2. Fats don’t make you fat.How to stay slim? Shilpa reveals her secret – and it’s all about eating good fats and smart carbs. “A lot of people face issues with maintaining their weight. I think adding the right kind of fats can really help. For instance, you can switch to coconut milk and other energy-producing foods that are not stored in the body as fats. Coconut milk is wholesome and also works for those who are lactose-intolerant. Ghee is a staple with my lunch. Even high carb fruits like bananas are really good for you. They are so easily available but most people stay away from them fearing they’ll make them fat!""Add a bit of brown rice to your diet. If you can switch to these foods, you will realize that the elasticity in your skin is much better. You have to add foods in your diet that keep you full and at the same time maintain your weight and give you a natural glow.”3. ‘I eat all the time.’Shilpa is mindful and not obsessive about what she eats. “I eat all the time but my food is wholesome and healthy. I am not someone who advocates dieting, I suggest healthy eating. So, I may opt for a meal or sometimes in the evening just enjoy a light broth or clear soup. I limit my carb intake in the evenings but have a snack with eggs or dry fruits. We can’t look the way we do without a bit of a discipline. What you eat and when you are eat both are equally important. I have a lifestyle modification that I have made for myself and I make sure I follow it to look and feel the way I do. Even if I have a social gathering to attend I’ll eat before 7.30 p.m.” If you’re looking to lose weight, the trick, she says, is to alternate between a low carb and a no-carb diet for a few days. 4. Why yoga? Why not!“I joined Yoga to heal myself when I suffered cervical spondylitis, a few years back, and I just got drawn to it. I started practicing Ashtanga Yoga and once I tried that, I wanted to learn more about different forms of yoga. So, I did Vinyasa and now I’ve started doing Bihar School of Yoga. But the benefits are the same. All kinds of yoga practices help in strengthening and toning your body – both internally and externally,” she says. Yoga is the only form of exercise that gives you a strong body and sound mind. So, why not? Shilpa combines yoga with a bit of functional training and animal crawl which is her latest fitness mantra to make her daily routine. (Also read: Yoga for Beginners)
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7. Listen to your inner cuesShilpa isn't averse to guilty pleasures - she encourages them. “There are days when I let go. Sunday is my cheat day. I put it on Instagram as proof that I eat and I eat everything on Sundays. I wait for it through the week. I don’t do it to show off that I eat and still I’m fit but to tell people that on other days I keep up with my routine and I’ve given this one day to everything my heart desires. It keeps me motivated and I’m able to keep cravings away. You can do the same. Give yourself a one-day cheat break and enjoy life.” Consider us ready and listening.(Also read: Celebrity Food Guru Pooja Makhija Busts Weight Loss Myths)
8. Be bold and beautiful – from within “I’m not scared of ageing because I feel really good from within. For beautiful skin and hair, you have to nourish yourself internally. I follow my grandmother’s advice of soaking and eating almonds, figs and walnuts for long and strong hair. I love chia seeds and flax seeds and drink lots of coconut water. It’s my favourite health drink,” says Shilpa.“I don’t work out and eat what I eat to look svelte and sexy. I give importance to fitness because I want to look my best even at 60. Not just the way I look, but I want to be fit at 60 and after that also. This is my goal. When people tell me, I look the same it means that I’m on the right path. My funda is simple drink more, breathe more and chew more. What you eat and how you live is directly proportionate to the way you age. It is important for women to have some kind of regime where you are not in a monotonous routine running between work and family. It is the only way we can live better, stronger and healthier lives as we age.”Well, said Shilpa. Fitness shouldn’t be something you have to do in order to look a certain way but something you want to do for the sheer joy of it. Eating right is important to enjoy better quality of life. From being an A-list Bollywood actress to a fitness guru and a busy mom, we admire her ability to handle whatever comes her way.