Diet in India is a lot about tasty food, overseas focus is only on nutrition: Neeraj Chopra

first_imgFrom a chubby kid to one of the fittest athletes in India and one of the best javelin throwers in the world, Neeraj Chopra has travelled a long journey. When he made his foray into sports, it was only to lose weight but little did he know it would change his life. He is just 20 but Neeraj is already an Asian Games and Commonwealth Games gold medallist and a genuine medal hope for India at the Olympics.And it all started with a gym, javelin and a diet.Diet, Neeraj said, is something that is a huge focus point abroad. Perhaps, he has imbibed it after several exposure tours and tournaments outside India.In India, he revealed, people do focus on a good diet but it has to come with a bit of taste.”Diet is something they focus on a lot abroad. Here in India, there are good diets you can follow but it is about taste as well. Overseas, the food may not be very tasty but that diet is really good for the athletes,” Neeraj told is a well-built athlete and maintains a standard diet but he shared that they make sure to let go of oil and sweets when competitions are closer.”Due to our weight categories, our diet usually is continuous but say during competitions and all, we reduce the intake of oil and sweets,” Neeraj conceded.Neeraj called for improved facilities in India for the athletes to do better. He had a special request — build indoor stadiums so that their training session do not get disrupted by weather.advertisementOffseason training killing it Chopra (@Neeraj_chopra1) December 1, 2018″Outside the weather and environment is better too, our population is high and there are things that pull us back.. In other countries, there’s not much problem with that. Things are improving here though. Like I said, outside there are indoor stadiums that is why they are somewhere ahead of us. Athletes here are very hard working and if the facilities improve, the performance will improve as well.”Neeraj also had a thing or two to say about the increasingly dangerous pollution levels in India and especially, Delhi. He said that as human beings, our bodies get used to whatever the weather is but was quick to point out that such air harms the insides and it will have a long-term effect on people.”Pollution is a problem but with human beings it’s like you get used to it. For example, if here [Patiala] also some problem arises, in a month or so, we’ll get used to it. But of course, there is some part of us inside that is harmed and so this is something that needs to be look at here.”Also Read | Exclusive: Neeraj Chopra says Diamond League was his biggest experience in 2018Also Read | Neeraj Chopra wins India’s first javelin gold medal in Asian Games historyAlso Read | Neeraj Chopra’s personal best could have won him an Olympic gold in 2012Also Watch | Exclusive: Hima Das keen to inspire Gen Nextlast_img

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