What is his diet chart that makes him have flat abs? Does he do any yoga or Pilates ? Varun follows his workout and diet very religiously and that’s the key of his flat abs and chiseled body. He also does a lot of dancing so yoga or pilates is not really a part of his regime. His diet keeps changing depending on his physical activity and also the kind of look he wants.

Varun Dhawan training with Prashant

Varun Dhawan training with Prashant

Mostly we keep his meals in a predetermined ratio of carb, protein and fat depending on his needs. For example:

Breakfast : its more energy dense to help him kick start his day eggs and oats or bread along with a glass of juice SnackWe make sure that the protein isn’t compensated so as to not lose the muscle mass green tea + a fruit + protein shake/bar

Lunch: it’s a whole meal chicken and brown rice /quinoa along with vegetables

Snack: some essential fats along with protein to accompany protein shake with flaxseeds

Dinner: high protein low in carb to keep the hunger pangs away to avoid late night binging chicken/fish and salad and vegetables.

What is the difference in training a Varun in his 20s and a Srk or Ajay in their late 40s? What do you do differently between the two ages? (It’s harder with age) Age is no bar to achieve fitness; the determination and dedication is what matters. I plan the workout personally for my clients and I see no equal results. VARUN is more energetic but SRK and AJAY DEVGAN are no less; so it all depends on the kind of workout and diet you do to achieve your goal and how dedicated you are.

Ajay Devgn still very fit in his late 40s

Ajay Devgn still very fit in his late 40s

Both Ajay Devgn and Shah Rukh Khan are self-admitted chain smokers. How does this impact training? I have been training them for years and frankly (though I don’t recommend smoking due to its obvious health hazards) neither of them haven given me a reason to complain given their physique and the results needed

What do you think about these new fad cleanses? There are the smoothie cleanses, aloe Vera cleanses, lemonade detoxes where you eat very little and survive on different liquids and supplements. Do they help? You need to have a holistic approach to health. Correct nutrition involves eating adequate and healthy; the fad cleanses may work for some and it may not for others but it isn’t something that you can rely on for achieving fitness and the long term goals you have set for yourself. Proper workout, diet and supplementation is what will help you in the long run.

Sonal Chauhan at Body Sculptor Gym, Juhu

Sonal Chauhan at Body Sculptor Gym, Juhu

Becoming Vegan is more and more popular now. Can you become muscular and get a six pack on a natural no meat/no eggs /no protein shakes diet? Yes, you definitely can, but it make take time. . Also with the now available vegan protein supplements and the natural permissible protein, you can achieve the look you desire. A correct workout too is a must along with the diet.

I know as a woman, for me, my stomach fat is the biggest issue. How do you target this? Can you drink alcohol and still get results ? So you train any woman celebrities in Bollywood ? How do they achieve results (give sample diet please) The metabolic rate is different in every individual, also the testosterone level is low in women but with correct eating and a proper workout you too can achieve flat abs. You just have to follow the rule of correct eating and a proper workout to reduce the fat If you indulge in alcohol you have to make sure you compensate for the additional calories and workout accordingly We’ve trained PRIYANKA CHOPRA for her film “Mary Kom” where she trained to be a boxer and also ALIA BHATT, SHRADHHA KAPOOR AND SONAL CHAUHAN. They too follow the same rule of diet and workout to achieve the look

Bollywood actress and model Sonal Chauhan

Bollywood actress and model Sonal Chauhan

Priyank Chopra working out for her boxer look in Mary Kom

Priyank Chopra working out for her boxer look in Mary Kom

What celebrity in Bollywood would you like to train if you could and why? I’d like to train everyone. Whom ever needs my help I’ll be happy to cater to them.

SRK iwith Prashant

SRK with Prashant

If you had to pick one strength training exercise that is the most effective what would that be and why? No specific exercise is more effective than the other, it’s just the combination of various exercises depending on which body part you are working on that will help you. Well, there you have it. The secret to the common man’s flat abs revealed by Prashant Sawant. Now if we can all just follow the routine and diet! For more information on Prashant, please visit his web site for his gym Body Sculptor: http://bodysculptor.in/ Thank you for such a candid interview Prashant!

Celebrity Trainer Yasmin Karachiwala: Bollywood’s most sought after trainer

I doubt I can make an introduction to this extremely inspiring, strong and beautiful lady who changed my own life when I trained with her that would can come close to the person she is. She is fit, strong minded, extremely down to earth and one of the purest souls I have encountered. She trains the who’s who of Bollywood’s leading ladies and is the master behind the fittest of them all including: Deepika Padukone, Katrina Kaif, Alia Bhatt, Kareena Kapoor, Ileana D’Cruz, Imraan Khan to name just a few. How does she do it? What makes her THE fitness trainer in Mumbai today? Read more to find out!

1. You were the leader in bringing Pilates to India. Where and how did you see that need and how did you execute on that and create the interest? Can you have a fitness regime with Pilates ONLY and not need to weight train?

In about 2007 I had been a personal trainer for a bit and I had my own studio and I was looking for something new and different to bring to India. I found that most women, in India, struggled with their midriffs. Though I used to try different kind of abs workouts and try to mix them up, controlled food, I found that nothing really worked on their abs the way I wanted it to.
I started researching what would help and I came across Pilates. I researched some more and decided to go to the US and get trained in Pilates and that’s how I got Pilates here. You can have a fitness regime with Pilates and substitute it with weight training because, as you know, Pilates is resistance training and we use spring resistance which overloads the muscle and hence you do get benefits of weight training. But if you are trying to look muscular and build big muscles and you are trying to get a particular kind of buffed up look then of course you need to weights and Pilates ain’t going to get you there.

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Yasmin doing Pilates

2. What is the biggest difference in training a man and training a woman and the challenges for each?

Obviously men and women have different goals and reasons why they want to work out. Keeping that in mind, you design a training plan for either. There are no challenges really for me as a trainer because knowing a person’s body makes me decide what kind of a workout they need to do and schedule it accordingly. The challenges if you are asking for men and women are very individualistic because if I have big hips and that’s my problem area and if you have problem weight on your upper back that is your challenge and your workout needs to be designed around that.

3. Katrina, Deepika, Alia, Kareena, Sonakshi all have different body types. How do you differentiate between their individual workouts and how their minds and bodies react? (i.e. Deepika seems naturally thin and lanky unlike the others who have struggled with weight in the past)
I think for me after being in the fitness industry for about 23 years, I can figure it out by working with someone. So obviously when someone walks into my gym, there is no magic intuition that I have or ability that I have that I can just look at them when I walk in and decide what they should do. Having said that, once I start working with them and seeing how their bodies react to different workouts, then definitely I can manage to differentiate between their bodies and decide which workout works well with each.
Like for Deepika, you mentioned she is slim and lanky but a normal person would think weight training would work best. But with Deepika, Pilates works wonders. It gives her cuts on her arms and her legs and it just suits her. Where with Katrina, functional training works the best. So each body type is very different and the workout is designed for them.

Deepika Padukone Pilates training with Yasmin

Deepika Padukone Pilates training with Yasmin

4. Tell me a success of a celebrity who has been out of shape and came to you and how they became fit(or fitter)?

I don’t like to specifically name any one person because that’s the reason I am a celebrity fitness trainer because I don’t single them out and talk about their individual bodies so I wouldn’t want to answer that question. But let me say it another way. When they are working for a particular role and want to look a particular way then we work in a particular fashion to achieve that. Like for the ‘Lovely’ song from Happy New Year, Deepika was wearing really small cholis and low ghagras and her abs needed to be very very toned so we did a lot of Pilates focusing on her core muscles, on her abdominal muscles and worked that out.

Deepika's

Deepika’s “Lovely” body

Deepika's

Deepika’s “Lovely” Song from Happy New Year after training with Yasmin

5. How does age and sex factor into a workout plan? How would a 20 year old compare to a 30 year lady’s workout compare to a 40 year old?

Age factors into it when you are a beginner at any level. So if you are a beginner at 20, your workout may be simpler than an intermediate person at 40. So basically it depends on your fitness level. I am over 40 and I can do more exercises faster, fitter with more endurance than a 20 year old. And that’s not because of my age or their age. It is because of my experience and my fitness level. So I would say that fitness level factors into a workout plan and not age. Of course age too because if I have a 65 year old, I am not going to have them jumping around the gym and doing crazy things but at the same time there are some very very fit 65 year olds who’s goals might be to do plyometrics or whatever so it’s a very goal oriented workout.

Kareena Kapoor working out at Body Image

Kareena Kapoor working out at Body Image

6. So a celebrity like Katrina or Alia comes to you and says they need to wear a bikini in their next movie. How do you train them hard enough to achieve the results in the desired amount of time? Can you give one specific example of either Katrina/Deepika/Kareena/Alia of how this happened? (twice a day workouts? Late night workouts?)

So Alia came to me when she joined and she needed to wear a bikini for her movie “Shandaar” and she had lost a lot of weight but she was just looking very very tiny so I worked a lot with her to get her to look a little more curvier and not look quite so lanky because obviously that would not look nice in a bikini. We worked out every day, 6 days a week. We started basically with Pilates because she had never done it. I wanted to do something completely different on her body. So we started with Pilates and then I moved into a little bit of weight training to add the final touches.

Alia Bhatt having fun doing Pilates with Yasmin

Alia Bhatt having fun doing Pilates with Yasmin

Alia Bhatt Pilates

Alia Bhatt Pilates

7. Imraan Khan came to you to get fit for a role. How did you do things differently with him vs a Katrina (lady) who came to lose weight and get fit for Sheila Ki Jawaani or Dhoom 3?

Imraan is a very very thin person and his body type is he is very thin and doesn’t put on muscle easily. With him, I had twice a day training. We used to do Pilates in the morning to get his core strong. Then I used to do heavy weight training, low reps and very very heavy weight in the evenings. Again, with Imraan, he would lose even muscle very very fast even while we were doing heavy weight training if he did not get enough rest between sets. So when we used to weight train, we used to do one exercise, one set, then chat for about 5 min and then do the 2nd set. Because he needed that kind of rest between exercises. And of course with Katrina for Sheila we did a lot of functional training and cardiovascular to get her to that look.

Imraan Khan's hardwork paid off with 6 packs

Imraan Khan’s hardwork paid off with 6 packs

Sheila Ki Jawaani and Katrina Kaif

Sheila Ki Jawaani and Katrina Kaif

8. Can you share some insight on Imraan Khan’s workout and diet and how you incorporated Pilates or your power plates or ATS or technoshape with him?

So I mentioned earlier with Imraan we used to do Pilates in the morning 6 days a week, very very regularly and then we would weight train every evening and what I would do with him was one body part a day. So that you worked that body part only once a week and you could concentrate on it and go slow. This was our routine for about 2-3 months before he shot for his movie.
He didn’t do any ATS or Techno shape because he was thin and weight loss or fat loss was not our goal.
His food was, at that time, very very customized to his needs. So he would eat a lot of fish, vegetables, brown rice, nuts, bananas, etc.

9. We are all born with a certain body type (apple, pear, hour glass). Did any of the Bollywood ladies you train change their body types by working out via exercise and what exercises specifically helped?

So you can’t change your body type. You can just better it and make it look better. Like say a pear shape, they tend to store weight on their hips and thighs. What you do with them is you really workout the hips and thighs and make sure they don’t store the fat there anymore. Apple shape will always store weight on their midriff, their belly. So you work through that. That’s how you better a shape. You cannot change a person’s structure.

10. What new trends are revolutionizing the industry that you incorporate into your gym?

There might be 100 trends out there. For me, whenever there is something that attracts me, I try it out and test it out for good 8-10 sessions before I decide whether that’s what I want to incorporate into my gym. I don’t get every new trend into my gym because not all new trends are great or work. The most recent example I will give you is Cross fit. Everyone was talking about Cross fit this and Cross Fit that and how great it was. So I actually did Crossfit for a month to figure out how good or bad it was because there were also opposing stories about how it was not so good and it was damaging. I tried it out and I really liked it on my body and the way it made me feel. So I went and got trained and now I customize my Cross fit for each client.

11. How would a normal person get bikini body ready by this summer? Can you share some diet and fitness regimes?
It depends on how fit or unfit a normal person is. So first I would say build on your fitness. Summer is a few months away. We would start with getting you fit, getting you ready for the intense routine before getting into your bikini. I would give you a food chart that consists of fiber, protein, good fat and carbohydrates for every meal including snacks. As we come close, we do a mix routine of strength training and Pilates. Depending on how much weight you need to lose or not, we would include cardio and the amount and type of cardio varies based on that. As summer got closer and we got closer to our goal of shedding body fat percentage as well as building muscle mass, we would fine tune it. Everybody is different so for me to give a general answer is not easy because I would then start customizing it more for each body type to get them to look great in a bikini. And that’s how I work it.

Weight training with Alia Bhatt to get bikini ready

Weight training with Alia Bhatt to get bikini ready

The end result of hard work with Yasmin

The end result of hard work with Yasmin

Well folks, the very down to earth, the very fit Yasmin Karachiwala. I know first hand that everything said by her in this interview rings very true. I personally went to train with her for about 2.5 weeks and I lose about 3% body fat in that amount of time (and believe it or not, enjoyed every moment of the torture!). (And yes I have seen her workout and she can burn out any teenager or the 20/30 somethings easily)

I thank Yasmin for giving me one of the best interviews I have ever had the opportunity to do and I cannot WAIT to come and train with you soon again! Below are links to checking out more of Yasmin:

Website: http://www.bodyimage.in/
FB: Yasmin Karachiwala’s BODY IMAGE
Twitter: @YasminBodyImage
Instagram: YASMINKARACHIWALA
For my personal experience training at Body Image, please see this blog post:

https://reshie2000.wordpress.com/2014/11/01/my-experience-at-yasmin-karachiwalas-body-image-gym-results-guaranteed/

Interview: Radhika Karle: Nutritionist and Trainer to the very “Khoobsurat” superstar Sonam Kapoor and Model Turned Actress Esha Gupta

I had the thought at 3pm January 6, 2015 to interview this American educated celebrity trainer in Bollywood. At 7 pm EST, I sent her an email requesting an interview for my blog. At 9:30 pm EST (morning in India) she responded right away that she would be happy to do it. By 4 am EST, I had her answers filled out and ready to post!

Here is a trainer that trains one of the best bodies in Bollywood: Sonam A. Kapoor along with Esha Gupta,the very handsome Fawad Khan and other B-town celebs.  I expected a long drawn out wait for a response and then maybe a few days to wait until she completed the interview. This amazing, down to earth nutritionist made my week by being THE fastest and easiest interview for my blog SO FAR. I can go on and on with praises..so before I bore any of you with my own #FanGirl Moment, please meet Radhika Karle– Bollywood’s celebrity nutritionist and trainer.

Radhika Karle’s Bio

Radhika holds a Master’s degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from Texas Woman’s University, Houston. She has also done a fellowship in Adolescent and Sports Medicine which allowed her to work with professional and division 1 college-level athletes. She returned to India 8 years ago and started Radhika’s Balanced Body, Creating Healthy Minds and Bodies, her nutrition clinic, Pilates studio, and personal training center in Mumbai.

Radhika has 14 years of work experience in the field of wellness as a nutritionist, personal trainer, yoga and Pilates instructor. She currently is working with clients on a one-on-one basis for nutritional counseling and Reformer Pilates workouts. Radhika loves to travel and be outdoors and a grocery store run is always a must at a new city to check out the local fare!

Interview with Radhika:

1. Your background is a variety of education and you also have a Masters Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from Texas Woman’s University, Houston as well as a fellowship in Adolescent and Sports Medicine which allowed her to work with professional and college-level athletes. What were the reasons you decided to start your business in India rather than the USA?

Most of my family was back in India so I was ready to go home. 🙂  However the decision to start my own wellness studio was because I saw a serious need for that in India. Looking good is one thing however feeling good and being fit is an entirely different concept which I felt was lacking in India. I wanted to bring my concept of wellness and fitness which is what is practiced in the West to India.

2. You are the brains behind Sonam Kapoor’s super hot bikini body for Bewakoofiyaan and Khoobsurat. Talk to us about this. How did Sonam find you?

It was Sonam’s mother, Sunita Kapoor, who first came to train with me for Pilates. She had done Pilates in Los Angeles and was looking to continue in Bombay. She mentioned this to Ayesha Shroff, who was already training with me, and recommended me to Mrs. Kapoor. I think it was after 2 days of training with me that Mrs. Kapoor asked if I would train her daughter. I agreed and it has been a fantastic roller coaster ride with Sonam for the past 3 years!

(Radhika with Sonam Kapoor during Yash Raj Film's shooting of Bewakoofian)

(Radhika with Sonam Kapoor during Yash Raj Film’s shooting of Bewakoofian)

3. You traveled with her to places during shoots out of Mumbai in order to ensure she is regimented. What was her weekly regime to get that flat bikini body? How did traveling with her help?

Yes, I have been traveling with Sonam for the past 6 films. We are currently going into our third schedule with Salman Khan for Sooraj Barjatya’s next film. When Sonam travels she does not have time to think about meals. I ensure snacks are carried, she gets her food on time, she stays hydrated (air travel really dehydrates you), and obviously we workout.There really is no weekly regime as travel for shoots, events, and promotions are VERY hectic. However Sonam’s routine incorporates the following:

  • Pilates – 3 times per week; it is the best fully body integration exercise and works to whittle Sonam’s torso.
  • Weight training – I usually break it up to upper body and lower body; this is Sonam’s favourite exercise.
  • Interval training – We did a lot of this during Sonam’s shoot for Khoobsurat as it helped keep  Sonam’s stamina at an all time high which was needed for her quirky character in the film.
  • Cardio – Sonam and I both love swimming which makes for a great cardio workout.

4. What was a sample diet chart for Sonam while she was trying to lose more weight?

We recently did an ovo-vegetarian diet plan (eggs for protein, no meat, no dairy)which worked very well for Sonam and allowed for some great inch loss.

  • Pre morning workout – Juicifix cold pressed Go Green juice + fruit + black coffee
  • Breakfast – 2 eggs + 1 slice gluten-free bread
  • Snack – 1 cup pomegranate + Green tea
  • Lunch – 2/3 cup cooked rice + ½ cup cooked lentils (dal) + ½ cup cooked vegetables (sabji) + ½ cup salad
  • Snack – Juicifix cold pressed fruit juice + ½ fruit – apple/orange/ or 1 cup watermelon
  • Snack – Grilled vegetable sandwich with Green chutney (mint, coriander)
  • Dinner – 1 cup vegetable soup

5. You have a strong base in Mumbai in teaching Pilates. What made makes Pilates the ideal supplement to training? What drew you towards it?

Full body integration, core strengthening, and flexibility – Pilates offers all 3 of these and much more and that is what drew me to make Pilates a part of my wellness regime.

(Radhika doing a Back Extension on the Ladder Barrel)

(Radhika doing a Back Extension on the Ladder Barrel)

6. There are misconceptions that Pilates is “for women” and not for the manly man, however any athlete who has tried it has gone on record to say it is harder than their normal training routine.  Do you have many male clients that incorporate Pilates into their program? What is the purpose?

We have many male clients who, though they cringe (yes it is MUCH harder than the conventional weight training workout) when it is their Pilates workout day, realize it is very important to have a strong core and be flexible. The core is the powerhouse of your body so the stronger your core, the stronger your entire body.

Radhika on the Pilates Reformer

Radhika on the Pilates Reformer

7. Nutrition is an important part of training. Some say its 70-80% diet and only about 20% training. What are the differences in diet charts you plan between women clients and males client? Can you give a sample one that you would prescribe your male clients trying to look fitter and stronger?

The meal plans I create at Radhika’s Balanced Body are all personalized meal plans based on the client’s lifestyle, fitness goals, and any medical conditions.

8. Do you train any other celebrities other than Sonam? If so, who and how do their training regime differ from one another?

Esha Gupta trains in our studio. The husband-wife dynamic duo of musician Sangeet Haldipur and playback singer Anusha Mani train at our studio too. And male celebrity clients who have done nutrition with me are Fawad Khan, Rajkumar Rao, and Ali Fazal. I also had the opportunity to train Fawad Khan while we were shooting for Khoobsurat. 🙂

9. In your opinion, what is the difference between losing weight to look like size 0 and being fit?

Losing weight is just that – it does not matter if you are losing body fat, water weight, or good lean muscle mass. It may not necessarily be healthy or even done in a way that is sustainable, meaning the weight would come back on.

Being fit is about eating healthy and nutritious meals and snacks, exercising regularly, having an ideal body fat percentage and muscle mass, and living pain-free!

Well folks..there you have it! Hopefully I will have the pleasure with meeting with Radhika in person soon. Below are links of how to follow/contact Radhika:

Radhika’s Balanced Body social media links:

Websitewww.balancedbody.in

FB – https://www.facebook.com/RadhikasBalancedBody

Twitter – @RadhikaKarle

Instagram – RadhKarle

Creating my own diet charts

I have thought a lot in the last few weeks, and I feel like I have hit some sort of mental stagnation with my food. So, I messaged my ever so favorite dietician who I have been faithful to for years now, Rashi, and we came up with a mutual agreement of letting me handle my own diet charts (after all, I am an expert now!) for a certain time period. I also need to create a long term goal (i.e. want to get down to say 19% fat) and get as far as I can, then have her help me get to that extra last bit.

So, the first step to that is starting on a proper self created diet plan. Now, this is more fun than I thought. But, I am a person of structure, and I need a plan, so I have to create one on paper and stick to it. What is motivating me is that I now also have my own clients who I am helping through THEIR journey of eating well, getting more energy through a proper diet, and losing inches and weight. Now, if I am doing that for others, then why not myself!?

I thought about my schedule for the next one week, and realized being at home had its advantages..and so does being on the road. I always go back to Rujuta’s philosophy “Think global, eat local”. So I thought of the summer season, where I would be and what my surroundings will be. For example, at home, I should eat the fruits of the season, the veggies cooked Indian style that I had growing up, the breakfasts I was used to growing up, etc.
While I am in NYC, I can skip the traditional NY style pizzas and go with the fresh summer soups, summer salads, plain cold yoghurt, fresh peanuts on the street, and all kinds of organic foods without missing out on the NY experience.
When I am in Illinois, then I do the basics which the Midwest provides for vegetarians : Cheese sandwiches, bean and guacamole bowls, tofu stir fry,sushi etc.

So, I will be posting my own plans (these are specifically catered towards MY body type, my metabolism and my schedule and goals) that I have created on a weekly basis.

My plan this week will be:

MEAL ONE
(within 10 mins of rising)9:00 am Handful peanuts and B complex and B6

MEAL TWO
10:30 am
Baked beans and slice of bread

MEAL THREE
12:30pm
Hummus + veggies or daal and veggies Flaxseed

MEAL THREE
2:30pm Bowl of fruit mixed with yogurt

MEAL FOUR
430pm Slice of cheese

MEAL FIVE
630pm 1 banana and soy milk (post workout)
Evening primrose oil

MEAL SIX
830 pm Grilled paneer and daal
OR
Paneer chaat salad

I can basically make this plan work wherever I am. and I know I can stick to it. I don’t plan to go nuts working out this week much because I have a very hectic week coming up. The workouts will be sporadic (not non existent) and will start consistently next Monday (Aug 12).

Interview: An expert’s advice: Rashi Chowdhary Nutrition and Inch Loss Expert

Today kicks off my series of  interviews of different sectors of the fitness scene: Nutritionists, experts, success stories and even professional competitors (if I am lucky to score an interview:)).  And who better to kick off the series with but my personal favorite and MY success story: Rashi Chowdhary.

Background

Rashi and I first met over email in October of 2008. I had done ample of research on nutritionists and diets in India and came across Rujuta, At the time, Rashi worked for Rujuta, and I received my first few emails on behalf of Rujuta from her.  After that, I worked with Rujuta until 2009. IN 2009, i took a break and in October, Rashi sent me a message (I think an accident but I call it fate!) saying hi. I then found out she had married…and moved to Dubai and become independent. And I have to say..since then, it has been quite a journey. I have gone through MANY ups and downs with her. I won’t say it’s always been progress. There were times when I was so stressed personally, that nothing we did helped…but she stuck with me..and I with her..and today, I am making progress like ANYTHING! I am so content and fulfilled and healthy! Trust me, she is worth every penny!

Today, i would like the world to know more about Rashi and her philosophies…and how she got to where she is….and psst….small secret! She has worked with some celebs in Bollywood too! 🙂  So..read on folks…and use Rashi to lose those inches……

Rashi Chowdhary Nutrition And Inch Loss Expert is based out of Dubai, UAE.

She has clients all over the world and pretty much communicates via phone, email, Skype and any other form of e-communication every where you can imagine. Check out her websites at the bottom of the post:

 

1.       What prompted you to join this profession and how did you get to where you are?

Well, to be very honest while I was graduating, most people did not even know what dietetics was. A nutritionist was looked upon as someone who tells you do’s and dont’s in black and white. Like No fried, no sweets, low cal, low fat, eat more veges and fruits etc etc. People did not really feel the need to hire one unless they had some health concerns. It’s only recently that everyone has become aware of how food can have a big impact on just your weight but also the way you look and feel. So back in the days while I was studying, the main purpose for me to take this up was to literally take care of my family and myself in the future. I was always scared of being a unhealthy fat slob because for the longest time I believed that fat genes run in my Punjabi family and now I realize how wrong i was :).Well,the good thing is that fear pushed me to study nutrition for 5 long years!! Thankfully, by the time I graduated, people had become more conscious about what they put into their system and how it affects them. Sadly, quick fixes were the only solutions then. Give up carbs completely, keep off sugar and cook with no oil was all that was available. So that’s when I decided to fill that void and start a “no gimmick,low fuss lifestyle plan” My diet plans have evolved over the years but the crux of it has remained the same-A quick fix is never a good fix!

2. Tell us about your fitness/nutrition philosophy

In my opinion the simpler your fitness/nutrition plan the more you will connect with it at every level. Most often we try and do things so drastically different that we can never keep up. It’s important that your plan fits into your lifestyle so beautifully that it does not really feel like a diet that you keep going “on and off”.

3. Not many people know you worked closely with Rujuta Diwekar during Kareena Kapoors miracle size zero transformation. How was this experience? Had you worked with other celebrity clients before?

It was an amazing experience. I learned so much from Rujuta! Working with Rujuta gave me an opportunity to work with most of her celeb clients as well. It’s amazing how much time and effort celebrities put into taking care of themselves. And from what I know through Rujuta, Kareena was extremely compliant with her meals and her fitness regime. No matter where she was on the planet she wouldn’t miss a day of working out and eating right.

4. In your opinion, what made Kareena get to 48 kg? How did her meal plan change during the course of time to lose so much weight?

Consistent efforts and taking full responsibility of what she ate, her meal timings and regular workouts got her to a size zero! Her meal plans changed according to her travelling schedule. We believe in eating local produce since the nutritional profile of food that is locally grown and cooked is much higher, the nutrients are highly bio available. So in Italy she would have freshly cooked pasta and risotto, seasonal fruits were encouraged and in leh she would savor momos.

5. Give us a sample “Tashan” Kareena meal plan

For that you’ve got t o read “Don’t lose your mind,Lose your weight!”. And not just read but start applying the basics to your life. Its amazing how simple principles like waking up to a fruit and eating every few hours can have a dramatic effect on your health and well being. It does come with its share of inconvenience at first but once your body gets use to the pattern of grazing all day long, its difficult to get back to the old habit of starving for long and then stuffing yourself like there is no tomorrow.

6. How do the meal plans change for people who want to gain weight after losing so much weight (like Kareena Kapoor has lost and then re gained weight again)

I worked with Rujuta until November 2008, if I remember correctly. So I wasn’t around when Kareena started her weight gain plans.

But when you want to gain back some weight after losing, its important that you go slow. Most people get back to eating refined flour, sugar and a whole lot of trans fat. This always leads to fat gain in the wrong places and you gain back the weight in places you least want it. You’ve got to stick to the basic rules of eating every few hours, eating food close to its natural original form and hydrating well, but the main focus here should be weight gain in the form of muscle. So resistance training, calisthenics and plyometric is what you should be focusing on. Your post work out meal becomes extremely essential here. Make sure you get some good quality protein right after your work out. The consumption of unsaturated fat from unsalted nuts, avocado, seeds and olives should increase. You could also consider having coconut, cheese, soy beans etc as mid meals and up the consumption of whole grains to make sure you don’t gain fat the unhealthy way.

7. Is there any miracle to losing flab instantly? Detox?

In my opinion, Fad diets/detox plans are a complete waste of time, energy and muscle. Fad diets make you lose too much weight too fast. There is no bravery in following a fad and losing say for eg:10 kgs in 2 weeks! Most often the weight you have lost is mainly muscle and water. That is exactly what you lose when you fall sick. So fad diets are a way of self-induced sickness.

Most often, the fad diet is so far away from what your “normal” lifestyle is that when you give it up-you always gain back the weight in no time. So you are back to square 1 but this time you have a slower metabolism and lesser motivation to take charge of your life and more fat to knock off! Downright foolish if you ask me.

8. What is Rashi’s fitness mantra? What is YOUR meal plan and fitness regime?

Well, the main focus of my fitness regime now is on gaining muscle mass. My personal trainer, Boyet is absolutely brilliant and knows exactly how to push me and most importantly when to stop!:)He trains me with a wide variety of exercises, it’s a great mix of resistance and plyometrics.I hit the gym 3-4 times a week, no more than 45 minutes per session. But my fitness regime is incomplete without a proper pre and post work out meal. A peanut butter sandwich 1 hour before work out and 2 hard boiled eggs or protein shake taken along with a fast carb immediately after work out, really help me with burning my fat and feeding my muscles!

9. Any other advice to people wanting to get fit and stay fit?

My top 3 favorite tips that really work are:

–Rate your plate: Make sure that most of the food you eat is close to its natural original form. So pick a whole fruit and not the juice. Snack on whole wheat seeded bread and not refined white bread which is stripped of all its nutrients and have full fat milk/yoghurt in stead of bingeing on that fat free ice-cream.

 

–Hydrate: Have 3 lts of water every single day to make sure you cleanse your body of all toxins and help your liver metabolize fat efficiently.

 

–Wake up to a fruit and not caffeine: Caffeine puts your body in the starvation mode since it is an appetite suppressant. wake up to a fruit to keep your sugar levels stable all day and keep those massive cravings away. Have your cup of java 20 mins after the fruit.

 

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