Tag Archives: Fitness and Weight Loss

To Atkins or not to Atkins?

So I gained  a  few pounds since I stopped going to the gym late last year. Though I am still within normal limits for my height, I am dangerously standing on a thin line. Two or three more pounds and I will be officially overweight (again!).

I would like to attempt a low-carb diet. My family has been on brown rice for a couple of years now… But that is the only good thing going on with us diet-wise. We’re back to regularly consuming chips again. Bad, bad, bad! (And it’s mostly my bad!)

The last time I was on a low-carb diet was in 2007 when I started losing weight after giving birth to Nate. I quickly lost the pounds, but I was also religiously working out back then. I’d like to attempt that again. I am currently reading up on Atkins Diet at a low carb forum. Similar to the South Beach Diet, the Atkins Diet has a strict two-week induction period. During this time, I am not allowed to eat starchy, carb-laden food. The Atkins Diet says:

Eat absolutely no fruit, bread, pasta, grains, starchy vegetables or dairy products other than cheese, cream or butter. Do not eat nuts or seeds in the first two weeks. Foods that combine protein and carbohydrates, such as chickpeas, kidney beans and other legumes, are not permitted at this time.

I wonder if I can do this… Meanwhile, I think I should start reviewing our grocery list.

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Mangoes for weight loss?

So I came across this article that says mangoes can actually help in weight loss and lowering cholesterol levels. The African mango, also called Irvingia gabonensis, is apparently the up and coming plant in “natural” weight loss.

Say what? Summer time is just a few weeks away (if it hasn’t come yet – ang iniiiiiiit na lately!). And, in the Philippines, summer means mango season.

So I Googled to find out more about this plant that now intrigues me. Apparently, African mango is a misnomer because it isn’t actually mango. The Irvingia gabonensis tree bears these mango-like fruits. The tree is native to Africa, where the fruit and its seed (called dika nut) are widely consumed either by itself or as an ingredient in cooking.

It’s easy to confuse the African mango with the common mango. And there are a lot of herbal supplements that claim to contain African mango extracts. It now seems to me that the extract isn’t that easily available.

But is the weight loss claim true?

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Diet meal delivery, anyone?

A lot of friends I know started the year with one goal: to lose weight. Raise your hands if you’re in the same boat.

So we resolve to eat healthier, go back to the gym, start running, get into sports. Besides, what’s a better time to renew commitments to a goal than at the start of a year?

But life gets in the way, reality sinks in, and the excitement over the prospects of losing a few pounds wears off. I am currently in this boat.

One of the quickest ways to lose weight is through proper diet. I’ve heard from fitness instructors at the gym that working out alone will not bring about the best results. It has to be coupled with a diet regimen.

Ideally, a weight loss diet should be low in fat and high-glycemic-index (GI) carbohydrates, and high in fiber, low-GI carbs (the good carbs), and proteins. However, for most busy people, it’s almost impossible to stick to such a diet without taking too much of their time in preparation. Eating out would seem to be the most convenient choice for those with nine-to-five jobs. But we know how that fastfood is full of the bad stuff – fats, carbs and sodium.

Shopping for the right ingredients and cooking entail too much time – something that most busy people don’t have. A good option (for those who can afford it) is diet meal delivery. One can have diet meals delivered to the workplace. Restaurants and kitchens that offer this convenient service usually have extensive menus that cover different weight-loss diets. A favorite that has worked wonders for me is the South Beach Diet. I lost 15 pounds in a month. Unfortunately (or fortunately!), because my body was so healthy, I easily got pregnant. 😀

Because I was a work-at-home mom, I was able to prepare my own SBD meals. But if I were working a dayjob, it would have been difficult – with family meals to prepare on top of my own diet meals.

How about you? Have you ever tried diet meal delivery? Would you be willing to try? If I can afford it, and if it will bring me closer to my weight loss diet, I’d go for it too.

Eat to lose weight

So, as expected, it seems like I seriously need to lose a few (read: five to ten) pounds.

To get myself started on this great, big task, I began not eating rice during dinner – no rice after 6! But I know I have to be doing more than that if I want to shed the fat. I know, though that even the best diet pills on the market are out of the question. No, thanks.

Do you know that there are foods to eat to help you lose weight? According to an article on Women’s Health, these foods make us feel full longer, keep the blood sugar levels low longer, help burn fat faster and even reduce blood triglycerides (the bad fats). What are these foods?

  • berries
  • low-fat yogurt
  • peanuts
  • turkey
  • breakfast cereals
  • enova oil

Of course, a healthy diet must consist of more than just the ones mentioned above. I learned a while back (when I began losing weight 3 years ago) that it really isn’t rocket-science. All we need to eat healthily is common sense – choose a lean cut of meat over a fatty one, brown over white rice, fruits over junk, baked over fried…

And then, choose to just do it! (The most difficult part).

*sigh*

Gym break :(

I’ve been on gym break for almost 2 months now.

The original plan was to freeze my gym membership account and try if just running more regularly will work just as good, or even better. If it works out well, I was planning to terminate my gym membership and save about Php20,000 per year!

Unfortunately, even the best-laid plans fail. Mine wasn’t really laid out well, hehe. And so yes, I kinda set myself up for failure.

In short, I have yet to do a single run this month. Last month, I did two short runs. And that was it. *facepalm*

Anyway… I really hope I can go back to my fitness routine soon. The question “do diet pills work?” is out, because I am not going back to them. The good not-so-bad news, actually is that I gained back just a few pounds in the past 2 months. If I lost weight through diet pills, I’d have regained back all the lost pounds sooner. So that’s one consolation for me…

Uhh yeah right, stop rationalizing yourself. Go out and just do it.

Hayz, please wish me luck.