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{November 11, 2011}   The Picture Trick. Worth it or Not?

Recently I heard about an interesting alternative to counting calories (in one of those Yahoo! weird-tips-to-lose-weight things).

It’s simple. You take a picture.

At first, I was fascinated. Wow, what an amazing idea. This will keep me away from food. Fantastic.

In theory, of course.

The next day I whipped out my cell phone and took a picture of my first meal- a whey protein shake made up of orange and whey protein (simple, filling, delicious)- Okay.

I realized that this wouldn’t work for somebody already eating healthy. So I decided that I would give in to my cravings for a bit. I ate a huge plate of rice (not plain, duh!) and took a picture of that. Later in the day, I looked at the picture. And this is sort of what I was thinking…

“Dang. That’s huge.”
“Man, I want some more.”

Another mountain of rice later, I realized that this technique was NOT for me.

But why? Why me?

1. My phone kinda sucks.
2. I get stimulated by pictures, and not in a good way.
3. I’m not at the point where a huge meal will make me depressed or guilty.

…Does that mean that it won’t work for you? Not at all.

After all, fat loss is all about finding the techniques that work for you. After this post, I hope you won’t reject it immediately. Who knows, this just may be the technique you’ve been looking for.

Nothing can replace calorie counting. The pictures can only serve as a way to keep you away from food.

Today, there are a million ways of detecting whether your health is at risk. While I don’t think that a million ways are necessary, I’ve learned that the more you find out about your risks, the more you’re likely to do something about it.

Take the Biggest Loser. In the beginning of every season, doctors tell the contestants how grave their conditions are. They tell them how their weight is affecting the length of their lives and their likelihood of getting diabetes or dying of some kind of disease.

This is really effective (at least that’s how it seems on TV. Most people end up crying). Just as important is how the doctors reevaluate the patients at some point during the show. This gives them hope and a sense of accomplishment.

There’s just something about numbers that’s so concrete. Numbers means that you’ll be able to SEE your results in some way :

-There’s a high chance that you’ll die of a heart attack unless you lose weight.

-There’s a 90% chance that you die of a heart attack unless you lose weight.

The first sentence makes me feel bad. The second sentence makes me FREAK OUT.

ANYWAY, so the waist-to-hip ratio is another such method. What it boils down to is this:

Somebody with more fat on their waist is more at risk than somebody with more fat on their hips.

The method is also simple. You need two measurements:

1. Waist circumference – take an inch tape and use it to measure the part in line with your belly button.

2. Hip circumference – take an inch button and use it to measure the widest part of your hips.

Then plug in those numbers into any online waist-to-hip ratio calculator. OR, use this formula:

Waist Circumference / Hip Circumference


Waist Circumference = 25

Hip Circumference = 30

25/30 = ~ 0.83

Now look at this chart to see where you fall (Source)

Waist to Hip Ratio Chart
Male Female Health Risk Based Solely on WHR
0.95 or below 0.80 or below Low Risk
0.96 to 1.0 0.81 to 0.85 Moderate Risk
1.0+ 0.85+ High Risk

That’s all you need to see where you fall. Aim to get to the low-risk ratio and check back every week or month to see yourself improve and feel better about yourself. You can even record the measurements of your weight, body fat %, waist-to-hip ratio and BMI (and anything also you want) and update it regularly. Trust me, you’ll feel so AMAZING to see all the numbers improve.

Water weight is really annoying. Really, really annoying. You never know when you put it on!

So today I have this tiny tip for you. But you’re going to need access to a sauna (usually there at gyms). If you don’t have access to a sauna, then go by the route of :

-drink more water

-eat less salt

-exercise to sweat out water weight

Back to the technique.

It’s pretty straightforward, and the word sauna should be enough of an explanation. Saunas make you sweat. Sweating helps you lose water weight.


So head out to the closest sauna, but keep these things in mind:

-160 degrees is a good sauna temperature (if you can adjust it) for quick water-weight loss

-Make sure you have no anti-perspirant on.

-If it’s your first time in a sauna, don’t stay in longer than 15 minutes. It’s a good idea to have someone you know near you. Just in case.

-If you’re a pro when it comes to sauna, then go for 30 minutes (not sure why you have water weight in the first place).

-Don’t go in more than 3 times (15 minutes each), even if you can’t lose all the water weight.

Why the sauna is good for your skin:

The sauna opens up your pores and clears them out. This really helps you get that flawless look by reducing the size of your pores and helping with your acne.

WARNING: Don’t go to the sauna too often and moisturize well later on. Saunas are known for drying skin out.

It’s unlikely that ancient chinese techniques like The Crane were created to get a “flat stomach”. But, whatever they called it, it works. This technique calls for using ‘chi’ energy to burn fat. There’s only two things you need: a belly and your hands. Easy enough to obtain.

Now here’s the “How?” :

1. Lie down (it’s not gonna be painful, trust me). Rub your hands together for about 30 seconds and feel the heat generated within the palm of your hands.

2. Place your right (or left hand if you’re left-handed) hand on your belly button.

3. Now take a nice, deep breath and feel the energy inside you.

4. Rub your belly outwards from your bellybutton clockwise (clockwise from the perspective of someone looking down at you. So move your hand from right to left). Create bigger and bigger circles as you go.

5. Keep going until you reach the outer edge of your abdomen.

6. Now go in the opposite (counterclockwise, left to right) direction and go the same way back to your belly button.

7. Pause. Rub your hands for 30 seconds.

8. Restart.

9.  Continue for about 2 minutes.

Refine your technique:

You have to feel it to believe it. Visualize the heat from the palm of your hands entering your stomach and breaking down the fat in your body -because that’s what’s really happening!

How often?

Do it twice a day in the morning and at night (2 minutes each).

Any other benefits?

You can expect better digestion and elimination if you do this “exercise”.

Well duh! Tasty food = I wanna eat it more! Tasty food > Not-so-tasty-food

Tasty food = Good

While all those statements above are true, there might be something that you don’t know. Maybe it’s not your fault that you pig out on junk food.

What Junk Food Has

Junk food has chemicals that stimulate the release of ghrelin (a hormone) in your body. Ghrelin makes you feel like you’re hungry, even though you aren’t actually hungry. Basically, ghrelin tricks your brain into giving in to junk food.


Why Would Manufacturers put chemicals like that into junk food?

Money. It’s all about money. Because ghrelin makes you want to eat more of a food, it’ll make you buy more. The more you buy, the more money the food industry generates.

So it’s not my fault?

Yes. And No. Yes, because ghrelin just takes over your mind and you have no control over it. No, because you CHOSE to eat that junk food in the first place.

In Conclusion:
Stay away from it. All of it. As much as possible. Junk food only brings junk into your life.

{July 24, 2011}   To Be Fatless go Pennyless
Chips. Chocolate. Cookies.$1 in your pocket.

Tell me you’re not tempted to buy some. At my lunch pavilion (is that obsolete? Cuz that’s what we call it), temptations are literally luring me into taking out my “emergency” dollar. You know, that dollar that you keep in case you get lost and need a bus ride or that dollar that you’re supposed to use when you’re really, really hungry? That one.

Every time I tell myself, “That’s for emergency. I’ll never use it. Ever! I promise!”, I end up crossing my fingers at some point or the other.


But what if I could remove the temptation all together? No dollar would mean no food, right? (not the bad kind at least)

And I did. I stopped keeping the emergency dollar. Since I traveled by bus, I bought a Youth Pass for emergencies.

That action itself saved me from hogging 200 empty calories every single day! I got more calories to eat and more nutrition. Jackpot!

So…from that weird, but true story, I hope you noticed something about your behavior that you can change. If you keep less change, you’re less likely to overeat junk calories outside your house.

Stop. Stop. Stop. Do you want to be a cook? If not, then stop!

Here’s what I’ve learned from my experience :

Looking at food  = Asking for food

And it’s not just my experience. Looking at food stimulates the brain which stimulates you to eat more. It’s like an advertisement.


…Look at this pizza…. Ooh La La…. Go eat it… Go eat it….

That’s how it is for me (no that’s not what I think, I’m not crazy). Others are like House. I remember an episode where he said that he watches the Biggest Loser while eating ice cream.

But that’s House.

But if you don’t believe me, then look at your behavior the next time you’re watching any food-involving TV show/channel. (watching too much TV, by the way in general is bad for fat loss, because people who watch TV eat more as a rule). If, however, shows like the Biggest Loser inspire you to work hard and eat less, then that’s a different thing 😉

Another interesting thing is that horror movies make you eat lesser. It’s actually not surprising at all. Who wants to feel like their eating blood? Plus, who wants to jump and drop their food all over them?

So…away from the screen and off to the treadmill!

One day, when I was reading the Four Hour Body by Tim Ferriss, I read that a pound of fat has about 4000 calories. Because of Tim’s reputation, I decided to look into this number and where it came from.

Why does it even matter?

If a pound of fat means 4000 calories, then that’s 500 extra calories that you have to cut or burn. AHHH!!!


Where does the number ‘400’ come from?

1 g of fat = 9 calories

1 kg of fat = 9000 calories

1 kg = 2.2 pounds, so 9000/2.2 gives us about 4091 calories

The Explanation

What we just calculated was ‘pure’ fat. Dietary fat is different. It has connective tissue, water, protein and, of course, fat. So the ‘pound’ that we gain (or lose!) is not pure fat that is lost.

So how many calories in a pound of body fat come from ‘pure’ fat?

7.7 calories.

That’s another mystery solved 🙂


After hours of lifting weights or doing pushups and crunches (it should be about 45 minutes btw), you almost want to believe that what you eat and how you sleep won’t possibly affect your results.

The hard work almost makes you feel guilty for not rewarding yourself with a treat and a late night movie.

But there are two things that you might be doing that are very wrong.

1. Eating junk. I’ve talked about this before but I have to bring it up again. Muscle can only be made if there’s enough stuff to make it. And that stuff (amino acids) comes from protein. If your meals are all carbs, then guess what, there goes your muscle.

2. Not sleeping enough.

But why?

Sleeping is the recovery phase. The reality is that muscle is made when you’re sleeping. When you sleep, your body has nothing to deal with, so it deals with recovering your skin, your muscles, etc. If you don’t sleep enough, then your body will end up making lesser muscle since it didn’t have enough time. It’s like popping popcorn. The longer the bag stays in the microwave, the more popcorn is made.


What about fat loss?

Interestingly, I’ve heard a research that says that dieters who sleep 5 hours or lesser put on 2.5 times more fat than dieters who get more sleep.

So how much do I sleep?

8 hours is awesome. But that almost sounds utopian. With all the homework you get, 8 hours of sleep sometimes sounds like heaven. So try to shoot for 6 or more hours. Of course, 8-9 is way better.

So 15 hours is great, right?

Too much sleep isn’t good either. Good try though.

{July 19, 2011}   5 Minutes to Better Vision

Everyday, we’re glued to the Internet, to the TV screen, to video games, to books, to homework…and there’s nothing that can stop us.

Except becoming blind  perhaps. Bad vision doesn’t help either.

But instead of waiting for our vision to become worse, we should take some action and help out our eyes, 1 minute at a time, 5 minutes a day.


So whether your vision rocks or sucks, give this tip a shot:

The Technique:

Blink your eyes fast. As fast as you can.

How Long?

5 minutes in total. Or you can break it down to 1 minute x 5 (that’s what I do. I don’t know about you but I can’t blink so fast for so long. My eyes slow down on their own!)

Why does it work?

Blinking quickly causes blood to rush to your eyes. This improves blood flow and therefore your vision.

Do it. You’ll thank yourself later.

et cetera