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Fitness fever goes online

health and fitness Updated: Jun 06, 2010 15:55 IST
Manali Shah
Manali Shah
Hindustan Times
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Just when we thought reality shows had run out of ideas, Get Fit India, India’s first-ever fitness reality show launches on a social networking site. Hosted by Bigadda.com, this show sees 26 participants across India battling it out to be the fittest.

“The aim is not to lose weight or be thin. The emphasis here is solely on fitness,” explains Mandar Natekar, marketing and revenue head of Bigadda.com

The contestants have been working out for four weeks now and have another four weeks to go before the winner is declared by public votes. The contestants say they have undergone a lot of trauma and health issues because of their weight. Sunil Kumar, a 38-year-old contestant from Mumbai recounts, “Last December I was hospitalised due to an acute pancreatic problem and the doctors advised me to lose weight. I had piled on a lot of kilos and touched 101 kg last year.”

Kushal Jain, a 25-year-old contestant says, “I was always overweight and I was bordering on being obese last year. Whenever I visited branded stores, I would try on slim-fit clothes but they would look ugly on me. Friends began to ignore me and I had suddenly put on eight to nine kilos in six months.”

But wouldn’t users ape the exercise schedule followed by contestants, possibly putting themselves at risk? Munira Jawadwala Kawad, AGM, Training and sports nutritionist of Gold Gym India, where all the contestants are training, believes that as long as the technique of exercise is correct, it will help burn calories.

“While each person’s body is different, an exercise will yield the same results. But the really important deal-breaker here is the calorie intake and expenditure”, she explains. “If I work out for an hour, lose 500 calories, then go home and eat a 600-calorie meal, I won’t lose weight. So, that is how it works and a proper diet is important” she says.

About the show
This eight-week-long contest has each of the contestants undergo cardio workouts, weight training, and exercise. Each of them has a highly customised workout regime. They share their updates with 5 million Bigadda.com members on a daily basis by uploading photographs, videos, blogs, weekly diet plans and progress charts. Users on the site can then vote for multiple participants, multiple times. The daily progress of the contestants is monitored online. One winner will be declared on the basis of public votes.

Tips to be fit
The most important part is to control the portions of food you eat. You may eat frequently, up to eight or ten times a day but be sure to consume small portions.

If you are trying to lose weight, cut down on carbohydrates by evening.

If you are looking to put on muscle, include carbohydrates along with proteins in your diet.

Make sure you consume enough fibre through soups, salads or vegetables.

Include milk and milk products in your diet as they are good quality protein. This is especially important for vegetarians.

While exercising, a good combination of strength training and cardio-vascular exercise is essential.

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