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  1. At a time when love letters have turned into mushy BF/GF appreciation Posts, first sightings are made up of edited social media pictures, Matches are Artificial Intelligence-ly made, and all it takes for us to find âThe Oneâ (or the flavour of the season) is a right swipe on our phone screen - the rich essence of the good olâ love of the old days has gone amiss. Or has it? Maybe instead of vanishing away, romance has just changed its appearance, shifting along with every other change that modern society brings. Despite this evolution, thereâs a host of toxic behaviors that continue to show themselves in love - that you may have noticed with that less-than-ideal date from last weekend, or even a couple thatâs lasted for years. When the world goes offline, and the prying eyes of âfollowersâ are not to be found anywhere, and the âlikesâ are hard to come by, the face of modern-day love stories undergo a transformation that doesnât quite look like the love we grew up wishing for. Our writers have weighed in with their perspective on the how and what about the five things you definitely need to keep a check on when looking for romance - both big and small. Guilt-TrippingDevlina: âWe could have had a great time out if you didnât insist on attending your grandmaâs birthdayâ, âno wonder your ex left/hated thisâ, âI wonder how I ended up here with youâ - first off, these are HUGE red flags that you shouldnât be ignoring. If your partner has been using these sort of retorts to come back at you and guilt-trip you for doing something you want to/love to do, or holding you hostage emotionally for taking a stand and not siding with them, itâs time you remind them the relationship is not bigger than your individuality and voice. Sharan: I donât think itâs possible to have a relationship without guilt of some kind occuring every now and then - people are different, and sometimes a partner doesnât match up to our expectations (and vice versa). The problem for me arises when someone attempts to induce guilt on the basis of insecurity - say guilt-tripping me for spending time with a friend, instead of having an open and frank dialogue about their feelings. Ignoring Consent © Eros International Devlina: âHow could you say no to such a simple thingâ, âjust give it a try for meâ, âweâre doing this, whether you like it or notâ - if any of these ring a bell, chances are, your partner needs a refresher on âconsentâ. If they are making you feel bad for saying no, or forcing you to do something youâre not okay with or even checking your phone without your permission, these are all signs that they do not respect your right to say no or choose for yourself. That canât ever be healthy for a relationship. Sharan: While consent regarding *** and intimacy is a clear-cut requirement for any healthy relationship, I feel that it matters even on mundane things for a simple reason - practising consent implies respect and the knowledge that you earn a partnerâs trust and that youâre not simply entitled to it. Sure, sometimes we do things in relationships that weâre not particularly enthusiastic about, it happens. However, being vocal and taking the effort to confirm consent shows that you arenât in a relationship for your own desires - but for a shared experience with another human being. Forcing Them To Choose © UTV Motion Pictures Devlina: Again, this brings us to, âyou either spend your weekend with your family or meâ or âyou either stop doing that or weâre doneâ - choosing for you on your behalf and giving you senseless ultimatums clearly means your partner is coming from a place of selfish needs and narcissistic pleasure of getting the âupper handâ in the relationship - there is no place for this in loving relationships. Sharan: Yeah⦠this one is never fun. Could be a situation like forcing you to choose between groups of friends or even different sides of a family - giving someone a âdo what I want or weâre overâ line is at its best laughably childish, and at its worst, emotionally traumatising. Holding someone hostage in a relationship is a serious red flag, and I donât see any reason why someone should continue to stay - especially when relationships with people who care for you are at risk. Being A Control Freak Devlina: âWhy are you friends with her on Facebookâ, ââyou canât go to that party without meâ , âdonât take his/her callâ - if you have heard anything along these lines from your partner and are turning a blind eye to whatâs an obvious case of insecurity and jealousy, I suggest you pick your poison and get down to having that conversation about drawing the line when it comes to your personal space. Sharan: Itâs one thing to give constructive criticism as a partner, but an entirely different kind of issue when someone begins to control your freedom and choices as an individual. Itâs a hard line to draw as well - sometimes we just want to see our partners happy, and give into that pressure too often. However, if you find yourself constantly compromising on activities and personal choices such as your hobbies or interests, itâs time to speak up and reconsider things. You might be a partner, sure - but youâre an individual first. Playing The Blame GameDevlina: âYou forced me to take this extreme stepâ or âI wouldnât have done that if I werenât so angry at youâ - whether this brings back memories of angry outbursts, physical violence or emotional abuse, we suggest you come clear about how it's totally unacceptable and walk out the door for good. Man or woman, nobody deserves to go through this shit, no matter the âexcuseâ. Sharan: Weâve all seen the pattern before, either in real life or on TV - thereâs that one person who does something awful, and justifies it by seamlessly transferring the blame onto their partner. Classic example of adding insult to injury, huh? I think anyone who resorts to this instead of behaving like a normally functioning adult has some serious issues to unpack - and Iâm not sure if dealing with endless excuses sounds like my idea of a âfun relationship.â View the full article
  2. In 'MXP Body Love', we ask people with amazing bodies the key questions about how to achieve, maintain, and basically take care of our bodies in the best way possible, while seeking their guidance on the same. While we want to know hacks on seemingly superficial topics such as how to look good without clothes, we also want to delve deep and discuss bigger issues such as body positivity, acceptance, how to deal with insecurities, and also how to move past difficulties and strive to reach the best version of oneself. Our 'Body Love' expert here is actor Dheeraj Dhoopar. © Dheeraj Dhoopar 1. One food item you should never, ever eat? I feel one must never eat anything made out of refined flour (Maida). It has no nutritional value at all and causes a lot of problems later on in life. 2. The one body part you should never ignore when it comes to workout? The one body part that is ignored the most but must never be ignored is legs. Working out legs has the most benefits, amongst all the body parts. It helps develop cardio vascular strength, helps burn fat faster and also helps in increasing metabolic rate. 3. Natural fuzz vs. waxed/trimmed body hair? I feel trimming body hair is the most convenient, and hence is the best. It saves a lot of time, and also does not affect the skin adversely. If someone naturally has less body hair, then nothing like that. © Dheeraj Dhoopar 4. Grooming essentials - what are the products you can't do without? I can't do without my perfume, and I definitely cannot do without my hair products. I have a lot of them and I keep buying new stuff to experiment with. Whenever I travel out of country I make it to point to get new products, or products that are not easily available. © Dheeraj Dhoopar 5. Shave down there or trim it? I feel trimming is better any day. Saves time and effort. © Dheeraj Dhoopar 6. Best lighting for clicking nudes (or just for the boudoir)? I think natural light during monsoon season is the best when it some to shooting nudes. That light is uniform and one can play with it to any extent as it's not too harsh. © Dheeraj Dhoopar 7. Did you ever face any insecurity about your own body? What did you do to deal with it? I have never faced any insecurity with my body. I know my body well and I know what suits my body. One thing I know is that I have a tendency to put on weight, and so I make it a point to only eat and drink what my body can handle. © Dheeraj Dhoopar 8. What is the toughest challenge according to you, when it comes to obtaining and maintaining a body in its peak shape? I feel the toughest challenge is to keep at it forever. One may attain a good physique but maintaining it forever it the toughest thing to do. A lot of mental toughness and will power is required to continue doing that. 9. Not everyone is content with the way their body looks. How do you suggest one should deal with it? One most know their body to the core. Once you understand your body, you will be comfortable with whoever you are. I don't think anyone who meets you will judge you on your body, because there are a lot of other things you need to work on before you focus on that. © Dheeraj Dhoopar 10. The lines are constantly thinning, when it comes to what is beautiful and what is not. Body positivity is slowly catching up, and the 'accepted standards' of beauty and fitness are getting questioned. What are your views about it? I completely support it, as there can't be any set parameters to judge anyone physically, especially since we live in a society. I feel getting comfortable with our own body by accepting the flaws makes us open to various other forms of body types around us, which is essential for our own mental well-being.
  3. In 'MXP Body Love', we ask people with amazing bodies the key questions about how to achieve, maintain, and basically take care of our bodies in the best way possible, while seeking their guidance on the same. While we want to know hacks on seemingly superficial topics such as how to look good without clothes, we also want to delve deep and discuss bigger issues such as body positivity, acceptance, how to deal with insecurities, and also how to move past difficulties and strive to reach the best version of oneself. Our 'Body Love' expert here is actor Kunal Kapoor. © Instagram/kunalkkapoor 1. One food item you should never, ever eat? I believe one should consciously avoid eating fried food. I grew up eating fried food, and the college I went to had the best Pav-Vada. I, however, have given it up completely, and haven't indulged in it since the past two years or so. © Instagram/kunalkkapoor 2. The one body part you should never ignore when it comes to workout? Legs. Unfortunately, in our country, it's always somehow about 'looking fit' than actually being fit. It's always about looking muscular and filling up the T-shirts. So people don't really work on their legs - which is absolutely unhealthy, not to mention unaesthetic. Apart from legs, glutes are also important when it comes to overall fitness, not only to look hot in a pair of jeans, but to maintain a healthy core as well. Also, we should also train the smaller muscles in our body regularly, that often gets ignored, thereby causing muscular imbalances and injuries. © Instagram/kunalkkapoor 3. Natural fuzz vs. waxed/trimmed body hair? I'm absolutely comfortable with the natural fuzz, but I'm open to trimming or waxing if a role demands it. © Instagram/kunalkkapoor 4. Grooming essentials - what are the products you can't do without? A good face wash, a good perfume (I have a huge collection of perfumes), and a nail-cutter. © Instagram/kunalkkapoor 5. Shaving Vs. trimming? Shaving seems to be a lot of work. Trimming is far easier. Anyway I like my stubble, so trimming it is. © Instagram/kunalkkapoor 6. Best lighting for clicking shirtless pictures? Till this point, honestly, I never thought about it. © Instagram/kunalkkapoor 7. Did you ever face any insecurity about your own body? What did you do to deal with it? I did, of course. Even though the popular belief runs that only overweight people get body shamed, it's not true. I was skinny as a kid, was always conscious of it. I tried to deal with it by taking up physically demanding stuff, in order to prove myself in front of other kids. I discovered the magic of exercising and workouts when I was about 16, and have never looked back since. I started doing martial arts, push-ups, pull-ups, and also started going to the gym. Even though I did it mainly to just look good at that point in time, it proved to be life-changing. © Instagram/kunalkkapoor 8. What is the toughest challenge according to you, when it comes to obtaining and maintaining a body in its peak shape? I have a terrible sweet tooth. I can finish off mithhai boxes or bars of chocolates in minutes. Even though I control it well now-a-days, it's still challenging for me. Also, I'm an overall foodie who comes from a family where everything is cooked in desi ghee and food is rich and delicious overall. Ghee is good for you, btw, provided you limit the consumption in case you're trying to build an aesthetically appealing physique. © Instagram/kunalkkapoor 9. Not everyone is content with the way their body looks. How do you suggest one should deal with it? I think the only way to deal with that is to look at it with a different approach. One should of course try to look good, but that should never be the aim with which they should plan their workouts. The goal should be to always be stronger than what you were yesterday. That way, you remain consistent, and automatically gain a better physique. I have seen really strong looking, muscular people who can't even touch their toes. What's the point of such shallow satisfaction in terms of how your body looks if it's not strong and flexible enough? Also, you should have fun while working out. Remember how we used to do somersaults and cartwheels effortlessly as children, and can't seem to do it any more when we are adults? Perhaps that's just because we forget to have fun once we grow up. © Instagram/kunalkkapoor 10. The lines are constantly thinning, when it comes to what is beautiful and what is not. Body positivity is slowly catching up, and the 'accepted standards' of beauty and fitness are getting questioned. What are your views about it? One should stop following trends, because they are just that - trends, and they will keep changing. What a body should look like will keep changing, and you can't keep up with that. What one needs to look at is their overall well-being. By that, I don't mean only physical well-being, but their mental and emotional well-being as well, and there can be multiple ways to achieve that. For example, I do an hour of meditation every morning, and that seems to help me out a lot in terms of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. So all one needs to focus on is what they feel about their own physique, and their own health, rather than focusing on what the world thinks about it.
  4. In 'MXP Body Love', we ask people with amazing bodies the key questions about how to achieve, maintain, and basically take care of our bodies in the best way possible, while seeking their guidance on the same. While we want to know hacks on seemingly superficial topics such as how to look good without clothes, we also want to delve deep and discuss bigger issues such as body positivity, acceptance, how to deal with insecurities, and also how to move past difficulties and strive to reach the best version of oneself. Our 'Body Love' expert here is actor Saqib Saleem. © Instagram/saqibsaleem 1. One food item you should never, ever eat? Karela. I just don't like Karela. © Instagram/saqibsaleem 2. The one body part you should never ignore when it comes to workout? I'd say legs. You should always train legs. © Instagram/saqibsaleem 3. Natural fuzz vs. waxed/trimmed body hair? Waxed/Trimmed Body Hair. © Instagram/saqibsaleem 4. Grooming essentials - what are the products you can't do without? A good body wash, a collection of perfumes, & a good face wash. © Instagram/saqibsaleem 5. Shave down there or trim it? No comments. © Instagram/saqibsaleem 6. Best lighting for clicking nudes (or just for the boudoir)? Why would I click nudes? I don't click nudes. © Instagram/saqibsaleem 7. Did you ever face any insecurity about your own body? What did you do to deal with it? I was a little chubby as a kid, but somehow the fat didn't make me conscious about anything. I was a sportsman. I played sports & it was all good. I eventually lost that extra weight. © Instagram/saqibsaleem 8. What is the toughest challenge according to you, when it comes to obtaining and maintaining a body in its peak shape? The toughest challenge is the diet - to get the food right & to keep it really clean. That's undoubtedly the toughest thing when it comes to maintaining a body in its peak shape. © Instagram/saqibsaleem 9. Not everyone is content with the way their body looks. How do you suggest one should deal with it? One should just be happy with whatever they have while always trying to be a better version of themselves. One should always motivate themselves, and push themselves to try and be a better person, along with working towards a better body everyday. It's essentially an everyday affair. © Instagram/saqibsaleem 10. The lines are constantly thinning, when it comes to what is beautiful and what is not. Body positivity is slowly catching up, and the 'accepted standards' of beauty and fitness are getting questioned. What are your views about it? I think one should concentrate on just being fit, rather than 'looking fit'. You don't need to have a six pack to be fit. You're fit if you can comfortably finish a 5 km run, irrespective of what people say. All I care about, superficially, is just looking good in all sorts of outfit - right from jackets to T-shirts. That is sustainable and would suffice for me.
  5. In 'MXP Body Love', we ask people with amazing bodies the key questions about how to achieve, maintain, and basically take care of our bodies in the best way possible, while seeking their guidance on the same. While we want to know hacks on seemingly superficial topics such as how to look good without clothes, we also want to delve deep and discuss bigger issues such as body positivity, acceptance, how to deal with insecurities, and also how to move past difficulties and strive to reach the best version of oneself. Our 'Body Love' expert here is actor Sooraj Pancholi. © Instagram/soorajpancholi 1. One food item you should never, ever eat? I won't comment on any food item, but I strongly advise against taking fat burners. I always see youngsters ingesting fat burners without any proper guidance, and that should be a complete no-no, for your general well-being in the future. © Instagram/soorajpancholi 2. The one body part you should never ignore when it comes to workout? Legs, for sure. © Instagram/soorajpancholi 3. Natural fuzz vs. waxed/trimmed body hair? I have never waxed my body. I'd say trimmed. © Instagram/soorajpancholi 4. Grooming essentials - what are the products you can't do without? The basics. Perfume and Vitamin E cream suffice for me. © Instagram/soorajpancholi 5. Shave down there or trim it? It really depends on the occasion. © Instagram/soorajpancholi 6. Best lighting for clicking shirtless pictures / nudes (or just for the boudoir)? Again, depends on the kind of picture I'm going for, but I'd say top lighting doesn't work for me, even though it's popular. © Instagram/soorajpancholi 7. Did you ever face any insecurity about your own body? What did you do to deal with it? I'm still insecure about my body. I feel that is what takes me to the gym every day. I feel that's not essentially a bad thing, because while I'm not obsessed with it, I don't want to feel complacent as well. I feel it's okay to feel that way, because even the most successful bodybuilders are not completely happy with their body. © Instagram/soorajpancholi 8. What is the toughest challenge according to you, when it comes to obtaining and maintaining a body in its peak shape? Diet, without a doubt. It's extremely difficult to strictly maintain a diet all year round. © Instagram/soorajpancholi 9. Not everyone is content with the way their body looks. How do you suggest one should deal with it? No one can be perfect. Perfection is a myth. Especially, with the advent of social media, especially Instagram, the pressure of obtaining a particular standard has been mounting on everyone. I feel instead of chasing something unrealistic, one should actually work towards something sustainable, and what they feel at peace with. Even the best of bodybuilders aren't 100% happy with their physiques, but they strive to achieve what matters to them. We should take a cue from them and work towards goals that we ourselves have set, and not participate in someone else's race. © Instagram/soorajpancholi 10. The lines are constantly thinning, when it comes to what is beautiful and what is not. Body positivity is slowly catching up, and the 'accepted standards' of beauty and fitness are getting questioned. What are your views about it? I think it's amazing. I feel body positivity is essential because it boosts everyone's self-confidence. One doesn't need to have an eight pack to look good. A little bit of tummy or curves are beautiful in their own way, and everyone needs to understand this. A quintessential 'beach' body might look aesthetically appealing from outside, but it's not necessarily healthy if it's loaded with steroids. I think people should focus more on being actually fit, rather than focusing on looking fit. If you feel fit, you are automatically beautiful, and no other validation is required post that.
  6. In 'MXP Body Love', we ask people with amazing bodies the key questions about how to achieve, maintain, and basically take care of our bodies in the best way possible, while seeking their guidance on the same. While we want to know hacks on seemingly superficial topics such as how to look good without clothes, we also want to delve deep and discuss bigger issues such as body positivity, acceptance, how to deal with insecurities, and also how to move past difficulties and strive to reach the best version of oneself. Our 'Body Love' expert here is actor Pulkit Samrat. 1. One food item you should never, ever eat? If one wants to avoid, one must avoid sugar as much as possible! © Instagram/pulkitsamrat 2. The one body part you should never ignore when it comes to workout? Legs. © Instagram/pulkitsamrat 3. Natural fuzz vs. waxed/trimmed body hair? Waxed/trimmed. © Gaurav Bhatt 4. Grooming essentials - what are the products you can't do without? Skin oils help keep your skin hydrated, and bees wax balm - a multipurpose miraculous balm that keeps dry skin and chapped lips at bay. © Rohan Shreshta 5. Shave down there or trim it? Depends on the demand ;) © Gaurav Bhatt 6. Best lighting for clicking nudes (or just for the boudoir)? Moonlight ;) © Instagram/pulkitsamrat 7. Did you ever face any insecurity about your own body? What did you do to deal with it? Never! One feels insecure only when one starts to compare with others. Every body is different. Every muscle group reacts differently to your workout and diet regime. Find an active balance in life and make more active and wise choice of food and lifestyle. © Gaurav Bhatt 8. What is the toughest challenge according to you, when it comes to obtaining and maintaining a body in its peak shape? After sometime of hard hitting and consistent workout there comes a tipping point when your body's just about go on a roller coaster change overall. Patience is what will help here!! Just when you think body's not responding to workout or being stagnant for sometime now, throw in a challenge, change your regime, shuffle things around and the body will happily move forward with you on this fitness journey. © Instagram/pulkitsamrat 9. Not everyone is content with the way their body looks. How do you suggest one should deal with it? Never compare. Never chase any sort of unattainable Instagram-ish Photoshopped physique! Every body had strong points and weak points. Recognise them and make the weak ones strong and strong ones stronger. © Gaurav Bhatt 10. The lines are constantly thinning, when it comes to what is beautiful and what is not. Body positivity is slowly catching up, and the 'accepted standards' of beauty and fitness are getting questioned. What are your views about it? I have no opinions when it comes to what is a beautiful body! I like a fit body. That's beautiful! And fit doesn't just mean that one has to have six packs etc. It's about moving your ass every single day and shunning the sedentary lifestyle. It's about making wise food choices. It's about how you feel when you done with any sort of activity, be it weight training, functional training, jog, cycle, martial arts, dance, swimming and what not! But move that ass to keep that heart pumping in a healthy fashion.
  7. In 'MXP Body Love', we ask people with amazing bodies the key questions about how to achieve, maintain, and basically take care of our bodies in the best way possible, while seeking their guidance on the same. While we want to know hacks on seemingly superficial topics such as how to look good without clothes, we also want to delve deep and discuss bigger issues such as body positivity, acceptance, how to deal with insecurities, and also how to move past difficulties and strive to reach the best version of oneself. Our 'Body Love' expert here is model, anchor, and actor Karan Wahi. © Instagram/imkaranwahi 1. One food item you should never, ever eat? There is nothing really that I do not eat . I am allergic to corn, but I eat that too when the craving is too much. © Instagram/imkaranwahi 2. The one body part you should never ignore when it comes to workout? Legs. It's the base of your frame, and stronger legs mean a better frame. You don't have to go mad with heavy weights, but one should make it a point to work on them for sure. © Instagram/imkaranwahi 3. Natural fuzz vs. waxed/trimmed body hair? I have become a fan of natural fuzz with time, though I don't mind either. © Instagram/imkaranwahi 4. Grooming essentials - what are the products you can't do without? I believe in the basics. A body wash, a perfume, and mouthwash suffice for me. © Instagram/imkaranwahi 5. Shave down there or trim it? Let's just keep that a mystery? © Instagram/imkaranwahi 6. Best lighting for clicking nudes (or just for the boudoir)? Not a fan of nudes. If you're comfortable in your own skin, lighting honestly doesn't matter. © Instagram/imkaranwahi 7. Did you ever face any insecurity about your own body? What did you do to deal with it? I have never really faced insecurities about my body. But I make sure that if I want to achieve a certain goal, I work towards it. © Instagram/imkaranwahi 8. What is the toughest challenge according to you, when it comes to obtaining and maintaining a body in its peak shape? I think obtaining a good physique is easy, but maintaining it is the hard part. No one can be in peak shape for a really long time, so you gotta know where to draw the line, and at what point u can maintain it easily. © Instagram/imkaranwahi 9. Not everyone is content with the way their body looks. How do you suggest one should deal with it? Well, body shaming is the reason people feel uncomfortable. But I feel everyone needs to have a goal and work towards it. Every body type is different and every person is different- so what works for someone, might not work for you. Get inspired, but don't copy. © Instagram/imkaranwahi 10. The lines are constantly thinning, when it comes to what is beautiful and what is not. Body positivity is slowly catching up, and the 'accepted standards' of beauty and fitness are getting questioned. What are your views about it? I feel the pressure of looking ripped or chiselled has got to do with the fad than people actually wanting to be fit. Fitness has never been about how you look, but it's about how you feel, and in the process, if you obtain a chiselled structure, that's an add-on. People are finally realizing that it's more important to be healthy than to be size 0 or have an eight-pack. It's important to understand that accepted standards have been set by people only, and what is great for one, may not be for others.
  8. In 'MXP Body Love', we ask people with amazing bodies the key questions about how to achieve, maintain, and basically take care of our bodies in the best way possible, while seeking their guidance on the same. While we want to know hacks on seemingly superficial topics such as how to look good without clothes, we also want to delve deep and discuss bigger issues such as body positivity, acceptance, how to deal with insecurities, and also how to move past difficulties and strive to reach the best version of oneself. Our 'Body Love' expert here is model and actor Prateek Jain, who was also Mr World India 2014. © Instagram 1. One food you should never, ever eat? I'd give it straight to you, because I myself follow that religiously - please avoid fried and sugar laden foods. It's a must. © Instagram 2. The one body part you should never ignore when it comes to workout? Legs, definitely. Indian men have this weird fixation with working only their upper body, which results in the unfortunate and unsightly condition which is called 'chicken legs'. Please train legs, folks! © Instagram 3. Natural fuzz vs. waxed/trimmed body hair? Trimmed, definitely. I want to see my definition when I'm working out, but I can't take the pain of getting waxed. Trimming works perfectly well! © Instagram 4. Grooming essentials - what are the products you can't do without? I just can't do without three things which are basic, but extremely important: my perfume, my body butter, and my sunblock. © Instagram 5. Shave down there or trim it? It really depends on my mood. I do both, from time to time, but I'd say trimming works better when you have a busy schedule like I do. © Instagram 6. Best lighting for clicking nudes (or just for the boudoir)? Why don't I just leave it for the photographer? (Winks) © Instagram 7. Did you ever face any insecurity about your own body? What did you do to deal with it? Well, I have always been into sports. The result? I was skinny AF. Plus, when you're out in the sun all day, you get tanned like you've been to the sun. So yes, pretty much these two were the biggest issues I had with my body. © Instagram 8. What is the toughest challenge according to you, when it comes to obtaining and maintaining a body in its peak shape? Diet, without a doubt. When you want a shredded physique, you need 6 hours' worth of sleep, and probably 4 hours in the gym. But the rest 14 hours, you need to be on top of your game about what you're eating. Trust me, it's tough. © Instagram 9. Not everyone is content with the way their body looks. How do you suggest one should deal with it? Work towards getting your dream physique, of course. But along with that, it's extremely important to embrace what you have. When you're comfortable with your own body, you automatically become really attractive. © Instagram 10. The lines are constantly thinning, when it comes to what is beautiful and what is not. Body positivity is slowly catching up, and the 'accepted standards' of beauty and fitness are getting questioned. What are your views about it? I like how people have started becoming aware about body positivity. The usage of social media platforms to promote messages about inclusivity is something which I really find fascinating. No matter what size or shape you have, the key is to just embrace the same and be happy, provided you're healthy and fit. That's all!
  9. In 'MXP Body Love', we ask people with amazing bodies the key questions about how to achieve, maintain, and basically take care of our bodies in the best way possible, while seeking their guidance on the same. While we want to know hacks on seemingly superficial topics such as how to look good without clothes, we also want to delve deep and discuss bigger issues such as body positivity, acceptance, how to deal with insecurities, and also how to move past difficulties and strive to reach the best version of oneself. Our 'Body Love' expert here is actor Udaybir Sandhu, who just made his Bollywood debut with Akshay Kumar in 'Gold'. © Instagram 1. One food you should never, ever eat? Eat whatever you like but in a smart way. Do not punish yourself by not eating all the time. Eat anything and everything but once in a while. Please eat whatever you like because that will make you happy, but you need to be in control. My day comprises of 90 percent healthy food and 10 percent unhealthy food because I'm already in shape and I can burn those extra calories with one or two hours of exercise. But for someone who needs to get in shape, it has to be 100 percent healthy eating everyday (maybe have a cheat meal once a week till you achieve the results). Once you get the results, you'll know how your body reacts and you can adjust your exercise routine and diet accordingly. © Instagram 2. The one body part you should never ignore when it comes to workout? Chest and Legs both. I think these two body parts define a perfect body. © Instagram 3. Natural fuzz vs. waxed/trimmed body hair? Trimmed hair. You got to wax or trim regularly if you wish to see the results and also it makes you look younger. © Instagram 4. Grooming essentials - what are the products you can't do without? I try to keep everything very natural as I hardly use any products. Natural rose water is something I always rely on. © Instagram 5. Shave down there or trim it? Definitely trim. © Instagram 6. Best lighting for clicking nudes (or just for the boudoir)? I need to try it and get back to you on that one haha! © Instagram 7. Did you ever face any insecurity about your own body? What did you do to deal with it? Well, I have always been into sports but never had a great frame like an athlete.I had to work harder than the rest to have a defined body and that included going to the gym twice a day for 2 months when I was in college. © Instagram 8. What is the toughest challenge according to you, when it comes to obtaining and maintaining a body in its peak shape? Maintaining rock hard abs for sure. That's the time I completely go on a low-carb diet - which is very hard. © Instagram 9. Not everyone is content with the way their body looks. How do you suggest one should deal with it? Stop eating unhealthy food all the time and not doing any form of exercise. You need to maintain a balance in your daily life. Start slowly and don't give up. Start with 3 days of workout a week and then increase it slowly. Also, start with 50 percent of healthy diet at least, and then shift to a 100 percent healthy diet plan.The initial phase is always the toughest. © Instagram 10. The lines are constantly thinning, when it comes to what is beautiful and what is not. Body positivity is slowly catching up, and the 'accepted standards' of beauty and fitness are getting questioned. What are your views about it? Well, it depends on what makes you feel happy and pretty. It could be eating a lot and not working out or vice versa but you also need to respect your body by keeping it healthy. I'm not saying you become good-looking by getting fit but it definitely helps you stay active and more focused in life, and that in itself makes you feel pretty and confident.
  10. In 'MXP Body Love', we ask people with amazing bodies the key questions about how to achieve, maintain, and basically take care of our bodies in the best way possible, while seeking their guidance on the same. While we want to know hacks on seemingly superficial topics such as how to look good without clothes, we also want to delve deep and discuss bigger issues such as body positivity, acceptance, how to deal with insecurities, and also how to move past difficulties and strive to reach the best version of oneself. Our 'Body Love' expert here is actor Sahil Salathia, who answers 7 intimate questions about his physique. © Sahil Salathia 1. One Food You Should Never, Ever Eat? To be honest, try and avoid sugar and junk as much as you can. Keep your one or two cheat meals in place every week but don't make a habit of consuming sugar and/or junk every other day. Personally, I even avoid white rice completely. I have replaced white rice in my diet with quinoa. I have even found a substitute for wheat chapatis in 'naachni roti'. These small changes in your diet go a long way and once you form a habit of them, life seems super normal, unless you are a Bengali and just can't live without rice haha! Btw, I love Bengali fish curry with white rice. That is my ultimate food fetish. Hence, I am going to marry a Bengali girl who can make me fish curry every now and then. Rest of the time, I'll cook quinoa and 'naachni roti' for the two of us. © Sahil Salathia 2. The One Body Part You Should Never Ignore When It Comes To Workout? For me, it's legs and chest. As Indian men, we love huge shoulders and that's it, we stop there. Most of us then look like some strange species that has legs made of paper and shoulders of steel. It's very important to have a body that's proportionate and not out of order when you look at it from head to toe. Plus, having strong legs automatically helps you in building a strong core. Chest happens to be my personal favourite body part to work on. I like it tight and toned and not so huge. Lean is in, and rightfully so! © Sahil Salathia © Sahil Salathia 3. Natural Fuzz Vs. Waxed/Trimmed Body Hair? I would say it depends on my mood. Sometimes, I like to look like an animal that is not really into fixing body hair. And then, that guy with that trimmed body hair is also me! I prefer trimming body hair though because it's definitely more hygienic and weather-friendly in a city like Bombay, where I currently live. Waxing is a major no for me. It hurts, man, I have been told. 4. Grooming Essentials - Top 5 Products? 1. My medicated soap called 'Acneguard' that keeps acne under check. Clear skin is a major plus for anybody, be it a man or a woman! 2. Sunscreen/sunblock. Could be any brand as long as the SPF is good enough to save that skin under the sun. 3. B Blunt volumizing leave-in spray for that perfect hairdo. © Sahil Salathia 4. Clinique Aloe shave gel for a good shave. Since it's Aloe Vera based, it really cools the skin down and helps with cuts, if at all. 5. Clinique charcoal face wash for that extra push for a relatively cleaner face and to keep all that Bombay pollution ruining the skin under control. © Sahil Salathia 5. Shave Down There Or Trim It? I like to trim it mostly. But not that I have never shaved it. So, yup, both...depends on my mood. I'm such a moody guy I tell ya! © Sahil Salathia 6. Best Lighting For Clicking Nudes (Or Just For The Boudoir)? Top light. Body looks amazing. Now, since you are taking nudes, you might as well look your naked best! *winks* © Sahil Salathia 7. Any Last Minute Tip? Just stay happy from within, man! I know it sounds preachy but it's true AF. Meditate if you can take some time out. Don't miss your workouts because they will fix your mental health also and you will obviously look sexier naked. Now, who doesn't want that? Picture Credits: Tanmay Mainkar
  11. When they said your body is your temple, they actually referred to a temple with good maintenance, not an ancient structure that will fall apart and is only dependent on your prayers. You need to take care of your body and do your best to make it reach its best version, because honestly, that is the only thing you really own, and the only thing money can't buy you. A well-built body, and the efforts you have put in to achieve that, legit count as your best investment. In MXP Body Love, we will ask people with amazing bodies the key questions, and seek their guidance on the same. Our Body Love expert here, is actor Tushar Khanna, who answers 7 questions on how to look good without clothes. © Instagram © Tushar Khanna 1. One Food You Should Never, Ever Eat? For me, it has got to be sugar. Sugar is one of the most dangerous food items because it's the hardest to get rid of from your diet, and causes the most damage. I have read that getting rid of a sugar addiction is as hard as quitting drugs, because they impact the same part of your brain. I try avoiding it as much as I can, but I give in a little bit on my cheat days. A man's gotta survive! © Instagram © Instagram 2. The One Body Part You Should Never Ignore When It Comes To Workout? Legs. When it comes to Indian gyms, I have noticed most people are just obsessed with their upper bodies, mainly chest and arms, and end up ignoring their lower body. The result? A weak core, and a weird, misshapen body. Chicken legs are not sexy, homies! Also, your upper body strength increases when your legs are equally strong. © Instagram 3. Natural Fuzz vs. Waxed/Trimmed Body Hair? I am more of a natural or neatly trimmed person. I anyway don't have an excessive growth, plus waxing is just not my thing. I don't think I can ever get waxing done, because it hurts even while thinking about it, haha! © Tushar Khanna © Instagram 4. Grooming Essentials - What Are The Products You Can't Do Without? Face wash, sun block and a moisturiser. I also think it's extremely important to scrub once a week, to get rid of dead skin. I only use products by Kiehl's, as they suit my skin type. © Instagram 5. Shave Down There Or Trim It? Trim, always. © Tushar Khanna 6. Best Lighting For Clicking Nudes (Or Just For The Boudoir)? If you're in good shape, the lighting doesn't matter! *winks* © Instagram 7. Any Last-Minute Tip? If you ask me, I'd just say that confidence is the key to looking good, with or without clothes. Just be proud of who you are, and be confident, and you'll automatically look good.
  12. Regan Anderson with her husband Ali Umer. Photo: fundmytravelAmerican citizen Regan Anderson is trying to raise $2,000 so she can travel to Karachi and meet her Pakistani husband and his family.Regan is a creative director and owns a business in...
  13. (Top row, L-R) Actresses nominated for the 90th Academy Awards, The Oscars, in a leading role: Sally Hawkins, Meryl Streep, Margot Robbie, Saoirse Ronan, and Frances McDormand; (Bottom row, L-R) Actresses nominated for the 90th Academy Awards, The Oscars, in a supporting role: Lesley Manville, Octavia Spencer, Laurie Metcalf, Mary J. Blige, and Allison Janney. REUTERS/Staff/Files LOS ANGELES: Sally Hawkins plays a mute cleaner with a passionate love life, Frances McDormand is a grieving woman in a fury about the shortcomings of the men around her, and Margot Robbie turns the tale of disgraced 1990s ice skater Tonya Harding on its head. Women in Hollywood felt some long overdue love on Tuesday when Oscar nominations rained in for movies about their stories and for the actresses and directors who bring them to life. In the best actress category, Hawkins was nominated for The Shape of Water, McDormand for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and Robbie for I, Tonya. Greta Gerwig ? who wrote and directed best picture nominee Lady Bird, a story about a teenage girl brimming with self-assurance ? got rare female directing and screenplay Oscar nominations. Actresses Saiorse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf were also recognized for Lady Bird. ?It?s fantastic for women and given the year that we?ve had, I think those nominations are popping out even stronger. They?re more apparent because of the year we?ve been through,? Metcalf told Reuters. The nominations from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences followed years of campaigning for equal pay and better opportunities behind the camera, a movement that has been boosted by women breaking their silence in recent months over sexual abuse and harassment in the entertainment industry. ?The one clear trend in this award season is the empowerment of women,? Tom O?Neil ? founder of awards website GoldDerby.com ? said. ?It is rare that films with a female point of view do well in the best picture race, but this year we have four movies that are front-runners - Lady Bird, Three Billboards, The Shape of Water, and The Post,? he said. Only one woman ? Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker in 2010 ? has ever won the best director Oscar. On Tuesday, Gerwig brought the number of women nominated in that category to five. However, the superhero film Wonder Woman ? a box office hit ? and its director Patty Jenkins were snubbed. That was in keeping with a tradition of generally cool treatment of action and sci-fi movies at the Academy Awards. Award shows in the run-up to this year?s Oscars have been dominated by women?s issues. Actresses turned out dressed in black en masse for the Golden Globes this month to signal support for victims of sexual misconduct in the entertainment industry and beyond. At the Screen Actors Guild awards on Sunday, all the presenters were women. To be sure, the movies now vying for the most prestigious honours in the film industry were filmed before multiple allegations of impropriety against producer Harvey Weinstein triggered the #MeToo social movement and led to the downfall of dozens of powerful men in US entertainment, business and politics. Weinstein has denied having non-consensual *** with anyone. But the movement created an environment where attention was ready to focus on movies about women of all varieties. In the past, ?the stories that we have seen in general have been the stories of white men, and we are tired and done with it?, said Melissa Silverstein, founder of the Women and Hollywood blog.
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