'What was she eating?': When Bhumi dropped 21 kilos in 4 months

Sulagna D
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Bhumi Pednekar
Bhumi Pednekar

Remember the actress who played the overweight love interest of Ayushman Khurana in Dum Laga Ke Haisha (2015)? If you do, we doubt you will recognise her today. Bhumi was praised for her endearing performance of an overweight wife who struggles to win her husband’s affection. Weighing about 89 kg during the course of the film, Ms Pednekar managed to shelve off more than 21 kilos in the next four months!

In this picture taken on February 17, 2020, Bollywood actress Bhumi Pednekar poses for a picture during the launch of photographer Dabboo Ratnani's 2020 calendar, in Mumbai. (Photo by Sujit Jaiswal / AFP) (Photo by SUJIT JAISWAL/AFP via Getty Images)
In this picture taken on February 17, 2020, Bollywood actress Bhumi Pednekar poses for a picture during the launch of photographer Dabboo Ratnani's 2020 calendar, in Mumbai. (Photo by Sujit Jaiswal / AFP) (Photo by SUJIT JAISWAL/AFP via Getty Images)

As stunning as the transformation seems, what makes it even more impressive is how she achieved it. Contrary to common belief, Bhumi Pednekar neither lived in the gym for these four months nor gave up on all good food. According to Ms Pednekar, she is a foodie through and through. So, depriving herself of her favourite dishes and food cravings was out of the question. Moderation and discipline were the key aspects of her weight-loss regime.

Incredible, isn’t it? Let’s take a look at what sorcery this talented actress used to achieve such impressive weight-loss so easily:

Her Diet Plan

Breakfast

  • Warm or detox water to start the day.

  • Followed by Muesli with skimmed milk and flax after half an hour.

  • Whole wheat bread with egg white omelettes + papaya as a pre-workout meal.

  • 5 boiled egg whites after the workout.

Lunch

The usual lunch menu was Multigrain roti (made from bajra, nachni, jowar, etc.—no wheat) with some white butter, Dal tadka, veggies tossed in olive oil, with a serving of homemade curd and buttermilk.

An alternate menu for lunch comprised grilled chicken—as whole or in the form of a brown-bread sandwich (the sandwich spread was made of green chutney, mustard, or some honey, instead of the usual trans fat options like butter), hummus with cucumber and carrots, and a bowl of brown rice with homemade chicken gravy.

Snacks

  • Some papaya or other seasonal fruits at 4.30 pm.

  • A cup of green tea with healthy nuts after a gap of one hour.

  • A bowl of salad (consisting of seasonal veggies or fruits dressed with olive oil and balsamic vinegar) at 7 pm.

Dinner

A small cup of brown rice or thin multigrain roti with grilled fish/chicken (non-veg) or fresh grilled paneer/tofu + steamed veggies (veg).

Not too shabby for a weight-loss diet, is it? And the results are there for everyone to see, that too on the silver screen!

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