Everyone’s raving about the movie Ishaqzaade. It’s an open secret that the male lead Arjun Kapoor lost a lot of weight – 50 kg in the past 4 years to be exact. According to Kapoor, the first thing people need to realise is that it’s not going to happen overnight. If you need to lose a lot of weight, there is no quick fix. In fact, it’s possible to lose 10 kg in a month but that’s unhealthy because it leads to muscle loss and a host of other problems and one ends up piling up those pounds again.
When one is overweight, their body responds quickly to any kind of physical activity and Arjun too lost 10 kg in his first month. This usually happens due to water loss. The problem is it gives the person a false sense of success and they tend to binge and gain all that weight quickly. The Kapoor lad too went through the same experience, his weight kept vaccilating. It’s hard to stick to any weight loss regime and the early days are the toughest.
The actor also explained how it’s extremely important to eat right when one’s on a weight loss regime. In his binge eating days he’d wolf down three burgers in one go and wash it down with a milk-shake. However, he knew it was impossible to lose weight without following a proper regimen.
So what did Arjun Kapoor do? He gave up all junk food, swapped rice for quinoa, a South American grain which is a good source of protein. He’d load up on chicken as well. His day usually started with a toast and 4-6 egg whites with an egg yolk and he had a protein shake after working out. Lunch usually comprised of roti, sabzi, dal and chicken. Understandably he preferred bajra roti to atta roti because they’re more filling and have higher fibre content. For dinner, he’d only have protein like fish or chicken and stayed away from carbs. He also avoided all sweets and drank lots of black coffee instead.
The last lap
Losing weight in the early days is easy with cardio and weights, but the last lap can be really tough. To get over the hump, he went for the Crossfit regime, which helped him knock off the last 5 kg. The CrossFit regime is a high-intensity, core-conditioning workout which usually lasts for 20 minutes. ”When you stabilise yourself with your core, you can do any amount of lifting you want.” he said. CrossFit helps activate smaller muscles and another Bollywood actor who’s a fan of the CrossFit regime is Hrithik Roshan.
So as we can see, losing weight isn’t that hard; all one needs is proper guidance, dietary control and motivation. If Arjun Kapoor can do it, so can you!