I welcome you Tarun at SANGKRIT.net, please tell our netizens about yourself.
I am Tarun Preet, co-owner of Indian Weight Loss Blog. I am an MBA grad by qualification and a Consultant by profession. I have spent the majority of my life studying and perhaps ignoring my health. In my quest to lose weight, I have tried all possible weight loss measures those exist.
Diet, massages, gym, yoga, aerobics, supplements, hyped weight loss shortcuts – I have done it all ! In this struggle to become fit, I have spent lesser money on some helpful measures and wasted a lot, on useless marketing gimmicks.
When I finished my MBA and was struggling for job, stress took a toll on me and I was diagnosed with Thyroid. My weight shot up every day despite working out in the gym. I was frustrated with my weight and delay in getting a deserving job. Since I had all the free time, I started blogging about weight loss on Indian Weight Loss Blog. The intention is to help people save their hard earned money so that they don’t suffer like I did and at the same time, monetize technology for earning.
Your blog’s name is ‘Indian Weight Loss Blog’? Why you have chosen this name. Likewise Internet is one across all countries, its global and people on Internet are netizens not Indian or American.
So what made you choose this name and what it means? Are you targeting only Indian people or it simply means that the blog is managed by Indian bloggers? or your posts are specially written for Indian people?
There are a few reasons for naming the blog as Indian Weight Loss Blog. Firstly, there is not even one weight loss blog from India. Ironically, you would find a lot of Indian Food Blogs. We enjoy food to the core. But we forget that we are moving ahead towards an overweight/obese population. Secondly, our eating habits are highly influenced by our culture. Since our eating habits are different from the people in other part of the world, our weight issues have to be tackled differently. The weight loss posts are applicable to all the people who are health and fitness conscious. But the recipe posts may suit Asian people only due to our Indian style of cooking. Indian Weight Loss Blog is our first step to spread awareness about weight, across the world.
Whether you blog alone or you got people associated for working together?
We have a team of writers at Indian Weight Loss Blog. These are people who have learnt about weight loss, the hard way. Our writers are dancers, fitness freaks, runners, yoga practitioners, good cooks who believe abs are made in kitchen. Every writer has a weight loss or a fitness story to inspire people.
What philosophy drives you doing this? What is your business philosophy?
We started this blog to make people aware so that they don’t fall prey to dirty marketing gimmicks in nutrition industry.
There is only one business philosophy – Be honest to readers and the rest will follow.
How much time you spend working on your website? What efforts you make for driving traffic and building your readership?
On an average, IWB team spends works for about 6-8 hours daily. We make sure that the content is of high quality. I spend 2-3 hours every day working on creating content and working on social media and digital marketing strategy for IWB.
What makes your endeavours unique on Internet?
Internet is an endless pool of knowledge. Unlike websites that share knowledge, we share real life experiences.
What’s the best way for someone to motivate himself to get fit?
People have role models whom they follow. I feel it’s a temporary way to be motivated. Nothing supersedes self motivation. Let me be blunt. If you need self motivation, stand in front of a full sized mirror, naked !
Do you believe that living your best life means being fit?
I believe living one’s best, means living healthy and happy. Health and Fitness go hand in hand.
What three easy fat burning exercises would you suggest to our readers here?
1. Walk – You need ten thousand steps a day to start losing weight. Forget lifts and elevators, use the staircase
2. HIIT – High Intensity Interval Training is the best way to burn fat in less than 30 minutes a day.
3. Weights – Lift weights to burn fat. Monotonous and long cardio sessions do no good.
Do you think women have a completely different attitude to eating healthy and calorie counting to men?
Yes, women have a completely different mindset when it comes to food. No women (at least in India) would like to waste food, instead she would prefer to dump it in her tummy. How unfair is that ?
Most of the women believe that eating healthy means eating low calorie, oil free and tasteless food, not true though! Men, on the other hand don’t like to count calories in their food.
What’s been the best advantage to losing weight?
Healthy life and Happiness are the best advantages to losing weight followed by change in people’s attitude. By losing weight, you can spend your post retirement funds on travel and leisure rather than medical bills :)
What goals have you set yourself going forward? Is there any more projects you are currently working?
80% of working Indian women are overweight. In US, one third population is Obese. Similar trend persists all over the world. I wish to reach every woman in the world who is struggling with her weight and health. I am planning a few projects. One of them is a Health Blog so that I can cover entire health arena and not only weight loss. This venture would need a few months to launch.
What would be your words of advice for others who are looking to follow in your footsteps?
Losing weight is tough and Blogging is tougher. Doing both together is the toughest! Consistency and honesty are the only mantras for weight loss and blogging both.
Now tell me something about your city, your favourite hang out spots there? What do you like to do for fun and entertainment?
I am a Delhiite , currently based out of Bangalore. My favourite hangout spots are bluO, Phoenix, UB City. I like to watch movies, meet friends, read books, listen to music as much as possible. You would find me in multiplexes watching movies and shopping in the malls. I am a foodie, so I try different cuisines and explore restaurants, lounges and other eating joints.
Whenever I see an opportunity to take a small break, I look forward to travel and vacation.
How would you like to be remembered?
A maniac, a day dreamer who lived every moment of the journey called Life.
What is your ultimate message for netizens?
Stay healthy, fit and be happy!