Coach Alicia Fong

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Health Tip for week Nov 16th

  • Don’t starve yourself if you decide to lose weight.  Calories In, Calories Out method doesn’t work.

Hi everybody.  This one is going to be short as I am in Mexico visiting my parents.  As I visited friends and families, people often asked me what to do to lose weight and they all have this idea that eating less and keeping track of calories will help them lose weight.  WRONG!  If the Calories In, Calories Out method was simple and effective, then why are we living in a growing obesity epidemic today?  Shouldn’t everybody be dropping lots of weight under this method? A person’s biochemistry is a lot more complex and a simple formula like this just doesn’t work.  Starving yourself will not help reduce fat.  It could initially reduce water retention but it’s not sustainable for anybody to not eat or starve. First, your body needs food to survive, stay healthy and for energy.  Eating less will only make you weak and will only screw up your health in the long run.  Think of it as a car.  Every car needs fuel and battery to keep running.  Every person needs food and water to live.

So what can you do to stay healthy and lose weight?

  1. Have a healthy and balance meal, like eat proteins (i.e. beef, chicken, fish) with a variety of vegetables.
  2. Eat as often as your body needs.  In other words, eat whenever you are hungry, BUT eat healthy food.  NO junk foods, candies, cookies, ice cream, sodas.
  3. Exercise.  By exercising, I mean lifting weights and/or doing metabolic/interval training.  Don’t do cardio.  Cardio will affect your hormones (in particular the Growth Hormone) in a negative way which will increase your fat storage.  So for some people, the result of cardio is gaining fat instead of losing it.  In fact, lifting weights will burn more calories in a longer period.  There are research and studies on this and is called the EPOC effect.
  4. Reduce your stress level.  I know it’s hard for most people nowadays to stay stress free but try to reduce it as much as you can because stress can cause a negative effect on your cortisol.  Cortisol is a hormone responsible for several stress-related changes in the body.  When cortisol levels are out of whack, you will storage fat in certain parts of your body (mostly in the stomach area).
  5. Drink lots of water, not alcohol.

I know a lot of you know this already but I hope you are still able to get some new information here.  I have more in-depth information to share if you are interested in learning more about it.  Feel free to contact me at


November 17, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized |

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