Announcing the Charity: BigLoserIndia Gives to Help Trust started as a buddy system for us, the urban elite, the folks with twitter accounts, computers, and a slight weight problem to get healthy.

One of the reasons we’re unhealthy is because, as a general rule, we have more than enough – and definitely more than enough to eat. So, to offset our excess, it makes sense to ensure that the kilos we shed benefit someone who has less than enough.

To that end, we asked several charities who work in the area of nutrition to send us proposals. We are proud to finally announce that we have chosen to endorse the work of – an organization that works with children in Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu.

We all know the link between a meal at school and the drop out rate. Kids who are provided a meal stay in school. The money you have raised for #bglsr will go towards meals for children who are bonded labourers and attend evening school or get vocational training through

As little as Rs. 14,000 can sponsor 30 days of meals for 40 children. We’re hoping we can make a difference to at least that many children for several months.

The trustees are glad of our support. Their misson states:

“All our activities are exclusively targeted towards children and their parents. We select children without any discrimination based on gender, caste, religion, political affiliation or language. We follow an exhaustive evaluation process which includes quantitative metrics like the number of children impacted, the cost per activity or cost per child and qualitative measures such as the impact on the local community, structure and long term sustainability of the organization.” is proud and happy to support

To donate, simply visit our Donations Page

Not Convinced About Our Charity Selection? You’re welcome to donate to a charity of your choice as well. Simply twitpic the donation receipt or online payment screengrab, and we’ll add your donation to the BigLoserIndia Weight Loss for Charity Chart. Make sure you tag us – @bglsr or #bglsr – on those twitpic tweets!

So let’s get our wallets out…

Here’s to the BigLoserIndia grand donation finale – let’s make a difference!

The BigLoser of the Week #032: @ShaaqT

When one is a skinny kid, playing older sister to the cutest chubby baby ever, one wants to get chubbier. But as we grow into our teens, the grass quickly seems to be greener on the thinner side of things and that is exactly what happened to me. As a 13-year-old sub-5 foot, awkwardly overweight teenager, I found myself wanting to take the easy way out. And that’s where my fight with my body began. When I was dieting I wasn’t really bothering to work out, when I was working out, I was binging far too often. It was only at the age of 22, when I hit 76 kilo mark, did I take my weight-loss efforts seriously. It meant finding an exercise schedule that didn’t feel tedious, it meant making peace with food and it meant taking serious steps to change the way I live.

To begin with, I went on a heavy duty detox diet under medical supervision. I gifted myself a good pair of shoes, made best friends with my iPod and started walking. Initially, within 15 minutes, I found myself exhausted, but with time I built the stamina up. As a family, we stopped using sugar in tea and coffee, Mom reduced our oil intake to nearly half the regular amount. We stopped eating out for a while, and I had my sister inspiring me every step of the way (she herself lost a good 25 kilos).

After losing the first 3 kilos, I was addicted to the feeling. Imagine people telling you, you look thinner and knowing that they aren’t just saying it to make you feel good! After losing nearly 20 kilos, the fitness stopped being about the weighing scale and was a lifestyle decision. (I have blogged about this here)

Though I joined #bglsr earlier in 2011 wanting lose 5 kilos, I have, in fact, put on a few kilos. This is because of repetitive illnesses. And this year made me realise that beyond exercise, eating right and feeling good, I need to get enough sleep, because an unrested body when pushed beyond limits, breaks down. And a leftward leaning weighing scale or a tiny waistline does not make up for loss of immunity and lack of general good health.

In 2012, I resolve to sleep better, feel better and I resolve to stick to being on track with #bglsr. My sponsors @ashwinmushran and @hiway have been supportive all the way, and though I let them down this year, I hope I can make them real proud next year. #Bglsr forces you to take that first step towards fitness and then keeps you on track. No, you can’t lie lazing in bed when you see that @b50 has hit the gym at 5am and @asfaq has finished a long run. You want to put that piece of cake down when you read that @sashg snacked on bananas and almonds. And when @baxishweta tells you that your Runkeeper updates are the reason why she walks an extra few minutes with @baxiabhishek, you feel good about yourself. #bglsr is more than just weightloss, #bglsr is more than a support group. It is an inspiration to live better.


Congratulations to our #blotw @ShaaqT, she wins a 6 month subscription from @PopSciMag and a gift from @thebombaystore

#Bglsr Meals: High Protein and High Fibre Vegetarian Burgers

Burgers made using a mix of vegetables and soya granules.

Recipe by Nandita Iyer from Saffrontrail: Nutrition doctor, columnist, food blogger, wannabe singer and mom. 

High Protein and High Fibre Vegetarian Burgers © Nandita Iyer, 2011.
Recipe Type: Vegetarian, main, appetiser
Author: Saffrontrail
Serves: 6-8 burger patties
Burgers made using a mix of vegetables and soya granules.
  • 2 medium sized potatoes
  • 1 large carrot
  • cup shelled peas
  • 1 cup soya granules (Nutrela)
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • inch piece of ginger
  • 3 green chillies
  • Handful of chopped coriander
  • freshly crushed black pepper (as per taste)
  • 1-1/1.5 tsp salt
  • cup fried gram dal (dalia)
  • 2-3 tsp salt to cook patties
  • Other appliances
  • pressure cooker
  • Mixer
  • Non stick pan
  1. In a pressure cooker, with separators, cook pototoes, carrot and peas in different compartments for 3 whistles and 6-7 minutes on sim.
  2. Meanwhile, in a vessel, place 2 cups of water to boil with a fat pinch of salt. Once this comes to a boil, put in the soya granules and turn off the flame. Keep covered for 10 minutes.
  3. Keep a large bowl / thaali handy. Once the cooker has cooled, remove the vegetables. Strain the peas and add to bowl. Rub off the skin of the carrot. Mash with a fork and add to bowl. Peel off the potato skins, mash with a fork or with your fingers and add to the bowl.
  4. In the strainer, place the softened soya granules. Press with the back of a cup (katori) to drain out all the excess water. In a mixer, add this well drained soya granules, chillies, ginger, garlic and grind till it is a coarse dry paste. Add this to the veggie mix with the salt, pepper and fresh coriander.
  5. In the chutney jar of the mixer, grind the fried gram dal to a fine powder. Add this to the patty-mixture and with your hands knead to mix all ingredients and seasonings well.
  6. Cover with cling wrap and keep in fridge for minimum 15 minutes.
  7. Shape into patties ½ inch thick and of 3” diameter. Place patties on a reasonably hot and lightly greased non stick tava. Cook on medium flame till crisp on one side (around 5-7 minutes) and then flip with a sharp edged spatula, cooking on the other side till crisp. You can use as little oil as possible so that the patties will turn golden brown on a low heat.

Serve with whole wheat buns and lots of salad in the middle – such as lettuce, cucumber and tomato slices. Use half a bun and have it as open face burger to reduce carbs / calories further. Serve with mint chutney or hung yogurt dip.