Right attitude=diet success=lose weight forever

Published: September 26, 2010
I don’t want anyone to know I’m trying so hard to look good. It’ll make me look stupid

I don’t want anyone to know I’m trying so hard to look good. It’ll make me look stupid

Ironically, Ramazan is the month of overindulgence. It is one month when people eat a lot more than they should and all the wrong fatty food items. And wait, what about Eid?Just three days of Eid adds a couple of inches more to our already over-expanded-WAY-out-of-proportion waists.

Is that not the worst feeling ever? Don’t you feel guilty as if you have committed a crime and avoid facing the mirror for days? If you are nodding your head in agreement, keep reading. If you are rolling your eyes, FOCUS!

Most of us are now suffering from depression from not being able to fit into our clothes like we used to. And what happens when we’re depressed? We start eating even more as if to fill up a void and end up adding a couple of inches more to that darn waist. Perfect example of domino effect and we have got to find a way to break the fall. It is time for us to stop and take charge of our mind, soul and body.

Wedding season is right around the corner and there is not much time left to get yourself in shape. Paras, 20, says, “Winter wedding season is the hardest to lose weight, as it’s basically Summer+Ramazan+Eid weight gain versus two months and a half of losing it. Seriously that’s too much weight to lose in a very short time and it completely stresses me out and I end up depressed and cranky.” There’s no time to wait for tomorrow. And while we are at it, let’s try not to fall for those ‘six days to a new you’ banner ads that you see popping up on the corner of your Facebook page as soon as you Google ‘lose weight’.

The worst part about losing weight is that you can’t cheat. No one wants to share their weight-losing plans and secrets. It is almost as if saying their diet and exercise plans out loud will make all those pounds (lbs) reappear. No one ever admits they have been working hard towards losing weight. For some reason, people find it embarrassing. Qudsia, 18, says, “I don’t want anyone to know I’m trying so hard to look good. It’ll make me look stupid.”  So what does she say when someone asks her how she did it. “Oh, I don’t know how I am losing weight because all I have been doing is eating, eating, eating!”

Sure, that’s smart. We believe you.

Since we cannot follow someone else’s diet plan, it does not mean we cannot make our own. So what if you have already had a heavy breakfast today? It’s right now or never. Find a sport you enjoy, join a gym and once you start, maybe you will become an inspiration for your friends and family and they might even end up following your footsteps. Just imagine how you could change lives… No, let’s not get ahead of ourselves now.

But remember a good diet plan can work wonders. That’s the trickiest part and we have to make sure we are careful and not compromising on our health. You are what you eat and healthy is what it should be. I strongly recommend joining a professional health and wellness centre where they can monitor your weight and help you reach your ideal weight effectively. Try Powwer Living at SouthBeach Clinic. They help you lose from eight to 40 kilogrammes depending on which programme suits your body best. Ali, founder and Director of Powerr Living says, “It will change the way you look at food forever.” “Before you put anything into your mouth, you should assess whether that food is going to add nutrition value or will add inches to your body!” This means it does not only require changing your diet and routine but your attitude as well. Now you know why ‘six days to a new you’ is a hoax?

So once you reach your ideal weight, start looking and feeling better than ever and someone asks you how you did it, you know what to say – “All I’ve been doing is eating, eating, eating!”

Published in The Express Tribune, September 25th, 2010.

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Reader Comments (10)

  • Dr. Dejavu
    Sep 26, 2010 - 10:28PM

    Ms/Mrs or whatever Komal, For Gods sake !Where DO YOU live ? ? Millions of homeless people are starving, running after truks, pushing others to get whatever they can to eat……and all you are concerned is getting into shape for the next wedding season ? ? GREAT ! Good Luck !Recommend

  • T
    Sep 27, 2010 - 11:26AM

    FOR GODS SAKE Dr. Dejavu!!! Keep both things separate!!! don’t mix the two. Recommend

  • Anonymous
    Sep 27, 2010 - 12:46PM

    what is the address of southbeach clinic?Recommend

  • Narmeen
    Sep 27, 2010 - 1:17PM

    its off Saba AvenueRecommend

  • Faiz
    Sep 27, 2010 - 2:37PM

    It was funny. I liked the sarcasm. A good read, (Miss?) Komal.Recommend

  • Maha
    Sep 27, 2010 - 9:57PM

    This is SO TRUE!!! I feel the exact same way! It’s so cool how the writer explained the feeling so well!! I can totally relate to this!!!!!!!! Well done :)Recommend

  • Farhan
    Sep 27, 2010 - 11:50PM

    I don’t understand, it’s the mindless conundrum, do I abstain from eating for the short term gain or indulge and watch my life disappear? Either way, I can’t stop eating and partying yet I go to the gym for the ladies. Recommend

  • Farhan
    Sep 28, 2010 - 12:03AM

    I don’t understand, it’s the mindless conundrum, do I abstain from eating for the short term gain or indulge and watch my life disappear? Either way, I can’t stop eating and partying yet I go to the gym but for what purpose? In the end, it’s just a complex set of chemical reactions with a set and defined end point, expiration. Recommend

  • Komal
    Sep 28, 2010 - 1:00AM

    @Dr. Dejavu – I do realize what’s happening in this country and so do you. But does that stop you from having nice dinners with your family? Does it stop you from living your life? Moreover, does that change the fact that people are still getting married? No. So, if we we can’t change our lifestyle, how can you expect people to change the way they think?
    Everyone wants to look and feel good about themselves. That can’t change.

    @Anonymous – The address: 49C, Street 7/A Badar comm., off Saba Avenue, Phase 5, DHA, Karachi

    @Farhan – It’s all about balance. And don’t abstain from eating. Eat. Food’s made for you and me to consume. But just don’t let it become bigger than you. If you don’t understand the purpose of going to the gym, well, then maybe you don’t enjoy it. And if you don’t enjoy it then you don’t have to do it. Find something else you enjoy. It’s not just about looking good but feeling good as well.
    And just because we’re all heading towards the end, doesn’t mean we should just sit back and watch life take it’s toll. And even if some of us are planning to do that, might as well look good doing it.

    Thanks for reading. :)Recommend

  • Lubinka
    Sep 28, 2010 - 9:54PM

    Well written and a good read! :)Recommend

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