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When singer Akriti Kakar tied the knot.

Listening to Akriti Kakar talk about her significant other feels like they’ve been together forever.

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Kalki through the looking-glass

As we entered Amy Billimoria’s House of Design in Juhu, Mumbai, we knew we were not in Kansas anymore. The store exudes a happy feeling. From the décor of the store to the clothes housed within it, we could tell that this was going to be a departure from a traditional bridal makeover.

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Sonam and Paras Modi share their marriage mantra…

We met at a common friend’s wedding in Lonavla, after which we started meeting almost twice a week with friends. We got along like a house on fire; it felt so comfortable talking to each other, it was like we were long lost friends. The initial courtship felt more like a game of hide and seek. We didn’t want to tell people yet as we were still getting to know each other.

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18 Apr

How effective are virtual training apps?

Facing a serious time crunch before D-day? Finding it difficult to make it to the gym on a work day? Here are some fitness applications that are sure to keep you aboard the fitness bandwagon

Facing a fitness pratfall in today’s day and age is conceivable and for many, following the quotidian gym and dietary demands is a tough row to hoe. Enter: the virtual age that has ushered in the next wave of fitness solutions that make it a lot simpler and convenient to get fit. There is an application for everything and the fitness ambit is no exception to this virtual revolution. Today, your smartphone can become an accessory to monitor your diet, keep a tab on the distance you’ve run, counts your steps and even hurls you into an emulous exercise arena where you can compare your fitness achievements with those of your friends and use it as a motivational tool to stay a step ahead of them in the exercise game. The current rise in online fitness applications and tools has compelled us to not only stay in tune with them, but also use them to our best advantage so as to reach our target goals.

11 Apr

Tips to chisel up

Experts divulge some pre-wedding fitness tips that promise to get the to-be-groom wedding ready in no time and tackle specific problem areas

Dear grooms-to-be,

Congratulations! You’ve found the girl of your dreams and pretty soon, she’s going to walk towards you on your big day and become yours forever. You’ve got the girl. Now please, don’t let her go, okay? While she’s stressing over her hair and makeup, manicures and pedicures, trousseau and jewellery, you, in the very least can spruce yourself up to look like her beau ideal—every bit the dapper groom. With the right amount of exercise and watchful diet, you too, can greet your bride with a physique just as chiseled and hewed to perfection.

It’s not the nitty-gritty details that stay with us—even in the most far-flung recollections; it is always the bride and groom and the picture of impeccability they make. So, looking your best and feeling your best go a long way in making these memories up to snuff. To look like every bit the suave groom, ideally, the right time to begin with your body transformation is about six months before the wedding. “In this time frame, you can literally look like an entirely different person. It can be a complete transformation,” says Althea Shah, VP Marketing &Fitness Expert, Gold’s Gym. And what if your wedding is sooner? She answers, “Not to worry, you can do wonders even with a three-month regimen. Even 1 ½ months can show results. You just have to realise that you’re not going to lose more than a couple of kilos.”

Experts list the following as the most common problem areas faced by men:

8 Apr

A budget diet plan to stay in shape

A diet plan does not solely depend on fancy, expensively-priced food. Busting the myth that the most expensive foods help you give the best result, we bring you a diet plan that is perfect for the to-be-wed on a budget

When it comes to your big day, trousseau and jewellery shopping often eat up most of your budget, right? Very rarely does a to-be-wed invest a heavy sum in pre-wedding fitness; your frugal mind gives you one too many penny-pinching reasons to steer clear from that road to fitness that mockingly does cost an arm and leg! Even something as simple as a healthy diet today comes with a big price tag, but there is absolutely no need to go for the fancy names and products that are available in the market these days, say nutritionists. “A balanced mix of carbohydrates, proteins and fat can be obtained from the normal food cooked at home. You can cut food costs by eating more meals at home and by making sure they feature some of the healthiest foods from the market— whole grains, vegetables, and beans, lentils, eggs, chicken and fish,” says Shalini Bhargava, Director, JG’S Fitness Centre. Eating a healthy diet needn’t be prohibitively expensive. In fact, reducing your use of processed food in favour of fresh, whole foods can be more economical, not to mention healthier and more diet-friendly. “Focus on adding more food items that are nutritionally dense, naturally filling, and of course delicious. A to-be-wed on a road to fitness can do this by focusing on healthy carbs—mainly fibre-rich fruits and vegetables paired with lean proteins such as lean meats, fish, poultry, low-fat dairy—at meal and snack time. Fibre and protein add bulk to a meal and they digest slowly, so they are more filling and satisfy hunger longer than refined carbs. Remember, nature provides the highest quality nutrients in foods and our bodies are equipped to absorb and use them for optimal benefit,” opines Tanya Zuckerbrot MS, RD, a registered dietitian from New York.

3 Apr

Lifestyle changes to stay fit

The road to body transformation is all about making healthy decisions. Our readers share their fitness tricks that have helped them lose excess flab and lead a healthy life

Do you find yourself struggling, sweating it out at the gym? Or making many half-hearted attempts at crash dieting? Have you been working out long enough, but to no avail? Sometimes, a small lifestyle change is all it takes to leverage greater results. Take a cue from our readers and cache in on these positive habits.


Khushbu Gotecha, entrepreneur

 Lifestyle change: Trick and treat

What it did: Make a list of things you like to eat, tick the ones that are high on protein and focus on eating just those foods. When you have your list penned down, it’s easier to stick to it. One thing I stuck to religiously was dance. I fall into the bracket of people who just cannot hit the gym or sit through a yoga class. With my dance class, the concentration is on learning the moves, so I don’t realise how much I’m working out in the process—it’s fun and there is less emphasis on ‘weight loss’ and ‘training’ and ‘repetitions’. Workout and healthy foods of your choice are what help the most.

22 Mar

Target workouts for a toned body

The bane of every body—problem areas! We give you regimes and workouts to tone up those flabby muffin tops and love handles for that bikini body you're daring to flaunt


What is it: Deposits of excess fat around the waistline.

Tone trick: Lie on your left side with your knees straight. Supported by your elbow and forearm, lift up your upper body with your elbow under your shoulder. Contract your abs and raise your hips until your body forms a straight line from your ankles to your shoulders. Your head should stay in line with your body.

Reps: Hold this position for about two minutes and repeat on the other side.

20 Feb

Battle that bulge!

Here is our list of workouts, especially for the gym naysayers


Aerial yoga involves performing a series of exercises inspired by yoga, Pilates, calisthenics and aerial acrobatics in a hammock-like apparatus, in order to achieve a total body workout. In aerial yoga, the hammock acts like a swing or soft trapeze, allowing flexibility and easy movement.

Benefits: 60 mins workout burns 500 calories; increases strength and flexibility; creates awareness of your body.

Recommended for: Improving flexibility, focus, strengthening muscles and stress relief.

Do not try, if: You have very high or low blood pressure, easy onset vertigo, pregnancy, glaucoma, recent surgery, heart disease, osteoporosis, bone weakness, recent head injury, cerebral sclerosis, propensity to fainting, artificial hips, carpal tunnel syndrome, severe arthritis, sinusitis or head cold, recent stroke or Botox injections (within six hours).

31 Jan

Top 10 tips to gain weight

Struggling to gain weight for your wedding? Then here’s what you really need to know

Usually, a lot is said and written on how to lose weight. But, what about women who struggle with the weighing scale that dips too low? As it turns out, gaining weight (think muscle mass) can be as tough as losing weight. This is why we consulted experts to draw up a list that will aid you in your weight gain mission.



“Women with body mass index (BMI) below 18.5 should consider gaining weight to maintain a healthy lifestyle to keep nutrient deficiencies at bay,” says celebrity fitness trainer, Yasmin Karachiwala. Your BMI is a clear indication of where you stand. The first step to managing your weight is to find out your BMI.



The healthy way to gain weight is a process that spans over months. Gaining one kilogram a week is considered to be the average benchmark. “It could take 2-3 months for a bride-to-be to put on 8-10 kgs,” points out nutritionist Anshul Malik Narula.



Low appetite could be the primary reason to being underweight. Boost your appetite by drinking lemon and ginger shots early every morning.



“Regardless of body type, it can become difficult to achieve fitness goals,” says Karachiwala and recommends exercises that help in building muscles. “Squats, lunges, pushups, pull-ups, planks, side planks, criss-cross and sit-ups are some exercises that help in building your curves,” she reveals.



A hearty breakfast plays an important role in adding the right calories. So never skip your breakfast. Add whole eggs to it, they are an essential source of protein and fat.

21 Dec

The Fitness Fight

Find out how brides have been sweating it out over the past few decades

While getting in shape is a priority for to-be brides, ‘the shape’, so to speak, has been changing over the years. To trace this evolving silhouette, veteran fitness trainers reveal the workouts that have reigned over the last four decades.


During the 80s, Bollywood was teeming with curvy femme fatales. From Vyjayanthimala Bali to Hema Malini and Asha Parekh, the leading ladies proudly flaunted their hourglass figures during the early 1980s. According to Leena Mogre, director of Leena Mogre’s Fitness, as the decade inched forward, people started favouring a leaner figure like that of Jane Fonda, who revolutionised the fitness scene with her videos and fashion sense.

THE REGIMEN: Alongside the craze for Fonda’s lean physique grew the love for aerobics. “Even I began my career in fitness as an

aerobics instructor because it was so big at that time,” says Mogre, as she recalls the demand for leotards and leg warmers.

THE DIET: This was the decade of fad diets. “Everyone was reading a book called Fit for Life by Harvey and Marilyn Diamond that served up suggestions like ‘eat only fruits till noon’,” shares Mogre.

LEARNING: The obsession with aerobics and a lopsided approach to nutrition took a toll on some people, who went overboard with their fitness routines. “Those who overdid it with aerobics are now stressing about knee replacement surgeries,” says holistic coach Mickey Mehta.

11 Jun

Bulk it Up!

If weight gain is your fitness prerogative, here’s a checklist designed to help you pack on the pounds. From challenges to solutions—this is the skinny person’s guide to gaining weight


Often, any talk of weight gain attempts are met with amazement. What’s even more baffling to some is the suggestion that a ‘skinny’ person could be subject to body shaming. “In matters of weight management, gaining weight is just as challenging as losing it. The problem of weight depends not only on the amount of food one eats, but also their nutrients and mineral intake. Any weight gain effort before your big day will require a lifestyle change with regard to nutritional intake. You must include diverse food items with adequate percentages of carb, protein and fat. Adequate nutrition, regular exercise and an informed plan will help you attain the desired body frame,” declares celebrity nutritionist and dietician Nmami Agarwal.

The important question to address is whether the weight gain is fat or muscle. “Muscle weight can be gained by means of nourishing your body through balanced diet and exercise. Be it gaining or losing weight—it all depends on your metabolism, training regimen, eating habits, gender, age, medical condition, and of course, body type,” shares fitness expert Prayas Kharbadikar, an influencer at BeardBoy Fitness.