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Make yourself sexy with this liquid condiment

Not too long ago, I have been called so many names. Not too flattering names in fact.

I was called “Baboy”, the Filipino word for pig and I was called other demeaning names in reference to how big I was.

One day while visiting a friend’s Facebook wall where he posted one of my photos we took near our office, one of his Facebook friends wrote in the comments section with the word “Balyena” the Filipino word for a whale.

Yes, being called those names in reference to my being fat, did not help me with my self-esteem. Truth be told. Those names hurt. Ouch!

But, those were a thing of the past now.

The wheels have turned!

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From 180 lbs to 125 lbs 

Today, I get more reassuring comments each time I post photos of myself on my wall. And I always get comments asking how I shed off the fat. I also get private messages asking me what my secret is.

Of course I always gladly oblige. I am happy to share to my friends how I melted 53 lbs in 11 months of my weight loss journey. And not just that. I’ve managed to keep my figure in shape now, effortlessly.

My favorite Fat-melting condiment

Vinegar.  This mouth-watering condiment with all its sour flavor is getting rave in the weight-loss community. The most popular type among those who are aspiring to lose weight and those who want to maintain their sexy shape is the Apple-Cider Vinegar.

But Apple-Cider Vinegar is relatively costly and it doesn’t taste as good as my favorite vinegar when used for cooking and for dipping.

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Source: http://authoritynutrition.com/6-proven-health-benefits-of-apple-cider-vinegar/

My favorites are those vinegar made from cane and from coconut. This type of vinegar has the right sour taste for cooking my favorite protein dishes. This is also perfect for dipping fried fish, poultry, and meat.

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Source: http://www.nutriasia.com/products/productdetail/datuputi&l=0

What is in the vinegar that helps you lose weight?

Vinegar increases satiety which results to reduction in the amount of food that you take. Vinegar lowers blood sugar and insulin level which results to the decreased craving for more food.

For instance, during breakfast, I would have a medium piece of fried galunggong (mackerel scad) and 3 pieces of 20-g pan-de-sal and a cup of coffee. I enjoy it with cane vinegar dip of about 3 tablespoons (9 calories only!). The taste is so good that my focus is in enjoying the entire piece of fish. I feel full afterwards that my next meal will be about 5 or 6 hours later already.

Dr. Mercola, wrote in www.mercola.com an article which highlighted a study in which those who ate high-carb meal but consumed small amount of vinegar with it, ate less food throughout the day compared to those who did not have vinegar. The study showed a reduction of about 200-275 calories among those who consumed vinegar.

Given that range of calorie reduction, in a month, you would have a healthy weight loss of about 1.5 lbs without doing exercise!

Take that!

Vinegar makes you look younger

Oh yea. When I was still fat, I looked considerably older than my age. Now, some of new acquaintances always mistake me for someone in the late 20s or in the early 30s. Haha. Flattering.

Vinegar helped me achieve this through its anti-oxidant properties. The antioxidants in vinegar removes free radicals that causes oxidative stress and inhibits oxidations that can cause you to age faster. Because of the antioxidants in vinegar such as catechin and chlorogenic acids, your skin can have better glow making you look younger.

Vinegar controls diabetes

Years before I changed my lifestyle, my doctor told me I was already borderline diabetic. That said, if I didn’t control my food intake and the type of food I eat, I would become diabetic.

Last year, during my medical check-up, the talk about diabetes didn’t even come up!

A study published by the American Diabetes Association showed that vinegar helped insulin-resistant diabetics (type 2 diabetic) raise their sensitivity to insulin. Their conditions improve by taking 2 tablespoons of vinegar before going to sleep.

I love vinegar

Each time I eat and vinegar is available, I would always have it.

I would replace fried chicken gravy dip with vinegar. I would replace catsup with vinegar. I would even put vinegar in my soup.

And I just love it.

 

 

 

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The secret to my losing weight

Last year, when my height of 5 ft and 3 in packed in a total of 180 lbs, obese, unhealthy, and somewhat sickly, a glitch in my brains all of a sudden electrocuted my desire to eat my favorite hot and spicy salty corn chips and removed my desire to eat big servings of Pan de Manila’s pan de coco, ube bread, and giant ensaymada.  This glitch caused me to only want to eat healthy food and shun sugar.  And as if by magic, my weight started to drop. From 180 lbs in June 2014, I shed of a total of 52 lbs in May 2015.

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Me sometime in June 2014

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Me in Tagaytay last September 2015.

Well,  I wish my healthy weight loss was caused by all that – by magic! But no.  The truth is,  the secret to my losing weight is not complicated. There was one important decision that caused me to lose 52 lbs of unwanted weight.  And that decision was …

The decision to be happy 

Yes. It was the decision to be happy, love myself, and feel good about myself that made me decide to sit down and think through what happened to me.  I started to ask myself. How did a 110 lb 21 year old ballooned into a 180 lbs 30-something?

The answer it turned out was:  sadness, depression, and sulking into the past that I could not change at all.

I was missing my smile. I was missing my confidence. And most of all, I was missing the joy of being able to wear the clothes that I like.  Ha ha. I know, it sounds so trivial, and yes, my joys are trivial. But the simple things that I was missing out are the simple things that makes me happy.

The decision that made me love myself

The decision to be happy made me realize that in order to be so, I have to love myself.  And a big part of loving myself is to make myself feel good and to pamper myself with the joys of the trivial and simple things that make me happy.  I started to pamper myself with the joy of listening to Sarah Geronimo and Janet Jackson on my MP3 player while walking or running.  I started to not care about what people say when I don my runners while I wore my black A-line dress.  I started to enjoy buying new clothes once a month just to feel good about myself.

The result of my decision

The result of my decision to be happy is the conscious choice to be picky on my food.  I stopped drinking soda. I stopped drinking powdered juices. I ditched the milk. I shunned sugar.

I started replacing rice with sweet potato. I ate lots of sweet potato and fruits. I ate lots of apples, pears, bananas, papaya, water melon, and pineapples. I replaced cheese with peanut butter. I replaced my thousand island dressings with vinegar.  I dropped the processed food and stopped eating hotdogs, corned beef, spam, bacon, and ham.

I started regulating the portions of the food that I ate. I stopped eating with my eyes and started eating with my stomach. I started to listen to my body and gave my body the pampering it was always aching for.

I started to exercise. I loved the sweat as it drenched my skin with salty waters. The sweat was the trophy of my hard work in the gym and in the running field. The sweat felt good. And the muscles on my legs taking firmer shape inspired me to exercise even more.

I lost 52 lbs in 11 months

The secret to my losing weight is no secret at all.  My decision to be happy made me lose 52 lbs in 11 months without spending money on diet gimmickry.  I dropped my weight to the healthy range without having to starve myself and without putting myself into the diet yo-yo.

I’m glad that I made that decision. I’m enjoying my healthy body now. And I am taking care of it.

I’m keeping myself — HAPPY.  🙂