We all know how difficult it is to lose weight. And if you have Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) or polycystic ovary disease (PCOD), it becomes even more challenging.
What is PCOS or PCOD?
Women with PCOS might grow many small cysts on their ovaries. Though the cysts are harmless, they cause hormonal imbalance. Hence, it results in various problems – weight gain, excessive hair growth, irregular periods, and even infertility.
Many women around the globe are battling this ailment.
Recently, many women suffering from PCOS and struggling to lose weight found their inspiration in Sara Ali Khan.
Sara Ali Khan’s Struggle With PCOD
Looking at Sara in her Bollywood movies, no one can imagine that she was once a cute chubby kid who weighted 96 kgs. Though she might make her transformation sound simple and easy, it did not happen overnight.
Sara worked really hard to achieve her well-toned physique.
After looking at her old pictures and videos, you will also agree with why she is hailed as one of the most inspiring celebrities as far as fitness is concerned.
During her appearance on Karan Johar’s chat show, Koffee With Karan season 6, Sara shared her struggles with PCOD and weight.
“I was 96 kgs. ‘It will be almost rude to call you fat,’ is what you (Saif) said. Actually, I had PCOD. I still do. And, because of that, I think I put on the amount of weight that I did. Because of that, there was also like a hormone problem.”
She further added,
“Of course, I used to eat a lot. I did have a good time. I was a regular kid. It made it very hard for me to a) lose weight and b) the hormone level was very high. So, as you can see, there is a level of delusion that was in me…I was confident, I was delusional.”
But The Big Question Is How She Lost 30 kgs?
In a recent interview with BBC, Sara revealed that when she decided to be an actor, she knew she had to drop a few pounds to fit in a mainstream Bollywood movie. She said,
“I went to Columbia for four years and at the end of the second year, I decided that I really want to act, like I said I have always known, but that realisation coincided with the weigh scale saying that I’m 96 kilos. So, it was a bit difficult. Then it was the senior year of college in America itself that I lost the weight.”
But when questioned about how she lost weight, she mentioned
“You know, I lived on 110 on Broadway and there used to be a Pizza place called Tom’s Pizza. And for the first two years of my college, I have eaten so much of that pizza. I didn’t even realize that there is this Vitamin shop, right next to Tom’s Pizza, where you get these protein bars, salads. I think that was it, the movement from Tom’s Pizza to Vitamin shop. And somewhere in the middle of that, I lost weight.”
Sara Ali Khan’s diet looks like this:
Breakfast – Egg whites and toast or idlis
Lunch – Chapatis, daal, vegetables, salad, and fruits
Snacks – Upma (Savory vegetable semolina)
Dinner – A light dinner with chapatis and green veggies
Pre-workout – Muesli or oats with fruits
Post-Workout – Protein shake, tofu, salad or legumes
But Sara Ali Khan not only depends on the diet to lose weight. She works out regularly.
When probed about her weight loss mantra, Sara answered:
“Running to Bollywood music on the treadmill as fast as I could. It was gyming and eating right.”
Sara Ali Khan takes her fitness training very seriously. She enjoys Pilates training with Namrata Purohit, who is Kareena Kapoor Khan’s Pilates instructor as well. Pilates help in body strengthening, conditioning, and flexibility movements.
She is not only interested in pilates workout, but also in bootcamp training. She works closely with Cindy Jourdain, who is the boot camp trainer. Boot camp includes a mix of aerobic and strength training moves that help build endurance and strength.
Sara puts weight-loss in the absolutely right perspective when she mentions that weight-loss is not important for seeking acceptance from others:
“Of course, in many ways, we [Bollywood] as an industry are progressing and accepting. But having said that, it’s not just about being accepted, it’s also a personal thing. It’s not like I aspire to have a size zero figure, it’s not gonna happen and I’m okay with that. But you don’t have to be 96 kgs either. Apart from just acting, it’s not a healthier way to live. I was really large and for no reason. It messes up your hormones, your health – mentally, physically emotionally. It’s just a bad place to be.”
No one can deny how difficult it is for women with PCOS to lose weight. But, Sara has proved that one can do anything if one has the determination and strong will-power.
So, stay inspired and don’t give up on your fitness goals!