The Middle PaTh
Having trained celebrities such as Katrina Kaif and Imran Khan, Karachiwala knows a thing or two about flat abs. Her favourite is the Technoshape, which is a corset that’s plugged into a monitor and is worn while stationary running, walking, or cycling. She has seen it shrink up to three-four inches in just six 40-minute sessions. The pressure points on the corset circulate blood into the abdomen muscle, making sure that the fat burns from where it should. But the real advantage is that you have to work much lesser (only 65-70 percent of your maximum heart rate v/s 80-85 percent) to get better results. “It’s no wonder then that Shah Rukh Khan and Bipasha Basu are both proud owners,” says Karachiwala. with this exercise—used by soccer players to warm up—that you can enjoy with a friend. Lie down with your knees folded and feet on the floor. Hold a football, lift your torso and legs up, bringing the knees to your chest, and throw the ball across to a friend, who goes down and comes up to throw the ball back. Hold the pose upright till you get the ball back. “For immediate effects, I swear by a yogic colon-cleansing kriya called the shankhaprakshalana* because this is the only process that cleans out the dirt sticking to the stomach and colon,” says Gidwani. Drink four glasses of warm saline water (a tsp per litre) and practice the kapalabhanti by exhaling quickly and sharply through your stomach in small bursts, as many times as is comfortable. Drink more saline water (not more than four each time) and do the tadasana where you stand with your feet hip-distance apart. Lift up on your toes, stretching your arms upward with the fingers interlocked. Come down and repeat six times. Drink water for the third time, sit with your legs in front and fold forward to touch your toes with the fingers. Repeat six times. Stool should be liquid and transparent eventually. Just follow up with a light khichadi through the day. Do this not more than once a week.
*Please consult your doctor or yoga guru.