3 Questions You Should Ask Before Trying To Lose Weight

Tuesday, January 30, 2018


There is no doubt that we all know how to lose weight: eat a lot of fruits and vegetables, give up eating fat food and consume less calories than our body spends during the day. The question remains: why only a few of us manage to maintain a healthy diet for a long time?

It's very simple: food support us with the substances that provide our body with energy, food is first of all a pleasure. We eat when we want to, when we are stressed out, when we are bored, when we lack comfort, etc. Above all, we eat when we are trapped by irresistible temptations wherever we go. Restaurants attract us with buffets, fast-food chains… Huge portions, and food packages are increasing in size. We live in the world that does not want us to keep fit and lose weight. Fortunately, there are shake products that will help you lose weight and stay healthy. Want to see how shakology works? Take a look at https://healthguidereviews.info/shakeology-review-does-it-work/.

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ENERGY CONSUMPTION

In order to maintain vital functions, such as heartbeat, constant body temperature and digestion, the body needs energy. For this reason, it processes nutrients obtained in food. This process is called metabolism.

WHAT IS CALORIA?

The energy content of a single product can be measured. The official unit of measurement is kilocalorie (kcal).

Calorie is an obsolete unit of measurement, and in scientific circles it has been replaced by kilojoule (kJ), but, even nowadays, calories are used everywhere.

THE MOST IMPORTANT ENERGY SUPPLIERS

Different nutrients provide us different amounts of energy:
- Carbohydrates: 4 cal per 1 gr.
- Proteins: 4 cal per 1 gr.
- Fats: 9 cal per 1 gr.

BASIC EXCHANGE OF SUBSTANCES

Even if you lie quietly on the couch, energy is consumed in your body. Scientists call this phenomenon metabolism. It consists of approximately one calorie (cal) per kilogram (kg) of body weight per hour.

Metabolism when dormant = body weight (kg) x 24 hours

With a body weight of 70 kilograms, for example, the basic metabolism is: 70 calories x 24 hours = 1680 calories per day. At the same time, the metabolism is affected by age or sex: men have a high one, and women and elderly have a lower metabolism than young people do.

PAL NUMBER

When you move (even when standing up from the couch), the body expends more energy. In this case, we are talking about the so-called high metabolism.

The total expenditure of energy, which is many higher than our personal basic metabolism, is formed depending on how much you move, and how often you go in for sports or work. Your physical activity level is measured by PAL (physical activity level) index.

This means that the personal basic metabolism is multiplied by the PAL index. The one, who spends his days mostly sitting, will have a relatively low index, comparing to an athlete, for example.

Under normal conditions, the PAL index is between 1.2 and 2.4 (elderly people usually have 1.2)

Essentially sedentary lifestyle without or with little intense physical activity (office employees) has 1.4-1.5

Sedentary lifestyle with a rare energy expenditure during walking or standing (laboratory assistant, student, driver) has 1.6-1.7

Mainly walking or standing lifestyle (housewife, seller) has 1.8-1.9

A lifestyle with intensive physical work (constructor, lumberjack, athlete) has 2.0-2.4

WHY TOO MUCH CALORIES ARE FULL?

If you eat more than the body needs for breathing, blood circulation, muscle activity, palpitation, or the formation of cells, then it turns this excess energy into fat. These fat deposits are another echo of the Stone Age, which in difficult times must protect us from starvation. In order to get rid of these "reserves" you should follow a diet and, even more importantly, do sports. The more you move, the higher your total calorie consumption is. This means that you can eat more without adding weight. If in the process you eat as much as you have been eating before sports, you will definitely lose weight.

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Top 10 Fitness Influencers Who Inspire Us To Get Fit

Thursday, January 25, 2018


We need inspiration for almost everything; from studying to working and from remaining focused on our goals to exercising. The lifestyle that we spend these days is SMART. We don’t walk to our destination, we opt for cars instead. We don’t use pestle and mortar to grind and crush, we use blenders. When we miss people, we don’t go to meet them, we simply make a phone call instead. We use shortcuts in everything, as far as possible and we do things without really having to move. This tends to make us unhealthy and unfit. Remaining fit is a present-day need for which we seek inspiration from people who are addicted to fitness.

Here are top 10 Fitness Influencers who will keep you motivated to remain fit and fill you up on new ideas on how to remain fit every day.

1.       Dwayne Johnson – If you smell, what the Rock is cookin’

Dwayne - the Rock – Johnson is what we can call an all-rounder. Previously a wrestler, now an actor and a fitness influencer, looks incredibly fit and handsome even in his forties (yup, you heard that right, he is in his forties). He is fit, owns a great bod, is achieving new milestones every hour, is one of the highest paid actors, people love him and is an ideal for us to follow when it comes to fitness.

Follow him:
Instagram @therock for fitness vids.
Youtube @The Rock
Twitter @TheRock
Facebook @DwayneJohnson

2.       Kayla Itsines – Sweat with Kayla

Itsines has taken over social media with her fitness videos and never-give-up attitude. She gives us new ideas on how to follow a regular workout with no excuses. She is a co-founder of The Bikini Body Training Company which was discovered back in 2014. In her fitness app SWEAT, which can be downloaded from the playstore, she guides you through different workout. She shares a combination of workout and recipes for women to follow and discover a more healthier self. In 2016, TIME magazine counted her amongst the “Top 30 Most Influential People on the Internet.”

Follow her:
Facebook: @k.itsines
Instagram: @kayla_itsines
Twitter: @kayla_itsines

3.       Cassey Ho – Fitness Entrepreneur Trusted Internationally

Cassey Ho started her career in fitness back in 2009 via her YouTube channel. Since then she has grown from 30 people to 3.9 million subscribers on YouTube. Each of her videos on YouTube exceeds 100K views with some even exceeding 4 million. The fans now get to enjoy her fitness DVDs, books, recipes and POPFLEX line of fitness accessories, apparel and yoga mats.

Follow her:
Facebook: @blogilates
Instagram: @blogilates
Twitter: @blogilates
YouTube: @blogilates

4.       Rachel Brathen – The Yoga Girl

She took away the social media unintentionally when she hit the road back in 2013. Today she is a New York Times bestseller who charges approximately $25k per a single Instagram post. Residing in Aruba, she is a well-known yoga teacher. She has more than 2.1m followers on Instagram (as of Jan 2018). You can connect with her on her social media and follow her blogs @rachelbrathen.com/blog.

Follow her:
Facebook: @rachelsyoga
Twitter: @RachelBrathen
Instagram: @yoga_girl

5.       Steve Cook – Hit the Gym Right Away

Steve Cook is a live example of fitness goals for all the men out there. He is a professional bodybuilder and took part in various fitness competitions held by the American IFBB. Other than looking good and absolutely masculine, he has some goals in life and he knows how to achieve them. In collaboration with Gymshark, he has started a chain of gyms to accommodate people who want to get fit and keep fit, beginners and enthusiasts alike. He also promotes the sportswear and gym apparel of Gymshark. For upto 40% discount at Gymshark.com you can use the discount codes and for further fitness inspiration you can follow him on his social media. His instagram is all about fitness with pictures and videos regarding squats, lunges, weight lifting, etc. where he also explains how each move helps in shaping and toning your body.

Follow him:
Twitter: @stevecook
Instagram: @stevecook
Youtube: @Steve Cook
Snapchat: @stevecookhealth

6.       Natalie Jill – The woman who took control

Her journey started post her pregnancy when she gained considerable weight and went through several personal and financial hardships. She started simply by taking pictures of the food she ate and putting it up on Facebook. From someone who was keeping track of her own health, she became a fitness expert whom people look up to on social media. She has 507k followers on Instagram (as of January 2018) and made it amongst the Top 10 Fitness Influencers on Social Media list of Forbes.

Follow her:
Facebook: @nataliejillfit
Twitter: @nataliejillfit
Instagram: @nataliejillfit
Youtube: @Natalie Jill Fitness

7.       Jason Statham – Like wine, he gets better with time

For some people age is just a number and they only get better with time. Statham is definitely one of those people who get better with every passing minute. As fit and effortlessly handsome he looks without shirt, it is hard to believe that he is 50. Known for his fast-paced action movies The Transporter, Mechanic Resurrection and many more, he was a former international diver who made his way in the 1992 World Championship (no wonder the athletic bod!).  He was born in Shirebrook, United Kingdom and you know what else is from UK. No wonder UK has so much of the good stuff!

Statham on his Instagram, is found doing a combination of workouts including Yoga, Stretching, and Lifting. He likes variety in his workout to keep himself interested and when asked about the diet, he rated himself a 95% with 5% margin for occasional here and there.

Follow him:
Facebook: @JasonStatham
Instagram: @jasonstatham

8.       Michelle Lewin – Fitness on Boom

Lewin is from Venezuela and within a few years has achieved milestones that people can only dream of. A single Instagram post of hers sweeps away $10,000 with 12.8m followers on her account. She is a bodybuilder with her own line of workout equipment, supplements and is a brand in her own might. She works in partnership with several health and workout brands. She is what we mean when we say “Look like a Beauty, Train like a Beast.”

Follow her:
Facebook: @FitnessMichelle
Twitter: @Michelle_Lewin
Instagram: @michelle_lewin

9.       Simeon Panda – Fitness Trainer cum Blogger

Simeon Panda is among those fitness influencers who has inspired people simply via blogging. He was a trainer since long and ever since he started fitness blogging, in 2013, there is no stopping him. His Instagram and Facebook followers have only grown since then and continue to grow. His single video gets about 500-600K views. Panda has his own sportswear line, workout accessories and e-books.

Follow him:
Facebook: @simeonpanda
Twitter: @SimeonPanda
Instagram: @simeonpanda
Blogs: https://simeonpanda.com/                                                                                       

10.   Joe Wicks – The Fitness Underdog

While many people judge success on the basis of Instagram followers, here is one online fitness coach who will inspire you to be fit and remain consistent through constant motivation and reminders of healthy recipes on how to eat right and remain fit with a regular workout. He has gained over 1.5m followers within 3 years and makes everything look so easy, you’d want to start right away.

Follow him:
Facebook:
Twitter: @thebodycoach
Instagram: @thebodycoach


Stay Motivated, Stay Fit!

*This is a pre-written/guest post.

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15 Things to Love About the Mercury Drugs' 2018 Planner

Wednesday, January 24, 2018


For those who doesn't like coffee and collecting stickers, here's a planner for you.

Mercury Suki Notebook, Mercury Suki Card, Mercury Drugs, planner, 2018, suki points

Daddy A got me this Mercury Drugs' 2018 Planner in exchange of 30 suki points. Here are 15 Things  to Love About the  Mercury Drugs' 2018 Planner.

1. The Cover

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2. Personal Information

Mercury Suki Notebook, Mercury Suki Card, Mercury Drugs, planner, 2018, suki points

3. Calendar

Mercury Suki Notebook, Mercury Suki Card, Mercury Drugs, planner, 2018, suki points

4. My Sleep Monitor

Mercury Suki Notebook, Mercury Suki Card, Mercury Drugs, planner, 2018, suki points

5. Every SIP counts

Mercury Suki Notebook, Mercury Suki Card, Mercury Drugs, planner, 2018, suki points

6. HALT before you eat

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6. The GOOD habEAT

Mercury Suki Notebook, Mercury Suki Card, Mercury Drugs, planner, 2018, suki points

7. My WATER TRACKER

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8. POMODORO Technique

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9. TIME OUT!

Mercury Suki Notebook, Mercury Suki Card, Mercury Drugs, planner, 2018, suki points

10. WALK this WAY

Mercury Suki Notebook, Mercury Suki Card, Mercury Drugs, planner, 2018, suki points

11. Should I POST THIS?

Mercury Suki Notebook, Mercury Suki Card, Mercury Drugs, planner, 2018, suki points

12. My 30-DAY SOCIAL MEDIA detox

Mercury Suki Notebook, Mercury Suki Card, Mercury Drugs, planner, 2018, suki points

15.  NATURE'S STROLL

Mercury Suki Notebook, Mercury Suki Card, Mercury Drugs, planner, 2018, suki points

Aside from those, the Mercury Drugs' 2018 Planner has so many nice pages like these.

Mercury Suki Notebook, Mercury Suki Card, Mercury Drugs, planner, 2018, suki points

Mercury Suki Notebook, Mercury Suki Card, Mercury Drugs, planner, 2018, suki points

Mercury Suki Notebook, Mercury Suki Card, Mercury Drugs, planner, 2018, suki points

 And at the back, it has an envelope where you can put notes, receipts and other important documents that will fit in there.

Mercury Suki Notebook, Mercury Suki Card, Mercury Drugs, planner, 2018, suki points

I don't know if this is still available at the Mercury Drugs stores. We also had a hard time finding this e. But you can try your luck if you have 30 suki points naman. If you don't have, you can check Mommy Pehpot's post: Mercury Suki Planner Tipid Hack.

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A Breezy Trip To Tagaytay Highlands


Here's the second part of Matthew's annual educational field trip. 

After our quick trip to Nuvali, we went to Tagaytay Highlands where we had a snack at the Summer Garden at Highlands China Place.



We had some photos taken inside.


And this great view outside.
Tagaytay Highlands, Summer Garden, Highlands China Place

I was just wondering why it's called summer garden when it's really cold and was even raining that day.

Anyway, just a few distance away, there's an Animal Farm that is a petting zoo and home to miniature animals from different parts of the world. 

Here's Matthew with Llamas.

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With the Parrot.

Animal Farm, Tagaytay Highlands, Summer Garden, animals, educational field trip

Who by the way greeted us "Hello".

Animal Farm, Tagaytay Highlands, Summer Garden, animals, educational field trip

And another parrot with Daddy and Matthew. Matthew was afraid kaya si Daddy A na lang nagcarry ng bird.

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There are rabbits too.

Animal Farm, Tagaytay Highlands, Summer Garden, animals, educational field trip

Animal Farm, Tagaytay Highlands, Summer Garden, animals, educational field trip

There are aquariums inside too.

Animal Farm, Tagaytay Highlands, Summer Garden, animals, educational field trip

Monkeys!

Animal Farm, Tagaytay Highlands, Summer Garden, animals, educational field trip

Chino, the orangutan, who has a bad habit of spitting. So beware!

Animal Farm, Tagaytay Highlands, Summer Garden, animals, educational field trip

Tigers are also present at the Animal Farm.

Animal Farm, Tagaytay Highlands, Summer Garden, animals, educational field trip

Matthew wants to Guinea Pigs.

Animal Farm, Tagaytay Highlands, Summer Garden, animals, educational field trip

Those smiles are really precious.


That's our breezy trip to Tagaytay Highlands. Check out Daddy A's Matthew's Educational Trip 2017 (Part 2): Tagaytay Highlands for better photos, hehe.

Will be posting the last part of Matthew's field trip soon.
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Welcoming 2018!

Thursday, January 11, 2018


Finally! Eleven days after New Year, here I am writing about how we welcome 2018.

Mga bes, I know January will be a busy month for me. What I didn't anticipate e magkakasabay sabay lahat ng activities like year end report, meetings, seminars and even Matthew's 3rd quarterly examination. Ending ngarag talaga ako.

Tambak na pending posts ko. Remember my Singapore trip last September pa? Hay... I didn't know where to start. 

Actually, just this night I reviewed Matthew. Times like this I am thinking of having a tutor for him. Yun lang talaga being a hands on mom, for sure hindi ako mapapakali not knowing how and what they have reviewed or studied. 

Well anyway, enough of this drama, and share ko na muna how we welcome 2018!

The day before New Year's eve, I received my essential oil blends I ordered from Healthy Oils PH.


Daddy has cough for weeks na that time kaya napabili ako nyan when I saw it on Facebook. I will tell more about it in a separate post.

Then, as usual, lagi kaming naghahabol with our home beautification. Daddy repainted our room.


Since December 30 is a holiday, I have time to clean and reorganized our home.




Sa totoo lang mga muthers, noong araw lang na yun ulit ako nakapag-general cleaning. We have no househelp e and now we are going through tough times again looking for a househelp. Kaka-stress but lucky I have this little boy, my stress reliever.


Next day, we went to Church since we can not go to na that New Year's eve.


We are thankful for 2017. It was a very blessed year for us. Will make a recap soon (I know, it will be late again...)


This is our simple salubong and celebration for 2018.


My cheesy carbonara.


My chicken macaroni salad.


Daddy's barbecue and hotdogs.


Ham.


Daddy's bibingka.


Leche flan.


My fruit salad.

And of course fruits and chocolates.


For years, this is how we welcome New Year.


Simple lang.



But I always believe, simple celebration with the family is always the best.


Medyo belated na, but still Happy New Year from our family to yours!


Have a more prosperous, bountiful, joyful and blessed 2018!
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