PRACTICE, DON’T PREACH
Kelvin makes his staff do push-ups every time they make a mistake in the kitchen
play sports in school but never exercised beyond that. “I was always a big kid,” he shrugs.
When Chueng returned to Mumbai, a customer at one of his restaurants told him about cross fit training. “Some of my friends in Chicago were into it and I would laugh at them because, at that time, the routine seemed silly to me,” he recalls. But he attended his first ever cross fit class because he was soon to be married. “I was already nearing 40. I knew we would soon start a family and work would get more intense. I wanted to be healthy for my wife, my kids, my staff and customers,” he says. “When I got to the class, I was so unfit. A burqa-clad,
“I tell people that one vada pav is 300 calories, which can be burnt by half hour of freestyle running on the road. If you have three, that’s an hour and a half!” —Kelvin Cheung
middle-aged lady shamed me when she climbed on the bars and did pull-ups like a pro while I was puking all over the place from severe exhaustion!”
WHY FIT TO EAT
“I tell people that one vada pav is equal to half an hour of running. One vada pav is about 300 calories, which are burnt by a half hour of freestyle running on the road. If you are going to have three vada
pavs, that is an hour and a half of workout. That is about 15,000 steps. Are you ready for that?” asks Goila. “But I don’t have that problem because I have been running all these years, so I can eat anything! That is what run to eat is about.”
Kelvin also exercises to be able to eat what he wants, but his aim is to eat as healthy as possible so he can indulge when he wants to. “That is key for most people,” he says. “Of course, I have cheat days but because of my workouts, I am still making progress. You should not be deprived or not be able to eat what you want when you want to.”
Simple deprivation does not work, says Goila. To be truly fit, you have to first get your mind adjusted to the fact that you want to change your habits.
IN MY TUMMY Chef Kelvin Cheung’s Instagram account is the perfect balance between eating your heart out and sweating it out too