Archive for July, 2012

Fasting And Why It Is Vital For Self-Discipline

I will be the first to admit that I am not the most religious person. Last year was the first time in my life that I have fasted for the entire duration of Ramadhan, the holy month for Muslims all over the world. Food and Water were always my Kryptonite. Plus I have a few bad habits. Basically I lacked discipline through out my life.

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In  approximately 24 hours, the first day of Ramadhan will begin which will mark 30 days of Intermittent Fasting (IF).

IF has been gaining a lot of momentum recently in the fitness industry and the main reason is because it simply works. The thing about losing fat (along with many other things in life) is that there are many paths to reach the same destination. IF happens to be one of the fastest BUT it is not for everyone, especially for people who have yet to learn to separate emotional hunger from real hunger.

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If you eat like shit, chances are you look like shit too.

For me, there are two reasons why I fast.

1) Faith

2) Conviction

Fasting will be a rude awakening for people on how they view food and water. It serves to remind  them that there are so many people out there in the world who would literally kill to be in their fortunate predicament. For the rest of the year, people take basic necessities such as food and water for granted, because you never know what you’ve got until it’s gone.

However, for the lay muslim, fasting is just one of those things they are obliged to do just because they were born muslim. They simply fast without asking why. Hence, compliance will be an issue for most people because they do not have enough conviction to stick to the full duration of the month of IF.

Let me give you 3 tips on how YOU can use this month to reach your fitness goals which is only to lose fat because gaining muscle is nearly impossible, unless you already have muscle memory.

1) Eat real food.

There are bound to be traditional malay snacks that are laden in sugar and other unhealthy concoctions. It is okay to eat those foods, heck even I have a sweet tooth. Just remember not to go overboard. Eat a proper meal (compromising of meat,eggs,vegetables,fruits,nuts and noodles/rice if you aren’t fat) and drink at least 2 liters of plain water, spaced out of course.

2) Move.

Yes, it’s that simple. Life still goes on even while you are fasting! Do whatever you would do normally, although you might have to accommodate the limitations of fasting. For example, I usually exercise about mid-afternoon but now I will only exercise after breaking my fast.

3) Sleep earlier.

Yes, sleep plays a huge part in reducing fat because sleep is highly anabolic. Let me put it this way, if you don’t sleep enough, you won’t lose fat fast enough. Go to sleep earlier to facilitate waking up earlier, to prepare your meals and agenda for the day.

At the end of the month, if you follow these three simple steps diligently, you will definitely lose fat, not water which is usually the side effect of IF. People think that they automatically lose fat when fasting but that is not the case. Sorry to disappoint, it is just temporary. Diligence begets success.

P.S. My personal goal,

P.P.S. Oops, sorry wrong picture.

Ahhhh, more like it.

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Supplements And Why They Don’t Usually ‘Work’

Supplements, the holy grail of every scrawny 16-year-old who aspires to be the next Arnold Schwarzenegger or Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. The definition of a supplement is something that adds value to something else. In this context, a supplement is a want for all, a need for some.

This would be like a Candy shop for most 16 year old Kids.

I have never held supplements in higher regard than food because I somehow knew that I would not be able to reach my fitness goals based on it alone.

One can never out-train a bad diet. Even if it is combined with supplements.

Self-Explanatory

There are various types of supplements that can be delivered to your doorstep, thus making it more convenient for impressionable adolescents who are looking for the best ‘Mass Gainer’ or the best ‘Fat-Loss Pill’.  There is no shortcuts to success. The elevator will always be down, one will have to climb up step by step to reach the top.

It’s all about Persistence.

I have tried my fair share of supplements to honestly say that in order for a supplement to ‘work’, one must ensure that one does everything necessary to provide the environment for its potential to be fulfilled. Let me put it in this way, A supplement is like a seed. One plants the seed in Soil (Body), One will then ensure that the seed receives Water (Food) and Air (Sleep). If there is no diligence in watering the seed or placing it in an optimal environment, the seed will never blossom to a plant.

Now, I do take supplements on a daily basis too. I take Fish Oil and Protein Powders. The reason why Fish Oil should be in everyone’s cupboard is because it improves brain function & memory (DHA) and it is also an anti-inflammatory (EPA). Not all Fish Oil are the same though.

You pay peanuts, you get monkeys.

One of the best ways to test whether your fish oil is of poor quality is to slice open the soft gel and place it in the freezer for 6 hours. If it is poor quality or has gone bad, the fish oil would be frozen. It should not freeze.

My current bottle of Fish Oil.

I have had a few friends who were scrawny who wanted to put on ‘Mass’ and they asked me what is the best ‘Weight Gainer’ to consume. My answer?

Hands-down the best ‘Weight Gainer’ in the world.

Weight Gainers are typically low quality Protein mixed with high quantities of Sugar. If that is your idea of a ‘Weight Gainer’, then go ahead. Scrawny people have the best excuses in the world. They have an abnormally high metabolic rate, no matter how much they eat, they can never put on weight and the best excuse of all time is ‘It’s genetic’. HAH!

Excuses are for losers.

It is human nature to look for a shortcut or blame it on everything else except themselves. I can safely say that one can reach one’s fitness goals on the tried and tested food, alone. However compliance and convenience might be an issue, thus the need for supplements. One should always do research on supplements before buying them, therefore understanding the full potential of it. However, one should work towards providing a suitable environment for the supplement to thrive in.

The Latest Cutting Edge In Fat-Loss, Secrets During The ‘Cavemen’ Era Finally Uncovered!

This article is dedicated to you or your friends who has ‘the best excuse in the world not to exercise and eat properly’.

Since I already got your attention with that cheesy title only the ‘Pizza Hut Cheesy Crust’ could top, you already know what I’m going to write about, the number one perpetrator of ED (Erectile Dysfunction) and the cause of lack of SE (Self-Esteem, just thought it would be cool to call it SE)

Fat.

I thought a Bra covered the nipples.

Everyone can relate to this article because we’ve all been “fat” at least once in our lives. Oh I forgot, let me define what “fat” means to me. Being Fat means you cannot see your abdominals when you wake up, first thing in the morning. (Or in the afternoon, depending on what happened the night before.) If you’re a female and reading this, thinking it is impossible, let me show you something to prove otherwise.

In the words of Stevie Wonder, Isn’t she lovely?

Now, there are two types of people in the world.

1) Those who complain they are fat 24/7 and don’t do anything about it

2) Those who know they are fat, are hellbent on losing it forever.

I am only addressing this to the second type of people, who are most probably ‘working out’ and ‘eating 5-6 meals a day to fuel the metabolism’ and believe the mainstream fitness industry that was..

I have been reading a lot over the last 5 years to know what works and what doesn’t with regards to fat-loss. Knowledge is power but applied knowledge is as powerful as umm, a Power Ranger?

Undoubtedly the most Powerful Power Ranger.

Let me clarify one thing with you guys out there. Bodybuilding. It is a SPORT! It is a totally different sport compared to something like Powerlifting. Don’t listen to anyone who tells you what to eat or when to eat or how much to eat because everyone is different, no two thumbprints match. Well you can, but ultimately the food goes into your mouth, not theirs.

The fitness industry in the USA is cockful, oops I meant chockfull of information regarding everything fitness, from Vitamin D affecting fat-loss to how a Bicep-curl can be performed in 369 ways. (the latter is just a rough estimate though). I have great respect for a few standout individuals in the industry though even though I have yet to meet them in person. These guy’s blogs can be found under the ‘Resources’ to your right.

I have a problem. Yes I really do. I’ve got a problem with people who major in the minor stuff. What I mean by this is that you have people on the complete opposites of a spectrum. On the one side, you have people who believe in ‘moderation’ and just exercise because they want to exercise at the same time this chick with breast implants is doing chest exercises. On the other, you have people who ‘eat organic or die’. I am all for healthy living but let’s not kid ourselves. Eating ‘healthy’ is expensive, right? WRONG.

It’s Sugar, but it’s Organic Sugar so it’s ‘Healthy’ Sugar. Bitch Please! Put makeup on a pig, It’s still a pig!!

Unfortunately, Asian food culture is very different from Western Culture. Our main dish is always a form of carbohydrate. (Rice or Noodles). Too much of a good thing is a bad thing. There is no use blaming fast food chains or our food culture because at the end of the day, you are what you eat. Wherever you go, there is always a menu. You are supposed to choose what food you want to eat.

Okay finally, my advise on losing fat as efficiently as possible.

Eat less, Move more.

Whaaaaat!?

It’s that simple. Well it’s not easy though. I’ve always struggled with consistency because I keep on giving myself excuses and you know what, excuses are for losers! I would be in ‘All’ mode for a few months, make progress and then shit happened in my life and I’d be in ‘Nothing’ mode for a few months aka the Yo-yo diet. Well, I kinda sorta wanted to lose fat last time. Now? I will let my body speak for itself.

It’s that simple!