Book Fitness professionals Dhruv and Prachi Gupta’s “Losing It” shows how to make one’s weight loss plan simple

The next time you dig into a jar of spicy pickles or a bowl of your favourite flavoured yoghurt, think twice. They promote weight gain. Surprised? Well, these are just some snippets from a recently-released book, Losing It: Making Weight Loss Simple (Pan Macmillan India). Written by Delhi-based fitness professionals Dhruv and Prachi Gupta, the book talks about simple changes that one can make in one’s everyday diet which would lead to weight loss.

The middle ground

“There were always extreme measures that entailed you to go beyond your regular stream of things. And that’s when we thought there ought to be a middle ground where you can lead a regular life, go to work, eat healthy and yet lose weight,” says Prachi, a former national level basketball player. The couple credits Fitho, their online weight loss diet plan, for the book.

“People think fitness is a humongous effort; we want to show people it’s actually not. Making a few small changes steadily will lead to a bigger change. It doesn’t mean you have to follow each and everything mentioned in the book,” says Dhruv, an engineering graduate from Michigan University, U.S.

The book doesn’t require a cover-to-cover read; you can choose to read any chapter that interests you. “It’s about which ones you choose to implement — unnecessary snacking, sleeping early or cutting down sugar,” Dhruv adds.

Losing It has busts a lot of myths, from pushing potato and rice to a ‘not harmful’ bracket, to giving a green flag to all mango lovers to go ahead and enjoy it. The same problem is addressed from different angles for better understanding.

“People come to us with all sorts of questions, and there’s a lot of information out there. But the main problem is implementation,” says Dhruv, giving example of olive oil, which is healthy but not the healthiest oil.

The couple feels that many diets are inspired by the West. But one has to keep in mind the Indian way of life and the lifestyle diseases that we are more prone to. The book drives home the point that one does not require exotic food or expensive exercise equipment to lose weight.

While some existing facts are reinforced, others are logically connected to the weight loss concept. “Once you’ve got the knowledge, and understand the logic, you’ll feel guilty when you go off track. Then, you will probably carry something healthy with you. It’s a gradual change,” says Prachi.

For professionals who are constantly stressed about their health, Prachi advises choosing healthy options wherever possible. “It’s a myth that people don’t have time. Fifteen minutes is all you require for exercise; you don’t even need to go the gym. You need to prioritise. Work at the cost of health is really not worth it,” she says.

TANYA SINGHAL

Dhruv and Prachi Gupta’s Losing It busts a lot of myths, from pushing potato and rice to a ‘not harmful’ bracket, to giving a green flag to all mango lovers to go ahead and enjoy it

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