The fact that Bollywood actor Arjun Kapoor was overweight and had to go through a meticulous process to shed those extra kilos is well-known. The actor followed a stringent weight-loss regime to match up to the physical conventions required to be a Bollywood star and stunned everyone with his transformed body in Habib Faisal's Ishaqzaade, his launch-pad.
Despite trying his best to maintain that physique, his recent weight-gain hasn't gone unnoticed as the actor has been looking bulkier than during the time of his first few films. Now, in a recent interview with DNA, the actor has said that it's due to his body-type that the weight fluctuates, and he lives in constant fear of going back to his former self.
He told the newspaper, "I have fluctuated a lot in the last couple of years because of my own health issues. We have our own phases in life. Even actors are human beings so we have issues to deal with — physical, emotional and mental. So yes, though I have that fear of putting on weight, I can’t stop living my life because of that fear."
He also added that he's very diligent when it comes to working-out and doesn't cheat on his gym commitment if he he's had a long night. "I work very hard in the gym. Sometimes, I come home very late around 1 am, but still I go and work out at the gym. I don’t ever stop. I try and work out at least six times a week with my trainer because that’s important for my body type which is so different from a typical Indian boy. I am so broad and big-structured that even two kilos on me can look like gaining 10 kilos and losing two kilos can also look like shedding 10 kilos. So I am in a strange predicament," the 2 States actor said.
Arjun said that having gone through the fat-to-fit process once has made him confident of the fact that he can do it all over again, if the kilos pile up. "I have some faith in the fact that I have lost 50 kgs in four years, so I know my job about going about being healthy and I have done it in a very clean and good way, so I am very clear that I can do this. The body can try and stop you when you are very tired but you keep pushing and the results do come. I have seen that in that four-year phase. If you are patient your body reaps results, if not today then tomorrow or the next day. You just have to keep at it every day without stopping."
Elaborating on his discipline, Arjun said, "If I have eaten a meal outside and have one bad night, the next day morning I will be on the treadmill to make sure that I burn those calories… I had a lot of cervical and neck issues. I used to suffer from vertigo because I had a cervical problem. But Pilates helped me open up and also helped me with my posture."
It seems that Pilates has been quite life-altering for Arjun, who picked the exercise after he injured himself at a film shoot. "I started doing pilates because of injuries I sustained after Tevar and there was no solution unless I stopped physical activity. People would say, ‘You need to rest’, but that’s not an option for an actor. I found a better solution. Pilates is almost like undergoing rehab because you are improving your core — the smaller. It strengthens you from within, from the deepest layer and that is very difficult. I do it once or twice a week as I can’t take out more time unfortunately. It’s very difficult, especially for a man. I wish I had gotten into it earlier, when I was 22-23, as my flexibility would have been better today."
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