By Hamza Shafique
While munching on my regular grilled chicken and green salad lunch in office pit stop, a colleague asked, “Are you still on a diet?” I spontaneously replied, “Yes I am on an eternal diet” and we all had a good laugh. My colleague here was merely referring to the fact that I hired a nutritionist, couple of months back to design a diet as per my needs. That diet was very effective, during that diet period I did manage to lose 14 Kgs but as soon as I left it and came to my normal routine I gained 10Kgs back.
I always wonder what is wrong with me. Why am I always struggling with weight? I remember when my waist was 34 I wanted to be 30 and now I am 40 and I am desperate to even get to 36. One day sitting in my restroom, trying hard to get rid of the chappal Kababs I had a day earlier, it dawned on me, it’s all my ancestors fault. Yes, it is, we belong to agriculture lands and are meant to be farmers. Especially people from North (like me), God has given us long legs so that we can easily walk the mountainous terrains of north and also a furry framework so that we can survive the cold. Thus, our foods were designed by our ancestors as high calorie intakes as a fuel so that we can spend next 12 hours in fields burning them. World changed, Lifestyle changed but what did not change, any guesses? Our food and eating habits did not change accordingly. Even years of colonialism did not affect this part of our culture, we still eat like we are farmers whereas most of us now basically sit in front a computer in an airconditioned cabin for most of the time. Even worse for me as I moved from cold mountains of Pakistan’s potohar region to Dubai’s hot desert which requires even less calories.