Bhumi Pednekar reveals how she lost 25 kilos in four months

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Bhumi Pednekar

Bhumi Pednekar, an Indian film actress made her debut with a leading role in 2015 in a movie Dum Laga Ke Haisha and luckily won Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut. At that time she weighed 91 kilos during the shoot of Dum Laga Ke Haisha. Recently she revealed some secrets that helped her lose 25 kilos in four months.

She followed pure Indian diet. She didn’t use any shortcuts and did everything in a natural way. Here are some of the ways how she did it:

1.Drink Plenty Of Water

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 remove it from the fridge in a couple a hours,strain the liquid and Just pop it your sipper and keep sipping on it…one of the things I tried… #LoseItLikeBhumi

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Make water your best friend. She drinks lots and lots of detox water every day. She also shared the recipe of that detox water on social media. So make it a routine to have detox water every day as it will not only detox your body but will also help you loose weight.

2.Have Breakfast Kingsize

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

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She followed an old adage “Eat breakfast like a king, Lunch like a Prince and Dinner like a Pauper”. She says that having a heavy breakfast is as essential as “There is nothing healthier than kick-starting your day with a breakfast like this”.

3. Lunch: Keep It Simple

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

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Her lunch includes daal, sabzi and multigrain roti topped with white butter. Multigrain roti is made up of bajra, jowar, nachni, soya, chana or rajgira. So just have simple home-cooked food.

4.A Big ‘No’ To Sugar

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.. Xx #LoseItLikeBhumi

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She completely depended upon natural sweeteners like honey and stevia. “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,” writes Bhumi.

5. Workout Every Day

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!!

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The workout is a must.  Do not afford to miss it. It doesn’t mean that you need to hit the gym or some aerobics class instead you can go for a walk or include some basic things like stairs instead of a lift. “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; it’s 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!!” writes Bhumi.

6. Go Green

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.

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“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 multigrain 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,” she writes on her Instagram.

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