May 25, 2022

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Virtual Forest MD and CEO calls fitness a driving passion, follows ‘one meal a day’ diet

Omer Basith, CEO and MD, Virtual Forest has had a long journey with exercising and working out, starting with sports when he was younger and then focusing on martial arts for a large part of his life.


Exercise Edge
“I’ve had the opportunity to train Muay Thai in Thailand, grappling in Brazilian jiu jitsu and even competed at an amateur level both in India and internationally. Of late, besides my family and my career, fitness is a driving passion. My focus now is on functional training and building endurance and mobility,” he says.

Basith is the sort of person who can only work out in the morning. “I’ve been doing this so long that it’s become an absolute must for me. I feel like I’m almost addicted to the endorphins that come from a good workout. I tend to work out a minimum of 60 minutes every morning – or rather until I meet my calorie goal for the day. I use the fitness tracker on my Apple Watch and have an active calorie goal of 700 calories. At the moment, my focus is on running outdoors, kettlebell workouts and most recently, I’ve started using mace and clubs (mudgar). I find the dynamic loading that they offer is excellent for core and spine strength as well as helping with mobility and strengthening joints,” he shares.

Meal Steal

He currently follow OMAD (one meal a day) for a minimum of three days a week, going up to five. “I usually cheat on the weekends. Unlike most people, my meal is lunch – so I have a large meal and typically end up following a 22 hour fasting cycle and two hour eating cycle. I try and keep my meal as low carb as possible. I’ve tried to give up grains as much as possible and eat cauliflower rice instead,” he says.

Mental fitness is something Basith is still working on. “I have a pretty addictive personality and I feel like I use exercise almost as a crutch to keep my mental health in check. Although spending time with my kids and my family is another great source of peace and happiness. When things get particularly challenging, I find that therapy provides me with a lot of perspective and helps me re-center. I’ve tried to eliminate grains and reduce my sugar intake as much as possible and this seems to have really helped with my general energy levels. It really helps combat the feeling of lethargy that comes with an insulin spike,” he says.

Soul Whole
For his soul, Basith does nothing in particular, but he feels an immense sense of wellbeing when he is with his family and also from the type of work that he is currently doing, for the first time in his life and career. “It is focused on a larger cause (combating climate change) and that brings me a sense of purpose,” he ends.

https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/magazines/panache/virtual-forest-md-and-ceo-calls-fitness-a-driving-passion-follows-one-meal-a-day-diet/articleshow/86886022.cms