The NADA (नॉडI) Impact!


Soni, a charming woman was busy eating a lavish meal at a fancy restaurant. The food was exceptionally delectable. The dessert was even more mouth watering. She figured 2 more helpings of the sweets would do no harm. But after all that indulgence she could barely breathe. Nevertheless she managed to walk to the restroom and loosened the nada of her salwar. ‘Ahh!’, she exclaimed, ‘That felt a whole lot better’. Walking back to the restaurant with a more relaxed tummy, she considered ending the meal with a coffee and some biscotti.

Move forward a couple of years later. The still charming (but having packed on quite a few extra pounds around the tummy) Soni, finished a lovely meal but since greed had got the better of her ‘again’, she was uncomfortable. Sitting in a far corner and now an expert at it, she glanced around and when no one was looking in her direction she stealthily loosened her salwar nada and all was well again.

For the uninitiated, the nada is simply -Drawstring. The one that go into your salwar / pajama / sari petticoat and holds them up and protects our dignity. Basically for a lot of us, this little cloth string is ‘our honor keeper’.

However that innocuous looking cloth string isn’t all that innocent after all.

They are a curse for its users, especially for those who consider gluttony as their sin! The longer and more often one wears them, the more inches one is likely to gain. One just doesn’t know how many inches the tummy region piles on till its too late. And its not just restricted to the nadas in indian outfits but also drawstring/ stretch trousers.

When pregnant with Peanut I bought a pair of pregnancy trousers- the one that has this awesome comfortable stretch around the tummy. Long after Buttercups’s birth, I still have it in my cupboard. Not for any sentimental purposes but reserved for those ‘fat’ days. The problem is before one knows it, those sporadic ‘fat’ days become the norm and we start wearing those nada outfits / stretch trousers regularly. Then we rationalize with ourselves saying they are ‘comfortable’. Of course they will be comfortable for an ever expanding waistline, but at what cost?

Unlike a nada garment, the fixed waist trousers’ button will refuse to close even if you put on ½ an inch, and after a few days of indulgence the zipper will angrily resist reaching the top. This unforgiving garment wont let you carry on with weeks of overeating and it will give up sooner than you can imagine. Than we strut our little bulging bellies to the mall to pick up a set of new trousers. Right there is our ‘health alarm’. Neglect it at your peril.

The danger of belly fat lies in the fact that it spares no one – fat or thin. An otherwise healthy individual with belly fat is running the increased risks of a number of health problems, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, dementia, high blood pressure, and some cancers.

In stark contrast is our food friendly Nada. Keep eating and indulging, keep tying it wider and it will not give you the slightest hint that you have crossed your limits. But with something closely hugging our waistline, its far better to have a sharp critic (read: fitted waist outfits) who will watch and shout out the slightest change.

Its not like we are going to miraculously lose inches or weight the moment we stop using the nada, but the non-nada garments will be constant reminders that those spare tyres are better suited…err…elsewhere and a relationship can sustain without those love handles.

In our busy hectic lives, the start of any change is, first being cognizant of the issue and then to be reminded of it constantly. None of which the nada does. Unfortunately!

About time we get zippers and buttons attached to our pajamas, salwars and petticoats! For health’s sake! What say?

If this has got you thinking of getting into shape then click here -10 Habits in the journey towards a healthier YOU! Part 2 in your fitness journey


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