It has been quite challenging. We were mostly at home for many months, so we had limited activity. But I wasn't out of shape when I got out of the house.
There's a lot of protein shakes and bars available these days. I used to like protein shakes but somehow they don't suit me.
I like having grilled chicken and vegetables. But if you tell me that I can choose food regardless of any consequences, it will be pulao, chicken roast and all that (laughs).
There's a difference, and I don't blame any franchise or team. It depends a lot on individuals. We are usually eating well when we are playing in the national team. There are a lot of players who keep their food habits intact during tournaments like the BPL, but I have slipped on a few occasions. I have pulled it back in the last two seasons. I am much better now.
When the BPL takes place in Chittagong, many of them want to try the kalo bhuna. They find it a bit spicy. But the most common thing [they want to try] is eating with their fingers. All the overseas players have tried doing it.
It was in 2015. [Chandika] Hathurusingha [Bangladesh head coach] came down really hard on me, and rightly so. I used to think that as long as I am scoring runs, it doesn't matter how I look or what I eat. I always had that mentality. But when things weren't going in my favour, I was definitely overweight and I wasn't fit.
You wouldn't believe how many soft drinks I used to drink when I was a kid - with breakfast, lunch and dinner - so to give that up was a big thing.
Having spoken to experts who know these things, it is not what you eat but how much you eat. If you can fit an ice-cream into your 1800 calories for the day, you can have it.
I am actually the opposite. When I am scoring runs, when I am happy, I am very serious about my diet.
London and Dubai. You get every kind of authentic food in London. Dubai is also similarly multicultural. I like these kinds of cities. My favorite restaurant is China Tang in the Dorchester Hotel in London. It has the best Peking duck.
When we are on a long tour and we have kitchen facilities in our hotel, we have a culture of cooking together. Imrul Kayes is our head chef, but when he is not in the team, Mushfiq takes over. He is a very good cook. He cooks chicken. We usually have khichuri, chicken and different types of bhorta. We have done it on many tours, like South Africa and Sri Lanka.
I am the organiser.
Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84