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Randeep’s diet formula

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Randeep’s diet formula

Fierce, courageous, hard-working and known for his varied roles, actor Randeep Hooda has many parts to his offscreen persona as well. So yesterday saw him promoting body-building at a conference at The Park. Having grown up on a traditionally Haryanvi diet while living with his naani in Rohtak, Randeep tells us the significance of a balanced nutrition to carve the shape we want. However, he simultaneously advises his audience to consume supplements only insofar as “an addition to their daily meals; supplements cannot act as a replacement for natural food.”

According to Randeep, “A physique is not made in the gym. It is definitely made in the kitchen.” Randeep got working on the science of fitness when he opened his first gym at Rohtak called the Chand Health Club. However, on account of being a vegetarian back then, protein was one fundamental nutrient that was lacking in his diet. Since  a majority of Indians are vegetarians, Randeep suggests that supplements  make up for the deficit. He busts a few myths as well. “Protein boosters are not just limited to boys; girls can use them as well. As a matter of fact, my mother consumes these supplements herself,” he tells us.

But he advises caution. He claims that “I myself have taken supplements which were not in my league, which were for professional body builders. There was nobody to really guide me.” He advocates the need for counselling at the point of sale. “People who do 40 push-ups a day need not consume that many units. The supplements you consume need to be of your league.”

The actor’s social media accounts are a reflection of his interest in environmental issues and women’s emancipation. His TV debut through MTV’s show The Big F addresses the challenges faced by urban women. In choosing the content covered by the show, Randeep pays careful attention so as not to convey the wrong message. “I wouldn’t, for example, encourage a show that depicts a young girl living in the girls’ hostel to want to go over to the boys’ hostel to play football at midnight. That is just sending out the wrong message.” However, the show does centre on various slightly tricky yet common situations that women face, in response to which they choose the unconventional and daring alternative option. As in everything else, Randeep will keep the balance in this one too.                     

 
 
 
 
 

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