Kareena Kapoor didn't just take the world by storm when she proudly made maternity fashion the new 'It' thing and started a new trend — her journey of weight-loss post-pregnancy is no less an inspiration. Just like her different work-out looks, which keep surfacing on the web every now and then and get added to your outfit #inspo Pinterest board.
Incidentally, this isn't the first time Kareena undertook a tremendous fitness challenge in life. Ten years ago, she introduced Indians to the concept of 'size-zero' in the film Tashan, where she rocked her killer abs. You may have loved it, or hated it — but it was definitely talked about a lot!
In conversation with Mid-Day, Kareena revealed interesting deets about her fitness regime, back then and how she wants to be her fittest self now, with the help of her trusted team — Rujuta Diwekar (nutritionist) and Namrata Purohit (trainer) along with her support-system, her #girlsquad.
"The size zero phase was a result of a combination of yoga and Rujuta's meal plan. I was 68 kilos, and she brought me to down 48, which is when I gave that bikini shot for Tashan. I took up that project as a challenge. Adi [producer Aditya Chopra] told me, 'You need to be super fit to be in this movie. Will you be able to do it?' And I said, 'Of course." To which he said, 'You're quite a heavy girl.' But I was determined. I was ready to challenge my genes, stand there in a bikini and show him that I can have amazing abs."
Convenient as it is to discredit toil, naysayers were quick to dismiss her effort, attributing her svelte frame to starvation instead. Kapoor was amused when news of her surviving on orange juice hit headlines soon after.
Her look had fans and haters criticising her for being "too skinny" (seriously, when will body-shaming come to an end?) and there were all kinds of rumours about the unhealthy ways in which Kareena had slimmed down so drastically.
"I'd love to make this fact clear that I lost weight the right way. I'm a Kapoor with a Punjabi build. I can't live without wholesome food and would not have been able to conceive, had I not eaten the way I did. Rujuta always had things sorted out for me, balancing the right amount of fat in my diet. I trusted her blindly, even when I was told to consume Parathas with ghee. Even today, I call her and tell her if I feel acidic after a string of late night commitments, or when travelling. Instead of prescribing medication, she'll recommend I have a glass of chilled milk with gulkand (a sweet preserve of rose petals) in it. On other occasions, she'll ask me to have water with kesar (saffron) to flush out toxins. Her methods work well for me."
Cut to ten years — a husband and a child later — Kareena has already shed 12 kilos of her post-baby body with a combination of power yoga, pilates and a wholesome diet curated by Rujuta. Everybody knew that losing all that weight as fast as it was 10 years ago isn't feasible.
"Not only had I had a child, it had also been 10 years since Tashan released. Namrata made me repeat that journey even though [I had aged]. I had child-bearing hips and gained a lot of weight. But, she merely asked me to believe in her. She was set to change my body," said Kareena.
If you're thinking it takes a rigorous routine involving spending hours at the gym for that toned bod, Kareena is here to break that myth for you. She confessed to literally spending only 55 minutes in the pilates studio.
"She [Purohit] always tells me, three-hour workouts are not needed. Even on the days that I'm not up to exercising, she'll ask me take a two-day break. I'm not the kind who'll train at 10pm after a shoot. I'd rather go home, eat, and sleep. When your body is exhausted, it's also the sleep that will help you lose weight. Maybe I won't have six-pack abs, but as long as I have a smashing body, I don't need to be in the gym for three hours. For the past 15 years, I've trained in the gym for no more than one hour. I have a life outside of it."
Got any other excuse for letting the weighing scale tip to its right? No? We thought so.