She said that Shraddha was always a lean girl and over the years they have been working together on building strength, endurance, mobility, flexibility and balance. To develop a hot and toned body, Shraddha was put on a specific workout regime and diet.
“We always begin with a five-minute meditation to set the mind for a great workout. This is followed by five minutes of foam-rolling, 10 minutes static stretching and 10 minutes of mobility drills. The last 25 minutes is a combination of Strength and Endurance workouts along with gymnastics. We close with a five-minute meditation to relax the body” Maahek told Money Control.
During the film’s international shoot schedule in Spain and Mauritius, Maahek said that they would train as early as 5.30 in the morning despite tight shooting and dance rehearsals. It was challenging to train in the extreme heat conditions which would make their thirsty and breathless. But they managed to achieve their desired target.
To keep things exciting for Shraddha, Maahek used various equipments such as TRX, ViPR and also mixing it with a combination of Bosu ball, pilates, short explosive sprints, side runs, burpees, lunge walks and more forms of exercises. Shraddha also makes sure to add one or two hours of dancing to her cardio workout.
Talking about Shraddha’s diet, Maahek said that the actress’ day starts with poha, upma, kakdi chi bhakri, idli, dosa or daliya since she has turned a vegetarian a few years ago. Initially, it was difficult to put Shraddha on diet since she loves ghar ka khana, especially dal, chawal and pickle. She is somone who chooses healthy options, pre-plans her meals in the day and doesn’t binge on anything.
“In phase one, where she had a lot of dancing and shooting in extreme heat for long hours, I put her on moderate carbs, protein and fat diet. Some of the dishes included tofu steak with lots of veggies, sprout salad, beetroot and paneer tikki, sprout and spinach tikki, gluten-free pasta with veggies, etc. She was on a lot of liquids as it was extremely hot. Vegetable juices, amla, ginger and turmeric juice, BCAA (branched-chain amino acids) powder supplements, lemon water with mint, etc., were added to tackle dehydration,” she said.
She continued, “For the second phase, which included a lot of beach scenes and where the abdomen had to look lean with no water retention, I incorporated meals high in fibre, moderate protein, less carbs and less fat. We also followed 14-16 hours intermittent fasting during this phase.” She further added that she likes eating cake and vada pav with green chillies is her actual weakness.