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Celebri­ties on their fit­ness mantras, this festive sea­son

Gul Panag, Ac­tor-Pro­ducer

“I am some­body who be­lieves in eat­ing re­spon­si­bly, and re­spon­si­bly means, we all know what is good and bad for our bod­ies, festive sea­son or not. Through­out the year I just fol­low one mantra: I treat my body like a car, which has a tank and con­sists of limited ca­pac­ity fuel. The more fuel I put in the car, it will not be good for me. Then, the fuel I put in my car will de­ter­mine how well my car runs. I can­not put diesel in a petrol car. Sim­i­larly, it is im­por­tant to re­al­ize which food is healthy and which food is kachra. Too much kachra will clog your fuel tank and your car will stop func­tion­ing. “I try to di­vide food be­tween nu­tri­tious and non­nu­tri­tious. And I try and make sure that 95% per cent of my diet con­sists of nu­tri­tious food which con­sists of dal, sabzi, chawal. Samosas, pako­das, lad­doos, pedas etc are not nu­tri­tious. “I ded­i­cate about 45 min­utes to an hour in the morn­ing to ei­ther run­ning or swim­ming or I do yoga/ cy­cling or play ten­nis. I make sure I ex­er­cise ev­ery day for about an hour.”

Dino Morea, Ac­tor

“I en­joy ev­ery­thing – from food to cel­e­bra­tion to what­ever comes my way – as I be­lieve it hap­pens only once a year. “I don’t fol­low any spe­cific diet regime for the festive sea­son. There are many other days in the year to take con­sid­er­a­tion of that but dur­ing this pe­riod I eat ev­ery­thing of­fered to me as it is all made with love and hap­pi­ness. “Since I play a lot of sport, I don’t worry about my weight. Also, I would like to say that calo­rie is not a bad word. All hu­man bod­ies need cer­tain amount of calo­ries to sur­vive. Sugar is im­por­tant too, for our body to func­tion; but ex­cess is not great. “So eat well and be happy.”

Di­pan­nita Sharma, Ac­tor

“I am def­i­nitely a festive binger. If you can’t binge, what are fes­ti­vals for? But I do feel that ev­ery­thing in mod­er­a­tion is great. ”Thank­fully, my me­tab­o­lism sup­ports my eat­ing habits. Festive sea­son es­sen­tially means get­ting to gorge on a whole lot of sweets as I have a ma­jor sweet tooth. “I never re­ally have a fixed rou­tine when it comes to my fit­ness. So when­ever I feel like I need to act on my body, I re­sume my long walk for about an hour at least thrice a week, or join ei­ther a class of swim­ming or tai chi. Since I swap dif­fer­ent types of fit­ness rou­tines, the same would ap­ply to my postDi­wali work­out.”

Elli AvrRam, Ac­tor

“I don’t re­ally fol­low a spe­cific diet for dif­fer­ent oc­ca­sions. My diet is prob­a­bly the same through­out. My reg­u­lar diet con­sists of rice, chicken and sabzi, and for break­fast, I have bread and omelet. I avoid wheat and dairy prod­ucts. “I love moti-choor lad­doo and kaju katli. I don’t stress over how I am go­ing to burn those calo­ries. I will just go and work out. My nor­mal fit­ness rou­tine con­sists of MMA, yoga and Pi­lates.”

Jay Soni, TV Ac­tor

“You’ll mostly see me bing­ing, so gym is my sec­ond-most favourite place. “It is go­ing to be lots of fried stuff and sweets from friends and fam­ily for Di­wali. The healthy mantra to keep in mind is: Do eat ev­ery­thing you feel like but eat in mod­er­a­tion. “Post-Di­wali plans in­clude func­tional train­ing with weights, lots of car­dio and out­door ac­tiv­i­ties.”

Amyra Das­tur, Ac­tor ”I am a big binger, and ev­ery year, I look for­ward to cel­e­brat­ing Di­wali with my fam­ily at our farm house in Khan­dala. We cel­e­brate it Parsi style with our favourite home-made cui­sine. I binge on ev­ery­thing I like and I be­lieve in ‘Eat to your heart’s de­light and don’t ever waste your food. “Di­wali is the only time I look for­ward to as I get bas­kets of sweets and del­i­ca­cies from my friends and fam­i­lies. ” I was into fit­ness since 16, my mod­el­ling days. I work out so I can en­joy my food too. I make sure I never overdo it with junk food. I truly be­lieve that one can stay fit and be able to en­joy their meal by strik­ing a bal­ance be­tween healthy and junk.” Ab­hi­nav Shukla, Model-Ac­tor “I be­lieve I am quite a binge eater as I binge of­ten. But I am good at ex­cus­ing my­self to stay away from the sweet stuff that comes my way. I wouldn’t rec­om­mend any do’s and don’ts but would rather say ‘Just en­joy to the fullest’. “Even if I am go­ing on a binge eat­ing spree, I don’t have to look for­ward to burn­ing that out as I have lots of treks planned this sea­son. So all that I eat is go­ing to get burned out.” SNEHA SURESHKUMAR

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