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She came, rocked the tinsel town, won a million hearts, and became an inspiration for a lot of girls out there! Well, we are talking about the Dum Laga Ke Haisha actress, Bhumi Pednekar. She entered Bollywood with a totally hatke role in which she weighed 89 kilos, and immediately after the film’s release, she reduced herself to 57 kilos by 2017. While her superb acting won her a lot of accolades, her tremendous weight loss drew even more attention and praise (and raised some eyebrows as well).
Well ladies, if you have been wondering all this while what is Bhumi’s secret behind her slim and svelte figure, then it is time for some enlightenment. The actress decided to help all those who want to lose weight and become as fit as her, by sharing “the fun little things” that she did to lose weight. Bhumi not only lost the weight but has continued to maintain it like a boss. She managed to lose 32 kgs in just 4 months by making easily adaptable changes to her lifestyle.
Bhumi started with sharing this message on her official Facebook account where she promised to share one of her weight loss secrets every Wednesday:
For somebody who stormed into your worlds weighing 89kgs, I can imagine how difficult it can be for you to digest the fact that I am now just 57kgs. Reminds me of those weight-loss advertisements they show on late night television - the excited anchor selling you the dream shape / weight where you make no effort at all. As far as I am concerned, I had to make a serious effort, but it isn't as insane or Herculean as it is being imagined by many of you. And for all those, who think that ‘losing weight is impossible’ - for you guys - it's a BIG FAT NO.
Since my weight loss, I have been asked by many about how I cracked this - some for curiosity, some for inspiration. I went through an interesting regime that involved some really effective workout routines, and a healthy diet pattern. Thought I’ll share some of these fun and super easy things I did to lose weight with you - every Wednesday - you can check for yourself if it works. I could give you a 'money back guarantee,' but it's the internet... so.
She created a hashtag, #loseitlikebhumi, on her Twitter as well as Instagram account, which she promised to update on a weekly basis. And as the actress delivered what she promised, here are all the weight loss secrets Bhumi has shared so far through her social media accounts:
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And then, here is her first tip that she shared with all her fans who wish to lose weight:
Since my film released, there was this one question I was always asked - How did you lose your weight? I have spoken about my journey very often. But I didn't know how to communicate with you guys better... So after a lot of thinking I realized, let's start sharing some fun things I did to lose weight with you guys. I hope it's of some use :)) So here is my first post!!! I had read a lot about - How drinking enough water is important. It absolutely is!!! But how often do we manage drinking 6 to 7 litres of water..not very.
I do it now and trust me, water is a boon for your body. I wanted to make this habit a lot more fun, and I found this thing called detox water. It cleanses and detoxifies your body. Lemon not only cleanses your body but also makes it alkaline. It also boosts your immunity. Mint aids digestion and gives the drink some sweetness without any sugar. Cucumber has several benefits - it's good for your skin, it keeps your body hydrated, and it contains anti inflammatory properties. In short, it's good for you. Just pop it your sipper and keep sipping on it...one of the things I tried...
This is what Bhumi shared in week 2 of her series "LoseItLikeBhumi":
"Quitting or rather reducing the intake of refined sugar was one the best decisions of my life. Refined sugar - brown or white - is nothing but taste and empty calories. In fact in the process to digest it, it empties your body of a lot of vitamins and minerals. For someone like me who has a sweet tooth,staying away from meetha was tough. So I thought,why crave and deprive yourself, when you have healthier options available today."
"Its just about opting for the healthier bottle. Why not have a brownie that's amazing to taste but also beneficial to the body? Be it raw honey or stevia, these natural sweeteners are a boon and affordable too."
"Raw honey is good for digestion and is packed with zinc, potassium, calcium and vitamin B6. Add it to your nimbu paani, oats, even milk. You can also add it in your salad dressing. Honey can be used in various different ways. Please don't cook it at high temperatures, as it will loose it's taste and nutrients."
"Stevia is actually one of the oldest sweeteners known to mankind. It's extracted from a plant and tastes very close to sugar. It has no calories or carbs. In fact it has anti-inflammatory properties and controls high blood pressure too. Use it in your morning chai or make desserts with it, as it's a super replacement to sugar."
"Date syrup is actually one of my favourite things, as it's a great alternative to the sugar you would add to your mithais or pastries. It gives you energy and is full of iron. Jaggery too is packed with health benefits. It cleanses you respiratory tract, stomach, food pipe, lungs and it aids in digestion."
"Then there is maple syrup, coconut sugar and a whole bunch of other natural sweeteners... all the information is available online. But always remember guys, even though these options are healthier, they still need to be eaten in moderation. A little restrain goes a long way in improving your health. Hope this was helpful.."
This time, Bhumi shared some really cool ways to stay active:
"Hello all you amazing people . #LoseItLikeBhumi enters its third week, and I hope my two cents is helping you. This week, I thought, I'll tell you some really fun things I did to stay active. Just basic things like taking the stairs up instead of the lift or walking shorter distances or just getting up for a glass of water every time you're thirsty instead of keeping a bottle next to you. It isn't rocket science; its simple, almost loony things. Apart from these give these not very boring fitness hacks a try. It might seem silly but it really helps in the long run!!"
You will be surprised to know how much Bhumi eats every day in her breakfast:
"Hello lovelies… Starting this week, I will be sharing what my diet consists of and how much I eat (which is a lot, trust me). I start my mornings with a glass of warm or detox water and thirty minutes later, I eat muesli with skimmed milk and flax or sunflower seeds. Then comes the king-sized breakfast (an hour before gymming) of whole-wheat bread with 2 egg white omelets and a fruit (papaya or apple)."
"I alternate between cardio and weights at the gym; it is rigorous so 5 boiled egg whites after that are a must. There is nothing healthier than kick-starting your day with a breakfast like this. Stomach this recommendation for now, next week I will share with you my lunch menu for losing it like me :) #LoseItLikeBhumi"
And now it is time to reveal her lunch:
“Hello you happy people. As promised, here’s what I eat for lunch: Simple, home-cooked wholesome food that includes roti, sabzi and dal. I eat everything but a healthy version of it. So my rotis are not made of wheat but of bajra, jowar, nachni, soya, chana or rajgira and topped with a little white butter. You can mix all these grains together to make a power-packed multi grain roti or use them individually. My dal has tadka and the sabzi has oil but olive oil used in moderation. There is always a bowl of homemade dahi or a glass of chaas (with salt and some jeera) to go with the meal."
On days where I’m out or in the mood for a different flavour, I opt for other healthy options like grilled chicken, brown bread vegetable and grilled chicken sandwich (I like using hummus/honey mustard, green chutney or just little olive oil if I want to grill it as a spread instead of butter or any other trans-fat spread), hummus with cucumber and carrots, nutri-nuggets or some home made chicken gravy cooked in very little oil with a bowl of brown rice. This meal would be anywhere between 400 to 500 calories and under 80 grams of carbs. I don’t starve, just eat healthy and work out. #LoseItLikeBhumi”
Revealing what she eats in the second half of the day:
“Hello you smiling festive people, I hope my last few posts have been helpful. These are things that worked for me. Today, I am sharing what I eat in the second half of the day."
"At around 4-4.30pm, I eat half a papaya or an apple / pear / guava. After an hour or so, I have a cup of green tea with few almonds or walnuts. Around 7:00pm, I have a big bowl of salad with all salad greens, maybe add an apple, and some walnuts or some dried berries if seasonal ones are unavailable - dressed with olive oil and balsamic vinegar or some olive chilli oil with garlic and mustard, or some apple cider vinegar. I try and make this fun, so at times I add grilled chicken or feta cheese."
"By 8.30pm, I have my dinner which is usually grilled fish or chicken (there are a lot of easy-to-make recipes available on the internet. Keep experimenting!). On days I want to eat a vegetarian meal, it is usually fresh, grilled or slightly pan cooked paneer / tofu, stir fried or steamed vegetables (seasoned as you like) with a small cup of brown rice or a thin multi-grain roti. I try eating as less carbs as possible at night. Don't get intimidated by the regime.Try and come up with a schedule that works for you :) Eating right and working out in the correct manner is the only way to do it, people.”
Healthy and yummy recipes:
“Hello lovelies! This week, I am sharing with you few of my favourite healthy snacks for the times when the cravings get the better off me. It's always good to avoid junk food and opt for these yummy but healthy options instead! Just to let you know, as I will be getting busy with my new film, #LoseItLikeBhumi might not be a regular feature here. I will certainly be sharing tips / treats as and when I find them."
"Berry smoothie - Pour a glass of water into the mixer and add 2 tablespoons of yogurt. Add one teaspoon of honey and fresh berries of all kinds into it. Blend them together and enjoy!"
"Yoghurt cubes - You can pour a homemade smoothie into the ice cubes. Pour the strawberries shake into the ice tray and freeze it. You can make it a slushy and eat it up. The best cold snack ever!"
"Other healthy alternatives are: Kale & Soya chips (I totally love them!), whole wheat lavash with hummus, or even dry roasted grains like puffed bajra. BTW, if you are really craving, you can have a piece of dark chocolate - the darker the better. Chocolate made with at least 70% cocoa contains less sugar and more antioxidants. It is okay to give in to your cravings once in a while, but do remember to stay wise and stay healthy!”