His first-ever stint with fitness came after he was diagnosed with an autoimmune condition at a young age. Back then Dr. Siddhant Bhargava experienced weight gain as a side effect of his treatment. The young go-getter instead of getting disheartened embraced this discouragement and channelled it towards bettering his lifestyle choices. Introspecting his health, Siddhant realized that he doesn’t want to pursue medicine and rather introduce a venture that helps in fighting with diseases like Diabetes, Thyroid, and other such health issues, as most of these illnesses, are either body weight-related or affects your body weight. Intending to transform people’s eating habits, Siddhant in 2017 launched ‘Food Darzee’ – a health and nutrition company that prepares customized meals based on individual dietary requirements coupled with fitness goals.
Combining taste with health
The major problem that Food Darzee aims to solve, is offering taste with health. Whatever your true calling is, be it Biryani, Chicken Wings, Butter Chicken or Paneer Makhani, it is possible to make every delicacy healthy. ‘‘We use better quality oil, grains, meat, and other ingredients. On top of it, we make sure that a person is eating exactly what and how much his/her body needs.’’ Said Siddhant in a chat with Kenfolios.
Once you visit Food Darzee, you need to fill a detailed questionnaire which helps the nutritionist to get a better idea of your Taste and preference, and your physical health. Based on the questionnaire you fill; you get a call from a certified nutritionist who understands your requirement. They customize your monthly meal based on your preference and the health goal that you wish to achieve. Each meal has ingredients measured strictly and tailor-made for every individual.
As a child, Siddhant was an exceptional student who used to study a lot. Father being a doctor, Siddhant was highly inspired to pursue medicine as a career, since childhood. He completed his MBBS and just before pursuing medicine, he co-founded Food Darzee. ‘‘Starting the venture is a decision that I am extremely grateful for’’ Said Siddhant. He has shaken up conventional nutrition ideas and affirms that there is no one-size-fits-all policy when it comes to meeting fitness goals.
The love that Food Darzee received
Siddhant has dealt with close to 4,500 clients leading them to shed around 20,000 kgs of stubborn body fat, thus supporting their weight loss goals. Siddhant also functions in consultation with over 3,500 clients including some esteemed celebrities such as Alia Bhatt, Katrina Kaif, Sarah Ali Khan, Sonam Kapoor, Parineeti Chopra, and Arjun Kapoor.
The Way Ahead
Currently, Food Darzee serves food in major cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Pune, and Bangalore. In a few other cities, they help people prepare customized healthy food via digital means. Siddhant plans to reach Jaipur, Hyderabad, and Chennai by the end of 2020.
“In childhood, whenever I felt sad I went off to bed assuming that things would get better when I wake up. Unfortunately, in the real world that doesn’t happen and only you are responsible for changing things for better. So, no matter how bad your previous day was, you need to get back to work and consult people. In these years of experience, there hasn’t been a single problem unsolved after consulting people.” Preached Siddhant when asked about the learnings from his entrepreneurial journey.
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