With the release of the wrestling biopic Dangal, there’s already a lot of buzz about Aamir Khan’s physical transformation for the role of wrestling coach, Mahaveer Phogat. The makeover shouldn’t come as much of a shock though, considering his great shape in Ghajini back in 2008; but at 51 it would seem that he is today in his best form ever. What’s even more interesting than the Khan managing such a transformation however, is the nutritionist who helped make it possible.
Meet Celebrity Sports Nutritionist Ryan Fernando
“Award winning nutritionist, Fernando, boasts an impressive list of clients including the likes of two-times Olympic medalist Sushil Kumar, as well as cricketers like Harbhajan Singh and Robin Uthappa, to name a few”
To prepare for his roles in Dangal, Aamir worked with sports nutritionist Ryan Fernando, who is a celebrity in his own right. The award-winning nutritionist boasts an impressive list of clients including the likes of two-times Olympic medalist Sushil Kumar, as well as cricketers like Harbhajan Singh and Robin Uthappa, to name a few. A leader in the field of sports nutrition, Fernando leaves nothing to chance and relies completely on nutritional science. He pointed the actor in the right direction, using nutrigenomics, which as the name suggests is the scientific study of nutrition and genetics. This allowed him to formulate the best diet possible, specifically for Aamir Khan’s nutritional needs.
How Nutrigenomics Helped Transform Aamir Khan
“Based on findings of the tests that Fernando recommended, Khan was told to balance his antioxidant intake, while avoiding refined carbohydrates completely”
With nutrigenomics, dieting becomes a very precise science, as it allows you to predict bodily response and reaction to nutritional deficiencies or excesses fairly accurately. Based on findings of the tests that Fernando recommended, Khan was told to balance his antioxidant intake, while avoiding refined carbohydrates completely. Unlike complex carbs, simple carbs or refined carbs are unhealthy, and in Aamir’s case they also increased the risk of high cholesterol and triglyceride levels because of a genetic variation.
Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as that for most of us. Nutrigenomics testing is prohibitively expensive, as there are just 5 laboratories in India for DNA sequencing. In conversation with Factordaily, Fernando stated that “To test something as simple as whether you are allergic to gluten it is as low as Rs 5,000, but if you want to do the whole gamut like Aamir Khan did, it will cost you closer to about Rs 1 lakh, which would analyse everything related to food and nutrition.”
If that’s out of your budget, you could simply try eating healthy and experiment with the Keto diet that yielded great results for a number of fitness enthusiasts. Just don’t forget that in addition to your diet, you also need a whole lot of exercise to get that perfectly sculpted body.
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February 12, 2018