Fraudulent ‘Health’ Marketing

The truth behind ‘FAT-FREE’ and ‘100% Real’ and ‘No-Sugar-Added’ Last week, I wrote a detailed post about seeing through the deception of the Nutritional Label. I shared with you my simple, 4-step process that shatters the food industry’s attempts at obfuscating ‘nutrition’. I’ve spent the last 15-years battling with obesity. It took me three attempts, …

How to read Nutrition Labels

My 4-step process to answering — ‘Is this healthy?’ If you’ve started on the path to fitness, chances are you do a lot of this: Head to the grocery store, pick up healthy looking packaged foods, and spend more time trying to decipher the cluttered back-of-pack than looking at the mouth-watering imagery up front. But soon as …

Cheat Meals (and how to cheat them)

Ever since I started FITSHIT, this is one question I get asked a lot. Don’t you ever cheat? “I don’t have that much willpower — how do you do it?” “I can do anything else, but I can’t not have dessert after dinner” “But I was in Delhi/ Hyderabad/ Kolkata. How could I not have the butter …

How to Travel FIT: My Top 7 travel-time fitness-hacks

As you read this, I’d be sitting in Kota, Rajasthan — attending my wife’s cousin’s three-day wedding. That’s three days of Kachoris (fried, stuffed dough-balls) and Baatis (fried, not-stuffed dough-balls) and Gulab jamuns (fried, dipped in sugar syrup, dough-balls). Not to mention, I’m the first son-in-law (in my wife’s generation of kids)— which means that bride & …

Men Vs Women Vs Weight-Loss

Men stop having alcohol for a month, start carrying lunch, lift a few dumbbells — and voila! That belly starts melting. Women, on the other hand, diligent as they are, cut sugar, skip dinner, give up that one glass of wine they used to have, and look the other way lest that cupcake call out to them …

Whey Protein: Fit or Shit?

Walk into any gym nowadays and you’d find bulky bros gulping an ‘isolate shake’ right after their workout, trying to leverage that anabolic window that’s just opened up. Look around a bit more and you’ll see many more guys (and very few girls) doing the same, not necessarily knowing why. Walk out the gym though, …

Artificial Sweeteners: Fit or Shit?

This is me as I write this week’s post. Turning a (potentially) 250-calorie Cappuccino into a 110-calorie drink that I can afford under my calorie quota. Skimmed milk, no whip and Sugar-Free instead of sugar. But is this a good habit? Have you noticed how Diet Sodas seem to be the first drink that runs …

Alcohol & Fitness: Do they mix?

Many who start on the fitness journey, dread this question. Will I need to completely give up alcohol?  Does fitness come at the cost of my social life? What! No Beer? Whaaaaaa! And it’s a fair question, what with the fitness-industry’s relentless anti-alcohol stance. But what is it about alcohol that sparks such an extreme …

Running: A Beginner’s Guide

Everybody is a Runner

“I want to be a runner. But I just don’t like running. How do I start?” First up – wrong question. You already are a runner. Just like you’re already an eater, sleeper, drinker and so on. Running is an ability that all of us posses. In that sense, it isn’t an acquired skill like …

Weight or Fat : What are you losing?

More importantly, can you do something about it? 15 years ago, when I first decided I was going to get fit, all I had in mind was a number – 30kgs. I needed to lose 30kgs. No matter how. Fitness, at the time, was the same as weight loss for me. And fat, muscle, bones, genitals …