01/10”Nobody wants to see a 96-kilo lead actress,” Sara Ali Khan on her weight loss transformation
Sara Ali Khan might just be over two films old but she is already making waves. It is not just her acting skills people talk of but her incredible transformation before she made her foray into films that has gained her fans.
02/10Want some inspiration?
From a 96 kilo student who liked to gorge on pizzas and all things fried just like the best of us to a diva with a toned figure, her dramatic transformation has got tongues wagging. She continues to serve serious fitness inspiration with her workout posts. And now, in an interview, the actress revealed it all, sharing what made her lose all the weight in a year and a half long struggle. She is definitely an inspiration for anyone who wants to lose weight.
03/10Did not want the ‘overweight’ tag
For Sara, it was her sheer ambition which made her make the big lifestyle change. In an interview, the actress spoke up about wanting to look fit and different before the camera. She said, “We can talk about acceptance and equality, but you will not watch a movie with your lead heroine being 96 kilos.”
04/10Never wanted to be size zero, says Sara
However, that didn’t mean she was going the skinny way. Size zero figure never impressed her and neither did being overweight. In her own words, Sara said that she wanted to feel healthy and empowered, emotionally, physically and mentally.
05/10Need to change
Always confident and ambitious, more than the body image issues, it was her health that troubled her. She knew what she was signing up for and also, that she had to work on herself. Diagnosed with PCOS, Sara admits that it was difficult managing the condition and she knew it would only get more difficult. Hence, came the change. She adds,
06/10Battle with PCOS
“With me, being fat was also a consequence of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Our job is demanding when it comes to hours, mood, dedication, commitment, and focus. You cannot afford to have [your] hormones all over the place. Weight loss for me was as much about health and confidence as it was about vanity.”
07/10Hitting the lows
The real low point for Sara came when her own mother failed to recognize her at the airport, which she revealed in an interview recently. She was so disheartened by this, she refused to talk to her mother on videocall till the time she lost that weight. She even completed her graduation early so that she had time to focus on her body.
08/10So, what was the big step for her then?
In another interview talking about her fitness journey, Sara said that the biggest turning point for her when she made the switch from pizza to salads, something which was difficult for her to do during her student days spent in New York. Her workout regime included everything from functional training, boxing, and even cycling.
09/10And now, what’s her routine like?
Sara still swears by functional training and heavyweight cardio, which helps her stay in shape through hectic days. Working out in the gym is something she doesn’t miss and spends around 1.5 hours six days a week. Pilates and power yoga are also something she has included in her regime. It also helps her recover from her busy shoots.
10/10Her favorite workout?
For Sara, doing Pilates has been a big game changer. She trains under celebrity Pilates trainer Namrata Purohit and as the budding actress says, the workout regime is her ‘backbone’ of her fitness journey.