Remember that skinny guy you knew way back in college? Fast forward to 10 years later and you do a double take when you run into him at the gym because he’s now built like a wall. Wondering what happened? Sameer Sheikh might have the answer.
“Body – building has been around for decades, possibly longer. And not to give all credit to Bollywood and their idea of “handsome” men [read: beefcakes], Indian blokes have been bulking up for a LONG time – for body building. These days it’s all about the aesthetic appeal and looking good shirtless. Thanks Salman Khan.
Your typical Indian male eats a lot of rice and rotis and veggies. The reality is that muscle gains through that diet are slow to happen. You need protein. But in smart amounts. People are overdoing it – too much food, protein shakes, other supplements and, unfortunately, ones that can harm you in the long run.
Insecurity, quite likely, is a huge, silent, insidious fiend that spawns these wants – it’s Body Dysmorphic Disorder. And BDD is not your BFF. Girls and guys have it in various degrees.
Getting bulked up does not mean you’re fit. You may need to put on, say, 5 – 7 kgs of muscle to feel better, stronger, fitter. But you have to know where to draw the line. Taking ‘roids and/or growth enhancers have serious consequences, the least of which will be resembling a distant cousin of The Hulk. The downs outnumber the ups.”