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Dressed comfortably in a white T-shirt, purple pants and Steve Madden heels, fitness model Amrit Dhaliwal appears to be completely at ease. Dhaliwal, who is of Punjabi descent, hails from Canada. She has been a celebrity fitness model for brands such as Parasuco and Guess, authored a glamfit series of books, in addition to having been a spokesperson for Alliance Entertainment, and also a director for a clinical research company. From hosting the Naked News series in Toronto to even appearing on the Howard Stern Show, she has done it all. Commenting on the scenario in India, she says, "There is this popular misconception that if women start weight training, they will end up looking like men."

In her case, it was an accident in 2003 that forced her to take up weight training. "It brought me back to modelling and made me fall in love with myself again," she says.

Having studied the Indian market, she hopes to bring her line of glamfit books, which she has authored, along with a cookbook on nutritional foods that one can eat without compromising on taste. Sharing her fitness mantra, she says, "The important part which people need to know is that getting a good body is not about losing weight in five to six months, but about maintaining it for a minimum of five to six years. The best way to follow the plan is to allow oneself a 'cheat day' where you can binge on foods you love."

Furthermore, she mentions that the health, fitness and nutrition industry in India is a market that really needs to have a structure. "It has caught my fancy and I think I would work towards those ends too in the coming future," she says.

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