Of all the Penang hawkers fare, my favorite is Guan’s Apong at Burmah Road! I ate them for 2 days straight. My 3 girls loved it too. I gobbled 4 pieces on day 1 and another 5 pieces on day 2. Even Baby chomped down 3 pieces on both days. On the second day, I felt really stuffed after chomping down 5 pieces of coconut-sweet corn-banana apong in the car on our way back to Ipoh… immediately after a sumptuous seafood meal in a restaurant at Gurney Drive. I felt so stuffed that I had a very light dinner, though my dad had cooked a storm of 8 dishes to welcome us home. This morning, I got up early and had a half an hour run by the hillside. I felt so good after the run as I had skipped running for 2 days. Thankfully I did not gain a pound after having a feast in Penang. Thankfully I still do not need to rely on the best fat burning supplement after a food binging trip in Penang!
Lately my appetite has been really good. But I have been craving for all the wrong food. I have been craving for all the sinful carbs. Each time I am under stress, I will have this crave to eat carbs – sweet carbs! Thankfully I have been so busy that I don’t have the time to sit and enjoy my carbs. Being a busy queen bee is a natural weight loss tool for me and I don’t need phentermine to help suppress my appetite.
I don’t look forward to the weekends. On weekends when my 3 kids are at home, I barely have a breather. I don’t even have the luxury to sit down to have my breakfast or to read the newspapers. Ever since I started running an online store, I have lost some weight. Let me tell you that I am stressed out to the max handling 3 kids, 3 blogs and 1 blogshop. I am almost back to my pre-Alycia, Sherilyn and Cassandra weight of 43kg. If this hectic lifestyle continues, I can contribute my very own dramatic weight loss stories to weight loss websites!
For over a decade, the hubs has been telling me every now and then how determined he would be to shed some weight. Each time he announces confidently that he will be going on a low-carb diet and tells me that he will hit the gym or swimming pool intensively, I just knew that he would give up half way through. I think the only way to motivate him to be steadfast in his weight-loss journey is something that rewards him monetarily. One time, he even took some diet pills for men and that of course did not bring any desired result. Perhaps I should ask him to partake in the next Biggest Loser of Asia reality show!
Many people ask: Isn’t honey a type of sugar? Will consuming honey cause weight gain? Won’t the calories in honey negate your weight loss efforts? Well, here’s a very interesting article for weight watchers who are also honey lovers.
Honey and weight loss are often associated. Why is honey a smarter choice than table sugar if you are watching your weight and what you eat?
Refined dietary sugars lack minerals and vitamins and are often called empty calories. They draw upon the body’s nutrients to be metabolized into the system, and when these nutrients are depleted, metabolizing of cholesterol and fatty acid is impeded, contributing to higher cholesterol and promoting obesity due to higher fatty acid on the organs and tissues. The good news is that honey, a natural sweetener, on the other hand, contains 22 amino acids and a variety of minerals essential for its metabolism and hence is helpful in preventing obesity.
It is believed that drinking lemon juice with a little honey the first thing in the morning is an effective anti cellulite treatment as it helps to increase body metabolism. If you are determined to shed weight and speed up your sluggish metabolism, try this honey and lemon diet tip.
If you like, another very popular recipe associated with honey and weight loss is a drink that uses honey and cinnamon as ingredients. Many people have found this home remedy very effective in losing pounds. The steps are easy: Dissolve half a teaspoon of cinnamon powder (or ground cinnamon) in a cup of boiling water. Stir the mixture and cover for half an hour. Filter away any big particles and add a teaspoon of honey. Take it in the morning with an empty stomach about half an hour before breakfast.
For people who tend to overeat or feel discomfort in the stomach after meals, honey can be taken for better digestion. Honey is a simple carbohydrate that one safely take during fasting because it contains easily digested sugars. Foods that are rich in sugars or complexes of sugars are carbohydrates. How the sugars are arranged will determine whether we call a food a source of simple or complex carbohydrates. When sugars are bound into rows, as they are in starches such as whole grains and legumes, they are called complex carbohydrates. It takes the body much longer to digest the sugar from a complex carbohydrate.
Source of above article – :www.benefits-of-honey.com/honey-and-weight-loss.html
Honey and warm water: Normally fat remains as an un-used resource in your body adding bulk and weight. It is believed that honey mobilizes this stored fat. When this fat is burnt to provide energy for your daily activities, you see a gradual decrease in your weight and obesity levels. It is suggested that you drink this honey (about one tablespoon daily), with equal amount of warm water.
Source of above article extracted from www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/animal-product/benefits-of-honey-in-weight-loss.html
Another interesting fact on green tea. Green tea has gained popularity worldwide as a tea to help in weight loss. Green tea enhances your body’s metabolism rate and quickens the consumption of fat storage of the body. Recently green tea has replaced other beverages in the western world as its helps in weight loss. Drink a cup full of green tea in the morning and you are sure to lose a few pounds of excess weight. I am one green tea fan and for years I have been drinking a cuppa green tea every morning to help me move my bowels and keep my weight in check too.
My all-time favorite dish is chicken cooked with turmeric. I like the chicken cooked with lots and lots of minced turmeric and shallots. My dad cooks one of the tastiest turmeric chicken and I can eat the entire plate of dish all by myself and yet not get fed up and still eat it the next day. I ate a lot of turmeric chicken during my 3 confinements.
Turmeric is a yellow, powdered spice that gives curry its distinctive color and flavor. Scientists believe that turmeric, which is used in most Indian meals, has an active ingredient that can help fight obesity. A meal that includes turmeric will lead to less weight gain than one without the yellow root.
Turmeric contains a plant-based chemical called curcumin, which suppresses the growth of fat tissue in mice and human cell cultures, according to a study by Tufts University in Boston, published in the Journal of Nutrition.
Curcumin is also easily absorbed by the body, the researchers said, after experiments on mice.
“Weight gain is the result of the growth and expansion of fat tissue, which cannot happen unless new blood vessels form, a process known as angiogenesis,” said senior study author Mohsen Meydani of the Jean Mayer U.S. Department of Agriculture Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts.
“Based on our data, curcumin appears to suppress angiogenic activity in the fat tissue of mice fed high fat diets,” he said in a statement.
Turmeric is effective when added to a high-fat meal, suggesting it could help fight obesity.
Researchers gave one set of mice high-fat diets and another set the same food with 500mg of curcumin added to each meal.
After 12 weeks, the mice which were fed curcumin weighed less than those which did not eat it.
Widely acknowledged to be a powerful antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties, turmeric is currently under investigation in several studies to determine its use for cancer prevention and treatment.
So if you are lost for ideas on what to cook, go whip up a turmeric chicken dish. There are several ways of cooking chicken with turmeric. Chicken cooked with turmeric is delicious, wholesome, helps you to lose weight and may help prevent cancer too.
I know of many people who are struggling with the battle of the bulge. They go on a yo-yo diet or a crash diet, take weight loss products including trying discount diet pill, yet they don’t lose much weight. I tell them to exercise but they always tell me they don’t have the time and they cannot wake up half an hour earlier each day to exercise. To me, weight loss includes lots of sacrifices, including sacrificing a little beauty sleep. I wake up very early every morning, rain or shine to exercise. So far, my weight is right on track!
One of the things that I must have every morning apart from my cuppa decaffeinated coffee is my cuppa Japanese green tea. No matter where I am and what I am doing, downing a cuppa green tea a day is a must. Today, I read that green tea extract is one of the powerful thermogenic fat burners. It’s combination of caffeine and catechin polyphenols make it a potent fat fighter. Several recent studies have shown that green tea was found to significantly decrease abdominal body fat area, subcutaneous abdominal body fat and fasting triglycerides. That means that not only is green tea extract a great fat burner, it also has a positive effect on fat in the blood! This said, in order to successfully achieve weight loss, one has to reduce calorie-intake and must exercise.
Though I am a health freak, I tend to have a weakness for certain snacks and carbs like cookies, cakes, bread and the occasional sinful Cheezels, Twisties and fish muruku 😀 And do you know that I eat my carbs mostly in the morning and during lunch time? After 3pm, I try to refrain from carbs. I have a rather heavy breakfast, a medium heavy lunch and a light dinner. That’s because I am busiest in the morning and afternoon, minding my 3 kids and running about. So the calories and fat will be burnt more efficiently during that time. By evening, my activities are slowed down, thus logically calories intake and carbs should also be reduced. I hardly ever eat supper, hate the idea of having food in my tummy when I’m sleeping. That will surely be transformed into fat and added to my jelly belly! In between meals, I try hard not to snack on carbs, though I will snack on cherry tomatoes, fruits and nuts.
Some researchers suggest that eating late at night, when our body says we should be sleeping, will disrupt our circadian rhythm, or internal clock, which governs not only our sleep cycles but feeding and activity cycles as well
Here’s an excerpt of an interesting article from healthnews.com:
“Sleep has a very important role in metabolism,” said lead author Deanna Arble, a neuroscientist at Northwestern. “While I do not believe the field is advanced enough to prescribe appropriate eating times for each individual, I believe we can at least say that humans should avoid eating during their normal sleeping phase because this could lead to increased weight gain.”
But Arble says it is also important not to lose sight of the importance of total caloric intake. “If you are taking in excess calories daily, the time you eat probably doesn’t matter—you will still gain weight,” she said. “Similarly, if by eating small meals for dinner you decrease your overall caloric intake, that could be more beneficial than timing.”
For someone not consuming excess calories each day, and they’re doing everything by the book but still gain weight, maybe look into the time of day you’re eating. It could be a factor.”