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Weight loss tips from Housing.com CEO Dhruv Agarwala

01/9​How Dhruv Agarwala went from 3XL to M​

53 year old Indian entrepreneur Dhruv Agarwala has set a new example in fitness, wellness and weight loss. As per a recent report by South China Morning Post (SCMP), the CEO of Housing.com, a real estate search platform, managed to reduce almost half of his weight through diet and fitness. This hard-to-believe weight loss journey only had sustainable health habits and he did not consume any medicines for this. Here are a few lessons, young and older individuals, can borrow from Agarwala’s weight loss journey:

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02/9​An intense heartburn was his wake-up call to change​

In October 2021, Dhruv Agarwala was on a trip to India when he experienced a heart attack like heart burn. “My heart was racing, I had palpitations. I felt I was going to die,” he told the media outlet after which he checked himself into a hospital. “I kept thinking ‘One day I will lose weight, one day I will become fit,’ until one day I landed in a hospital emergency room. I remember that moment clearly, lying in the hospital bed, when I resolved to take charge of my health.

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03/9​His heaviest weight was 151.7 kilos in February 2021​

Agarwala decided to embark on a journey that was triggered by that one hospital visit. He weighed almost 152 kilos which was more than 60 kilos extra than a man of his age should weigh. By February 2023, within a span of two years he lost 71.1 kilos and weighed 80.6 kilos. He now fits perfectly in a M sized T-shirt; he dropped 4 notches from 3 XL.

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04/9​He went off all medication​

Agarwala was pre-diabetic and was on medication for cholesterol and high blood pressure for four years. He was also struggling with sleep apnea. “I went off all medication by November 2021. My cholesterol and blood pressure levels are normal now, I am off the sleep apnoea machine and am no longer pre-diabetic,” he told the media.

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05/9​Strength training sessions thrice a week​

Agarwala, a die-hard fan of Roger Federer, incorporated strength-training sessions three times a week. Strength training is essential for weight loss as it builds muscle, which boosts metabolism and burns more calories even at rest. By incorporating strength training exercises like weightlifting, bodyweight exercises, or resistance bands into your routine, you can increase lean muscle mass while shedding fat. This leads to improved body composition, increased strength, and enhanced overall fitness. Additionally, strength training helps preserve bone density and promotes better posture. Combined with a balanced diet, strength training is a powerful tool for achieving weight loss and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

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06/9​List of workouts he does​

He uses a prowler which is a push sled with weights
Squats
Leg and shoulder presses
Incline push-up
Running for 3 miles
Swimming for 30 minutes
10k steps a day worked for him
Agarwala started walking for fitness. Clocking the daily steps was a game changer, he admits. “A fan of Roger Federer, he wanted a physique like his. I planted the seeds in him that he would look fantastic if he reached Federer’s body weight of 80kg,” he told the media.

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07/9​A big shift in his diet​

One of the big changes in his diet pattern was he stopped eating mindlessly. From fried savoury snacks such as samosas, dosas and cheese toast he switched to consuming less than 1,700 calories day. Weight loss occurs when you consume fewer calories than your body expends, creating a calorie deficit. This deficit prompts the body to use stored fat for energy, resulting in weight loss over time. To achieve a calorie deficit, you can reduce your caloric intake through portion control, choosing nutrient-dense foods, and avoiding high-calorie snacks. Additionally, increasing physical activity helps burn more calories, contributing to the deficit. However, it’s essential to maintain a balanced diet and avoid excessively restrictive measures to ensure adequate nutrition. Consistently maintaining a calorie deficit, combined with healthy lifestyle habits, leads to sustainable weight loss.

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08/9​What does his current diet look like?​

09/9​The family is a role model for each other​

Not just Agarwala, his son Viraj who used to weight 130 kilos earlier has dropped 40 kilos. “My dad has been a role model for me. Maybe the fact that he was overweight and that it did not come in the way of his success subconsciously led me to believe that it was OK to be overweight,” Viraj told the media. Agarwala thanks his wife for supporting him throughout his journey.

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