Dr. Siddhant Bhargava, popularly known as Dr. Sid, is an Indian Ketogenic diet specialist, celebrity nutritionist, doctor, and Entrepreneur, who is also the co-founder of ‘Food Darzee’.
Dr. Siddhant Bhargava was born in 1993 (age 28 years; as of 2021) in Mumbai. He did his schooling at Jamnabai Narsee School, Mumbai. He earned a degree in Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery – MBBS from Topiwala National Medical College & BYL Nair Charitable Hospital, Mumbai (2012-17).
Height (approx.): 6′ 0″
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Dr. Siddhant Bhargava belongs to a family of doctors. His father and grandfather are well-established doctors.
Parents & Siblings
His father, Dr. Sameer Bhargava is a doctor and his mother, Shalini Bhargava, is an internationally renowned performance enhancement coach and Fitness Trainer. His sister’s name is Shebani Bhargava.
Dr. Siddhant Bhargava has debunked the conventional idea that there is no one-size-fits-all policy when it comes to meeting fitness goals. As a nutritionist, he has dealt with around 4,500 clients to support and guide them through their weight loss journey. After completing his MBBS in 2017, he co-founded Food Darzee, which is a health and nutrition company that prepares customized meals based on individual dietary requirements according to desired fitness goals. His team included 4 people including him. He is a doctor and the other 3 team members or co-founders that are his childhood friends are CA.
Bhargava started managing kitchen operations, nutrition, and social media for the business and 4 years later, it became the largest food and nutrition company in India. As a celebrity nutritionist, Dr, Sid has worked for various popular personalities including Alia Bhatt, Katrina Kaif, Sarah Ali Khan, Sonam Kapoor, Parineeti Chopra, Arjun Kapoor, etc.
In August 2020, Bhargava became a content creator on Instagram to motivate his followers to lead a better and healthy lifestyle. In the same year, he found Feetwings, which is a smart wearable company that aims to provide a solution to diabetes and related complications at an affordable rate. According to Bhargava, his automated device aims to flag off diabetic-related complication before it arises which may bring revolution in the way a diabetic person approaches treatment.
At the age of 9, Bhargava was diagnosed with Alopecia and Vitiligo. With treatment, his hair regrew and the white patches on his skin started fading. In 2012, he decided to become a doctor just like his father and his grandfather. In January 2016, he suddenly noticed a patch of hair that fell from his head. In an interview, he said,
I rushed to my mother and informed her about it. I was worried. She consoled me and suggested that it could be linked with the stress that I was under while preparing for the final exams,”
In the next 15 days, he lost every strand of hair on his body including his head, hands, legs, and face. In an interview, he recalled,
Seeing my reflection in the mirror became painful and frightening for me. I also started losing my muscle power and could not breathe properly. I could not understand what was happening to me,”
After a thorough examination by the doctors, in April 2016, he was diagnosed with a rare, incurable autoimmune disorder called lupus, which affects multiple parts of the body. He was advised to take high doses of steroids to make him regain his muscle power, and the doctors assured him that the effects of Lupus could be minimized through medicines used to treat cancer; however, this treatment through steroids and cancer medicines further damaged his immune system. As a result, he was forced to take a long leave from his studies. His family advised him to take a gap year and resume once his health allowed him to study regularly, but he continued his college and managed to appear for his final exams. Although he cleared his exams, he knew that he could not practice his profession owing to his health issues. He came across his childhood friends and realized that they too aspire to do something in the food and nutrition space. So he along with his friends started ‘Food Darzee’ in 2017. According to Dr, Sid, the moment he started helping people reach their fitness goals, his health started improving as well. In an interview, he said,
My hair on my head, beard and eyelashes started regrowing. I regained my lost immunity too and looked like a normal human being once again. My whole life was back on track,”
Later, in 2020, he noticed a lymph node on his neck, which grew in size in the next three months. This turned out to be cancer. In an interview, he revealed,
In March 2020, a week before the lockdown was announced, the lymph node turned out to be a Thyroid cancer. Before the situation could have gotten worse, I got admitted into the Tata Cancer Hospital for surgery. I could not believe it was happening all over again,”
After several radiotherapies, post-surgery complications, and bed rest for three months, Bhargava successfully defeated cancer in 2021.
- Bhargava was bullied for his looks while he was fighting deadly diseases like Lupus and cancer. He was called names such as alien and Voldemort because of his bald hairless appearance. In an interview, he revealed that he felt as if he was cursed when a child at a railway station told her mother
Look it is an alien”
while pointing at him. In a similar incident, a child saw him and screamed ‘Voldemort’, who is a bald villain in the J. K. Rowling series, Harry Potter. In response to such reactions, Dr. Sid said,
I completely stopped going outside and no longer had the confidence to face the world,”
- Being an Instagram content creator, Dr, Siddhant ardently promotes awareness about LGBTQ+ groups and the Pride week on his Instagram handle.
- Dr. Sid is also known for debunking everyday myths by using the title ‘Dr. Sid Says’, which he posts on his Instagram handle.
- Apart from being a nutritionist, doctor, and entrepreneur, he is also a certified personal and a Stott Pilates trainer at JG’S Fitness Centre in Mumbai.
- In March 2022, Dr. Siddhant was invited to NMIMS to give a Tedtalk.