Reality TV star Sidharth Bhardwaj lost 15 kgs to get six-pack abs. You can too!
Otherwise fit TV star Sidharth Bhardwaj gave in to an erratic lifestyle. But when he decided to pull back, it took some solid determination to get his body back
“DJ-ing meant late nights, partying, drinking, bad food and sleep patterns. I love the idea of making everyone dance to my music, but that backfired. I was very unhappy.” Sidharth weighed 90 kilos and his height was 5’11, and when girls started calling him ‘uncle’, it really hurt. He waited for an acting role to motivate himself to work out, but realised that unless he changed the way he looked, he’d never be offered a role.
Light at the end of tunnel
Finally, Salman Khan, with whom Sidharth had done Bigg Boss, reprimanded him. “I gave up bad company and started refusing DJ-ing gigs.” Next, he began training. “Initially, I was unable to do even four or five chin-ups,” he winces. “Your brain starts to play weird games. It says ‘it’s okay, you’ve done it for so long, you can have one wild night, drink and eat whatever you want’.”
It took Sidharth four months to pull himself together. Today, 15 kilos lighter and all muscle, he feels “like a feather... I have never been in a better shape than this, I’m completely ripped,” he says, flaunting his sinewy-tattooed forearm.
Challenges and temptations
If indiscipline has been your lifestyle, you can’t become Akshay Kumar overnight. “Fortunately I was reading a lot and talking to people about fitness; trying to find new ways of cooking. Eating raw vegetables and soup doesn’t work.”
Sidharth learnt to cook healthy but scrumptious oil-free, low-salt meals and cut out sweets, aerated drinks, canned juices and alcohol. “Only you can stop yourself from slipping. Though at times I crave butter chicken and pizza!”
His new diet regimen includes lemon in warm water first thing in the morning, followed by black coffee and a banana before heading to the gym. For breakfast, it’s four or five egg whites with one slice of brown bread and protein shake. Lunch includes fish, brown rice, veggies, greens and mushrooms. For the evening it’s five or six boiled egg whites. Dinner is a salad called Hercules that includes kale, spinach, broccoli, mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes, tuna and baked fish.
Now, Sidharth is ready to shoot a film in November.
From HT Brunch, September 24, 2017
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