Meet Tripat Singh, the 75-year old vegan who is an inspiration to Virat, Anushka

It was only in 1999 after his wife passed away and he moved to Chandigarh from New Delhi that he realised he had started...

Recently cricketer-actor couple Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma took to Instagram and shared snippets of a septuagenarian working out on his terrace. Calling him “inspirational and motivational”, the couple said they admired the man for lifting weights while being on a vegan diet. “Hats off sir. This is so motivational and inspirational. And on a vegan diet. God bless you with more strength,” wrote Virat...

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...But Singh had not worked out for over 40 years as he was busy with work, family, and children. It was only in 1999 after his wife passed away and he moved to Chandigarh from New Delhi that he realised he had started to “put on weight around his stomach”. “Relatives started reminding me how fit I used to be back in the day, and how I was putting on weight now. I finally resumed running and walking around 2004-05,” said Singh, who now stays with his two sons and their families...

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...Singh wakes up at 5 am every day and does deadlifts, push-ups for 1½ -2 hours. His diet includes quinoa and oats among other foods.

He gave us a glimpse into a “sample” diet plan that “usually changes every day”.

Pre-workout: 2 Bananas

Post-workout: Plant-based protein 1.5 scoop

Breakfast

50g – Quinoa (soaked in water)
50g – Oats plain
30g – Nuts (mixed)
30g – Seeds (mixed)
5g – Ashwagandha

Lunch

1 bowl – Beans + rice boiled
Salad mix

Evening snacks: Roasted chana

Dinner

Last meal at 7 pm which is mixed salad veggies + fruits

Water – 4 to 5 litres a day

A vegetarian all his life, veganism was a “natural progression”, said Singh, once he realised that one’s body can have its share of adequate nutrition from plant-based sources, and still improve stamina. “Our body is so smart that it can convert food to get optimum nutrition. So, why not feed it with more nutritious food, and what better than plant-based sources. The common misconception is that vegetarian sources of protein do not provide the much-needed nine amino acids. But the way out is a combination of two or more vegetarian sources of protein to make the required nine amino acids. For instance, rajma rice is a good source of protein and is a complete protein in itself,” mentioned Singh.

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Ask him what a typical cheat day for him looks like, and he says. “I don’t believe in cheat days. But once in a while if I want to indulge, there is nothing better than homemade sweets like besan or suji ka puda.” He avoids junk food and eats “nutritious ghar ka khaana‘, pandemic or not”.

What keeps him going at an age when most would choose to retire, he said, “One grows old when he has no future plans. I am young at heart and I have only recently started with Instagram,” chuckled Singh, who has earned himself a fan and a follower in Kohli.

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“I was glad. That was encouraging and inspiring for me too. Both of them are the epitome of fitness, and Virat is also a vegan. It was kind of them to share the message,” said Singh, adding, “With the desire to die fit and fine, my next goal is to further the cause of fitness and inspire more people and generations”.

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