Indian actress Rakul Preet Singh is that slightly boring but admirable person who will be in a gym before its doors even open and find exercise therapeutic rather than retribution after indulging in a calorie-dense meal. The ‘Runway 34’ star regards her body as a temple and treats it with immense respect. Even though she’s at the airport, she makes sure to stock up on homemade food so she doesn’t eat anything greasy or unhealthy.
Need more proof? Just browse her Instagram account and you’ll see her feasting on ice cream as well as doing pull-ups with impressive agility a few posts later.
“But this delicious ice cream had no sugar and is made with jaggery [natural sugar cane] and believe me, it tastes just as good if not better than those with lots of refined sugar,” Singh said in an exclusive interview with Gulf News.
The self-taught star, who was in Dubai last week to launch the inaugural cover of a wellness magazine called GlobalSpa and to promote his native India as a tourist destination, is something of an authority on fitness and nutrition.
“My brother always jokes that if nothing happens in my life, I can always become a nutritionist who strives to eat well. He thinks I’m that school when it comes to nutrition,” Singh said with a laugh.
His brother is not wrong. We’re in her hotel suite in Dubai and shortly after this interview she was ready to visit a herbal cafe owned by her friend in Dubai.
“You can eat healthy at any restaurant, whether it’s Indian or Italian,” she says.
When Singh isn’t starring in artists such as “De De Pyaar De” and the thriller “Runway 34” starring Ajay Devgn, she’s busy cleaning wellness spas that suck the toxicity out of her body. She has a busy Bollywood release schedule ahead of her. She works with Ayushmann Khurrana for ‘Doctor G’ and ‘Chattriwali’, a social satire on contraception.
Here are the top seven fitness philosophies we gleaned from our conversation with Singh, who seems like a walking encyclopedia for maintaining a clean, lean life.
Lesson 1: “Carbohydrates are no one’s enemy”
“That’s the biggest myth. I stuffed myself with carbs in the morning and afternoon. I just don’t eat processed or fried foods. I don’t eat sugar either, but I do eat rice and they are good for your health. I can just go on about this. But that’s just how the marketing industry on a global scale has made carbs such an enemy through gimmicks. Think about it. : Carbohydrates are rice or rotis for us. Avoid sugary carbs like croissants. But if you eat sweet potatoes or vegetables loaded with fiber and simple carbohydrates, then you are fine.
Lesson 2: “Do not train for anyone but yourself”
“I go to the gym and put the right things in my body for me and no one else. I like to see myself in a certain way and that is self-esteem. It’s okay if I ever feel bloated, but I thrive on wellness and a balanced lifestyle because I like to feel a certain way. I feel energized after a workout and feel like I’ve reached my peak in terms of energy level or alertness. I want to feel my best all the time and I happen to feel better when I train and eat well. I feel good when I have balance in my life. I always grew up like this and I don’t know any other way… Go to the gym because you want to and not because you have to.
Lesson 3: “Don’t be that couch potato who can watch content online for hours on end”
“I feel very bad for this generation! I’m grateful that my generation wasn’t exposed to phones when we didn’t eat when we were kids. Maybe our parents ran after their kids and did whatever it took to feed them. I remember my mom finding me a cow so I could eat in peace…I had some weird fixations about eating when a cow is around. But I feel sad for this generation, but I’m not here to correct them. All I’m saying is that such radiation exposure will eventually affect us. It’s a shame that their reality is virtual and that their validation comes from social networks… We are content creators as actors, but do not watch our film 100 times a day or that many hours. Balance is the key to everything in life. And exposing your body to physical activity is important to maintain your healthy heart rate and blood pressure. These days you hear of so many 30-40 year olds having heart attacks that you never heard of before… It all comes down to lifestyle habits. If people don’t learn from this, then I don’t know how else they would? »
Lesson 4: “Make exercise your ally or play a sport”
“If I don’t train for two days or do any form of physical activity, I become a very grumpy person…. Just like how we’re conditioned to eat breakfast, I’m conditioned to work out. Imagine that if someone asks you to skip your meal, you will feel uncomfortable. And that’s what happens when I don’t train. Even though my day starts at 6 a.m., I get up at 4 a.m. and train at 4 a.m. So make exercise or sports a part of your lifestyle. I also love doing yoga to start my day.
Lesson 5: “Take good care of yourself”
“If we don’t treat each other right, life will always throw something at us that will force you to do it. You don’t want to reach that state. Remember that we are all born with the same strength of immunity and there is a limit to which your body can handle toxicity or bad food. We are not eating properly anymore and we have to deal with it. These days, we often don’t know what we eat, the air we breathe or the water we drink. So take care of your body.
#Lesson 5: “Even if you don’t cook, know what you put on your plate”
“I don’t cook, but I know what to say to my cook. I know well what I eat for lunch or dinner. I’m not someone who eats anything when he’s on the go or when he’s hungry. I take my own lunch everywhere I go, even if it’s coconut curry, rice and vegetables. Since I hate feeling bloated from greasy food, I feel better wearing mine.
#Lesson 6: “Losing or gaining weight quickly is a bad idea”
“That’s not true. Sometimes it’s our job as actors to lose or gain weight quickly. But we do it with the utmost care because it’s our job. And, during this phase, it’s It’s the only thing I do at the moment. If an actor like Farhan Akhtar does a movie like “Bhaag Milkha Bhaag” and he has to have a certain physique, that’s fine. Or, when I lost 8 or 10kg in 50 days is because I had a deadline and I had the best trainers and nutritionists on board to make sure my body recovers… We are extremely careful about how we do it and if we are doing weight loss or weight gain the wrong way. Don’t give up on food and it’s never the answer. Choosing healthier options does work. But trust me, if I’m being asked to gain weight for a movie in the future, I won’t do it. It will have a huge impact on my body and I won’t be able to yo-yo as many times in my life. Even if it’s a heartbreaking scenario, but I have to gain 15 kg, I won’t do it. Losing those 15kg will take so much effort and it’s not good for my body.
#Lesson 7: “Wellness retreats are great and you have to try”
“I don’t think it’s a celebrity thing because I know a lot of celebrities who hate going to the gym or aren’t into wellness spas. They ask me why I want to take a vacation to eat healthy. and some of my friends even ask me why I go to health retreats for detox since I don’t eat anything unhealthy But for me it’s not just about eliminating toxicity… It’s about to be in this environment and know how it reboots my system It helps cut me off from the craziness of the city and channels my thoughts The environment helps me connect to my mind, body and soul soul. And once I tap into it, I realize my own potential. It’s like recharging your batteries internally. Even though I’m doing a four-day retreat, it helps me focus and persevere. As a as actors, we sometimes survive with five hours of sleep and if there is a shoot, the madness lasts three months and you despair of logging off after that. You don’t want your phone ringing or people coming to you. All you want is to relax and cut yourself off from the world briefly… And I have no FOMO [Fear Of Missing Out] because I am not an anxious person. My FOMO happens when my friends are at a restaurant and I’m stuck on a shoot. So my FOMO is real. Recently I did a 14 day panchakarma [detox] program to align my five elements in my body. It was intense and I did it in February. I also tried Naad Wellness in Sonipat as it’s so close to Delhi and the food was just divine.