You are what you eat. A simple adage that defines what the current generation of stars will allow on their plate. Jacqueline Fernandez has no space for sugar in her diet, just as Parineeti Chopra has no space for eggs and milk in her refrigerator. But the year is 2017, and crash dieting isn’t a term to be thrown around loosely.
The fittest names in Bollywood are meticulous, to a fault, about what they’ll allow in their diets, powered on by a team of hard-working dieticians. Before you blindly follow suit, we asked popular nutritionist Kinita Kadakia Patel to decode what it means to eliminate certain foods from your diet and what you should definitely be replacing them with.
It took a detour to every A-lister’s favourite detox centre, Viva Mayr in Austria, to help Parineeti realise why she wasn’t losing weight despite eating healthy. The villain of the piece? Milk. “What they do there is completely cleanse and reboot your system. Now I know which foods suit me and why milk is harder to digest,” she recalls.
“Dairy products are high in calcium and serve as a complete protein source. It’s the perfect protein for vegetarians. If you must eliminate dairy from your diet, make sure you pay enough attention to your protein requirement of the day,” explains Kinita. Milk is also frowned upon in celebrity diets due to its fat content. Make like Alia Bhatt and have it replaced with an organic, low fat version so as to still receive the benefits of protein.
Likewise, Sonam Kapoor’s dietician Radhika Karle discovered that yoghurt didn’t do her sensitive stomach any good, and consequently knocked out the curd Sonam consumed with every meal. The probiotics in yoghurt help increase immunity, so only eliminate it from your diet if you’re compensating with a probiotic supplement.
While at Viva Mayr, Parineeti also learned that eggs didn’t work for her metabolism and had it removed from her daily diet. Eggs can only be left out of yours if you’re planning to substitute the protein and vitamin B by turning to other food sources like dairy, meats, soy and legumes. You need not go the whole hog either and eliminate eggs completely; “If the yolk is eliminated for the fat purpose, the egg whites still provide a fantastic source of pure protein,” elaborates Kinita.
Long considered the bad guy of the weight loss pyramid, rice is often shunned from celebrity diets. Even self-confessed rice lover Deepika Padukone takes care to avoid it at night. If you’ve been watching the carbs too, opt for a safer alternative like brown rice as it’s comparatively high on fibre and nutrients.
Once a lover of all types of junk food, Sonam sobered down when she learned the amount of fats red meat packs in, before ultimately turning vegan. If you’ve been looking to trim down your intake of fats, leave red meats out of your diet and instead, opt for lean meats such as chicken, turkey and tuna.
Jacqueline Fernandez just took to Instagram to announce that she’s going on a liquid detox to prep for a beach song sequence, and that isn’t the only testimony to her dedication to fitness. The 31-year-old will never allow any form of processed sugar in her diet, and with good reason.
Processed sugar can wreak holy hell on white blood cells, spike up oxidative stress and ultimately result in increased storage of fat. Be warned though, sudden elimination of sugar from the diet can lead to mood fluctuations and irritability. Also, not all forms of sugar are the enemy; fruits contain natural sugar that make a good substitute for the processed variety.