Indian actress Aishwarya Rai was famously criticized for her weight gain post baby but she chose to ignore the haters and prioritized her family and child over her looks. Around the time of all the negative comments, she has opened up about pregnancy and how she dealt with haters.
“I didn’t over think the fact that I had put on weight. I didn’t do anything as expected of someone who came with all the adages as me. There’s a lot of glamour and a lot of visual that is attached to me. But I stayed committed to my reality. If my body did go through this change, so be it. I didn’t play into the stereotype of what is possible. It’s an individual choice if people decide to go under the knife. I had access to that but I chose not to. I was genuinely comfortable in my skin and I got recognition along the way.”
She continued: “Women who met me publicly thanked me for the fact that I was giving them strength to be comfortable with the natural change. Hormonally anything can happen to a woman, your body can go through change and it’s important to remain comfortable and not let it affect you psychologically. My comfort and my conviction to just say true, in turn, gave strength to so many women. Suddenly, it’s okay to put on weight. It’s okay that your body changes physically from health reasons or otherwise and it’s okay to choose to dress the way you want to. I am happy with my weight and I love my daughter.”
After all the criticism she had completely transformed herself. She lost all the weight she gained during and after pregnancy and stepped out on the Cannes red carpet in 2017 looking better than ever.
She admits that she achieved her magnificent transformation not by sweating it out in the gym, but just by eating right coupled with her weapon of choice—power yoga!
Below is Aishwarya diet that helped her snap back.
You have probably heard this a gazillion times, and former Miss World advocates it too! The no.1 secret to weight loss is never skipping your first meal of the day, so a healthy and wholesome breakfast was her first priority, preferably within 30 minutes to 1 hour of waking up. She begins her day with warm water—spiked with lemon and honey—followed by a brekkie of brown bread toast or a steaming bowl of freshly cooked oats to load up on protein and fiber.
Don’t mistake Aishwarya for someone who munches on fancy AF foods to maintain her svelte figure. You’d be surprised to know that her lunch normally consists of boiled vegetables which are easy to digest, full of nutrients, contains little or no fat and flavorful! She would occasionally add a bowl of dal (lentils) and a roti (wheat) if she wanted. As far as lunch is concerned, she once said, “I can survive on dal, chawal, and vegetables!”
Her little secret is saying no to starvation! Aishwarya prefers to snack frequently so as to avoid cravings which materialize into a full-blown binge-fest. Instead of eating junk, fried or fatty foods, she prefers fruits, vegetables and fresh juices of both (without sugar, obviously).
Dinner is Aishwarya’s lightest meal of the day, with good reason, of course. The last meal of the day is the most difficult to digest, so she sticks to a cup of brown rice and grilled fish for dinner. Brown rice has high fiber content while fish provides for the required protein and omega 3 fatty acids.