Shilpa Shetty's foddie tales have a solid diet tip Image: Instagram
Just admit it. You’ve often looked at images of Shilpa Shetty and muttered under your breath about your own couch-loving spirit. So, here’s a little secret for you: the yoga-happy Shilpa eats every indulgent thing (just head to her Instagram account, if you don’t believe us). But just not the way you think. The info comes straight from her nutritionist Luke Coutinho, who co-authored The Great Indian Diet with the actor herself.
In an interview to t2, Luke admits that Shilpa never diets (do we hear a collective ‘whaaaat?’). The actor often shares mandatory dessert posts on Sundays. Is that for real? Yes, it is, if you were to believe Luke. “If you check her Instagram account, almost every Sunday she would post a selfie eating desserts. She eats everything but in moderation and with discipline,” he reveals.
The holistic nutritionist has been involved in coaching and fitness and coaches people to make 'shifts' in their lifestyles for their health goals. His celeb coaching is no different. He says, “Every Bollywood actress or actor that I worked with, they eat food like us. They are probably training according to their roles, a little more intensive stuff maybe. But none of them are on diets because I don’t believe in diets.” Cue in the collective whaaaa again.
So, the real secret to keeping fit is to smart-diet. And that’s exactly what Shilpa does. “They are on smart eating plans. Immunity first. It’s a picture I want to change with the masses in India. Because everyone thinks that to get a body like that, I would have to eat like this. You don’t. You just need discipline and the right lifestyle,” says Luke.
So, how does one diet smart? Here’s Luke busting myths with practical tips:
How to work off a bad diet
"In our mind we have a picture of working out and burning 400 calories after eating an ice cream of 400 calories. But your body works on biology, chemistry and physiology. It doesn’t see that picture. It will break the ice cream down and process it," he says. So you can't entirely work off the effects of everything you eat. Yes, if you eat more, you still do have to exercise more.
Why you should juice veggies and eat fruits whole
"Juicing fruits has become an industry today. It’s never been a healthy way of having a fruit, which is supposed to be eaten whole. The moment you break down a fruit in a mixer, that little kit destroys most of the vitamins and the fibre and reduces it to a glass of almost pure sugar water. In case of vegetables, you can eat them raw, but it’s plant cellulose. If you juice it, you will make it easy for the nutrients to go into your system."
Why only cardio can’t aid weight loss
"Cardio is the worst exercise for weight loss anyway. If you are doing cardio, it’s got to be for short intervals. Not more than 10 to 15 minutes, maximum 20 minutes. The whole traditional 45 minutes-on-a-treadmill and cycle and all...you are not going to lose weight. You will put on weight eventually."
Why sleep equals good health
"Sleep is the most important thing when it comes to immunity and weight loss. Your brain produces a hormone called melatonin when you’re asleep. It’s also called the anti-cancer hormone, the immunity hormone. Seven to eight hours of sleep is what your body requires to complete the process of detoxification. However, it’s not the quantity of sleep, it is the quality of sleep which is important."