Training the likes of Priyanka Chopra, Suniel Shetty, Sonali Bendre different Bollywood celebrities, Nasser is now all set to start out a brand new health revolution within the UAE
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He trains Bollywood celebrities to realize a degree of health the frequent man (and girl) can solely dream of. The footage of completely carved silhouettes we see on the covers of style magazines, promoting posters and now, flooded on social media — albeit beautiful to have a look at — appear to be a distant actuality for many of us. But this man is aware of the roadmap to vacation spot unknown, one the place not many attain however everybody, in some unspecified time in the future, aspire to be. Baqar Nasser, the person behind the wonderful physique transformations we frequently see celebrities endure, is an 11-time nationwide biking champion-turned-holistic well being and health coach.
Having labored with the who’s who of Bollywood, together with Priyanka Chopra, Suniel Shetty, Sonali Bendre and plenty of others, Nasser specialises in coaching folks with pre-existing circumstances, equivalent to PCOS, digestive points, arthritis or joint issues, surgeries-gone-wrong, and cardiovascular points. Recently awarded the UAE’s Golden Visa, the health knowledgeable is now all set to embark on a health transformation journey within the Middle East.
What began as a ardour for competing within the National Cycle Championship rapidly changed into an all-around obsession for health and greater than that, a want to unravel issues, for the well being coach. “It all the time begins with problem-solving. I don’t see physique transformations as a factor of luxurious, it is dependent upon necessity. Why do you actually need to rework your physique? I imagine in diving into the foundation trigger,” says Nasser. “Even when the case of Sanjay Dutt got here to me, it was to repair his again. After his jail time, he had sciatic nerves with capturing ache,” he explains.
No matter how a lot of a “large” title the individual is likely to be, in Nasser’s class all his college students are handled in the identical method, to allow them to get pleasure from most advantages provided from his programs. Using a mix of well being, train and proper medical intervention, the place obligatory, Nasser believes in being a hands-on coach and coach, monitoring each little element from their water consumption to which medicines the consumer is consuming. “I communicate with well being specialists and head of operations in hospitals, not common GPs. Those persons are exhausting to get entry to normally. But we want that type of mental capability to deal with particular instances. So, I am going into the depth of chatting with specialised docs. I even associate with the shoppers for his or her physician’s appointment,” says Nasser. “I put myself within the place of my consumer and actually attempt to perceive what they want at that second. The similar issues is not going to work every time.”
Nasser, who believes one’s mindset performs a pivotal function in self-transformation, turns into greater than only a well being coach when coping with shoppers. Nasser mentions, “I can’t simply depart them in a state the place I say, right here’s the plan, give me your cash and handle by yourself. I attempt to uncover what the set off to their emotion is, which isn’t permitting them to self-discipline themselves.” For him, everyone seems to be a champion. “I say this to each human being, there’s a champion dwelling inside you that you must carry out. Even should you don’t imagine in your self, I imagine which you could take that step,” says the well being coach, including that the majority of his shoppers over time have been constructed via phrase of mouth and excessive success charges in fixing folks’s well being points.
Young teenagers in danger
Amongst the various well being challenges that Nasser comes face-to-face with every single day, a typical one which appears to concern him upon his transfer to the UAE is teenage weight problems. “Not simply the UAE, however within the Gulf as effectively, weight problems appears to be a key concern,” says Nasser, who just lately labored in direction of the transformation of a pre-teen who weighed 96 kilos on the age of 12 and is now at 55 kilos. “She advised me that her mates couldn’t recognise her when she went again to highschool after the pandemic,” mentions the coach.
Nasser believes it’s crucial for folks to start out early, in the case of instances of weight problems and even hormonal well being and PCOS issues in ladies, to keep away from medicinal and surgical interventions sooner or later. “Younger ladies, from the age of 13 itself, are falling prey to poor hormonal and ovarian well being,” says Nasser.
We now reside in an age the place Photoshopping pictures has turn out to be extremely accessible, with a number of apps permitting you to shrink your abdomen, make your jaw sharper, shrink your mid torso, regulate your legs — all with a click on of a button. The world of social media, in line with the well being coach, has been a catalyst in spearheading unfavourable physique picture points. “Numerous youngsters I see are combating their physique picture. Everyone’s evaluating themselves to somebody or the opposite on social media. This is extensively spoken about however not many individuals actually perceive how detrimental it’s to a teenager,” mentions the coach. “The dad and mom are so busy of their life, they don’t seem to be in a position to assist them. They’re prepared to rent a psychiatrist and resort to capsules, which is able to include their very own uncomfortable side effects,” says Nasser, including that it’s crucial for folks to get their fundamentals proper in the case of well being and diet.
No sugar, no sin
Sugar cravings is one thing the well being coach pays numerous consideration to in such instances. “These days there’s a complete development round PMS (premenstrual syndrome) the place even younger ladies are complaining about temper swings and cramps that result in unhealthy consuming habits. They’ll say issues like, ‘Don’t disturb me’ or ‘Leave me alone’ and in such instances, mates leap in and ship two cupcakes to cheer these ladies up. What one wants to grasp is that feeding your physique synthetic sugars as a consequence of PMS is like supplying poison to your physique,” says Nasser, including that synthetic sugars act in an analogous method to synthetic fertilisers in vegetation. “There is pure soil and there’s water, which the plant requires. But while you add fertilisers to make the plant develop a lot quicker, you intrude with the plant’s pure development mechanisms. Similarly, sugars act like an agricultural complement for the ovaries, resulting in additional development within the type of cysts, which thrive on synthetic sugars.”
So, does the well being coach have zero-tolerance coverage for sugar? “You can have pure sugars within the type of dates, raisins and fruits. Natural sugars are soluble in nature and may soften via strolling additionally.” The coach additionally comes up with wholesome recipes for desserts whereas encouraging his shoppers to go off sugar, as a part of his meal plans. “You could make oat cookies and add chocolate within the type of uncooked cacao. You can add elements like peanut butter, banana to make muffins and muffins. These issues are very simple to make at residence,” provides Nasser.
And having moved to the UAE now, Nasser is trying ahead to be an lively voice within the well being and wellbeing sector within the area. When requested what his future plans are, the health coach jokes, “I would give you a hoop mild and digicam setup now, making 15-20-second movies on health,” which can, actually, be a good suggestion for the celeb coach. After all, to cater to the youthful technology, we should adapt to the youthful mediums.