How she went from stocky to slim
Fat shaming celebs is a favorite pastime for many star gazers. Ever since the former Miss Universe Aishwarya Rai Bachchan had a baby a little over a year ago, there’s been intense speculation about the un-budging rolls around her once lissome body and—gasp–what looks like a double chin!! The fact that she hadn’t slithered into her designer jeans the day after she had Aaradhya meant she had somehow failed in her role as superstar..
But clearly it’s Ash who had the last laugh. She made a self-assured entrance at Cannes in May last year in an unforgiving gray Elie Saab with a huge smile and carefree wave, aware that the dress clung to every curve of her plus size figure. Fast forward to a fortnight ago, fawning headlines—‘Aishwarya is thin and back’ and ‘Loses weight, looks hot again’—declared her triumphant return to the world of glamorous and glitz as she inaugurated a jewelry showroom in suburban Mumbai.
Fads versus sensibility
Nykaa applauds Ash’s resolve not to buckle under pressure. Full marks for sheer attitude and a sensible approach to weight loss post-motherhood. As Nykaa expert Naini Setavad points out, “I am sure that she would have been following a sensible and nutritionally sound diet post the delivery that supported gradual weight loss.” Renowned nutritionist and Nykaa expert Suman Agarwal agrees that an aware, health conscious woman like Aishwarya would have followed a sensible lactation diet combined with exercise to regain her svelte figure. “The fact that she lost her weight gradually, and not drastically, is proof that she wasn’t following some fad or crash diet that ultimately boomerangs, causing weakness, dull skin and hair loss,” says Suman.
Gradual weight loss post pregnancy is even more crucial if the new mom is breast feeding. “Feeding the newborn depletes calcium and protein reserves in the mom, so it’s very important that moms—like Ash—eat balanced meals that contain vital nutrients such as protein, fat and carbohydrate,” says Naini. In fact, lactating mothers are advised to eat ‘good’ cholesterol-rich foods like coconut, egg yolk, butter and ghee for the first six months because they promote the baby’s brain development, according to Suman. She adds that during lactation, apart from protein and calcium, a woman needs plenty of liquids like coconut water, lassi and fresh fruit juices, avoiding junk like fried and sugary foods.
What should you eat while pregnant?
Naini says the first thing moms-to-be need to remember is that “eating for two” is a complete no-no. “All you need is 300 nutrient-dense extra calories. She suggests additional snacks like a fistful of prunes, fresh fruit, 30 grams of pistachios or a hearty bowl of home-made vegetable soup. “Prunes are rich in iron and fiber, fruits are replete with natural sugars and vitamins while pistachios are a great source of healthy fat and vitamin A.
Nutritional intelligence in the womb
According to pediatrics Professor Alan Greene, Stanford University, babies in the womb acquire ‘nutritional intelligence’ that helps them choose healthy food in later life. Eating a healthy, varied diet during pregnancy encourages your baby to grow up enjoying the same foods you did. In fact, in the second and third trimester, the fetus has highly sensitive taste buds and remembers—and seeks out—these flavors after birth.
What Ash ate
Naini feels that a conscientious, devoted mother like Aishwarya would have eaten organic, pesticide-free food as far as possible throughout her pregnancy to steer clear of the harmful side effects of chemical pesticides on her unborn baby. She would also have had three or more servings of iron-rich foods daily because of the increased iron requirement.
Good sources include leafy green vegetables such as spinach, fenugreek and coriander, and alfalfa sprouts, beetroot, broccoli and pomegranate. To stay fit and active moms-to-be should ideally eat three to four servings of fruit, four or more servings of vegetables, six servings of chapatti, brown rice and unprocessed grains like bajra or jowar; one serving of low-fat dairy like milk or curd, and two servings of protein such as steamed sprouts, lentils and pulses every day. Eggs, fish and skinless chicken are good protein sources for non-vegetarians.
The milk debate
“Milk is certainly not the best source of calcium,” says Naini either during pregnancy or for lactation. She points out that best sources that are easily absorbable are ragi atta, beet root, alfalfa sprouts, sesame, dry figs and leafy greens. In fact, Hollywood actress Megan Fox shed 23 pounds of baby-fat by just going off dairy after her baby was born.
Other weight loss stories
Eat those gond ka ladoos and ghee-soaked panjiri lovingly prepared by your grandma in the week after childbirth. But stop soon after. Research suggests a protein and water-based diet, like the one Kate Hudson followed, helps knock off the post-baby weight. Hudson lost 27 kg in just four months by doing Pilates, yoga and cardio and following a high protein diet. Meanwhile R&B singer Beyonce Knowles ate one vegan meal—brown rice and vegetables—everyday to regain her svelte body after Blue Ivy was born. Suman recalls one of her own patients, a woman who lost a whopping 25 kilos in eight months, all the while breastfeeding her baby. Clearly, slow and steady wins the race. Just like Ash.
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