Good Sports: FIRST INDIAN TO WIN MR. UNIVERSE TITLE
Chitharesh Natesan, a Delhi-based bodybuilder from Kerala, recently became the first Indian to win the coveted Mr. Universe title.
Natesan, 33, was crowned Mr. Universe 2019 at the 11th World Bodybuilding and Physique Sports Championship in Jeju, South Korea.
A former hockey player, Natesan moved to Delhi a decade ago from his hometown of Kochi and worked as a fitness trainer. He has focused on professional bodybuilding since 2014 and trains more than five hours a day. He also follows a daily diet that includes 40 egg whites and one kilogram of chicken breast, as well as fish, rice, and vegetables.
“No, I don’t get bored of the diet,” he told The Hindu. “Bodybuilders need the right amount of proteins, carbs, and fats. I take about 300 grams of protein every day. There are a lot of sacrifices involved when you aim to reach the top.”
Compiled and partly written by Indian humorist MELVIN DURAI, author of the novel Bala Takes the Plunge.
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