By Richa Wadhera

There are those that need a nutritionist after Diwali, a vacation, or a heavy wedding season. Then there are those who have their nutritionists on speed dial – the perennial indulgers. Some get food plans {cause diets are so 90’s} to drop the excess pounds they’ve packed on, while others follow these as a healthy way of life. From the uber disciplined, to the social animal, to the foodie, Delhi seems to have a nutritionist for all kinds. They all have different theories, and most of them work {though their success is largely dependent on what you do with your food plan}.

Having visited a fair few myself over the years, I started from the days of “today only eat paneer all day and then have a salt free dinner”, and went on to rigid plans like “eat an apple at 11:17 am and a biscuit at 1:12 pm”

We all lead different lives, enjoy different foods, and have different health and body goals. So in the interest of providing something for everyone, I’ve listed my pick of nutritionists in Delhi, each with a very different approach to health and weight management, but all of whose incredible results I’ve seen first hand.

Dr. Karun Makhija |

‘Miracle man,’ most of my friends and I swear by him. Some have criticized him for encouraging meals like pizza and pasta dinners, but hey, if you’re super social or love food and are going to eat this stuff anyway, let him tell you how to eat it. Quantity control and satisfying cravings so as to prevent overindulgence – his food plans work in every sense of the word! Most of you lazy lot might love the fact that he doesn’t insist on exercise {from a weight loss perspective}.

Where | S 177, GK 2

Contact | 011 29212343

Price | Depends on duration chosen

Tapasya R Mundhra |

Encouraging a way of life and not a diet plan, she literally looks after your entire body and well being. I’ve seen her products – not only do they drop the excess weight, their hair and skin radiate a healthy glow! She’ll keep you tracking your meals at all hours of the day, and drinking some rather unfamiliar concoctions, but the food is simple, wholesome, and she just seems to get what your body needs. Her plans leave you feeling lighter and visibly healthier, and teach you how to manage your metabolism.

Where | C- 52, Nizammuddin East

Contact | 011 41071923

Price |  INR  5000 for a month

Dr Anjali Huda |

An obesity management doctor with Fortis, Nehru Place, she runs an excellent and easy to follow program, and I’ve seen the results of her three month tie-in plan. After assessing any and all medication you might be on, she prescribes a simple, home food diet with options for meals, which are easy to follow and don’t leave you starving or craving more food. For those with little time on their hands, you’ll love that she asks to see you only once every 3 weeks, unless you are facing a problem with the plan. But she does stress on regular exercise in order to optimize the benefits of the plan.

Where | Fortis Hospital, Nehru Place

Contact | 011 49101222

Price | INR 6500 for 3 months.

Ultimate Life |

You know how some people go underground and then emerge after a bit, looking like a million bucks? It is through one of these situations that I discovered Dr. Amit and Dr. Smriti. Both Ayruvedic doctors, they explain that according to Ayurveda, the body is looked after through 3 methods – food, lifestyle and medication. The doctors at Ultimate Life gauge your ayurvedic constitution by a set of ayurvedic principles {an imbalance in the 5 elements can cause a tendency to gain weight or fall ill} and rectify this with a diet that aims to better your metabolism. Like every nutritionist, they also give you a list of do’s and dont’s, but the attempt remains to give you a diet as close to your usual diet as possible {of course if you live on junk food, you’re in for a rude awakening!}  If they suspect that weight gain is a result of a medical or hormonal condition, they are quick to send you for medical assistance.

Where | B 1A/36, B block market, Sector 51, Noida

Phone | 0120-4232750

Price | On request

Ishi Khosla |

Having started the first of its kind health food company – Whole Foods – this lady is all about healthy living. She consults with clients once a week, and sends you home with a food diary that you must maintain through the week, which she then assesses at the next meeting. She will ask for routine blood tests to test for any deficiencies. She has also started an online weight management program, so her services are available to anyone who can’t get a one on one appointment or doesn’t have the time to meet with her personally. You can read more here.

Where | 47 Community Centre, Friends Colony

Phone | 9910233614

Price | On Request