Mandira Bedi advocates for balanced fitness regimes on No Diet Day

| Updated: 06 May, 2024 6:22 pm IST

NEW DELHI: On the occasion of No Diet Day, renowned actress and fitness enthusiast Mandira Bedi voiced her opinion against quick diets and urged people to find a balance in their fitness regimes.

Bedi, who is known for her dedication to fitness, emphasized the importance of maintaining a balanced diet and regular exercise. She dismissed the idea of quick diets, often seen as a fast track to weight loss, stating that these can be harmful in the long run.

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“No Diet Day is a reminder that fad diets, quick fixes, and detoxes may not be the best solution for long-term health goals,” Bedi said. “A balanced diet, combined with regular physical activity, is the key to sustained health and well-being.”

She further added, “Fitness is not just about hitting the gym; it is also about inner happiness and overall well-being.”

International No Diet Day is observed annually on May 6. This day is dedicated to promoting body acceptance, diversity, and respect for all body shapes and sizes. It aims to raise awareness about weight discrimination, and fatphobia and challenges harmful dieting practices.

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The day was first observed in the United Kingdom by British feminist Mary Evans Young in 1992, inspired by her struggles with body acceptance and anorexia. The intention behind starting this day was to teach people the importance of body positivity, appreciating their bodies, and also taking a day off from their diet and enjoying a meal that they love.

Today, the celebration has evolved into a social media-based campaign, sponsored by the National Eating Disorders Association. Observances typically include posting either graphics with statistics provided by NEDA or photos of food to social media platforms under the hashtag “#NoDietDay”. It is also sometimes embraced as a marketing technique by restaurant owners.

Bedi’s message on No Diet Day serves as a reminder that while diets might offer short-term results, they are not sustainable and can even be detrimental to one’s health. Instead, she advocates for a balanced approach to fitness, one that includes a healthy diet and regular exercise.

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