The myth that caused people to grow obese

I can see a lot of working adults who are are big. It’s like if you are busy at work you are expected to grow big.

It happens in my line of work too. I can see a lot of managers managing stressful call center operations growing obese. It’s like if you are managing the operations of a call center company, you are expected to be big. I was one of them.

I can totally understand the phenomenon. Managing work targets, clients, and tons of people in the BPO industry here in the Philippines can really make you stay in your workstations too long, that you become less mobile, and you end up getting obese.

The work stress can also cause you to eat a lot, too much, and eat the wrong kind of food – chips, cheeseburgers, chocolates, ice cream, fried chicken, pasta, pizza – all the good stuff, yes, just name it.

My before and after photos when I started my healthy weight loss journey in June 2014 and my photo 1 year later.

Growing up we are wired to think that when you become an adult and when you reach a certain age, you will grow big no matter what you do. “It’s the hormones”, they say. “It’s your metabolism going slower the more you age!”, others say. “It’s just nature”, others would even shrug and just accept it as a natural phenomenon.

And yes. I believed them.

Believed. That’s the nominative word. It’s past tense. I don’t believe it anymore.

Some of my new friends think I am way younger than my age. Some of my older friends think that I look way younger than I am supposed to.

One of my favorite salads. Pineapples, strawberries, and pears mixed together with slices of eggs on top. 

It’s crazy and their remarks inspire me.

I started understanding my body and how food and exercise affects my health. And yes! I got out from being obese. And I got out of it naturally.

From peaking at 180 lbs all packed in my 5 ft and 3 inches frame, I got rid of all those unwanted weight – 52 lbs shed off in just one year.

It’s been 3 years since I started the journey. I am now in the weight range of 125 lbs to 128 lbs. I have maintained the habit and the new me.

My most recent pic, April 23, 2017.

I am not stopping the healthy lifestyle anytime soon. Obviously I am not a size 0 nor am I a size 2. But I am on my healthy weight range. I am a work in progress too. After all, time doesn’t stop and so do I.

3 easy weight loss hacks to keep you slim and healthy

How many times have you seen your Facebook news-feed cluttered with social networking trends? How many times did you wish that the trend be over?

How many times did you find yourself so relieved that the trend is over only to find out that a new trend has started?

How many times did you lose some weight and then gain it back and more?

The problem with following fads is that you lose the interest once the fad fizzles. It happens in fashion. It happens in music.

It happens in weight loss journeys.

If this is happening to you, know that you are not an exemption. Other people are struggling to keep that weight off just like you. It happened to me too.

But I got out of my obesity. And for two years now, the weight has not come back!

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  • Without struggling.
  • Without depriving myself of food that I like.
  • Without spending excessive money on weight loss diet gimmickry.

Here are 3 easy weight loss hacks you can use to remove those unwanted weight fast.

1.  Visualize the results. Start with visualizing how you would like yourself to look. Post a photo in front of your workstation or on your refrigerator at home of someone with the figure you like to emulate. Yes. It helps when you actually have someone to inspire you – a workout coach,  a celebrity, or the photo of your once slim and sexy self – anyone that can inspire you to keep your unwanted weight off.

Make a daily habit out of looking at the photo. Soon, you will be pleasantly surprised that you have become more inspired to be the person you want to be.

2.  Time doesn’t stop and so should you. Yesterday is gone. Today is a new day. Remind yourself that time doesn’t stop. Either you continue to grow bigger or you continue shedding off the excess weight. Your choice.

Understand that you face different kinds of challenges as you go on with your journey. Your favorite food in front of you. Ice cream. Chocolates. Bacon. Hot milk. Cheese. Your favorite Bondi & Bourke Beef Burger.

At times you will feel lazy. You don’t want to exercise. You don’t want to walk and run. You don’t want to get out of the bed.

That’s okay. Tomorrow is a new day. Start again. Do not stop. After all, time doesn’t stop and so should you.

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A photo of a Bondi & Bourke Beef Burger I had today from the Australian restaurant in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Metro Manila Philippines. 

 

3.  Eat 6x a day. Binge-eating is no fun. You eat less hoping to curb your calorie intake, only to eat more calories than what you should be taking for the entire day. Binge-eating can make you grow bigger, even! Oh. No fun. I was a victim of that too, but I found a way to get away of binge-eating.

How did I get out of the cycle? By spreading my meals all throughout the day!

Spread your calorie intake throughout the day. Make your digestive system spend more calories and work your body for you by spreading your food throughout the entire day.  Have breakfast, morning snacks, lunch, mid-day snack, dinner, and evening snack. By spreading your meals all throughout the day, you won’t feel too hungry, and you prevent binge eating.

 

Do you want to lose the stubborn fat? Do you want to finally wear the clothes you like? Do you want to still be able to eat your favorite food (at times) without worrying about gaining the fat?

Do you want to know how Asians keep their bodies slimmer?

Visit me here in The Asian Diet Secret official website.

 

Ciao!

Anna

How fat makes you lose weight fast

You heard it. Time and time again you hear weight loss preachers tell you to remove fat from your diet. Fat makes you fat, so they say.

Time to bust the myth!

From being obese class 1 at 180 lbs packed in my 5 ft and 3in frame, I successfully trimmed down to 127 lbs. I lost all the 52 lbs of unhealthy fat in 11 months!

The 38.5 in waistline is gone. The 43 in abdomen is gone. From size 3xl I can now wear size small clothes again. Sweet!

Fat in fact makes you lose weight. And I am a result of that myth getting busted. Let me share to you 3 reasons why fat makes you lose weight. And yes, fat makes you lose weight the healthy way.

1 – Fat makes you want to eat less

The biggest chunk of nutrients that from the food we eat come from the macronutrients – carbohydrates, proteins, and fat. Of these macronutrients, fat contains the highest amount of energy. Fat contains 9 calories of energy per gram while carbohydrates and proteins only contain 4 calories.

This high-energy fat takes the longest time to digest compared to the other macronutrients. It stays longer in your body making you feel full longer.

 

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Healthy fat leaves you feeling satiated and full. When this happens, your brain tells your appetite hormones to back off.

When I started putting 10 g of unsalted Anchor Butter on my cup of morning coffee, the portions of my breakfast have cut down.  My cravings for eating snacks in between meals have stopped too. Effortlessly.

2 – Fat gives you more energy to burn more calories

Did you know that the subcutaneous fat, the fat stored around your belly, butt, and thighs, needs dietary fat to be burned efficiently?  The dietary fat do this by activating the PPAR-alpha and the path-burning mechanisms through the liver. When you eat the right type and amount of fat, you are in fact helping your body shape your waistline!

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Image Source: http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20477647,00.html

Dietary fat is a wonder. It gives you more energy to move your body and burn more calories. In fact, it makes your body burn fat faster than the other macro-nutrients can do. With more energy to burn while feeling full longer, you can go on with your day much longer without to fight off unnecessary urge to keep on eating.

3 – Eating fat makes you happy

Our brains are wired to detect the taste and feel of dietary fat. So when we are eating low-fat food, it does not give us the same satiety as when we eat fat. But when we eat the right amount of fat, our brain activates the serotonin hormones boosting our happy mood.

Food which satiates us triggers happy hormones. Even better, when we are in our best mood, we don’t feel the urge to eat. And binge-eating is prevented.

 

If you want to know more what type of fat you should eat to keep the flab away from your belly, visit me here: The Asian Diet Secret.

The Asian Diet Secret is the 67 page e-book I wrote to chronicle what I did to transform myself from one who suffered the brunt of obesity to one who is now living in a healthy life in my healthier 127-lbs self.

  • No starving
  • No pills
  • No supplements
  • No excessive sweaty exercise
  • No fat-burners
  • YES! You can still eat the food you love!

The Asian Diet Secret could be the best gift you could give yourself for your healthy weight loss journey.

My publisher agreed to give you a risk-free 60 day guarantee. Try it and see for yourself.

Ciao!

How this diet secret can boost your confidence

I always like singing. Growing up, I used to lock myself in my room and just jam to the songs of Bee Gees, The Platters, and Sue Thomson. I sang to the top of my lungs. I didn’t care. Those songs were music to my ears.

But I stopped singing when one day, when I was 10 or 11, while singing a Bee Gees song, my father yelled “Hey Anna! Are you reciting a poem or what?”

Wow! I bet my dad was being playful. But that did not turn out right. It literally took the confidence out of me. I stopped singing. I thought, “Oh well. I obviously can’t carry a tune. If my dad thinks I can’t sing, I’d better stop singing.”

The truth is I didn’t stop singing. You bet, you can’t take away singing from someone who loves it. But I never dared sing alone in public. I kept my singing in my room or in the bathroom.

I joined the choir only because it helped me with my academics in high school. But I always had this lingering thought that I cannot carry a tune. So when I’m with the choir, I try to lower my voice so that mine would just blend and wouldn’t even matter.

I also wouldn’t sing in karaoke sessions. It is kind of a letdown because, karaoke hours are a regular past time here in the Philippines. I can sing a line or two, but heck, I would not dare sing a complete song. If I would, I would have nightmares of it. I just didn’t have the confidence.

My confidence level diminished further when I started to grow bigger and bigger. I thought I wouldn’t stop ballooning.

I became sickly. My woman cycle lost its rhythm. I had regular bouts of nightly heartburn and daily allergic rhinitis attacks. I felt physically drained.

The bullies got through me. And the ugly names they gave me during those years of being obese stuck in my head. I couldn’t shake those names off. I thought I was truly the person those bullies called me. And despite me telling I am okay and that I am more than the shell of the body which encased who I truly was, I felt downright rejected. And I felt horrible! Ouch! It hurts.

This weekend, I found myself at the end of the spectrum. I looked at myself in the mirror and I saw a glimpse of confidence I did not see before.

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This is me now, hanging out with my little sis, one fine Saturday night

Hey. I can no longer see the 180 lbs obese woman those bullies called a sea cow. I can no longer see that obese woman the bullies called pig. I can no longer see that obese woman those bullies called whale.

I am now looking at a happy and confident woman who successfully went from 180 lbs to 127 lbs within months. I am now looking at a healthy me without my obesity related sickness. And this I did by simply tapping on the Asian diet secret that was just right there in front of me all along!

This weekend, I did not just sing. I even recorded the songs on video. Talk about confidence level. Lol.

“Did I do this really, or what?”

It was a fun weekend. I enjoyed driving around the metro with our youngest sibling. And I enjoyed singing with her. I didn’t care if I could not carry a tune. All I cared about is I am happy singing and I’m happy singing because I love singing. After all, I am not competing against Taylor Swift, right?

This Asian diet secret which I conveniently ignored, turned out to be the greatest gift I embraced for myself. Without starving myself. Without taking diet pills. Without taking diet drinks. Without subjecting myself to diet gimmickry.

I shed off more than 52 lbs from my body. My friends could not even recognize me from the old me. And they too are happy about my transformation that they made me their own healthy weight loss inspiration.

I got inspired by their inquiries and their desire to live a healthy life too. They inspired me to write an e-book about how I got rid of my unnecessary obesity.

The Asian Diet Secret which unlocks for you Asia’s ancient secret to a healthy and slim body is already out. Here I outlined exactly what I did to successfully get my healthy life back – the exact 4-step blueprint that I used to lose 52 pounds of weight in 11 months.

  • No starving
  • No pills
  • No supplements
  • No excessive sweaty exercise
  • No fat-burners
  • YES! You can still eat the food you love!

By the way, my publisher agreed to make the healthy weight loss journey a no-brainer for you. You can test drive the Asian Diet Secret system for 60 days, risk-free. You have absolutely nothing to lose – except of course those unnecessary bulges.

Are you ready to get rid of those bulges? Try the  The Asian Diet Secret.

Looking forward to hear your healthy weight loss story soon.

Ciao!

The social media and the 2016 Philippine national elections

The social media has made a lot of Filipinos looking boldly assertive about their opinions. So bold in fact that some (if not most) have crossed the borderline of being rude.

Especially in the hotly contested presidential post in the upcoming May 2016 national elections, the Filipinos, in a brazen display of divisiveness, has brought their dissensions ever so boldly in Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

The most insulted group of presidential supporters no doubt, are the supporters of Rodrigo Roa Duterte, the Visayan-Mindanaoan 2016 Presidential aspirant, the well-loved Mayor of Davao City who transformed the city from a “no-man’s land” to one of the safest cities in the world based on the http://www.numbeo.com rankings sometime in mid of 2015.  I say this so because in fact, this is the only group of supporters given a unique label.

The supporters of the mayor are called “Dutertards”.

The word comes from Rodrigo’s last name, “Duterte”” and from the word “retard” which is a direct insult to the intelligence of his supporters (retard defined as: mentally handicapped and often used as a verbal abuse).

PHOTO 03: LEGITIMATE OPERATION -- Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte (left) stressed in a press briefing on Monday, July 15 that his shoot-to-kill order and the police operation against the kidnap for ransom group last week was legitimate and that he would protect and assist all his policemen involved in the operations. Beside Duterte is criminal lawyer Salvador Panelo who said that the reaction of CHR chief Loretta Ann Rosales to the video footage was cenimatic. (Alexander D. Lopez) FILE PHOTO

Rodrigo Roa Duterter, Mayor of Davao, PDP-Laban Presidential bet for 2016

Image Source: http://www.mb.com.ph/duterte-vows-to-close-all-govt-agencies-except-judiciary-if-he-becomes-president/

The supporters of the Mayor, are perhaps the most passionate of all the supporters of the Presidential aspirants in this election. Say anything not so flattering about the mayor and they will get back to you with a huge list of the Mayor’s accomplishments in Davao and of course, this comes with not so flattering words against the person who made the dissension.

Just recently, a freshman UP student got the ire of the supporters of Duterte.  The video of the UPLB student made the rounds in Facebook and of course, the young man was called so many ugly names for being supposedly rude when he interrupted the mayor who was answering his question in a UPLB forum.  The supporters strongly believe that the manner in which the student interrupted the mayor was uncalled for, or simply put: rude.

The most common word being used against someone who dissents against the other in terms of political support is “bobotante”. This is directly translated as “dumb / stupid voter”, another insult of the intelligence of the one with the dissenting opinion.

The word “bobotante” is being hurled against the supporters of Rodrigo Duterte, Miriam Santiago, Jojo Binay, Grace Poe, and Mar Roxas. Make a mistake of saying your opinion about any of them, and their social media warriors are quick to defend their bets with utmost passion and ugly name calling.

The social media has projected a different persona of the Filipino. Bold, aggressive, argumentative, and quick to rebuke anyone who shows a different opinion than his own.

But outside the social media scene, the typical Filipino is different. He is typically timid and afraid to say his thoughts because he doesn’t want to hurt the other. He is non-confrontational and would rather keep his own opinion than start a debate. He is polite and conciliatory.  For him, the person is more important than his opinion. For him, being at peace with everyone is more important than asserting his thoughts.

What could have caused the Filipinos to be aggressive in the social media scene?

  • Could it be the supposed anonymity? I do not know you, you do not know me?
  • Could it be the supposed physical distance? We won’t even see each other physically.
  • Could it be the anger of the blatant corruption in our country? Even some of the presidential aspirants are accused of making dirty money out of their government posts.

Whatever the case may be, one universal truth remains certain. “A person buys from the salesman he likes. And no one likes a rude salesman”.

In the case of the presidential election, it can simply mean that convincing someone to vote for your presidential bet by calling them ugly names is definitely not the best method to win their votes.

All the best to our presidential bets.

In the coming elections this May, let’s all go out and vote!

The 3 best tropical fruits that will melt those fats, fast!

It’s all about calories!

Calories are the units of energy that the body needs to fuel your bodily function. Excess calories are stored by your body as fats. You wouldn’t want excess calories if you want to slim down or if you want to maintain your current weight.

If you want to lose weight, you take in less calories than what your body needs for the day. Your body automatically uses stored calories from your body fat to fuel your bodily function when it cannot access free calories from other source. This in effect causes your body to burn those fats! Too easy.

But who wants to starve? That pain in the stomach when you are starving? That stomach ulcer that happens when starving happens too often. Ugh. Certainly not I. Starving doesn’t feel too good.

So don’t starve. Eat a lot. Eat right.

Those Yummy Tropical Fruits

Fruits is the best food to indulge when you want to lose those unwanted flabs. You can eat a lot to your heart’s content without having to worry about getting fat. Fruits are high in fiber, high in micronutrients, and low in calorie. Oh, that’s heaven for me who likes eating a lot but who doesn’t want to grow too fat again.

Yes, I was obese at 180 lbs packed in my petite 5ft and 3in frame. But not anymore. I am now happy with my 125 to 127 lbs weight range. I lost all those 55 lbs without starving!

Today, I am going to share to you the 3 best tropical fruits that I eat a lot which helped me in my 55 lbs healthy weight loss journey.

1. Pineapples

This sweet high-fiber fruit consisting of multiple coalesced berries is absolutely heaven for those who wants to eat a lot without the guilt.  1 cup of fresh ripe pineapples is only 82 calories. Heck. I can eat 2 cups of ripe pineapples in one seating and be totally stuffed. Yet, I am only consuming 164 calories for that.

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This tropical queen-of-a-fruit is uber delicious. Yummy! I love it for breakfast together with a cup of coffee and a piece of boiled egg.

Pineapples is not just good for your diet because of its high-fiber and low calorie content. This is also loaded with a ridiculous amount of micronutrients. It’s high in manganese, a micronutrient needed by bodily enzymes to work their wonders. It helps your body absorbs calcium and helps it form connective tissues and bones. And it also helps your body form sex hormones.

Pineapples also contains good amount of Vitamin B6 which counters skin problems and anemia; has high amount of Vitamins C, an antioxidant that helps your body fights off infections and diseases as well as protects the cells from damage. It also contains high amount of Vitamin B1 which fights off beri-beri.

2. Papaya

Some claims that Papaya is the world’s healthiest food. It is difficult to refute this claim as Papaya is packed with a lot of vitamins and minerals. It contains high amount of dietary fiber, folate, vitamin A, potassium, magnesium, panthothenic acid, and copper. It also contains good amount of Vitamin E.

The papaya’s dietary fiber is known to be able to bind colon cancer-causing toxins and flushes them out from the body. The papaya’s Vitamin A and Vitamin C contents help the body fights off common diseases such as colds, flu, and ear diseases.  Also, being rich in Vitamin C, papaya is fantastic in fighting off Rheumatic Diseases.

Papaya has high water content and dietary fiber content. This fruit stays in your digestive system longer causing you to fill full longer too. Consequently, you do not get hungry too easily and your craving for food is cut down.

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Source: https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/fruit/health-benefits-of-papaya.html

This fruit contains even lower calories than Pineapples. It only has 62 calories per cup of ripe papaya cubes. Eat 2 cups of papaya for your afternoon snacks and you are only consuming 124 calories.

Compare that with 1 piece of Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut which has 160 calories. That piece of doughnut will make you crave for another piece. And if you give in you are practically eating more than double the calories of 2 cups of papaya.

So have a cup of papaya daily (even two!) and melt those flabs away!

3. Banana

A medium-sized ripe banana which is about 118 g only contains 105 calories. Omaygulay! That is a total caloric bargain for a fruit packed with a lot of vitamins and minerals.

Eat 1 piece of banana for breakfast and 1 piece of boiled egg (100 g only contains about 155 calories) and drink a cup of coffee with 10g unsalted butter (74 calories) on it. Whoa! Your breakfast is a healthy 329 calories only. If you are on a 1300 calorie per day diet, you still have 971 calories left for the day. What a caloric treat!

The banana berry is high in potassium, a mineral that is necessary for the body to carry many of its metabolic functions. Potassium drop can cause your muscles to contract. And calling it bad doesn’t make it better.

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Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banana#/media/File:Bananas_white_background_DS.jpg

But one banana a day, keeps the doctor away.

A few years ago while I was training a group of bakery staff in one of the franchise bakeshops of the bakery company I worked for years ago my leg muscles cramped and I dropped to the floor. I couldn’t stand up. Everything happened so quickly right there in front of my trainees.

I dialed our company nurse and I explained to her the situation. She told me to have someone bring me a banana. She explained that what I may be experiencing that time could be a potassium drop. True enough, a few minutes after I ate that piece of ripe banana, I felt fine again and back on my feet. Ah! The wonder that which is banana!

The banana is also high in Vitamin B6 which aids in liver detoxification, Vitamin C, Biotin, Copper, Manganese, and dietary fiber. Need I say more?

 

In Summary

If you are planning to load your grocery baskets with fruits, head over to the tropical fruits section. Fill your basket with the 3 best tropical fruits that will not only help you melt your fats fast but will also give you lots of those necessary micronutrients that will keep you fit and healthy.

And remember, one banana a day keeps the doctor away!

But if the doctor is McDreamy? Uh hum.

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Source: http://www.pretty52.com/articles/hot-doctors-that-ll-make-you-want-to-get-ill

And hey. If you are interested to shed off your unwanted fats without starving and stretching yourself a bit too far, I wrote a book exactly just that.

It’s a book that will show the secrets of how I changed from 180 lbs to 125 lbs healthy woman. It’s The Asian Diet Secret. Visit me here.

On Manny Pacquiao and his being axed by Nike

Manny Pacquaio got axed by Nike for his stand about the gay lifestyle. He is being bullied, bashed, and whipped by many-a-local celebrity in my country who are members of the LGBT community for the stand he took on same sex marriage.

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“Of Nike, whatever is their decision, that is there decision and I respect their decision.” – Manny Pacquiao

I see no issues about his stand. I support his belief. And I definitely, am not happy about Nike’s display of lack of respect on someone’s faith and belief.

I also support the LGBT community. It’s their life… their journey to take. It’s not easy for them too. It’s a long way to go for the fight to equality.

Imagine the bullying and the hate they had to experience growing up. Imagine the discrimination they have to endure throughout their lifetime. Imagine the hardships of pretending and keeping it to themselves to the point of dragging someone else to hide who they really are.

I still don’t know any of my LGBT friends who did not wish to be straight at one point of their lives. Who wants to be bullied?

I admire the courage of those who chose to come out. I also admire the resolve of those who chose to keep it to themselves.

I believe in God. And I believe in His perfection. I believe in the perfection of His design. I believe that everyone is born according to His design – straight, gay, lesbian, bi — these are just labels.

We are all born according to His design. That is not our choice. Our lifestyle is of our own design. That is our choice.

I am one with the thought that as long as we don’t purposely hurt anyone for the journey we take, we all have the right to live a happy life.

Let there be peace. Let there be acceptance. Let there be tolerance.

Drop your thoughts on the comments box. 🙂