Bhumi Pednekar entered the Bollywood industry with an unconventional role of a fat girl stuck in an arranged marriage. An industry where most of the actresses prefer glamorous and gorgeous roles, Bhumi chose an unconventional de-glamorized role. She had to put on a lot of weight to play this amazing role. She won millions of hearts with her path-breaking performance in her first movie venture Dum Laga Ke Haisha.
After this movie, Bhumi surprised everyone by losing all those extra kilos. She came up with her sensuous avatar and turned every head. Well, can you believe that she did not even starve herself to get from fat to fit in a small time. You really need to read Bhumi’s weight loss journey and what all she did to lose those extra kilos.
Bhumi’s weight loss journey
Bhumi Pednekar always wanted to be an actress “since the age of twelve”. But since she “was never a slim person”, she knew that with 72 kgs, she “could not hope for a break as a conventional heroine”. However, Bhumi got a job with Yash Raj Films, as an Assistant Casting Director, and “liked the concept of being somewhere close to films”
But, after a few years, her dreams turned into reality when she was offered the role of Sandhya in Dum Laga Ke Haisha. And despite her fuller figure, the actress was asked to put on another 15 kgs for her on-screen role! Instead of denying to gain any more weight, she was “super happy” to put on some extra kilos for her role, as she got a chance to do her “favourite thing- eating!” And, to prepare herself for the role, the actress “used to have high-calorie stuff like dal makhni and butter chicken in lunch, dinner and even for breakfast”, every day!
And, what was the result? The newbie was over 85 kilos. And, here is how Bhumi defined her feelings that she had at that time:
“I was told to put on about 15 kilos or so, and given six months. Now those were the best six months of my life! Because I was told to eat, eat and eat baahar ka khaana, and I love that and can have it every single day. I was over 85, finally, almost touching 90, which I thought I should not. But I am a complete foodie, and even put ghee on my rotis every day!”
The actress herself admitted that she used to consume 4000 calories a day, to put on that extra weight for the film.
Bhumi’s diet plan
Once the shoot was over, Bhumi decided that “it was time to let go off Sandhya”, and was determined to lose weight in a “natural and planned” way. Explaining how she started with her weight loss journey, the actress explained:
“The shoot was over mid-2014, and I went back to my normal life and ghar ka khaana. The weight remained the same for a while, then started coming down.”
And, the result was a new and even more stunning Bhumi. The Mumbai-born actress successfully lost about 27 kilos in a few months, that too without starving herself of her favourite foods:
“I’ve never deprived myself of eating anything I’ve wanted.”
She just altered her diet a bit by having “fat-free version” of her favourite food. Here is a look at her healthy diet:
Breakfast: Glass of juice or eggs, missi roti or toast, poha or upma
Lunch: Sabzi roti, chicken chawal, or just dal chawal.
The actress usually has multigrain rotis and instead of rice, she eats rajgira. And, all the fried stuff that she eats is prepared using olive oil. In addition to this, Bhumi detoxifies her body in the “most natural way possible” by “guzzling litres of aloe vera juice every day” and having “lots of green tea and kale juice.” She does not have “any stimulants or anything.” And when bored of eating greens, she “would make a smoothie out of all the veggies”.
Restricted intake of cheese or butter, no junk food and all the frying stuff done in olive oil, helped Bhumi to get rid of her flab in “about four to five months”. Surprisingly, the actress managed to lose this much of weight without going to a dietician or a nutritionist.
“Till now, it has only been my mother and me. The Internet has everything, and my mom is knowledgeable when it comes to nutrition and health. The two of us came up with a diet plan. But I may take professional help now so that my body can look a certain way.”
Although the weight loss journey “was tough” for Bhumi, she enjoyed the whole process as “it did not take a toll” on her mental health.
Her exercise routine
Bhumi has always been an active girl since her childhood days. She used to “play badminton, jog around in the park, go for brisk walks, etc.” She even used to go to the gym, but with a mind-set of remaining physically active instead of losing weight. For the actress, being fit is more important than being thin. And even now, she indulges in various forms of exercise to stay fit:
She starts her day with a morning walk. Sometimes, she turns her walks into a sprint.
In the afternoon, she hits gym where she does 15 minutes of cardio exercises followed by weight training for 40 minutes.
On certain days, she replaces weight training with functional training.
Other than this, she indulges into sports activities like volleyball, badminton or swimming. She also dances to her favourite Bollywood numbers.
Having gone through this wonderful journey, this is what the actress has to say:
“My weight has never been an issue in my life. I don’t think it is a big thing. I’m comfortable with the way I look. Even when I was almost 90 kgs, I thought I looked beautiful. I feel if you think you are beautiful, it will show on your face. It is the state of mind. I’d say it is good to be healthy.”