I said, “no more cakes for you, honey.”

I should have said, “no more flour-based food for you, honey,” more specifically.

If you cannot manage living like an herbivore for the next month or two, I suggest you an anti-flour diet. This is the basis of all diet plans, because flour does nothing but obstruct you from loosing weight. It promotes your body to release stress hormones, which adds extra weight on you.  I’ll try to limit my words; I don’t want to exhaust you from all this scientific diet knowledge. Enjoy.

Carb-addiction

On top of various addictions floating around the world, one of the major one is the carb-addiction. It is when one cannot stop consuming carb-high food such as muffins. I don’t want to explain the science of it, but you should know that when you take a bite of a muffin, you want another bite, and then another. All of a sudden, you realize that you finished an entire muffin by yourself. Flour-based food causes most of the carb-addiction, which naturally leads one to consume more calories than needed. First step is to not take that first bite. Stop it right there.

TOO much Copper (Cu)

In your body, magnesium, calcium, and other vitamins are essential when you limit your food choices. Unless your cells get enough minerals and vitamins, they will be in desperate need of them all the time. Once you leave the cell in that “hungry” state for too long, they start refusing and break the hormonal balance. Flour-based food contains a great deal amount of copper, which is an element that WIPES OUT all other essential minerals and vitamins, creating a “pseudo-hungry” state for the cells. So, if you eat fresh vegetable, and then a piece of bread, those vegetables will have no positive effect on your body. Thanks to you, copper.

GI level

One piece of bread can instantaneously raise your blood sugar level way over the standard level. Once it goes over a critical point, it signals the body that it is too much. This then causes a sudden release of insulin. Insulin will immediately convert the excessive sugar in blood to glycogen and store them, subsequently reducing the blood sugar level lower than the optimal range. This is when you feel hungry all of a sudden. Hunger will get more and more intense, and make you eat, when your body really doesn’t need that extra calories. Excess is fat.

Usually high in calories

Flour-based food doesn’t only come in pure 100% flour products. They are usually made tasty with additional butter, salt, and sugar. Butter is a typical example of a saturated fat; it stacks up tightly and nicely on to your fat layers. Consumption of excess salt will cause the osmotic balance to be broken, making your body to consume excess water, and letting your body KEEP IT. This may or may not, depending on your future meals, become fat. Sugar. Do I even have to explain it? It’s pretty self-explanatory that it’s fattening. All these fat-builders come with flour-based food. I repeat: “fat builders.”

No nutritional value

On top of copper, which wipes out the essential minerals and vitamins, flour has no nutritional value. When you are limiting food during diet, it is important to consume nutritionally rich food to maintain the hormonal balance. You need vitamin A, B, C, E, iron, calcium, magnesium, omega 3, and omega 9 fats. Vitamins function as cofactors during digestion, and some vitamins, like Vitamin E, relieve stress. Calcium and magnesium is crucial during muscle contraction.  All are essential to our body, but flour contains none. When you are eating flour-based food, you are eating nothing for your body. NOTHING.

It’s your choice. Remember, brain cells die, but fat cells don’t.

Embark.

March 3, 2011

I should take a break from giving lessons, and give you a glimpse of my new diet plan. Spring is approaching soon, and summer comes next. That means, clothes are thinner, and tighter, showing the truth of my body lines. That is indeed tragic, or it may be good news for those of you with gifted body.

Since I’m not gifted in any shape or form, I need to work to “look” gifted. I guess I’m still healthy, so I’m gifted in that sense. I’m in a different situation from many of the girls, because I have been dieting for so long that my body is immune to losing weight. Its resistance is greater than anybody else, and so I need to be extra careful with my plan. I have tried almost every single method of diets, and I have more diet books than (my mother language) Korean books. That’s partially because I don’t read Korean books that fast, and I’m more comfortable reading English books, but anyhow I’m starting to run out of resources.

Out of all the types of diet, the ones that actually worked were only few. Some of them were intentional, others not. For this time, I have created my own plan, independent from scheduled plans online or in books. I merged three to four different methods in which were successful.
They are:

Potato diet
Bicycling diet
Dancing diet
Lower body bathing diet

These are the basic methods, which I’m going to stick to. Of course, guidelines that are too obvious like avoiding oily food and eating healthy are basis.

Potato Diet
I discovered this around sixth grade, and it was totally unintentional. After school, I always looked for snack such as apples or pears. However, because I was fond of fruits, I consumed enormous amount of calories just from those fruits. Without realizing that, I just happened to taste steamed potato one day and it was amazing. With was soft and warm; plus, it made me full very easily. Exactly what I was looking for. So, I started to eat two potatoes for snack every day. The result was awesome. I think I lost at least two kilograms just in a week.

Bicycling Diet
During unintentional potato diet, I liked to go outside and ride bicycle. It was not a hard-core exercise; I rode it for fun. I liked to feel the breeze and feel alive. I think this diet and potato diet synthetically produced the successful result.

Dancing Diet
This one, I am not so sure of the effect, but it is known to burn a lot of calories. Also, it is a great way to release stress. It’s very simple; you dance for 30 min~ 1 hour listening to your favorite dance songs. I like it because this is almost like the only time I can act the way I want to and think about only me.

Lower body bathing Diet
This is especially good for people with thick legs and huge hips, but relatively small upper body. Lower body bathing itself does not burn loads of calories, but it give synergy effect, by allowing smoother blood circulation. This cannot be conducted one week per month, though (for girls). In that case, you can feet bath. That is another good way to raise your body temperature.

Detailed Food plan:
Breakfast:
One potato, A cup of Ma+ no fat milk, egg
Lunch:
Two potatoes, fruit (1/4 pear OR 1/2 apple), milk
Dinner:
10 Tofu cubes, water OR
Korean meal with vegetables

Exercises:
30 minutes of bicycling OR
30 minutes of dancing
20 minutes of lower body bath

Now that I look at it, I’m going to eat other healthy food as well. I’m still a growing girl; i think; i hope.

Goal. Change it.

February 17, 2011

Now, before you embark on the diet journey, there are several things you need to change the objective. You are NOT trying to lose weight, you are trying to lose fat, more specifically you are trying to lose adequate amount of fat, so that you look healthy, not skinny. I am sure that at least 90% of the population of dieters are trying to lose as much weight as possible. That is stupid idea because if you lose weight, you are putting focus on muscle and fat. You want to retain muscle so that the amount of calories you burn per day is greater. But, you need to get rid of the excess fat in your body.

This is more of the girls’ problem; to not eat. If you don’t eat, you lose weight. Well, yeah DUH. But, it will come back later: the Yoyo phenomenon. This, I will talk about it in the next blog post. Anyhow, your objective of the diet needs to be “let’s lose adequate amount of fat.” You might be surprised to know how many different types of functions fat serve in your body. The hormonal balance, energy storage, insulation, cushioning, and many more jobs can only be done by fat.

I am telling you to have the right objective because diet is a prolonged fight between your temptations and determinations. In order to win this battle, one needs to have a single goal: health. I hope you have made up your mind to lose fat for the purpose of quality life.

Eat more, exercise less

February 10, 2011

You may be one of those people who spent hours searching for diet tips and realized that many of diet plans are impractical. I was one of them when I just embarked on my diet journey. Really, those tips narrow down to one theme: “Eat less, exercise more.” It might be a common sense that people should burn more calories than one consumes. However, I suggest the right opposite. THE EXACT OPPOSITE.

Eat more and exercise less.

One reason why people get fat is that one eats food with high calories. It is better to eat a huge bowl of chicken salad than to eat a small piece of chocolate chip cookie. I mean,  it is better to consume more calories from healthy food than to consume less calories from a junk food. You can eat half a burger a day and exercise until you can’t breathe properly or you can eat a full healthy meal and exercise until you feel refreshed. For diet beginners, it is very difficult to limit the food quantity, because eating has always been a pleasurable time. So, I suggest you to not limit the food quantity, but be choosy about your menu. Here is the reason why you should not limit the amount of food.

For list of foods that you should eat and you should not eat, I will not list them because if I list them, you are going to be stressed about what to eat and not eat. And stress is one of the major factors you want to avoid during diet days because it causes negative hormonal changes.

BUT there is one food I would like to keep you off of. That is food with flour as the base ingredient. I cannot stress the importance of keeping off of flour based food. It is worse than a chocolate bar, a donut, a burger, and any other fatty food you can think of. Flour is composed of 100% glucose, which causes your blood-sugar level to skyrocket. When it skyrockets, the glucose that has not been used eventually becomes fat. Try to avoid all flour based food. Please.

Now that I gave you slightest glimpse of how to eat properly, I should tell you to exercise. WRONG. You should not “exercise.” You should “move.” Honestly, exercising is hard and long and boring. People have tendency to avoid things that are not enjoyable, but they still do it because they know that it is good for them in the long run. Now, how long will that determination last? I say, about one month- no more than that. In order to do a diet, you shouldn’t do an exercise that bores you or tires you.

Instead, try to move a lot during day time. I usually walk up stairs, walk two or three bus stations, go shopping, or even dance. These small changes in your life can lead to successful diet. Trust me.

[Intro] Dieter Choo

January 27, 2011

Master. I am the master of diet. The term “diet” commonly refers to the process of losing weight, more specifically, losing fat. You would be surprised to know that I coached my brother to get him lose nearly 60 kg. He still calls me at least once per day to get his diet plan checked, even when he is currently in military base. That proves my mastery.

I, myself plunged into the world of diet at 12 (yes, that is very young.) So, this is my 5th year of diet. Oh no, 6th year because my birthday passed. Anyhow, I began diet with a simple goal: let’s lose weight, and indeed, I did. I lost around 14kg while growing 10cm. But now that I look back at my diet schedule, there are so many flaws that it’s not even funny. I should admit that I was pretty lucky that I didn’t faint, and so in order to prevent anyone who might repeat the same mistake that I made, I pass on my knowledge to the world.

If I ask people the what fastest way to lose weight is, they say “starving” or more commonly “exercising.” Of course exercising is good for your body, but it is not the best way to lose weight especially for girls at my age. There were several experiments done by universities in Korea, Japan, and US that exercising is not the best way to lose weight, UNLESS you continue that same amount of exercise through out your entire life. So, imagine yourself working out two hours everyday at age of 60. Ew. That is quite tiring. Let’s stop there.

Diet cannot end. Once you start exercising, there is no way you can stop and remain skinny. You need to brush up your life style. Yes. that is the fastest way to lose weight: changing your lifestyle.

You can ask any of my friends what I usually eat. Some people ask if I’m vegetarian. No, but yes. I’m not vegetarian, I’m anti-flourian. I don’t eat any food that contains flour as the base ingredient. I will explain why in later posts. There are certain food that I eat and I never eat. When I say “never,” I mean NEVER.

Diet is a life-long assignment; let’s call it a project. It will not end, but it will become a part of you. Until then, you need to force your lifestyle to change, so that your body can adapt to it. So let’s begin our lesson!