Saturday, January 19, 2013

Losing weight on an Indian Diet

As an Indian living in United States, I have had several NRI friends as well as friends from back home as me about weight loss...

The most common questions I get are...

  • What is the best way to lose weight on an Indian diet ?
  • Should Indians looking for weight loss customize their Indian diet or eat something else ?
  •  What Indian foods should we avoid and which ones should we embrace ?

As I have been helping many of my friends lose weight successfully, I often get the same feedback..." should write a book about will help others lose weight"... 

There is so much misinformation out there that most people give up on losing weight after reading popular advice that does not work!

I made several of those mistakes but luckily I met some great people who gave me some good advice and also learned from my mistakes by analyzing what works and what doesn't.

So my goal for 2013 is to write a weight loss book tailored toward my friends and fellow Indians looking for the best way to lose weight while enjoying the variety of tasty foods that Indian cuisine offers.

Check out my new website for Indian weight loss diet plan.  Let me know what you guys think. I am in the process of writing the ebook for the weight loss and it will be available soon.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Pet Diary - My new app for Pet Owners

I am excited to announce that my second app has just been released in the App Store. (Link)

People from different parts of the world like/dislike different things..but they share one thing in common ( besides their love for sports that is ).

People love their pets.. We spoil them with treats and spend time and money on grooming, taking them for walks etc. As proud pet owners, we created an app that captures your pets' information and memories in one place.

The app is designed to remind you about your pet's medication or the upcoming vet appointment, track weight and store photos.

We are parents of an 8 year old German Shepherd ( Maamu ) and iPhone owners. Having used multiple pet related apps that fell short of expecations, we built an app that we use regularly to track

  • Our pets' medications
  • Weight history 
  • Set reminders for vet/grooming/vaccinations 
  • Capture and store our pet's silly and fun moments ( and also share them on Facebook, Twitter, Email ) 

 Also, unlike other apps, we store the entire diary ( or diaries if you have more than 1 pet ) in iCloud so you never have to worry about losing your pet's information and memories.

 You can upgrade to a new iPhone and the Pet Diary app will sync all your data for you automatically.

The app is available in 6 different languages ( English, Spanish, German, French, Japanese and Chinese ) so pet owners around the world can use the app easily.

 More information about the app can be found here.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Lift : A cool new app that everyone should try.

I just came across this app last week called Lift. Its a great app that will help you form habits and track them and I definitely think it has great potential for self improvement/ forming new habits..

Its based on Jerry Seinfeld's productivity secret

This is how it works... Say you want to start a new fitness program and want to make sure you dont fall of the wagon...

Setup a small personal goal using Lift. For e.g I will dedicate 15 minutes to walking every day.
Then once you walk you can go ahead and update your goal in Lift.

Lift has two aspects to form the habit. First, it will show you how long you have been continuously following your goal and then it adds a social component to it by showing you others who have the same goal and how they are doing.

Nothing like social and visual feedback for motivating yourself!

The key is to not take on too many goals and start with as small ( and manageable ) goal as possible. Once you gather enough momentum you can add more goals.... But at any time having more than 3 or 4 goals will back fire in my experience. We tend to get overzealous and then crash and burn...

The link above does a great job of describing how the author went from being really lazy to really productive using the technique.

One of the reasons this succeeds is because we get a clear picture of our progress. Most often we try to keep in our heads and the picture is all muddled up. Having a clear calendar of your activities in front of you is absolutely essential.

Currently one of my new goals are : Stretching for 2 minutes in the morning, afternoon and evening as well as working on my side projects for 1 hour a day.

Give it a try and let me know how it works out for you.