Now that both the Gregorian (International) and Lunar (Tet) New Years have passed, it’s time to take action. The task of achieving better health and fat loss is relatively simple as far as what actions to take. However, the decision to do what is necessary is the challenge because changing habits is notoriously difficult. Our habits are what make us who we are, so change is a mentally difficult proposition.
There are always a lot of articles out at this time of year talking about resolutions and achieving great things in the New Year. Is it just because it’s a ‘new’ year — essentially a day after yesterday, which just happens to show a new number on the calendar? Or is it because people actually want change?
As the festive season kicks into full swing, we all adopt ‘frantic mode’. Even the most basic principles of looking after oneself take a back seat in favour of shopping, eating out and getting together with colleagues, friends and family for copious amounts of drinking. Even though Christmas is not a traditional holiday here in Vietnam, everyone likes a reason to party and celebrate.
Although there are thousands of diet books and millions of people following conventional wisdom advice, we are the most overweight, obese, unhealthy people ever. Even worse, childhood obesity across the modern world is becoming an epidemic.
There comes a time when you step on the scales and it is finally showing weight loss. Yes! But, hold on. That’s what the scales do. They show you how much you weigh. But let’s think about it for a second.
How come there is so much controversy on the subject of nutrition? A labyrinth of conflicting advice has been constructed around the topic with disagreement on many topics from animal based diets vs. plant based, low fat vs. high fat, low carb vs. high carb, unsaturated fat vs. saturated fat, organic vs. conventional, and so on.
When most people decide to get into shape and become fitter they generally turn to heart healthy ‘cardio’ exercise — running, swimming, cycling and more. In recent times the new craze in the fitness industry has been the insurgence of High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT).
For years the fitness world has prescribed Steady State Cardio (SSC) as the preferred method for burning fat, losing weight and getting into shape. But now it all seems to be about HIIT. I constantly get asked what is the best form of exercise for burning fat and losing weight? Is it HIIT or SSC? This can be a complicated question to answer, as really it is about application. To help understand cardio training more, you need to know about fuel systems.
I am constantly asked how many eggs are safe to eat per day or week. The myth that cholesterol causes heart disease and because eggs contain cholesterol and fats therefore are bad for us, is just plain wrong.
For years we’ve been told red meat is bad for us, that it is unhealthy and the cause of cancer. Is this really the case? The simple fact is that animal products are only as healthy as the animal they come from.
One of the best aspects of living in Asia is the availability of fresh coconuts. This delicious drink is fantastic for improving hydration and preventing disease. Coconut water is not the solution to all your problems but it does convey some excellent therapeutic benefits. Research shows coconut water supports hydration, helps fight the aging process, can lower cholesterol (to the same degree as prescription drugs), improves insulin sensitivity, and lowers blood pressure.