Force was talked about more for John Abraham’s beefy body than anything else. The actor has now moved on to his next project, Kapil Sharma’s I Me Aur Main, where he plays a music producer. "In order to look and feel like our characters, we have to gain or lose weight. That’s the trickiest and, at times, the toughest aspect of being an actor because one shortcut or miscalculation can lead to a lot of problems," says John, adding that losing or gaining weight, beefing up or just plain toning requires a certain amount of time.
"For Force, director Nishikant Kamat told me to look like a cyborg because the audience must feel that if this man raises his hand, it will hurt. On the other hand, Kapil told me to just look fit because I play a music producer. Thankfully, both directors gave me ample time to get my body in shape," says John, who took eight months to go from 86 kilos to 96 kilos and has now spent over four months to get down to 80 kilos. "If someone attempts any of these in just two months, you can’t imagine the damage it will cause."
The 39- year-old actor believes that building one’s body involves science, not just plain effort. He admits that although he had a toned body and shapely muscles earlier, he learnt about body types and their individual requirements while working on Dostana (2008). "I became more aware of my body’s requirements. Before anyone starts working out, I would advise him or her to get a thorough check-up done, including testing their metabolism. It is only then that we realise how much we take our body for granted," states the actor, who recently bagged the title of India’s Sexiest Bachelor. The actor, who made his debut with Jism over a decade ago, recalls a sonography test he underwent following a bout of food poisoning.
"My doctor was stunned because he found my rectal muscle in the abdominal area to be thick. It usually appears like a straight line," says John, adding that doctors who’ve examined his body for various reasons including the time he took health insurance feel it’s the prototype of a perfect male body.
Dhoom’s biker boy also reveals that despite working odd hours, he makes time for an outdoor game as often as he can.
"It’s important to love your body, it should be happy," smiles John. "Don’t treat it like an object that won’t feel pain if you overdo exercise or follow a crash
diet. Being cautious is my way to healthy living."
* Sleep for at least eight hours a day.
* Have a dietician identify your body type, your metabolic age and the pace of metabolism in the body.
* Consume everything from salts to carbs, but in measured proportions and as advised by the dietician.
* Exercise every day. It strengthens your body without causing burn out.
* Make time for an outdoor game as often as possible.
* Be disciplined
Not to do
* Don’t take any shortcuts for bulking up or losing weight.
* Crash diets are a strict no-no.
* Over-doing cardio or weight training or even a combination can lead to disorders.
* Don’t starve yourself to lose weight.