If Deepika Padukone’s sculpted gams and Jacqueline Fernandez’s toned stomach are topping your envy list, you’ve come to the right place. The fittest stars in Bollywood are divulging all the real-life fitness advice that they’ve learned on the battlefield. Read and/or keep it open in a handy window on your phone to make sticking to that New Year resolution easier.
Jacqueline Fernandez is as partial to chocolates and pizza as the next person, but how does she stick to her fitness regimen when that double margherita with a side of extra cheese is staring her right in the face? She has devised her own recipes, her favourite being the ‘nutri-balls’ that she whips up in her kitchen. “I combine dry fruits, nuts and seeds together and form them into balls. When I feel hungry while travelling, I have them,” she revealed.
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For Deepika, holidays don’t give you a hall pass to cheat on your workout routine. The actor finds ways to keep in shape when even she’s off-duty, so that she doesn’t come back bearing the hangover of a sudden binge. “On holiday, I swim, I cycle, I walk. For me it’s a lifestyle, I don’t feel burdened by it. It makes me feel great,” she revealed to us at our special 20th anniversary shoot.
Google Sonakshi Sinha and the diet suggestions and fitness secrets extend to page 153. The Akira actor divulged that the weight loss required her to sacrifice junk food altogether. Hectic schedules keep her from hitting the gym as often as she’d like, calling for another sacrifice: “I do gorge on my mom's delicious food, but when it starts showing on the body, I stop," says Sonakshi.
Lisa’s washboard stomach and toned legs are in a league of their own, but she insists that the trick lies in treating your body right. “When you’re younger, you tend to push yourself really hard. You go days without sleeping, or your boyfriend breaks up with you so you binge-eat and then do 15 km on the treadmill the next day. That’s just not good for you. Now, I’m just trying to be good to myself,” she promises.
Alia may have found a way to shed the kilos and keep them away, but she won’t be having any of the dietary myths. “This myth of eating two hours doesn’t work for me,” she rues before asserting, “If I am hungry, I eat. I listen to my body. But mostly I eat three meals. I don’t eat because one is telling me to eat. It’s a pattern that I’ve broken and that has worked in my favour. I am just very regular with my workouts. Once you are regular with it, it will show.”
Parineeti acknowledges that it would have been easy for her to starve herself or eat bland food to lose all that weight. She instead chose to consult a doctor at an Austrian detox centre and find out why she was putting on weight despite eating healthy. “Now I know which foods suit me and which ones are harder to digest (milk, eggs). I plan my meals accordingly. People ask me what I’ve given up eating, and the answer is nothing, I eat everything but I know how to balance it out now,” she declares.