Shilpa Shetty starts her day with an hour of yoga and a wake-me-up drink made from three slices of ginger, tulsi and a small cube of jaggery. Jacqueline Fernandez makes ‘nutri-ball’ snacks out of nuts and seeds, while Deepika Padukone and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan eat a ‘clean’ breakfast of fresh fruit. Me? I feast on toast slathered with crunchy peanut butter. “It’s the breakfast of champions,” everyone says when I tell them. Apparently it’s what marathon runners eat before a race as a slow-release ‘fuel.’ Which is all brilliant except I don’t run and the only marathon I’ve ever done was to see who could eat the most peanut butter on toast in one sitting. I lost, but not before I’d devoured half a loaf.
So it’s time I changed my ways – and my waistline, which has ballooned since living in Dubai. I blame all the fantastic chefs who are here, especially the ones who are featured in Friday on a regular basis. Editing their pages makes me hungry! Even putting together this special diet issue made me ravenous as all the low-fat food looks so delicious. Check out Silvena Rowe’s skinny salads on page 76.
Luckily, there are plenty of glamorous stars for thinspiration – and we’ve put together our own Bollywood diet on page 38, based around Aishwarya’s, Deepika’s and Jacqueline’s healthy food plans.
We’ve also tested the best diet delivery services in Dubai with amazing results. Find out how the Friday team fared on page 56. And if you really want to lose weight without any effort (hands up now!) then we have the ultimate no-diet diet on page 64 and the real-life story of a woman who was hypnotised to become thin on page 42.