A Natural Way To Burn Fat
BY DR. SEAN K, M.D.
We all love our fast food like McDonalds, Yellow Cab, and unlimited rice at Mang Inasal. But as the summer months approach, thoughts often turn to getting ourselves into that “beach photo form” that we all love to imagine ourselves in. If you’re not much of a beach person then maybe you just want to boost your health for that good ol’ heart of yours. But the problem comes directly back to my opening sentence. Diabetes, obesity and cardiac disease are all health problems that are gradually rising in the Philippines as Filipinos consume more and more fast food and larger size portions.
Filipinos, especially the ladies, often try to lose weight with what they think is the logical way: by skipping meals! From a medical and health standpoint, this is a serious no-no and actually won’t work over the long run. Moreover, it can be quite dangerous to your health. And don’t even get me started on taking appetite suppressing diet pills. If you are on diet pills or thinking of taking them, do me a favor; don’t!
Losing weight and maintaining a healthy body and heart are not as hard as you think, however. In fact, one solution is right around the corner at your local palengke (fresh food market). Take a trip to Angeles City’s main public market, Pampang, and load up on fresh veggies and fruits. Veggies especially are dirt cheap these days and will help get you on the right track for the proper vitamins, nutrients, and calories that your body needs. Pair your fresh cooked vegetables with lean meats like chicken and fish. Which brings us to the elephant in the room; white rice. It’s quite true that a day without rice in the Philippines is like a day without life. White rice, however, offers little in the way of nutrition and a lot in the way of carbohydrates. These carbohydrates all just get turned into sugar and then stored as fat in the body.
While carbohydrates are a vital part of one’s energy source for day-to-day living, we need to decrease and limit these portions if you want to lose weight. Try cutting your rice portions in half and replacing with vegetables. You should also switch to brown or red rice and whole wheat bread which are a bit more expensive but offer way more in terms of nutritional value and keep you feeling full for longer. Whole grains like this are the be way to acquire some of those needed carbs while maximizing the nutritional value since they are less starchy and most easily broken down by the body.
In addition, try not to over eat which tends to happen after you skip a meal. Develop a daily routine of eating small portions around 5-6 times throughout the day which maximizes your metabolism by giving it exactly what it needs at a quantity that’s easiest to handle.
Lastly, the secret to making all of these tactics even more successful and beneficial is none other than irreplaceable exercise. Exercise increases insulin sensitivity and not only burns calories and fat but allows your body to break down and utilize the things that it needs to keep you healthy and fit. So if you don’t have a gym to go to, try and get a basketball or football game going with your friends to get at lea 30 minutes of activity in each day, or 3-4 times a week if you can. Or walk a few blocks instead of taking a jeepney or trike. And take the airs!
Follow these simple, inexpensive tips and the results will surely art to show. It’s science!