You can’t deny that Taapsee Pannu is one of the fittest actors in B-Town. But behind that lean physique is a tremendous effort to stay active and eat in a controlled manner. It’s no surprise when the actress shared that she didn’t take steroids in order to build an athletic physique for her role rashmi rocket, and had to “overcome a poor metabolism” instead.
detailing is the same Yuktahar (available in audio format on Audible), a book by renowned nutritionist Munmun Ganeriwal that mentions Taapsee’s exemplary physical transformation journey along with a “10-week holistic program promoting a gut-balancing lifestyle consisting of seasonal menus, recipes, and exercise routines, Tips on sleep hygiene and yoga practice,” Munmun said indianexpress.com.
In a frank conversation with this outlet, Pannu, who starred in films like Thappad and pink shared her fitness journey, diet secrets, favorite foods and fitness. Edited excerpts below:
What is a perfect diet?
Something that tastes good and is digested quickly. I prefer something that doesn’t make me gain unnecessary weight, even when I’m working out.
What’s your fitness mantra?
I prefer a combination of good nutrition and exercise because I’ve always been an active person. I don’t enjoy sitting in one place for very long. Even as a child I was more of an outdoor person who liked to practice different sports; So I like the combination of both.
In your hectic everyday life, how do you ensure that you eat well and healthily?
First of all, nothing happens without prioritizing yourself. Jobs will come and go, but unless you’re really in the best of health, I don’t think you’ll be able to enjoy all the money you’re about to make. That being said, I don’t really think the type of diet plans I’ve ever been given have been that difficult to maintain as they are simple and comprehensive dal, rotiand sabzi; but instead of aate hi roti i have one from jowar. I also have stuff like Biryani, thereand kichdiSmoothies with fruit or honey and toasted paneer with salt and pepper, which are pretty easy to make.
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So it wasn’t a challenge and I’ve been able to follow him for years without any problems. But it was something that added stress and pressure to my work, which is already so ubiquitous, that I couldn’t have stuck it out. So I believe that if you want to make the effort to keep fit, it’s very easy to stick to a healthy and good diet.
Do you always eat the same food even when shooting at night?
The only time I’m stressed about my food is when I have late night shoots – which I hate. Not being a late night person, I don’t really like to eat (late) at night. I sleep at 10 o’clock; So if I have to work from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., I usually have small things to eat that are digested quickly and immediately give me energy – like smoothie, paneerand some kind of soup.
Do you believe in cheat days? If so, what is your favorite thing to eat on days like this?
My diet plan has no cheat days, everything is in there. It has room for chole bhaturkachori, and gelato ice cream to cakes, although I don’t have a sweet tooth. I’ve also malai gehwar whenever I go to Jaipur. So it’s all about when and how much you eat; one should not go overboard.
I’ve never avoided anything when it comes to food, but like I said, you can’t eat that kind of food every day. So it’s perfectly fine to pick one day a week to indulge your taste buds.
What is your favorite meal of the day and why?
I really enjoy a wholesome lunch because I can have whatever I want – from pav bhaji, chole bhature to dosa-sambharwith the fewest restrictions.
your healthy snack?
I’ve really developed a fondness for roasted ghee Machanas sprinkled with salt and pepper.
How would you describe your transformational journey Rashmi rocketand what challenges have you encountered?
It was a very ‘mandatory’ process. I had very little time to build up my body rashmi rocket, I didn’t have a chance to relax. I didn’t want to take steroids to speed up the process; So I had to try harder in the gym. Another difficulty I faced at the time of filming in Haridwar was that there is no non-vegetarian food there, so I had to get all the protein I needed to build my muscles vegetarian Food. Also, I corrected mine metabolism and built the kind of muscle I did for Rashmi rocket without taking any steroids.
Also, I had to get up around 5 a.m. to go to the gym or track at 6 a.m. After two hours of training, I had to be ready on set by 9am, from which I got off at 9pm, giving me an hour to go back, relax, freshen up and sleep, otherwise my body wouldn’t have recovered ready to go through this kind of rigorous training. So everything was too rationed – including my time.
What is your fitness routine like?
I train six days a week, which I spread out in the sense that I don’t do everything at once. For example, one day I only do lower body exercises and the other day I only do upper body exercises. I reserved a day just for Core and heart and then I repeat this three-day plan for the next three days. I’ve tried to break it down so it doesn’t overwhelm me.
Any health tips you swear by?
When people ask me how to maintain a healthy lifestyle alongside physical activity, I tell them that you need to sleep. I love sleeping eight hours as it really helps me to restart my day. Also, don’t eat too late at night, eat your last meal by 7 p.m. Also, do basic things like staying active, eating on time, and sleeping well for eight hours.
How do you motivate yourself on days when you don’t want to exercise or eat healthy?
See, it’s not necessary to exercise every day. Also, you have to listen to your body. But when I’m unable to maintain a healthy lifestyle, I motivate myself by changing my mood and being more positive, optimistic, excited, and active. I do this because it really changes my inner feelings and it helps eliminate the negative feeling.
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