It’s time to walk down the aisle and embark upon a new journey with your partner. As you start planning for your special day, ease the tension of looking absolutely fit and gorgeous in your dream wedding attire by imbibing these tips from some of India’s top bridal nutritionists and fitness gurus.
She is many celebrities’ go-to person for matters of the gut! Her long list of clientele includes names like businessman Anil Ambani, and Bollywood actor-couple Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan. For a peaceful stomach, strong immunity, and healthy hair, Rujuta Diwekar suggests jaggery, fenugreek, ginger, and buttermilk for brides-to-be.
Another renowned name among Bollywood biggies such as Deepika Padukone and Sonam Kapoor, for celebrity nutritionist Pooja Makhija, it’s all about maintaining a healthy and balanced diet. For a glowing skin on your D-day, she suggests ample water and juice intake, nutritious foods in small quantities at short intervals, exercise and a good night’s sleep.
Her concept of ‘Eat and Sleep’ could raise eyebrows among a few, but many from the modelling world swear by her weight loss techniques. Ridiculing the concept of starving to stay slim, celebrity dietician and nutritionist, Shikha A Sharma trusts Indian spices such as coriander, mustard, and cardamom for a healthy body.
4. Ektta Jain
Heading a team of dieticians, nutritionists and wellness experts at Go Diets, a weight management programme, Ektta Jain doesn’t help reduce weight by supplements. Instead, she helps make lifestyle adjustments so as to rejuvenate and nourish your body, hence detoxifying it. This helps the body replace harmful toxins with essential nutrients.
Founder of Dr Shikha’s NutriHealth, Dr Sharma specialises in the concept of Nutrigenetics—which combines Ayurveda with modern technology—and has applied the same while conceptualising a diet plan for many politicians and business tycoons. For fit brides-to-be, she suggests calorie-dense and protein-rich foods like meat, fish, nuts, banana, etc.
Mumbai-based dietitian, nutritionist, fitness consultant, and founder of Yuktahaar—a holistic practice of maintaining weight and overall health—Ganeriwal suspects a fad component in the gluten-free trend. She suggests natural ingredients such as rice, coconut, ghee, sugar, and turmeric for a sleek body and a glowing skin on your wedding.
“The macrobiotic approach is suited for the Indian environment, and is also intrinsically in tune with its ethos,” says macrobiotic nutritionist and chef, Shonali Sabherwal, whose client list includes actors like Katrina Kaif, Siddharth Malhotra, and Jacqueline Fernandez. Her tip for a glowing skin is to consume food rich in phytonutrients.
Celebrity nutritionist Suman Agarwal—who has positively influenced the health of industrialists such as the Birlas, Ambanis, Ruias and Mittals; and actors like Alia Bhatt, Sonakshi Sinha, and Lara Dutta Bhupathi—advices all brides-to-be to go on a planned diet instead of a crash diet if they wish to lose weight. This diet, Agarwal suggests, should include a proper three-course meal along with evening snacks.
9. Avni Kaul
Nutritionist and wellness coach, Avni Kaul has been an Advisor (Nutrition) during the preparatory sessions of the Buenos Aires 2018 Summer Youth Olympic Games. She believes that eating fiber-rich carbs helps reduce belly fat faster than not eating any carbs at all. Eggs, nuts, spinach tomatoes, garlic, and lots of water are her secrets for healthy skin and hair.
10. Samreedhi Goel
Nutritionist and fitness expert, Samreedhi Goel—who runs Size Wise studio in Mumbai—swears by her zig-zag diet plan, a mixture of low and high carb days. Consulting Nutritionist for Kelloggs India, her advice for brides-to-be is to increase protein and water intake, reduce alcohol, and get on to a religious workout routine. @samreedhigoelnutritionist
The article was first published in Travel & Leisure India.