By Parul Singh Last Updated:
When she entered Bollywood, her first film Veer did not do well on the silver screen. Even her weight drew a lot of criticism. But when she did an item number in Ready, her slimmer avatar became the talk of the town.
Yes, we are talking about actress Zareen Khan, who shunned her critics by shedding oodles of weight in just a few months.
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Zarine Khan had posted vintage photos of herself to make an important point about body-shaming.
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Came across these pics of mine from school and college days. (While one was in std 9th and pink one was right after my std 12th exams). When I look at these pics I feel proud of myself today not that I felt any lesser abt myself back then. Inspite of being so big I never let ppl's comments or ideas abt me bother me. Because it's my life and my body and only I hav the right to decide wht I'm gonna do with it. Then one day I decided let me try how it feels to b a little lighter and hence started my weight loss journey. It wasn't easy at all but everytime I looked at the progress in the mirror I got the push to do more. I had lots more energy than before and I was loving every bit of this new person I was transforming into. When I became a part of this industry, I had lost all my weight, infact I was asked to put on weight for my first film to look the character. Unfortunately I was criticised to no end for my weight but again I never let that get to me. How cud I? Those ppl had not seen me like the way I am in these pics here. And for me everything was jus an achievement to reach frm where I was to where I am. I continued on my fitness journey irrespective Because fitness for me is a way of life now. Along with the weight loss came a lot of stretch marks but instead of feeling ashamed of it and trying to hide it, I believe in flaunting it. It makes me feel like a tigress with her stripes. I have come a long way in this journey of fitness and I still hav a long way to go. But it's always been only for myself and not because of people shaming me!
Undoubtedly, the actress has been an inspiration for many ladies out there who struggle to lose unwanted weight. Maybe that is why, a weight loss pill company approached her to endorse their controversial product for which, they even offered her a whopping amount of Rs. 1 crore. But guess what, she rejected the offer! Zareen confirmed this news and gave this statement to media:
“I cannot endorse something I don’t believe in. I work very hard every day in the gym and believe there are no shortcuts to weight loss”.
Yes, she worked really hard to gain this svelte figure and hence, she did not want to mislead any lady out there. So, keep reading to find out all the hard work that made her achieve this.
You might find it hard to believe, considering her perfect figure now, but at one point in time, Zareen Khan weighed 100 kilos! All thanks to the junk food she used to binge on in her teens.
I was so laid-back. I didn't care about my weight, although people repeatedly asked me to watch it.
And since she always wanted to be a doctor and not an actress, she never cared about her weight.
I thought that it really wouldn't matter how I looked if I were a doctor.
But when she could not fulfil her ambition, she dreamt of being a model. And, this is when she decided to shed those extra kilos. And within a year, with right exercise and diet, she lost 43 kilograms.
I just developed a strong willpower which helped me curb my food cravings and be regular with my walks. In turn, it motivated me to push myself further.
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Zareen went from a whopping 100 kilograms to 57 kilograms with the help of rigorous training and right diet plan. And after dancing on the tunes of ‘Character Dheela Hai’, the actress was seen in a more toned and fit body in Housefull 2.
This was all because of her gym instructor Yasmin Karachiwala, who made her do pilates, weight training, and cardio exercises like swimming, jogging and spinning.
“Every morning, I do Pilates for an hour and weight training thrice a week with Yasmin. I also do some swimming and jogging and eat every two hours to increase my metabolic rate. Sweets and fried food are a strict no!”
The actress performs different types of cardio and never sticks to one form because she gets “bored easily”.
She even does yoga as there is no equipment needed and can be done anywhere, anytime, without fail.
“Pilates is very challenging and that is what I like about it. It’s fun and hardly feels like exercise. I’ve recently started yoga with Twinkle Singh and she has completely changed my body. It has toned me up and stretched my muscles. There is a definite transformation. Since there is no equipment used, it is something I can do even in my hotel room when I am travelling so I can stay committed,”
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If you think that Zareen must have starved herself to get that smoking hot body then you are wrong! Her perfect body is all due to the right kind of food she eats.
“I hate the concept of dieting. I think it’s very unrealistic. I don’t deny myself anything. I stick to a high protein diet which has a lot of veggies and juices. I am obsessed with drinking a lot of water. I needed to make fitness a part of my lifestyle. I can never workout for an hour at a stretch so my trainers create 20-minute workouts for me.”
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Breakfast: Two eggs (whites), brown bread toast, fruits and sprouts.
Lunch and dinner: Brown rice, stir-fried vegetables and grilled chicken.
Snacks: Coconut water, sprouts or clear soups.
And if rumours are to be believed then, Zareen might shed ten more kilos for her upcoming action film. Since the film requires her to do some action scenes, she decided to go on the weight loss spree again with the help of cardio, weight training, power yoga and boot camp. Now, that’s called dedication!