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Hospital Scare Triggers CEO’s Weight Loss Journey

Compiled/ partly written by Melvin Durai Email Compiled/ partly written by Melvin Durai
May 2024
Hospital Scare Triggers CEO’s Weight Loss Journey

Dhruv Agarwala, the Singapore-based CEO of real estate technology platform REA India, recently shared his impressive weight loss journey with the South China Morning Post.

[Left] Photo Credit (Instagram)

In February 2021, he reached his highest weight of 331 pounds. Eight months later, while visiting India, he experienced heart palpitations and found himself in a hospital. “I kept thinking, ‘One day I will lose weight, one day I will become fit,’ until one day I landed in a hospital emergency room,” Agarwala, 53, told the Hong Kong-based newspaper. “I remember that moment clearly, lying in the hospital bed, when I resolved to take charge of my health.”

Over the next two years, he lost 157 pounds through a combination of diet and exercise, dropping from a 3XL shirt size to medium. The exercise included three strength-training sessions per week, walking a minimum of 12,000 steps per day, and pushing a weighted sled to build muscle mass. Giving up alcohol and limiting calories to 1,700 per day helped greatly in his weight loss. He also consumed 120 grams of protein at every meal, partly from grilled chicken and fish.

“The ‘Aha!’ moment for me was when I realized that I could eat what I wanted as long as I controlled the portions,” said Agarwala, who has an MBA from Harvard University. His overall health has improved immensely, and it all started with those heart palpitations in India, which were actually symptoms of heartburn. “It was the wake-up call that I needed,” he said.

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Compiled and partly written by Indian humorist MELVIN DURAI, author of the novel Bala Takes the Plunge.

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