By – Kavita Shyam
She was not built that way but transformed herself! Parineeti Chopra has lost oodles of weight, looking a vision of health, a perfect ten and ready to shine bright.
Parineeti Chopra has won plenty of hearts, and is undoubtedly one of the most talented actresses in Bollywood. With a happy go lucky attitude and versatile acting skills she is a class apart. However due to her weight issues, she was body-shamed in the industry until her fitness regime took three sixty degree turn. Post a detox regime in Austria and a conscious decision to shape up, what we now have is a svelte, super confident and stylish Parineeti. From dancing, jogging, swimming, horse riding to yoga she tried it all. The bubble girl is the face of Vadilal ice cream and is gearing up for her next YRF film Meri Pyaari Bindu. Here’s a snappy wellness chat on how she beat the bulge despite being a compulsive foodie!
Tell us how you perceive yourself now?
I am loving the way I look and feel now. This is the fittest I have ever been in my life. You can see the new me. I was always unfit and over-weight. It has taken me a year to get the kind of body that you can see now. I think I have achieved seventy-five percent of my target so far, I still have a long way to go. I have always been a happy person, but I am happier now, with a lot more stamina, energy and flexibility. If you feel shackled, you may give up. Good physical health equals to good mental health.
What does your diet regime look like?
I have never followed any diets and I cannot do without pizzas or chocolates. What has changed drastically is the quantity of it on my plate, which has decreased and has gone limited. Besides if I indulge in anything sinful or calorie laden, I work out more the next day or have a lighter meal. If I cheat, I do so in the afternoon and balance out the following days. I also have someone to guide me over the food I eat which is apt for my skin, hair and health. Also I avoid eating after 8pm.
Breakfast – Brown bread with butter, sugar-free milk, two egg whites etc.
Lunch – Brown rice, dal, roti, green veggies etc.
Dinner – Low fat foods cooked in little oil, sugar-free milk, chocolate shake etc.
How difficult has it been to avoid junk food, for a self -confessed foodie to attain the hard earned frame?
I really love food. You know sitting in bed, watching tv and eating lots of food has been my hobby. It is tough to stay away from sinful food but it’s worth it to see the amazing results besides it has taken me over a year to shed all the weight for which I worked hard every single day. I have always wanted to look fitter, toned, wear better clothes.
Please throw light on your fitness schedule?
I dislike going to the gym, so treadmill is a no-no and monotonous for me. I do martial arts Kalaripayattu from Kerala and freewheeling exercises with a trainer who gives me varied techniques. I swim regularly. I work out four to five days a week. There can be a replacement to gym but not to exercise.
What is the ultimate health mantra?
Healthy body is a healthy mind. Take care of what goes into your body. A lot of water, good diet, good sleep, good workout and a clean environment works immensely. One can take any functional training route to stay fit, from jogging at home, dancing, yoga, to climbing stairs. You just have to really push it!
You did a detox program to cleanse your body off toxins, in Europe?
It was only a six days’ program, after a blood test, where the doctors told me what to eat and what all food I was allergic to. Things which are avoidable, take care of digestion, constipation etc.
Your tip to beauty and hair would be?
Keep it simple by sticking to basics. Of course, you are what you eat so keep in mind what goes into your body. Drink lots of water and get ample sleep. Buy only the products that suit you the best. That’s all you need. I take off my make-up with a make-up remover, wash it with a face wash and moisturize it. A good moisturizer is all that my dry skin needs.
You moved into your own house which you bought some time ago, how does it feel to have your own space bought in the maxim city?
I was dying to have a house in Mumbai and it has finally happened due to God’s grace. I hoped to own a cozy, comfortable apartment with a stunning view. Having bought this apartment in the suburb of Khar, I have indulged myself in decorating it to suit my preferences & tastes. I can’t tell you how excited I am to be moving into my own home, since it’s been a lifelong dream!