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Pooja Bhalekar in Bathing Suit Says "Be Silly. Be Honest. Be Kind."

She works out every day.

Indian actress Pooja Bhalekar is sharing some inspirational messages via her Instagram account. Bhalekar posted a picture of herself posing in a beige bathing suit next to some beautiful flowers. "Be silly. Be honest. Be kind ☀️🌸," she captioned the post. How does she stay so fit? Read on to see 5 ways Bhalekar stays in shape and the photos that prove they work—and to get beach-ready yourself, don't miss these essential 30 Best-Ever Celebrity Bathing Suit Photos!



Yoga Every Day

Bhalekar says yoga and martial arts are a daily constant in her exercise routine. "Yoga is a very important part of my life, I start my day with basic yoga and lots of stretching," she says. "It helps me calm down because the entire day is very hectic, especially with shooting. In the afternoon I go to the gym, maybe in the evening I go to the gym. In the entire day, I have to go and practice my martial arts."


Eggs For Breakfast

Bhalekar enjoys milk, egg whites, and almonds for breakfast. "Eggs are a good source of protein (both whites/yolk). They also contain heart-healthy unsaturated fats and are a great source of important nutrients, such as vitamin B6, B12 and vitamin D," says Kurt Hong, MD, an internal medicine specialist at Keck Medicine of USC.


Lentils and Rice For Lunch


Bhalekar's lunch usually consists of rice and lentils. "Lentils are rich in fiber, folate and potassium making them a great choice for the heart and for managing blood pressure and cholesterol," says nutritionist Kerry Torrens. "They are also a source of energizing iron and vitamin B1 which helps maintain a steady heartbeat."


Protein Before a Shoot

Bhalekar is extra-careful about her diet before a shoot, focusing on quality protein (like chicken), juices, and fruit. "So many women I work with are not eating nearly enough protein to maintain their muscle mass, let alone build it,' says Dr. Shawna Darou. "The bare minimum amount of required protein is 1 gram/kg of (ideal) body weight, but I would argue that this often falls too short. To put your body in a state of building muscle or protein synthesis, you may need to reach more than 100 grams of protein per day, which is approximately 20-25% of your daily calories."


Light Dinner

Bhalekar likes to keep dinner light, avoiding carbs and fruit before bedtime. "You have this internal biological clock that makes you better at doing different things at different times of the day," says Courtney Peterson, an associate professor of nutrition sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. "It seems like the best time for your metabolism in most people is the mid- to late morning… Your body processes calories differently when you eat late in the day. It tips the scale in favor of weight gain and fat gain."

Ferozan Mast
Ferozan Mast is a science, health and wellness writer with a passion for making science and research-backed information accessible to a general audience. Read more
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