Fitness mantra: Dr Muffazal Lakdawala reveals how he keeps his weight in check

India's leading Bariatric Surgeon Dr Muffazal Lakdawala is the President of IFSO- Asia Pacific chapter. His clientele includes eminent personalities like India's Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, Nitin Gadkari, Union water resources minister and Ganesh Acharya, choreographer. He has also operated the late Eman Ahmed and actor Hrithik Roshan’s sister, Sunaina Roshan. He is the author of ‘The Eat-Right Prescription’, book and he has worked with countless people helping them save their health by eating right. Speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Lakdawala spilled the beans on his keep-fit formulas

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If you happen to meet Dr Muffazal Lakdawala, you are sure to get mesmerise by his charming persona and his impeccable fitness. He is passionate about nutrition and wellness, both personally and professionally. Dr Lakdawala who helps people to lose weight is also a fitness enthusiast and swears by his fitness and diet routine.

Dr Lakdawala who is fit as a fiddle informed that he liked to stay healthy and fit, right from his cricketing days. “Now, I do not get much time to work out. But wherever I go, I carry my running shoes, shorts and Garmin watch with me. Whenever I get an opportunity, I run.”

Dr Muffazal Lakdawala, bariatric surgeon and President of IFSO- Asia Pacific chapter
Dr Muffazal Lakdawala, bariatric surgeon and President of IFSO- Asia Pacific chapter

Dr Lakdawala who guides people on how to shed those excess kilos, admits that he too was on a heavier side. “A few years ago, I had gained 7 to 8 kgs as I didn’t take care of myself. I realised and went on a detox diet for a month and ran 5 kms every day. Now, I seldom allow myself to put on more than 2 to 3 kgs, before I take the corrective steps.”

Dr Lakdawala has worked with countless people helping them save their health by eating right. His team counsels people every day on how to eat healthy by whipping up yummy, healthy meals that are economical and easy to make. He never advocates fad diets or quick-fixes. Talking about his own diet, Dr Lakdawala said, “I start my day with wheetabix banana and cold milk with a couple of walnuts and badaams.  I carry a bottle of coconut water and fruit with me.”

He added, “For lunch, I a have soup and salad or a bowl of dal with a multigrain chapati. I prefer it light, as I operate patients and a heavy meal makes me feel drowsy. At night, I have chicken soup and fish or chicken but no carbs preferably. I have a weakness for cheesecakes. Hence, I take a spoon and run a mile away from it. Since last 16 years, I have stopped taking sugar with tea or coffee. As far as possible, I avoid sweets and carbs at night.”

When asked about how does he maintain his fitness routine even in his hectic schedule, he said, “Eat healthy and grab whatever time you have to work out.”

Dr Lakdawala signed off by advising to exercise for half-an-hour for at least 4 times in a week. “As you grow older pick cross trainer, cycling or swimming rather than running or walking. As it takes a toll on your knees. If you are weight training then do circuit rather than increasing the weights.”