The best thing about the winter holiday season is that we can stuff ourselves silly with cholesterol-laden roasts, sinful puddings and cakes and gallons of the poison of our choice. Now not everyone might share our view that we must live for today. Especially those who have been bowled over (including the US media) by six-pack-elect… err… US President-elect Barack Obama and hope to build theirs before the end of 2009. Mr Obama’s lean-and-buff show was on display on the beaches of Hawaii recently where he was holidaying with his family. Closer home, we had six-packer Shah Rukh Khan, who has shed them because of yet another new look, and now ‘I-can-do-better-than-SRK’ Aamir Khan flaunting his newly-acquired eight packs.
Mr Obama’s lean, mean look also quickly made it to the world of online polling and browsers were asked to choose between a shirtless Obama and Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin — with his stomach sucked in — during a Siberian fishing trip. With 100,000 votes cast, ‘Vlad the Inhaler’ held a comfortable 30-point lead. And, that’s the point: no matter six or eight packs, there’ll always be someone out ready to take on the diet-and-exercise challenge.
But if that bit of pectoral politics and the new Obama look is still making you iffy about that cheese cake and Chardonnay, take our advice: stay true to yourself and let your inner food hound free. Pack on those extra kilos. You’ve got 365 days to shed them. To eat, his own.