Fruit: Before or After a Meal?

Recently came upon an article that said you should eat fruits (regardless of the type) before a meal, so that you can absorb all its healthy nutrients before the less nutritious spaghetti or rice. If we eat it last, the fruit may ferment before entering our stomach/intestines due to the bottleneck of food that entered a couple of minutes earlier. The fructose may then turn into gas to contribute to our belly bloat.

Banana Apple Orange

Some of you may question this piece of advice, saying that oranges are acidic and will burn through our stomach lining. However, our digestive tracts can neutralize most acids (unless it’s sulfuric acid) before they enter our stomach.

Why Cardio Can’t Help You Lose Fat

Belly FatPeople who run or do other types of routine exercise every day (and who still have accumulated fat) know that cardio can’t help you consistently lose fat. Being a victim of belly fat myself, I know that it is hard to lose the fat in your belly, buttocks, love handles, or triceps. This may be further apparent in people in their 30’s when their metabolism reaches the beginning stages of dormancy. To compensate for this, they run, cycle, or do other repetitive exercises in hopes of losing body fat. And worse of all, it does work, in the beginning. But after the 3rd trial, our body gets used to it and stops losing fat. Even the sweat that we’ve lost during exercise doesn’t help much, fat-wise.

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How to Hike with Bad Knees

I’m sure we’ve all hurt our knees at some point in our lives. Regardless of the reason, the false assumption that we can’t do any strenuous exercise again just sends us into a never-ending depression. And to add insult to injury, we have commercials that tell us that once some of our ligaments are gone, they won’t come back and we’ll be left with 50% of our former motor ability.

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Sugar and Processed Foods

SugarToday, we’re going to look at the decade-old argument on why you shouldn’t eat sugar or other processed foods if your aim is to lose fat. Let’s first look at sugar, which is not only a simple carbohydrate that our body readily absorbs, but tastes good as well. The difference between sugar, white rice, pasta, and mashed potatoes is that one tastes sweet while the other 3 don’t. The similarity is that they’re all equally processed and unhealthy. All the kernels and cusps have been removed to reveal the sugary white rice inside. Continue reading

How Your Body Thinks

Body mindThe body has a mind of its own, especially when it comes to losing fat in your belly, love handles, and buttocks. No matter how much “routine” exercise you do, it’s always hard to lose this stubborn fat. If you tried the advice I gave in the previous posts, you’ll find that eating alone just doesn’t cut it.

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Tokyo Ueno Park

The second day of our Japan trip began with an unhealthy breakfast because our hotel package didn’t include any. We therefore had to buy some carbs from the nearby convenience store, Family Mart, the night before. I call them carbs instead of food because at least 55% of the calories came from carbohydrates, while only 10% came from protein. I didn’t bring a scale to Japan, but I must’ve gained 5 pounds of blubber during these 9 days.

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