Sushant Singh Rajput shares his fitness mantra with Shweta Kulkarni.
Sushant Singh Rajput made a successful transition from television to the big screen with his debut film KAI PO CHE and followed it up with an equally triumphant run at the box office with Yashraj’s SHUDDH DESI ROMANCE. Within a short span of time, the young lad has carved a niche for himself and has a bagful of interesting films like Shekar Kapur’s PANI, Raj Kumar Hirani’s PEEKAY and Dibakar Banerjee’s BYOMKESH BAKSHI in his kitty. Apart from his performances, the one thing that has been noticed by all is his well-sculpted body. For insights into his healthy living, read on…
How do you define a healthy lifestyle?
I firmly believe that to maintain a healthy life it is essential to follow a good diet and workout daily.
Being an actor it’s a prerequisite today to have a good physique. What’s your secret to your chiseled abs?
It is important to be fit and an actor’s body should be receptive enough to change according to the various characters s/he plays. For that purpose, I ensure that I follow a great diet. That apart, I am into functional work-out and do a bit of Mixed Martial Arts.
Working out is usually associated with losing weight. What are the other benefits of exercising, apart from flaunting a fabulous body?
You feel confident, and you are usually happy when you are fit. Every time you work out your body releases happy hormones which keeps you chirpy and optimistic.
Exercising can be a tiring affair…do you enjoy your exercising routine?
Absolutely! You have to love what you do and only then will you get results, otherwise it’s all futile.
Your biggest fitness achievement?
My goal is to not only get into the skin of the characters that I play but to also physically match the look dictated by the script. So far what I have done has been convincing on screen. So that’s my achievement.
Where do you find your daily fitness inspiration?
If you work honestly the inspiration comes from within.
What does your diet consist of?
I have around 8 meals daily, spread over an interval of 2 – 2½ hours. My food usually consists of carbs and proteins in the ratio 2:1 approximately and lots of fibre, vitamins and liquid.
Most people who follow a strict diet often get cravings for sweets and junk food. How do you deal with it?
I do get cravings once in a while, but it’s very rare. And I think it’s completely fine to have a cheat meal once a week. So if you give yourself that one day when you can binge, you usually don’t get cravings.
Apart from following a daily fitness regimen, what do you do to maintain a healthy lifestyle?
I dance - I am a trained dancer - and that apart I practice Martial Arts regularly, so that keeps me fit.
What is the most challenging thing you deal with about consistently staying fit and in top shape?
When you achieve what you want, eventually you tend to get complacent...I feel one should resist that and should work to better it every day.
Your advice to people who are beginning their fitness journey…
I think the key is to stay patient and be disciplined; there is no substitute for hard work and consistency. And most importantly don’t lose focus. It could be very tempting to be in the comfort zone but I feel the comfort zone is actually a risky zone to be in. So work hard, and do not get complacent – that is your path towards a healthy and happy life.
This article first appeared in December 2013 issue of Cine Blitz magazine