How Abhishek Bachchan lost 18 kg

Abhishek Bachchan shed 18 kg for the same man who made him gain weight. Princy Jain and Minakshi Saini got the actor to reveal the secret of this new look.
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Updated on May 01, 2009 02:02 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByPrincy Jain, New Delhi

Abhishek Bachchan is looking like a younger, fresher version of himself these days. HT City got the actor to reveal the secret of this new look when he visited Delhi on Wednesday.

We spoke to him earlier when he had already lost 15 kg for Mani Ratnam’s Ravana. Since then, he has dropped about 3 kg more, his hefty 93 kg frame now a trim 75-76 kg. The star has followed a cardio-weights combination, aiming not for a six-pack or eight-pack, but a lean, athletic physique.

The actor, who received the Best Brand Ambassador Award here, explained, “The weight I had gained for Guru and Sarkar Raj stayed on me in Drona and Dostana. But then, Mani sir wanted me to look lean for Ravana. So, here I am, looking as he wanted.”

He underwent rigorous training, doing two hours of gymming every day. “It’s a cardio-intensive programme, with a lot of triomatic activities and some weights, too,” said Abhishek. He does not intend to lose any more weight. “It’s about maintaining it now.”

Wife Aishwarya helped him stick to his diet and his Dostana co-star John also gave him some weight-loss and workout tips. But Abhishek does have a sweet tooth and he won’t be denied his dessert. “I enjoyed putting on the kilos, but didn’t know it would be so hard to lose the weight,” he quips. He still does indulge himself — his favourites are éclairs and M&M candies — but compensates for it with “an hour extra” at the gym.

It helps to have a wife who maintains her own slender frame. “Oh, she has always been extremely thin,” says Abhishek. “She is very disciplined.”

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