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It’s Bad when it’s a “Fad”

Let’s be honest, there’s a reason why fad diets are referred to as “Fad Diets.”

They can be the hottest thing in the planet, with multiple testimonials on how “effective” it is, but truth of the matter is that it’s simply fad, with no assurance that you will achieve your health goals effectively, safely and in a timely manner.

Trust me, i know. I’ve been carrying the extra weight for about 10 years now and I could probably give you a grocery list of the diet plans I’ve tried through the years. Did any of them work? Maybe at first – but many years down the line and I still carry the extra weight with me like a baggage I can’t seem to shake off.

Image courtesy of Penn State U

Here are some things about fad diets that you need to know:

Fad diets may not be healthy. Fad diets may have short- and long-term effects on the body. In the short term, you may lose pounds but drastic weight loss without proper nutrition may have serious long-term effects on the body. When the body loses weight, the vital organs such as the liver and kidney will be overworked, as they try to get rid of excess fat and toxins from the body. It is important to support the body with proper nutrition. Proper monitoring of the body is needed when losing weight.

Image courtesy of The Mayo Clinic

Fad diets are not based on nutrition. You are what you eat. Even if you are on a diet, your body needs the right nutrition to keep energy levels high and to avoid adverse health effects in the long run. To get all the essential nutrients, the diet should include balanced nutrition with different food groups, such as lean protein, vegetables and controlled fat and sources of sugar, like healthy carbohydrates and fruits.

Fad diets may lead to health problems. Losing weight may put some stress on vital organs. It is important that a person is healthy to go on a diet. It is always advisable to see a doctor before starting any weight-loss program and to be closely guided throughout the process.

Fad diets results are short-term. Most fad diets will help you lose weight for a short period of time, but you will eventually gain more than what you lost. When the body does not get balanced nutrition, it will try to preserve itself by slowing down metabolism, making burning fat harder. While there may be weight loss initially, the body will eventually need more food to compensate for the loss, which can lead to more weight gain.

Fad diets may not help get rid of the fats. When weight and muscle are lost initially, you may be led to believe that a diet is effective. However, most weight loss resulting from fasting or starvation comes from burning vital muscles and not the loss of fat. When the body is starving, metabolism causes it to store energy, which it gets from body fat. But when there is little fat or muscle left, the body will start to metabolize the organs that are made of lean tissue. This may lead to stroke, heart attack or liver and kidney failure.

To lose weight, increase vegetable consumption, drink more water, eat lean protein, reduce fats and sugar consumption, including refined carbohydrates. Healthy habits like sleeping well and exercising will also aid healthy weight loss.

While you feel the need to lose weight, remember that your health matters more than the numbers on the weighing scale. Do your research before trying any fad diets.


Spilling the deets on Brazilian Slimming Coffee

You wanted to lose weight. You tried running, not eating rice, daily exercises — but nothing seemed to be working and the fact that you can’t wear your favorite cigarette pants annoys you more and more. 

Well, this is the scenario in my case. Thus, I was more than intrigue and curious when I read about the Brazilian Slimming Coffee, a weight reducing product being marketed by a local celebrity. 


the secret to weight loss?
The celebrity who distributes this locally is Daiana Menezes, a Brazilian-Japanese model and host known for her enviable body. While I can only wish that I will be able to at least reach even half of the enviable physique of Ms. Menezes, my goal is to reduce the big tub of lard I carry on my middle size while also lessening at least 10 to 15 pounds if possible. Currently, I don’t eat rice and I love brisk walking though my occasional downfall is my unexplicable love for sweets. Aside from Ms. Menezes (a credible endorser if ever there’s one) — what convinced me to buy was the numerous testimonials from clients who tried the product. Some were able to lose 3 pounds, but some were able to shed up to 32 pounds! 

Process of ordering is simple: orders are placed via Viber as indicated in their Instagram account. The 200 gram jar is 680pesos. You can pay fort our purchase through BPI and BDO. The product will arrive after 1-2 days. Shipping is not free. If you are from Metro Manila, shipping is about PHP40. 


this is how it looks like
I started drinking the coffee since Sunday so this is already my 3rd day. Some testimonials on their site says they started losing weight after three days – I don’t feel anything and I don’t seem to have lost weight already. 

For your reference, I now weight 80 kilos .  I will post here updates if I have lost any weight at all as I finish my first jar of Brazilian coffee. 
Review for the first three days: 

  • Smell – upon opening of the lid, you will immediately smell of coffee, with a hint of earthy-chocolates undertone. 
  • Taste – this coffee actually taste good, it is not too sweet or creamy; but with a slight hint of bitterness. 
  • Effect – I did my research before buying this product. Apparently, there was a proliferation of Brazilian coffee before usually available on Chinese drug stores. These were banned for a while due to the not-so-pleasant side effects like dizziness, diarrhea and even palpitations. You will not experience any of the above when you drink this coffee. The only visible and very obvious effect is that you will feel thirsty every time. The first time I drank this coffee, I had to go and pee every time. You will drink, drink and drink. 

I’ll make sure to update this post and report if this stuff really works.  I know in the end, nothing beats working out and losing weigh the natural way. However, I also believe there’s no harm in trying and as long as I won’t damage my body, there’s nothing wrong with trying new things. 

Confessions of a serial dieter


It has come to my attention that all perceived weight and flabs that I have managed to lose due to exercising like a mad woman during the last quarter of 2013 has been slowly creeping up my flab-riddled body.

The warning signs were there: clothes that felt a bit too tight around the middle, difficulty in running as part of the office’s running club and the slowly expanding gut. Sometimes, I say no to invitations for drinks and get-together because I don’t want to see old acquaintances and hear them say the usual line, “what happened to you? you gained weight! you used to be so thin in college!” Yes, I can deflect it with my usual tough girl lines but it kinda eats me away inside–especially when I am already at home, looking at a pile of clothes that no longer fit me.

While I do my four minute work outs during weekend, I have also begun to collect flimsy routine just to get out of my exercise routine. This–and the lack of discipline–are some of the reasons why I managed to gain back the pounds I managed to shake off.

Now, I am in panic mode.

Like the serial crammer and dieter that I am–and faced with the thought of looking pudgier than I was before–I started looking at my options.

1. Replace coffee with green tea and stick with it – after reading somewhere that tea is a good anti-oxidant and that it helps you lose weight, I started impulsively buying various green tea variants in the market and leaving it anywhere: in my room, the office and a sachet in my bag. My reasoning is that I will replace my coffee intake with green tea. I managed to do this for about a week and then stress hits me and I am chugging coffee again like a fiend.

2. Salads, hard boiled eggs and eating healthy – When I was still doing the fitness boot camp, I was eating salads, vegetables and fruits, drinking milk everyday and staying away from sweets (aka “my weakness”). But after the boot camp and the stress of work reappeared, I was downing cup cakes and fudgee bars every chance I get. I blame this for the bloated feeling.

To address this, I started eating healthy again — but man, trying to lose weight is very expensive. I was spending almost a hundred bucks per meal for my salads! Fruits and veggies also don’t come cheap. But it really needed to tone down. So, I am temporarily breaking my frugal ways in order to sustain my “healthy lifestyle”. If you have suggestions on how I can eat healthy and on the cheap – let me know!

3. Get my chair off the butt and start running again – I wasn’t able to run as much as I like due to my very hectic work sched. However, deep inside, I know that I am using work as a reason to procrastinate on my running and exercise. I have to stop this. I already left my running gear at work, reasoning that it will allow me to run if I want to.

4. Explore gym membership – I noticed that there’s a small community gym a block from my house. If I don’t have the discipline to do the work outs on my own, maybe it’s time to hit the gym and hire a trainer to bully me into submission.

God knows how much I wanted to lose weight. I don’t want to acknowledge it but gaining weight is already affecting my self-esteem.