Actor Saqib Saleem’s edgy style and well-chiselled abs have clearly made him an icon where fashion and fitness are concerned. The actor, who was last seen in Salman Khan starrer Race 3, talks about the strenuous regime which went behind his amazing body in the film, the diet plan he usually follows as well as who he looks up to in the industry.
MH Team: What was your training schedule like, before Race 3?
When Race 3 was starting, I was following a gruelling, intense regime. I was training twice a day and my food intake was also closely monitored by the calories that I was eating. I enjoyed it a lot even though it was tough. The results that came out made me very happy.
What is your diet plan?
I usually take four months off in a year when I don’t train and I eat what I want to. But the rest of the eight months, I make sure that I am on the most stringent diet. I eat clean, I feel that is important and I train hard. I try and keep a balance. I don’t go crazy with all the diets that are going around such as Keto, Paleo, Atkins. I try and keep a high-protein intake and I give myself some complex carbs as well so that it gives me the energy to finish my workouts.
What are the precautions which men must take while following any diet?
People should not starve themselves. It is very important to have some good fats and some complex carbs in your diet. Only proteins will not help you form muscles. You need some carbs that will help you gain some size. My advice: Eat well and in the right proportions. That is important!
What do you love to eat on your cheat days?
Well, there is nothing like a double cheese burst margherita pizza!
Roles in films often require actors to put on or lose weight rapidly. Does this take a toll on your body? How do you deal with it?
I don’t know if it takes a toll or not. Right now, I am only 30, so, my body has not started showing any signs of fatigue or anything of that sort. In fact, I quite enjoy it! I always say that an actor’s like a chameleon. He or she always needs to change looks, sizes and everything else. I try and stay healthy, that is important. I stay in a neutral position so that if I have to gain or lose weight from there, it is easy. I try to stay somewhere in the middle all the time.
Who are your fitness icons in the industry?
Where fitness is concerned, three guys who I have always looked up to are Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar and Sanjay Dutt. They have been my idols growing up.