Parineeti Chopra tells Subhash K Jha why she needed time off to look after herself.
There is no uniform definition for how a guy or a girl should look. I lost weight to be fitter, not to look better. If, in your heart, you feel you need to lose weight then do it. There are certain body types where weight-loss is not required. I've seen the fattest people who are the fittest. They can move with amazing agility.
What motivated you to lose weight?
I knew I needed to slim down. I was not healthy. I was not fit. I lacked stamina. I was sleepy all the time. I'd tire easily. I was constantly looking for nap-time on the sets. Now, I can shoot non-stop and I don't get tired. My physique now supports my work demands. I feel better about myself. I can work better.
So, what is your message to girls who are desperate to get thinner?
Why only girls? I feel both girls and boys need to work towards their fittest self. Everyone thinks I lost weight to conform to the type that heroines are supposed to look. But let me assure you, if my body-type didn't allow weight-loss I wouldn't have. I knew I could look fitter, feel better, and wear better clothes.
Not at all. It wasn't as if I was sitting idle. I had a lot to attend to. I was doing up my new home. It took me eight months to get my home in order. Then I was working on myself. I was travelling all over the world, doing everything that I couldn't attend to earlier. Now, I am raring to go back to a film set. I am so happy that I've finally got a script that I am excited about. I needed an emotional and physical break and I am glad I took it.
So no more of your favourite pizzas?
(laughs) I do eat pizzas. I eat everything. But, in moderation. If I am eating something rich, I balance it out in my diet.