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Postby cwong2910 » Thu, 01 Dec 2011 5:52 pm

i agree with what sundaymorningstaple has said and i personally dropped from 96kg in March 2011 to 76kg by Aug 2011 by restricting carb intake. On top of that i also started doing heavy lifting in the gym and also interval training (e.g. Tabata style sprints, burpees, etc).

Ladies should do weights also as resistance training help to burn up the stored glycogen in your body and build muscles for general well-being. Ladies don't have to worry about bulking up as you don't have that much testerones compared to the guys. When i say lift weights, i don't mean doing 100x reps using puny 1kg dumbells which alot of ladies are fond of doing.
This is how you should do it
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RAcrDOXa ... re=related

About the TCM thing (acupuncture), i have done it before at Aimin.
It works and i did drop from 94kg to 82kg, but the weight piles back simply because I continue to eat the wrong food.

As the saying goes, you can never out exercise a bad diet. :wink:

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Postby InTheBlue » Fri, 02 Dec 2011 10:45 am

'As the saying goes, you can never out exercise a bad diet!'

Not heard this before but I like it. Very apt.

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Postby InTheBlue » Fri, 02 Dec 2011 11:02 am

@SMS - you need to start a slimming school on the expat forum!

One thing you forgot to mention staying away from alcohol which is extremely high in calories and carbs!

Why weight gain and loss has always revolved around the amount of entertaining I am doing at the time.

A pound of body fat equates to approx. 3500 calories so if you drink 500 calories a day (2 large glasses of red wine or 2 pints lager) you would gain a pound a week. 500 x 7 = 3500 = 1lbs/0.5kg!

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Fri, 02 Dec 2011 1:01 pm

I didn't forget to add it. I said cut way back on carbs. Of course, I took for granted (oops!) everybody already knew that alcoholic drinks were very high in carbs. :(

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Postby marry » Tue, 13 Dec 2011 3:17 pm

Well!!!
These tips are really helpful. I really appreciate you for sharing it!
Keep sharing good info.
Thanks.
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Postby mochachula » Fri, 16 Dec 2011 12:00 pm

Hi All!
SMS challenged those who have a success story or method that has worked to share it, so here goes:

May 2011 I began the Dukan Diet, which is high protein, low carb, very strict, and in 4 phases. I believe it is a healthier alternative to Atkins because it is low fat, low sodium also. There is a suggested time formula depending on the amount of weight you need to lose, your maximum weight, and your bone structure to determine the length of time that you are in each phase of the diet. You start with a few days of pure protein, then slowly add a few veg, then go on to more veg, certain fruits, and whole grain carbs. By Oct I had lost 16kg. (I started at 68kg). I struggled to stabilize and quit losing, as I had already lost more than the website which works the formula suggested. (Yes, when you cut carbs and sugar, you don't crave bad food, and the change to good quality food makes it easier to eat more without gaining, and/or to be satisfied with what you eat!)

The last phase is to maintain, and I have struggled to maintain as well, (I kept losing) but am more stable now. In total, I have lost 18kg, and feel much better. We don't own a car here, so I get plenty of exercise just walking to and fro, but have also had to add a bit more carbs back into my diet than I had previously expected, probably due to the climate.

Success demands a lifestyle/mindset change, and as most of the success stories have concurred, maintaining determines one's willingness to change bad/unhealthy eating habits.

One good thing about Dukan is that it "sets" your body to respond to protein (not sure exactly how technically), and you are supposed to take one day weekly to eat nothing but protein - no veg, fruit, sugar, carbs, etc. I find that as long as I do that, and practice wisdom and moderation, I don't gain, but rather have to think about which good carbs and what fruit I will eat to stay at my weight.

Dukan also uses Greek yogurt and Oat bran as 2 key ingredients - Greek yogurt because it has much more protein, and Oat bran for the fiber.

All that said, it isn't easy to follow here, as all ingredients (proteins, brown rice, whole wheat pasta, Greek yogurt) are expensive, and not easy to find already cooked in a restaurant. But it has worked wonderfully for me! 8-)
Life is too short to drink bad coffee, eat bad food, and watch bad movies!

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Fri, 16 Dec 2011 1:08 pm

Congratulations on your weight loss. I'm not sure how healthy the diet is for you though. Any diet that causes ketosis (bad breath is a sure sign of this) cannot be doing your body any good. This is one of the reasons why the Atkins diet, while effective, doesn't create a lifestyle one can reasonably live with on the longer term. It would seem that the Duken Diet also causes the body to go into ketosis as well.

The following is excerpt from the BBC regarding the Duken Diet. So buyer beware...... http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-14020154

A court in France has ruled in favour of a nutritionist who described the popular Dukan diet as dangerous. Dr Pierre Dukan had brought a libel case against his rival Dr Jean-Michel Cohen, who had said the protein-rich diet could cause heart disease and breast cancer.


Full story here:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article ... court.html

But, at the end of the day, it works for you, that is all that matters.

For an update, I got on the scales today 3.5 years after finishing my program and I only weigh 72 kg. 3kg over my finish weight of 69kg back in June 2008. I stay between 71-73 kg depending on the season (e.g. the holiday seasons (Nov ~ Feb) will see me with a slight gradual increase but after the Chinese New Year, I'll go back down to around 70~71kg.

So again, congratulations for starting and sticking to the program! Makes you feel good doesn't it? :-D

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Postby mochachula » Mon, 19 Dec 2011 2:12 pm

Yup!
Heard bad press before starting the diet, but as you said, weighed the info, looked at my history of up and down weight gain and loss, (looked in the mirror), used common sense, and listened to my body. Definitely hit ketosis, but drank plenty of water, took multi-vitamin (Dukan recommends you cut your usual multi in half and take each half with a meal), and ate as sensibly as I could. We don't get so out of shape thinking logically and eating sensibly, so I think practicing those habits are more important than the diet, per se, and definitely more important in maintaining the weight loss.

I do physically feel much better, it's easier to walk distances, I'm happier with the way I look, and weighing less than I have in 20years, I am hopeful that I will be able to keep it off!

I agree with the 3 out of 4 in the BBC article and would gladly recommend the diet, adding that one must always listen to their body and engage their mind in the dieting process!

Congrats SMS, and all who have successfully lost weight! Here's to keeping it off!
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Postby KaylaSkips » Mon, 19 Dec 2011 2:13 pm

I lost 5 kg in a month by just eating differently. completely no form of junk food! That means no fries, chips, anything deep fried. Really important. Also, more veg on your plate. I also did the thread mill about twice a week because that's the only way to keep your tummy flat. I was much skinnier in a month and I'm still keeping my weight. Best of all, I still ate my desserts! Hope this works for you too :)

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Postby ssemaj » Sat, 09 Jun 2012 10:56 pm

i took up the TRA program last year for my wedding. I learnt to eat right and i lost 7kg in 3mths....it's a 3mths program. From what i learnt, we cannot don't eat carbs at all....not good for the body. We just need to eat a balanced diet and keep our metabolism level up. I take supplements to boost my metabolism.

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Lose Weight Fast

Postby chloef » Mon, 09 Jul 2012 9:49 pm

I really want to lose weight fast! Thinking of trying a diet pill called GLOW. It's the number one pill in the US and heard you can lose weight quickly. 2kg in 5 days! Has anyone here tried it? Can you share your reviews please? :P

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Re: Lose Weight Fast

Postby danning » Wed, 11 Jul 2012 11:01 am

chloef wrote:I really want to lose weight fast! Thinking of trying a diet pill called GLOW. It's the number one pill in the US and heard you can lose weight quickly. 2kg in 5 days! Has anyone here tried it? Can you share your reviews please? :P


Hello!

I am consuming Glow currently!

I am not sure if it is Glow, but i definitely am losing weight. Have lost 4kg in 12 days. I like the raspberry taste of it and can feel that my metabolism is faster after taking it, not gonna stop!

Well, I am also thinking of trying the slimspa diet tea along with this routine.. Because I need to lose another 7kg in less than a month's time..

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Re: Easy weight loss - need advice

Postby v4jr4 » Wed, 11 Jul 2012 11:46 am

CatherineL wrote:I have been on a starvation diet and a constant workout to burn my extra fats, the results aren't obvious and the worst thing is I got hungry quite often.

Anyone here has better idea on how to lose weight more easily?


This reminds me about stupid-little-idea when I was in college. No extra starvation process, but here's the menu during that time:
- breakfast: bread/noodle, small portion
- lunch: soya milk
- dinner: normal dinner, small portion

Combined with the heat and physical activities, I lost 20 kg in around 3 months. Yes, I know it's not a good way, but I "hypnotized" myself to eat only when I was in a very hungry state.

Try to avoid overeating or eating in "I-think-I'm-hungry" state. But drink water is a must.

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Wed, 11 Jul 2012 12:08 pm

If you put yourself on a "starvation diet" your body goes into what is called starvation mode. When this happens, whatever you eat, regardless of how small, is converted to fat storage as the body doesn't know when it's going to get more food so it tries to hang on to everything you consume. Bad way to go and also can cause halitosis as well.

You should cut down on the four killer starches as much as possible and completely for the duration of the "dieting" e.g., consume no rice, bread, pasta or potatoes. Also stay away from any vegetable that grows underground as they are also carbohydrates.

Eat plenty of leafy green vegetables and equal portions of protein (meat/seafood/fowl). No more than around 130 grams of each. Be sure to eat 3 meals a day and no more than a single protein source at a given meal. Do not eat pork. Also cut out both sugar (must) and salt (good if you can as salt causes fluid retention). Do not snack but a piece of fruit between meals is okay. Do not eat anything a least two hours before retiring at night and try to get 8 solid hours of sleep. Try to drink at least 2 litres of water daily. After around 7 days you will lose the carb cravings and after that you should lose somewhere around 1 kg/wk safely. If you are doing a exercise programme, cut back on intensity & frequency while on the diet. If you aren't on an exercise programme, don't start until you have lost the weight and have started eating a bit more to stabilize your loss of weight.

The biggest thing to note is that you cannot go back to "eating normally" as your idea of eating normally was abnormal. Had it been normal you wouldn't have gained all the weight in the first place.

You don't need supplements or pills with this diet and it works. However, taking a good multivitamin is always a good idea.

You can read my journey four years ago elsewhere on this forum.


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