She’s a former Bollywood heartthrob, currently a happily married mother-of-two and a dazzling diva, but most of all Neetu Kapoor (née Neetu Singh) is an evergreen artist. One who’s persona refuses to give away her age. And how!
In a recent interview, the 58-year-old actress reveals her secret to looking not a day over 35. “I feel fitter than when I was younger,” she confesses. “I weighed 68 kilos when I was in the movies. It was Zeenat (Aman) and Parveen (Babi), who popularized that thin figure. People started getting aware of their form in the ’80s.”
Let’s Work It Out
Singh says that she became more aware and serious about her physical fitness after having her kids, RIddhima and Ranbir. During each of her pregnancies, Neetu put on 25 kilos. “A woman gains maximum weight when she delivers. To get rid of stubborn fat, especially after menopause, you have to have Yogesh.”
Yogesh Bhateja is the actress’ personal trainer, who plays a major role in keeping Neetu Singh fit and glowing. “The first thing I do in the morning is call Yogesh to check when he’s going to work with me. Fitness is my priority. The days I don’t work out, I walk, stay mobile. I don’t just sit and watch TV.
“My world revolves around my work- out, my fitness, Yogesh and food,” says Neetu. “I work with Yogesh half the week and on other days, I walk at least 10,000 steps”, she adds as Bhateja gives us a peek at the workout plan that he has chalked out for her. “It involves yoga, Pilates, TRX, free form board, body blade, wiper kettle bell,” he says. “It is what we call VIIT (Variable Intensity Inter- val Training). High Intensity Interval Workout incorporates a variety of functional training movements where you train at 80-100 per cent effort for a short period of time, followed by an adequate rest and recovery period. It’s always better to mix cardio with strength and core exercises. ”
Of course, the fitness routine is incomplete without a proper and balanced diet. Hailing from a Punjabi clan that lives for good food, Neetu admits that it is in her DNA and upbringing to gorge. But that can be tweaked with a little awareness, for the better. “My mother didn’t teach me, because she didn’t know better. With aware- ness now, I can teach my kids, and they are healthy. It doesn’t mean you don’t indulge once in a while. Have ghar ka khana (homemade food) five days a week.”
That said, the actress balances it out by reducing consumption foods like sugars and oil, instead of completely removing them from her diet. “At night, I have to have two pieces of dark chocolate. Minimize sweets, don’t delete them.”
Though there are certain foods that Singh is better off without like fatty foods (read paratha) and refined atta. “Today, everything is becoming refined. I get my wheat ground at the chakki with my driver watching. I couldn’t digest quinoa, I got bloated. Don’t follow diet fads.”
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Moreover, she adds that it is important to eat every two hours. Here’s a quick look at her routine diet –
10 am: A bowl of papaya, two egg whites on toast and sugarless tea
12 noon: Watermelon and a glass of buttermilk
2 pm: 1 roti, dal or chicken or fish, dry sabzi
4 pm: 5 almonds and 2 walnuts
6 pm: 2 cream crackers
8 pm: A vegetable juice and a fruit
10 pm: 1 roti with dal or anda bhurji
And most importantly, Neetu Singh adds that it is vital to be happy all the time. Well, amen to that!
Source: Hindustan Times
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