By: Upala KBR, Mid-day
Monday, September 03, 2007
When we drop in to meet Kareena Kapoor on the sets of Imtiaz Ali's Jab We Met, where she's finishing some patchwork scenes, one feels she's lost more weight than is normal. Clad in a simple white T-shirt and salwar, she exclaims, "Actually, I've put on weight since I couldn't work out while shooting for Tashan in Jaisalmer!"
A source close to Kareena says, "She's now working at losing two kilos on the Kerala schedule of Tashan. She's looking so slim and glowing that her co-stars Anil Kapoor, Akshay Kumar and Saif Ali Khan all want to know what diet she is following. They too have started eating chanas and badaams with her on the sets!"
Rujuta Diwekar, a sports science and nutrition graduate who's been monitoring Kareena's diet for the last five months, says, "She doesn't follow the same diet wherever she goes. We change the diet according to the place she's shooting in and the foods available to her. Climatic conditions influence regional cuisine and the body reacts differently to humidity and cold. Diets should be prescribed according to what's available locally."
Hence, Kareena's diet differs from Jaisalmer to Kerala. "When she was shooting for Tashan in Ladakh, she would eat thukpa (a vegetarian soup made of flour balls and cow's ghee) and momos (a traditional Tibetan dish). The food there is boiled or steamed with cow's ghee to fight the extreme cold. In Rajasthan her diet included pasta, poha and parathas. Jaisalmer is very hot and one tends to sweat a lot, so I gave her lots of electrolyte with extra potassium to balance the water loss," says Diwekar.
In Kerala, where Kareena is now shooting, locals have high Vitamin B12 levels because of their cooking methods. "The fermentation process used for idlis and dosas has a healthy dose of Vitamin B12. Naturally, Kareena will be following a local diet on her seven-day stay there."
Adds Anil Kapoor, "Bebo's looking fantastic ever since she started on this diet. In fact, I kept pestering her to know what it was all about. I even called Rujuta and complimented her.
When I'm on outdoors and doing action scenes, I don't diet because one needs the extra strength. Now I am back in Mumbai and back to my health routine. I did some exercises there but couldn't beat Bebo and Akshay's exercise routine!"