Re: Gay Men Don’t Get Fat (Partie Deux)
With the new year in full swing, you’ve probably noticed high amounts of traffic at your local gym. The people that were given gym memberships for Christmas, a free seven day trial pass at Golds Gym, or the predictable new years resolution to lose weight, have invaded your space and have caused you to either change your workout routine or completely switch your schedule.
Don’t worry, the “resolutionists” will drop like dead flies and the gym will be back to normal by the end of the month. Let’s hope Jennifer Hudson and her Weight Watchers commercials rescue those that can’t handle the gym and sing to the top of our lungs, they will lose the weight. But what if you didn’t have to go to the gym to lose weight?
I was listening to Elvis Duran and the Morning Show earlier this week and Simon Doonan’s book “Gay Men Don’t Get Fat” was the 7 o’clock hot topic. In the summer of 2011, I wrote a response from Gawker’s review of Simon Doonan’s book and explained the real reason why a majority of gay men “don’t want to get fat.”
Speaking for myself and my age demographic, I believe we are obsessed with vanity and we strive to look our best on the outside than inside. We go to the gym everyday, constantly look in the mirror, throw a fit on minor flaws, gawk at the fashion magazines and get bitter over the amount of airbrushing and photoshopping. It’s true, we want to resemble Greek Gods and can’t help be the Brent Corrigan and the Sean Cody boys of today.
But what Simon Doonan says may actually shock you. Doonan explains that all food can be divided into two categories: gay or straight, and the key to keeping trim is to indulge in a bit of both. Is that awkward or what? The Daily Mail writes “describing the whimsical design of gay foods he said: ‘The macaroon craze is the ne plus ultra of gay fooderie. I can’t believe any red-blooded straight guy can even walk into a macaroon shop. If you wanted to ruin a politician’s career, just publish a picture of him shopping for macaroons’.”
Mr. Doonan has a point. In essence, Doonan says to lose weight the gay way: eat a salad with a drizzle of fat free dressing, snack on a piece of sushi, and have fresh cut fruits or dried fruits for dessert.
Too bad the book does not fulfill fitness needs and makes no mention of the gym. Perhaps Doonan should collaborate with a professional fitness trainer and title his upcoming sequel “Men That Workout Don’t Get Fat.”
You may not get anything from this article, but if you were to pick up on one tip, here it is: When it comes to staying a skinny bitch, straight men eat pancakes, gay men eat crepes.
Jason Yu is Partner and Director of Marketing for The Hardwicke Group in Richmond, VA. His company specializes in new media, PR and influence with an emphasis on digital marketing strategy and reputation management. Jason enjoys keeping active by biking, running and working out on a daily basis. Jason has ran in over twenty running races including the Marine Corps Marathon, Tough Mudder, Richmond Marathon, and Xterra races. Interesting facts about Jason is that he is a music fanatic, in search fro the best macaroni and cheese, and aspiring “mixologist.”
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