Health – Losing Weight

FitRight = Green tea extracts + L Carnitine + Ampalaya extracts

My friend Raech introduced me to this product, FitRight, that her mom is selling. It’s supposed to aid weight loss. I got a box (which I haven’t paid for) of 60 capsules, to be consumed twice daily before meals.

I took it for about four days, stopping for the past two because I’ve been having migraine headaches. I’m sure it was not the food supplement that caused the migraines, but I stopped taking them nonetheless. I also wanted to research on what these three naturally occurring substances could really do to my body. No matter what I learn though, I’m pretty sure I’d be popping those again.

Green Tea extracts
The Chinese have been drinking tea for centuries and it has been said that tea can remedy many ills, as well as prevent others. There are claims that Green Tea can help cure/prevent cancer, and there is also interest now in how Green Tea can be helpful in AIDS research.

I also remember that Body Shop has a product line with green tea as the main/active ingredient. Of course drinking it may not have the same effect as applying it on your skin.

The Wikipedia article also mentioned lab tests that showed positive results for preventing rheumatoid arthritis with regular intake of green tea. That’s one good reason for my mom to drink up on green tea I guess.

Specific to weight loss, here’s what I read:

In a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial done by Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee, 240 adults were given either theaflavin-enriched green tea extract in form of 375mg capsule daily or a placebo. After 12 weeks, patients in the tea extract group had significantly less low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) and total cholesterol (16.4% and 11.3% lower than baseline, p<0.01)> A study published in the January, 2005 edition of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition concluded “Daily consumption of tea containing 690 mg catechins for 12 wk reduced body fat, which suggests that the ingestion of catechins might be useful in the prevention and improvement of lifestyle-related diseases, mainly obesity

It seems that Green Tea extracts may aid the body in burning/oxidizing fat.

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Keep at it!

By Wednesday, I’ve almost lost hope – I weighed in and found that I was 1lb heavier than I was on Saturday! I did stick with the program until Thursday and even only had salad for lunch at work on the 5th day (earlier). It paid off. By weigh in a few hours ago, I shed off some of those unwanted weight!


It still is going very very slowly but I seem to have a lot of patience. I will continue eating wisely and in fact, I am making my meal plans for next week. I’m thinking of including Alfred in on this plan, he says he’s in as long as it means he doesn’t need to starve.

March is going to be a better month for me, I can feel it. 🙂

On a totally different note… *rant alert*

I learned that something I’ve been waiting for still won’t push through, but the sad thing about it is that it will happen to someone else 🙁

I got zero, zip, zilch, nada – in my Payroll account. Seems to be the bank’s fault as I’m not the only one with this problem. My colleague got 4 times more than was due to him. There are others more. That sucks big time. This is my second negative experience with that bank and it is so disappointing. Oh, it’s Unionbank/Ibank by the way. Grrr!

*rant’s over 🙂 *

Coke Zero is in the Philippines, yay!

Day 1

I started with the Balancing Days yesterday (Monday) and though I guess it should have kept me full, I was looking for more food. Haha. Critical was the chicken I should have eaten for lunch, but since I didn’t know how to cook the recommended recipe, I settled for something less filling. For today’s lunch, I’d either convince my brother to cook, or ask my cousin to cook for me.

I’m sure I will drop pounds these these four days of controlled eating, and it’s good that I started it during my off. Problem is how I would sustain Days 3 and 4 while at work, starting tonight. I’d have to pack a lot of fruits to take with me…

Balancing Days

I was at MarieFrance this morning. I didn’t seem to have lost weight since I was there last. It didn’t come as a surprise knowing how much we ate by the looks of my previous post. hehe.

The PT was pleasant, we were talking and talking while she was wrapping me up and I didn’t even notice we were done. I also didn’t feel too cold this time around, I think I’m finally getting used to it.

I saw my consultant on my way out, it turns out she did schedule me to meet with another doctor too. I welcomed it, specially since I didn’t really get anything concrete from the previous one I had met with last year. This time around, the doctor gave me the 4-day balancing diet. I got the impression that I should have done that earlier on. I will have to follow the plan for four days, and then have a urine test on the 4th or 5th day. Apparently, it’s all part of the package. After that, we’ll have another chat.

The weight loss is coming real slow but I know I am the one to blame – ultimately. They’ve given me a program that just required me to go 2-3 times a week, regularly, and I couldn’t even keep my end of the bargain. I’m determined to change that now though. Last week, I went twice. This week, I’ll be going three times.

Aside from that, I will stick to the 4 day diet they are giving me, specially since it will help flush out the toxins. I’ve seen so many diet plans to recognize what one aims to do. After that, I’ll go South Beach again (or a modified version of the diet). It’s time I dig up my old research on SBD, pull up my recipes, and prepare my own meals again. I gotta seriously draw up that plan and include planning for my family’s and boyfriend’s meal plans along the way.

On another matter… my friend E brought up Grande Island in our IM conversation today with V and how the rates have become cheaper and that we should all go there for vacation. I’ve never been there but I’ve heard that it’s an awesome place. Boyf and I, along with a couple of friends are already looking forward to a trip to Bohol this year and we’re saving up for it. I’m not sure if we can scrunch up more dough to support another beach vacation, specially if we were still to go to Casa San Pablo by March. However, if we take the trip to Grande instead of Casa San Pablo, we’d probably spend the same amount. E also pointed out how bad traffic is at South Super highway at this time.

Oh well… we’ll see how it goes.

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