Ruchika Gupta Finds Diet App for Healthy Eating

Aug/28/2020 / by Shelby Skrhak

A sense of duty is clearly what drives Ruchika Gupta, founder of the health and fitness app Health Click Away.

The Houston-based entrepreneur is a painter of Indian folk art, a PhD student, and a wife and mother to two boys. Ruchika Gupta’s doing so much that it’s enough to give some women a complex. But she was once that woman comparing herself to others, only she did it on the most demoralizing scale there is — that of physical health and weight.

Post Partum, Stress and Diet

Hours after giving birth to her first son in her native India, Gupta, who was 30 at the time, began feeling immense pain throughout her body and had difficulty moving her legs. Though she had no preeclampsia during pregnancy, her blood pressure shot up five or six hours after delivery.

“Something was happening in my body,” Gupta says.

Though doctors intervened with blood pressure medications and a post-op plasma infusion, these postpartum complications plagued her until her second pregnancy four years later, when she learned she suffered from a life-threatening syndrome called HELLP, which stands for Hemolysis, Elevated Liver Enzymes, Low Platelet Count.

In those four years, Gupta experienced a lifetime’s worth of physical and mental stress: She left her job as a teacher, underwent a cross-continental move to California with her husband, suffered through daily chronic pain, and was putting on weight.

“I was in California, truly a whole different country than India, with a two-month-old newborn and no other family there to help,” Gupta says. “I could barely hold my newborn son and couldn’t really play with my older son because I was in pain, was swollen up, and found it hard to walk.”

She began feeling body shame about her extra pounds.

“I’d go through friends’ Facebook pages and see how thin and trim they looked. It created almost a trauma for me because it seemed like everyone else had this great secret for keeping so trim.”

“I’d go through friends’ Facebook pages and see how thin and trim they looked. It created almost a trauma for me because it seemed like everyone else had this great secret for keeping so trim.”

Meanwhile, she was doing all the cooking, cleaning, and day-to-day child-rearing as the dutiful wife and mother she was raised to be.

“I felt a lot of emotional stress, but I had a responsibility to do for my family. Even if I was feeling unhappy or was in lots of pain, I had to do what must be done for my family,” Gupta tells SEEMA.

There’s that sense of duty. And those friends on Facebook …

“I’d ask what they ate to be so thin, what was their secret,” Gupta says. “But there was no secret. Everybody’s body is different, and I had to find what worked for me.”

She tried various kinds of diets, took supplements that promised to help her lose weight, and — unhealthily — just about starved herself until she found the diet plan for her. But it wasn’t a diet at all.

“I started tracking what I ate and measuring my portions,” Gupta says. “After trying all those different diet crazes that didn’t work for me, I finally found something that did.”

The Concept of a Health App

Thus, the concept for her free health app Health Click Away was born.

“I wanted to create something that’s a help to everybody,” she explains.

Launched in January 2020, the Health Click Away app helps you find the calorie counts for more than 1,000,000 different food items and offers 600 recipes, among many more features.

“That part was important to me, because I always cook for my family,” Gupta says. “Other apps wouldn’t have calorie counts for individual ingredients in the Indian food recipes I cook, so I couldn’t easily or accurately count up the calories I was consuming.”

The app not only tracks your daily caloric intake goals and helps you lose weight, but uses AI to learn your activities and meal patterns to suggest small changes that you can put into practice easily.

Fad diets with foods you don’t like don’t work because you won’t want to stick to it.

And no hard-and-fast rules for extreme diets. (We’re looking at you, no-carb diet.) That’s key when it comes to making good health decisions.

“Fad diets with foods you don’t like don’t work because you won’t want to stick to it,” she says. “You have to be able to incorporate foods you like into your daily diet, and manage your portions.”

Now, eating well is part of Gupta’s daily life.

“Food is everything,” she says. “It’s the culprit or the cure. It’s what causes weight gain when your portions are too much, and it’s the cure for what can help you be healthier.”

Also read Five Reasons You Don’t Lose Weight and Why Women Find it Harder to Lose Weight Than Men

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