Bollywood Stars on their diet
Avoid fried food and carbs, don’t miss your workout and don’t deprive yourself. Just some of the suggestions by Bollywood’s svelte and superfit stars who tell all about their daily regimen.
Shilpa Shetty: I don’t avoid any food. My calorie intake is about 2,000 per day. I don’t need that much carbs because I don’t do manual work.
I eat non-vegetarian food every day except Thursday. My breakfast is a bowl of porridge and normal tea. Then I work out (three-four times a week). After I return, I’ve a protein shake, two dates and eight black raisins. My lunch at 2.30 p.m. comprises one roti (bread) made of five different kinds of grain. And I must have ghee (butter) on my roti, can’t do without ghee on my roti, vegetables done in refined oil, chicken and daal.
Then if I’ve a craving for something sweet I have a kulfi or a chocolate. I’ve green tea late afternoon and I’ve lots of hot water throughout the day. Evening, I’ve a flavoured soya milk. Then a cup of tea, no food until dinner, unless I feel hungry, then maybe an omelette sandwich.
Dinner at 9.30 – lettuce salad with pomegranate or apple. And I avoid roti in the night. I’m a late sleeper.
Suniel Shetty: I take about 1,500-2,000 calories per day. But I work out. For me it’s breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper. I don’t avoid any food and I eat as much as I like without stuffing myself.
I don’t monitor my carbs and calories. I go by my body requirements. For breakfast, I’ve mom’s cooked stuff, etc. Sometimes I try brown bread and egg white. I don’t avoid carbohydrates during the day. I’ve brown rice with two vegetables in the afternoon. Dinner is soup and salad and fish or meat. Thrice a week I don’t have meat. But I’m not vegetarian. At 11.30 a.m. I have fruits. Then at 4 p.m. I snack on biscuits or something light. Early dinner at 7.30 p.m. is very important.
I don’t belong to the protein-shake or steroids school at all. But my body knows its requirements. And the fact that I’ve a 30-inch waist at 47 proves I’m getting my food right. I binge on Saturdays. I’ve a sweet tooth and my wife Mana has to keep it away from me. Thai food is my favourite. It’s healthy and when I was shooting in Bangkok, my fitness level was at its peak. Mana makes wonderful Thai food. Chef Solomon (the head chef of the Taj group) is my favourite cook.
Himesh Reshammiya: I’m following the 1,400 calorie a day diet. I’ve stopped rice, rotis and sweets completely. When I’m not dieting I eat everything, no restrictions on quantity or intake.
Neil Nitin Mukesh: My calorie count would be about 2,500 a day. Then I burn out approximately 1,000 to 1,100 per day. These days I’m eating steamed fish for both lunch and dinner. I take in approximately 140 grams of proteins. Besides that, I avoid carbohydrates and fatty food as much as possible because there’s a tendency to put on weight in my family.
Tusshar Kapoor: “Protein shake with muesli in the morning after workout. For lunch I take roti, tandoori chicken with vegetables. In the evening I have egg white. For dinner, I follow the same diet as lunch, but avoid roti.
Celina Jaitley: I eat seven mini meals every day after every two-and-a-half hours. Breakfast is a must. I’ve lots of fruits and nuts. I also drink seven-eight cups of green tea a day. But no calorie count because my intake depends on the amount of stress per day.
Bipasha Basu: I follow no diet regime at all. I just work out like crazy in the gym and keep on my toes the whole day.
Rahul Khanna: I don’t have any one diet plan to stick to. I try and eat as healthy as possible. I prefer home-made food and plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables and gallons of water.
Riya Sen: I can’t diet! As soon as I think of dieting, I start thinking of chocolates. But I’m into controlled eating. Every time I’m hungry during the day I eat. But I control the quantity. I’m not over-ambitious about my workouts. I’ve never had a really major weight problem. I hate the over-worked-out look in women. I believe Indian women look best when they’re slightly voluptuous. I love to swim, do light weights, attend dance classes and I do spinning.
Rohit Roy: Never followed a diet chart, nor counted my calories. I avoid deep fried food, alcohol and sweets. Being a Bengali I fall for the temptation of sweets. I avoid that the most.