Thursday, August 13, 2009

Just after I've signed in for a gym membership that costs more money than a liposuction and more effort than photoshopping my pictures online, turns out that exercising, to put it delicately, is F%^&*$# Crap at reducing weight.
"In general, for weight loss, exercise is pretty useless," says Eric Ravussin, chair in diabetes and metabolism at Louisiana State University and a prominent exercise researcher.

Yes, you read it right.
I know,today's not the first of April.

Above quote is a serious comment from a serious article expounding on the impotency of exercise for weight loss in the latest issue of The Times.

Frankly I am not surprised. After my first month at the gym I certainly had started to gain some suspicions, not to mention some weight as well. Thanks to some new-age machine which measures composition of body mass, I found that a fortnight of workouts later, I was an extra pound heavier, that's right - heavier - not in promised muscle but plain good old fat. This, despite exercising at least thrice a week, with weights and cardio and teeth gnashing and a resolution to finish the twenty minute cycling setting even if it landed my trainer in jail for unintended manslaughter.

Thankfully writer John Cloud had the guts to ask the question which most of us dare only throw out as a feeble joke.
Could exercise actually be keeping me from losing weight?

The answer? Let me just say that the only way you will lose wait after exercising is if you are so sore that there is no way you'll take the long painful walk all the way to the fridge to eat something even if that something is covered all over Brad Pitt. or Johnny Depp. or Bruce Willis. Whatever works for you. Except that it won't work coz you'll be too tired to crawl to them. And they won't be there anyway. Unless you are Angelina Jolie, in which case you are not reading this nor do you need to lose a single nanometer.

Anyway, the point being that unless you stop eating, that weight is going nowhere. But after exercise, what is more likely is that you will be too sore to cook, yet not so sore that you can't call Dominoes for home delivery and instantly wipe out in a single bite all that you had perspired so hard to lose. In fact, leave alone Pizza, even a Gatorade can wash away the benefits of all the toil and sweat you worked up.

Worse, all the self-control you used to get on the treadmill means you have a lesser quota of will-power when faced with a choice between Truffle cake and soya beans. Don't believe me? Hear the experts.

Self-control is like a muscle: it weakens each day after you use it. If you force yourself to jog for an hour, your self-regulatory capacity is proportionately enfeebled. Rather than lunching on a salad, you'll be more likely to opt for pizza.
No wonder my gym doesn't come with a satisfaction guarantee money return policy.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Tagged: 29 Questions

1. What is your current obsession?
The same as my oldest obsession – trying to fit into my pants from college days that are saved and stored in my closet

2. What is your weirdest obsession?
You mean weirder than a burning desire to fit into a high-waisted, bell-bottomed, faded, frayed piece of cloth that hasn’t been washed in eight years???

3. What are you wearing today?
A big smile to start with

4. What are you listening to right now?
Radio and traffic

5. What’s for dinner?
Anything but carbs, at least for the next 3 months

6. What’s the last thing you bought?
Scented candles (on sale!) that will add to my collection of scented candles which will not be needed for at least another 6 months

7. Which language do you want to learn?
Mandarin. So I can bargain better here where I stay

8. If you could have a house totally paid for, fully furnished anywhere in the world, where would you like it to be?
Bora Bora

9. If you could go anywhere in the world for the next hour, where would you go?
Galapagos. Or Sossusvlei. Or Macchhu Pichhu

10. If you had $100 now, what would you spend it on?
Nowhere, I’d save it for my travel budget

11. What are your must-have pieces for summer?
Cotton dresses, strappy sandals, and lots of deo

12. What is your favorite piece of clothing in your own closet?
The one that is most frayed, faded and overused – a certain cotton dress

13. What do you do when you “have nothing to wear” (even though your closet’s packed)?
I tell Vipul it is all his fault. And wear a certain cotton dress again

14. What do you consider a fashion faux pas?

15. Give us three styling tips that always work for you.
It’s not the styling tips, it’s the confidence that works

16. What’s your favorite quote?
'Whatever happens, look as if it were intended'

17. Describe your personal style.
Understated. Underappreciated

18. Who do you want to meet right now?
Dave Barry

19. What is your favorite color?

20. What is your dream job?
To be a Muse

21. What’s your favorite magazine?
Used to be Target, before they contorted it out of recognition

22. Which TV character can you simply not tolerate?
Tulsi. %$^&*(()*&^&^&

23. Who are your style icons?
None. Though I do ogle at whatever Priyanka Chopra, Preity Zinta and Deepika Padukone are wearing on-screen nowadays

24. What are you going to do after this?
Go swimming

25. What are your favorite movies?
Too many to fit in a single post!

26. What inspires you?

27. Coffee or tea?
Chai. Masala Chai

28. Pet peeve?

29. What do you think about the person who tagged you?
After all the tags Quicksilver has handed me down, I know we have loads in common, ranging from a love for Stephen King to a dissatisfaction with the frequency of my posts!

**The rules: Respond and rework – answer the questions on your own blog, replace one question that you dislike with a question of your own invention, and add one more question of your own. Then tag eight or ten other people.

I tag any reader who'd like to take it on!