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Archive for the month “January, 2013”

Eat before 3pm?

I think there are very few people who are absolutely free from weight issues. Most of us try to lose some kilos here and there, however I see there is a sizeable number of people who are dying to steal some from ‘most of us’.

I ran into this article on abc.es and to me it is depressing. I’ve heard about the infamous ‘nothing after 6pm’ diet but ‘nothing after 3pm’ is way too harsh! No matter how much you eat before 3pm, you will get hungry at night. Nights are too long and boring to refrain from all the goodies.

From my experiences, eating less is the only sure-fire way to win the battle of weight loss. Doing regular exercises makes your body toned and firm ‘after eating less’, but it alone doesn’t help much. As for what to eat, I feel a lot less bloated if I don’t eat much of carbs (rice, bread, potatoes etc) and sweet fruits (no no to oranges).

I’m starving and it’s already 5.30pm, well past 3pm!

***This is how this study was conducted. To reach these conclusions, the researchers studied 420 overweight persons who followed a 20-week treatment in Spain for weight loss. Participants were divided into two groups: those who ate before three and they did later. The timing of the day was lunch, as it is at this meal where you eat 40% of total daily calories. They found that those who eat later than three p.m. lost significantly less weight than those who ate soon. Those who ate later also had sensitivity to insulin estimated lower, a risk factor for diabetes. Other curious facts from this study is that the time for the other meals (breakfast and dinner) did not play a decisive role in the success of a weight loss program. In fact, late diners ate fewer calories at breakfast and were more likely to skip it, and yet the least weight were lost.***

This is a ‘wow’ research for Spaniards as it is normal for them to eat lunch after 3pm. However, the rest of us who tend to eat lunch before 3pm..what shall we do?! We’re already losing weight- supposedely-, right?


A thought on Life

I once was sent to a client’s office to print off important documents when I was an office junior. I think it was probably around 50 pages or so. After finishing off the task, I compiled them all correctly and shait..! I realised that each page was slightly bigger than what the A4 print could capture. Picture this. A half of top line, a half of bottom line and both sides’ first half letters (sometimes a word) were missing. You know, to get to a word ‘liberty’ in the first top sentence, you have to guess from the bottom halves only.

I quickly skimmed through them. I was able to decipher some of them without a problem but I was totally at my wits’ end on quite a few others. When I was at those pages, it was frustrating yet challenging. It was infuriating yet encouraging. When I managed to get a few ‘difficult’ pages right, I felt incredibly exhilarated though. It became less troublesome those pages later as many of them were repeated and related. Hooray!

Looking at those pages with my handwriting over, it suddenly hit me hard. Maybe this is life. You never get clear pages. It may look easy from a distance but there are traps everywhere. You sometimes manage to go through some parts perfectly or not so perfectly. However the most important thing is that you carry on. You may come up with a clear answer if you just carry on a few chapters more.

…Well, I know I know..I didn’t have much time to contemplate on life at the client’s premises during my working hours. So I had to reprint them all. This time I made sure they were printed in the correct setting. Unlike this we cannot reset our life, but you know what I was trying to say..

knock knock knock..

Oh dear my poor blog,

I’ve been neglecting you for a while.
It’s not a nice feeling. I feel guilty. I feel like an unwelcome guest in my own home. Something’s gotta change!

Well, this is just to let my kind readers know that I’m alive and kicking. I’ll be back with more goodies very soon.

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