Fit and Fab - Nitin Nash talks with You & I

He’s transformed himself from a chubby child into a well-groomed and fit adult. In that time, Nitin has learnt that success in the gym doesn’t come automatically with a good diet and a great workout. What’s most important is a disciplined mentality. Dedication, commitment, and fun are three components that hold him in good stead when it comes to fitness.

Tell us a bit about yourself and your fitness journey.
I am an actor and a fitness enthusiast, and love everything related to food! I am an alumnus of the Hyderabad Public School and further completed my acting course at FTIAP under Mr and Mrs Devadas Kanakala. I’ve seen myself being the chubby teenager and haggard adult before getting into this decent shape now, for which I am very grateful.

How did your interested in fitness come about?
Growing up in the 90s, action films were a big part of my foundation. All the action stars of that era had a significant influence on me, especially Sylvester Stallone and Jean-Claude Van Damme. So I did whatever I could to get access to a gym, because I knew that I wanted to be as big and as strong as them.

What are some fitness tips you’d give to beginners?
1.    Understand your body type, and accept it just the way it is. You’re unique in your own way.
2.     Have a clear idea of what you want, be realistic, and be goal-oriented.
3.     Guidance is definitely important, but you don’t need a world-class trainer for this. Do your own research and educate yourself.
4.     Make a plan to arrange your resources, manage the shortcomings and execute it to perfection.
5.     Make sure to have fun.

What’s more important: diet or fitness?
Neither. Having the right mentality is far more important. A good diet and fitness plan comes from saying yes and no to things that our mind struggles with. In all aspects, you are what you eat and think all day.

What are the biggest mistakes people make when it comes to fitness?
Stopping when they can’t see progress, working out to extreme levels, and being hell-bent on a deadline. Also, being obsessed with a particular look and relying too heavily on trainers are some of the mistakes people tend to make.

What do you enjoy most about working out?
I feel my absolute best when I am training. It’s even more gratifying when someone says I’ve inspired them; it pushes me harder.

What’s the ideal diet?
Intermittent fasting is something I really recommend. The first meal should consist of meat, nuts, and vegetables, after which one should fast till late afternoon. The second meal should have meat and nuts and should be taken post-workout and/or as dinner. Black coffee, protein shakes, and water throughout the day are also great weight loss aids. Must have essentials: omega 3 eggs, Arabian sea salt, a good cleansing tea for detox, and a food tracker. These can help one feel and look great.         – as told to Suneela