How Shilpa Shetty lost her baby weight
Shilpa Shetty reveals her post-baby body and how she got it, in an exclusive interaction with Prevention.
The actor reveals her post-baby body and how she got it, in an exclusive interaction with Prevention.
Her waistline is part of Bollywood legend. But it's not like pregnancy and childbirth would leave it untouched. Yet, one look at Shilpa Shetty Kundra as she walks through the door and we're thinking: how? Just how did she manage to get back in shape barely 10 months after childbirth? "I'm glad to be back in my old jeans," she beams, turning on her thousand-watt smile. "And I feel so proud that I'm shooting for a health magazine today when until two months ago, no clothes fit me." She's clearly earned that spot on our anniversary issue cover.
Shilpa's knocked off almost 20 kilos (she calls it the 'Viaan fat') within 10 months of giving birth to her son. "I have 1 kilo to go," she says, clearly proud of her achievement and quickly interrupting anyone who credits her genes for her active metabolism. "It's not fair to say it's only because of my genes. Yes, I do have my father's athletic genes and a good metabolism, but this weight loss is mostly due to my effort," says the actress, dance show judge and entrepreneur.
Dedication, that's the bedrock of her shapeliness. "My body worked very hard to deliver a baby," says Shilpa whose son turns one this May. Now she's working very hard on her body to get back into the svelte, lithe figure she's known for. It's not unknown territory for Shilpa who is known to be disciplined about her fitness regimes and also released her own yoga CD a few years ago. Currently she's enjoying her role as a judge for the dance competition Nach Baliye on Star Plus.
But, baby Viaan is the centre of her universe. "Everything changed after Viaan was born. Everything revolves around our son now. Our day begins and ends with him, Raj and I both put our son first. So if I've to be at work one day, Raj brings his meetings home." When she returned home with her baby, Shilpa gained another 5 kilos. "I ate things made with ghee and drank whole milk. Like most mothers, my attitude was old school-baby comes first." When her son was five and half months, she began her weight-loss and fitness programme. It began with an hour of CrossFit four times a week and yoga once a week.
I eat enough of the right things and save indulgences for the week. Eating ends." Her tip: "Don't snack between meals, and control your portion size." Food for Thought It cannot be easy staying disciplined, especially with a Punjabi husband who loves his food, but Shilpa ensures that whoever eats in her home, eats right. "Raj is a Punjabi man who loves his rajma. But he's very cool and eats whatever is cooked. The menu is my decision and being healthy does not mean giving up on taste. This healthy eating eventually rubs off on everyone, and those who come home have no choice," she laughs. Shilpa's candour is refreshing. When we touch on the topic of beauty she says she "is average looking. Just look at my pictures from 20 years ago," she laughs. "But as film stars, we have a team of people to look after us. At the risk of being immodest, I would say that I know my flaws and my forte.
My personality is my strength. Beauty is just skin deep." Like every other young woman, Shilpa has gone through her phase of experimentation and mistakes. Rewind to her 1997 film Zameer. "Blonde hair, blue eyes, red lipstick- what a mistake! But I am human. I joined the industry very young and had to find my way on my own. I had the best body and copied all the latest styles from fashion glossies. I made a statement with what ever I could afford at that time," she says candidly.
In a New Role Shilpa calls herself a full-time mom, but she's also working on producing a Bollywood film, is a partner at Iosis Spas and Wellness, has her fitness enterprises, TV commitments and supports husband Raj's projects. But her priorities are clear. "When I was working, I gave it my 100 percent, when I got married I enjoyed doing the things I had missed out on.
Now I am basking in motherhood. I will ensure I am always around for my child. Other things will have to fit around that," she says. Then on a more thoughtful note, she says how being a good mother demands a lot of time and effort, yet mothers shouldn't feel guilty about needing some 'me' time. "A lot of ordinary women out there are doing the extraordinary job of being a mother. Everything (your roles as wife, daughter) can be adjusted, but bringing up a child is a 24X7 job and the most difficult role to play (well)," she says.
THE EAT-RIGHT PLAN
Shilpa is currently on a high protein diet Pre-breakfast: Amla juice, papaya Breakfast: Porridge with raisins and a banana or two eggs + a cup of tea Followed by a workout Lunch: Protein (fish or 2 eggs or dal) + vegetables + quinoa (in a roti or in pure form), Buttermilk or yoghurt Snack: Boiled sprouts or a turkey and egg sandwich, A cup of tea with brown sugar Dinner (by 8.30 pm): Clear soup, salad, fish or palak omelet.