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The World Cup made us fat

Gym instructors and dieticians say World Cup bingeing made Delhi heavier by two kilos, if not more.

entertainment Updated: Apr 07, 2011 00:22 IST
Namya Sinha

The World Cup may be over, but its after- effects linger on. Especially those that come with calories attached. Delhiites who binged on beer and junk food during the tournament say they’re now grappling with the extra weight they’ve put on.

“Matches were like parties — socialising and a lot of eating. I’ve put on about 2 kgs since,” says Sushant Verma, 28. Swati Rao, 25, had 7 pints of beer just during the India vs Pakistan match, and ordered six pizzas for 12 friends. “Now, I’ve hit the gym,” she says.

Fitness experts, too, say gyms lay barren all through the last month. “People watched matches till midnight and slept late. So, very few made it for workout sessions. Since Monday, our membership has increased by 25%,” says Rahul Kharbanda of Athena Fitness centre in Dwarka. “Even though we screened matches during workouts, our customers dropped by 40%,” says Jitender Rajput of Muscle Buzz in Gurgaon.

“Not gymming for a few days doesn’t matter but people went overboard — matches were accompanied with pizzas or fries and lots of beer,” says Som Tugnait of Metal Gym in Punjabi Bagh.

“When India played Pakistan, we saw a 50% increase in the number of home delivery orders,” says a representative of pizza chain Domino’s. Their overall sales increased by 60-70% during the semis, and 30-40% during the finals.

“As India went ahead, the consumption increased. With beer, snacks and colas, people consumed about 1,200 calories per match,” says Deepti Tiwari, nutritionist at Artemis Health Institute.

272
calories in one slice of a plain cheese pizza. A popular pizza delivery chain reported a 50% increase in orders

182
calories in a pint of beer. 7.5 lakh pints were sold in Delhi the day India played Pakistan

500
calories in a box of large French Fries, and 300 in a cheese burger. Fast food chain Mc Donald’s saw an increase of 35% in orders during matches