Transformation Story II

Perhaps the greatest pleasure of what I do is the deep impact it has on people. Anyone who has heeded my advice has been left not just better but a completely different human being. Their trajectory has changed and along with their own lives, it has begun to impact the lives of those around them, especially members of their families. Perhaps, one of the most enjoyable interactions for me personally has been my friend and colleague, Pradip Bansal. Pradip’s journey, though he is too polite to say it, probably started with some skepticism. Here was one more crazy thing I was doing, he thought. Over time, as he saw the impact, his logical mind wanted to find out more. That set us off on a whole new journey that has left him and his wife in a completely altered state of being.

The pictures above (which they were kind enough to allow me to publish) show them in their before and after state. Still, in the mid-forties, they had developed visceral fat; the worst kind of fat. Their overall body weight was high and their biomarkers were poor including lipid profile and sugar levels. Not yet diabetic, they started on their journey of eating a healthful meal. Within months, they lost significant amounts of weight without starving themselves or going on a crash diet. It was just about understanding what to eat.

The weight loss motivated them to find some form of exercise. Pradip discovered strengths he didn’t know he had. He now runs 6 miles 6 days a week. He is constantly setting new records for time taken. He also added weight training and swimming to his regime. This is increasing the strength of his heart, lung, and muscles. Mrs. Bansal not to be left behind has started running and is now running 2 Km most days. Their blood reports show marked improvement for all biomarkers. Clearly, they look more fit. My dream is to be able to also teach them the power of meditation.


Ritesh is a born again health enthusiast and holds a Certificate in Physiology from Harvard Medical School and a Certificate in Nutrition from Tufts University.