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Kareena Kapoor Khan, like all moms-to-be, had a wonderful time during her pregnancy, enjoying all the attention showered on her by her family and friends. She indulged some of her crazy pregnancy cravings too and focused only on the health of the baby in her womb, not on gaining less weight. It is healthy – actually necessary – to put on weight when pregnant as your body needs to feed another little person too! But now, this mommy wants to get her earlier body back and shed those extra pounds.
Kareena has always been known for her tremendous body transformations, and she gives the entire credit to her dietician Rujuta Diwekar. In fact, she thinks ‘dietician’ is not the right word for Rujuta; she calls her a magician. Her amazing body transformation during her film Tashan brought Kareena and Rujuta both in the limelight. Recently, the duo revealed the post-pregnancy weight loss tips that Kareena has been using – and you just have to see her to know that these tricks have already started showing results!
Kareena’s Mantras To Shed Pregnancy Weight Post Delivery
1. No Crash Diets
While crash diets may seem like a quick weight loss solution, they are really harmful! Crash diets are a strict no-no for Kareena too, even though she is very determined to accelerate her weight loss. Rujuta explained the reason behind this:
“Because we don’t want to go one step forward and two steps back, which is what happens when you do a crash or extreme diet. It leads to a lot of lifestyle disorders, such as post pregnancy thyroid, because when you’re on a crash diet, you reduce the calorie intake so much that your body is forced to slow down its metabolism.”
The idea is to always take one step at a time and to remain focused on progressive weight loss. Instead of looking for a crash diet, stick to a healthy postnatal Indian diet that gives you sufficient nutrition while also helping you keep fit, especially if you are breastfeeding.
2. Stock Up on Iron and Calcium
This is one highly overlooked detail that interferes both with weight loss and overall health after delivery! Kareena shared this very important fact related to calcium and pregnancy:
“In one pregnancy, you lose five years of calcium in the body.” This is exactly why she has been stocking up on dairy products – especially yoghurt, and milk. She said she has one tall glass of milk every single night. Milk has CLA, or conjugated linoleic acid, and short chain fatty acids. Both these ingredients in milk help in the mobilisation of stubborn fat, especially around the tummy.
3. Don’t Avoid These Foods
Good news, moms: everything – from rice, sugar, to cashew nuts and jaggery, is good for your body. So do not eliminate these items from your diet. The reason behind this is that there is absolutely no point in going on a diet if in your head you are constantly obsessing over not being able to eat foods you like. In fact, there is no food that you should completely avoid. For example, Kareena shared how much she likes her tea and coffee with milk and sugar. Rujuta also agreed – cutting sugar out of your diet in completely unnecessary. It may seem hard to believe her when she says that. But well, one look at Kareena and you have no other choice but to believe her!
The main thing, as Kareena explained, is to feel happy and strong about your food choices instead of feeling tired and deprived all the time. There is nothing that you can’t eat, if you learn to control the portions of the food you are eating.
4. These Foods to Fight Dark Circles
Along with excess weight, another condition that makes everything harder is dark circles. A lot of women complain about developing dark circles -postpregnancy, and they seem to be permanent! Kareena and Rujuta listed the following foods for any and every woman to get rid of her dark circles in a healthy way. The best part is that some of them, such as buttermilk, also keep your digestion intact which means speedier weight loss.
- Bajra roti, jaggery, and ghee
- Aaliv (Garden cress seed)
- Coconut and jaggery laddoos
- Til (sesame) chikki or laddoos
- Chaas (buttermilk)
- Foods high in Vitamin B12 (chicken, fish and eggs)
5. Do NOT Ditch Rice
As unbelievable as it may sound, Kareena shared a critical part of her diet with everyone – two of her meals in a day include rice! Yes – Kareena is having rice post delivery in order to lose the pregnancy weight. Unbelievable, no? But Rujuta explained that rice in fact helps your gut to rebuild its microflora. A lot of good bacteria that get washed away from your body as a result of delivery, can be restored because of rice.
6. Turn Your Eyes Away From The TV
This might come as a surprise to many, but watching TV while you are eating is not a good idea at all! It can actually interfere with how quickly you can lose weight after delivery. Rujuta explained that when you focus entirely on the food you are eating, when you focus on each and every bite, and eat your food in a more aware and mindful way, you will automatically make better food choices and will cut down on overeating. And right there half your problems will be solved. So, even though Kareena revealed that hubby Saif was quite heartbroken about not watching while eating, she’s making this happen!
7. The Best Exercise? Walking!
After pregnancy, even getting onto a treadmill may require tremendous effort – Kareena expressed as much herself. However, the easiest and safest exercise for women to do post delivery is walking.
“Post pregnancy, when even getting on a treadmill can be tough, 20-30 minutes of walking can really help. It has helped me beautifully. I can already feel my core strength increasing.”
Rujuta further encouraged women to get as much activity around the house as their bodies may allow them to. And the reason for this is – to regulate your insulin levels. Regulated insulin levels means the body burns fats faster, and also restores the iron, calcium, even amino acid levels in a more efficient way. Kareena also swears by yoga and Pilates.
The ‘Flying Fit’ Technique to Losing Weight
One of the exercise rituals that Kareena followed post her pregnancy was ‘Aeriel Silk Yoga’, under the guidance of yoga instructor Anshuka Parwani. Anshuka reported that Bebo’s prime focus is on strengthening her core muscles, as opposed to counting kilos. For this, she is not only doing yoga, but also practising ‘flying fit’, a type of aeriel exercise that calls for twists and palates. According to Anshuka, aerial yoga is not about jumping but about holding postures. She further added:
“Kareena can hold the position for up to two minutes which is an achievement. Her workout is tailor-made and we keep changing the routines. Post pregnancy, it’s been a lot more about balancing out hormones and the endocrine system. She practices the ‘Aerial Silk Yoga’ which uses a low-hanging hammock to aid traditional postures by supporting your entire body weight mid-air.”
Watch: 7 Postnatal Yoga Asanas to Reduce Belly
8. This Mental Mantra
Finally, and this has more to do with your mental strength – just be patient. No tricks are going to show results overnight. But if you are consistent and have faith, the results will start showing in a few months. Kareena mentioned again and again how important it was to have faith in whatever efforts you were taking in order to regain your body. Efforts that lack conviction will barely ever bear fruits.
She said, “I flaunted it, double chin and all, until the day I walked into the hospital,” giving all the women out there an important lesson in self-love. After all, everything that you do or face for your baby is quite worth it, isn’t it?
All these weight loss mantras aside, the most heartening thing is that this Bollywood mom isn’t obsessing about her post-baby body. She knows that these bodily changes are natural after the birth of a baby and will get better only with time. So, while she wants to lose the extra weight, she is focusing more on feeling happy and calm rather than working herself up in a frenzy about it.
“My aim is not just to lose the weight I had put on. I don’t want to do it overnight. It may take long, but I want to feel light, happy and energetic throughout the process. And that is important.”
All we will say is when you look at Kareena, it all seems legit!