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health and fitness Updated: Feb 06, 2010 19:30 IST
Shikha Sharma
Shikha Sharma
Hindustan Times
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It is interesting and fun to work in the area of weight loss, as I often encounter humorous incidents.

Here are some:

I am often invited to seminars and lectures on healthy eating. For me, the part of the programme that is the most humorous is the lunch that follows such events. Mostly, I find a buffet table loaded with deep-fried food.

As I struggle to find something appropriate to eat, I am usually advised to try the ‘delicious’

gulab jamuns

. Some even say, ‘

Ek din khane se kuch problem nahi hai’

. Another well-meaning person will tell me, ‘We are all watching to see what kind of food you will eat’. The one buffet that was unforgettable had


s dishing out


and fried


swimming in oil. This conference was on heart-healthy foods.

The second common occurrence is when I attend wedding dinners. Invariably, after polishing off a plateful of food and dessert, someone will ask me for healthy food advice. Often I meet people at parties who quiz me about weight loss. But before I can begin, they start telling me about the various methods they have heard of (but never tried). After sharing their vast knowledge, they end with, ‘You know, Dr Shikha, all this knowledge is fine, but who has the time to follow such tips? Eat and make merry!’ I can safely bet that at any party, nine times out of 10, the conversation will shift to ‘weight loss tips’.

So while you enjoy your hot


this Sunday, please send me your weight loss mantras.