Sunday, January 31, 2010

7 Easy Ways to Lose Weight Without Starving or Breaking a Sweat

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By Liz Vaccariello, Editor-in-Chief, Prevention

Weight loss requires two things: burning calories through exercise and cutting them through smart food choices and portion control. In theory, you could create a calorie deficit by spending hours at the gym, but that's not realistic-or much fun. And who wants to live on lettuce leaves? Instead, try these seven everyday moves to drop pounds effortlessly.

1. Fidget
James Levine, MD, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, has spent a decade studying the role that everyday movement, or NEAT (nonexercise activity thermogenesis), plays in metabolism. His discovery: People who tap their feet, prefer standing to sitting, and generally move around a lot burn up to 350 more calories a day than those who sit still. That adds up to nearly 37 pounds a year!

2. Keep most meals under 400 calories
Study after study recommends spacing out your meals at regular intervals and keeping them all about the same size. Eating meals at regular intervals has been linked to greater calorie burning after eating, better response to insulin, and lower fasting blood cholesterol levels. When you eat regular meals throughout the day, you're less likely to become ravenous and overeat.

3. Take yourself off cruise control
Increase the intensity of your everyday tasks, from vacuuming to walking the dog, recommends Douglas Brooks, an exercise physiologist and personal trainer in Northern California. "Turn on some music, add in some vigorous bursts, and enjoy the movement," he says.

4. Drink 8 glasses of water per day
Water is not just a thirst quencher--it may speed the body's metabolism. Researchers in Germany found that drinking two 8-ounce glasses of cold water increased their subjects' metabolic rate by 30%, and the effect persisted for 90 minutes. One-third of the boost came from the body's efforts to warm the water, but the rest was due to the work the body did to absorb it. "When drinking water, no calories are ingested but calories are used, unlike when drinking sodas, where additional calories are ingested and possibly stored," explains the lead researcher, Michael Boschmann, MD, of University Medicine Berlin. Increasing water consumption to eight glasses per day may help you lose about 8 pounds in a year, he says, so try drinking a glass before meals and snacks and before consuming sweetened drinks or juices.

5. Step it up--and down
Climbing stairs is a great leg strengthener, because you're lifting your body weight against gravity. In addition to taking the stairs at every opportunity, try stepping up and down on the curb while you're waiting for the bus or filling your gas tank, says Brooks.

6. Use grocery bags as dumbbells
Letting someone else load your groceries or carry your suitcase is an opportunity missed for strengthening and calorie burning, says certified coach Beth Rothenberg, who teaches a class for fitness professionals at UCLA. "Carry your groceries, balanced with a bag in each hand, even if you have to make several trips," she says. "And pack two smaller suitcases instead of one big one, so you can carry them yourself."

7. Eat 4 g of fiber at every meal
A high-fiber diet can lower your caloric intake without making you feel deprived. In a Tufts University study, women who ate 13 g of fiber or less per day were five times as likely to be overweight as those who ate more fiber. Experts see a number of mechanisms through which fiber promotes weight loss: It may slow down eating because it requires more chewing, speed the passage of food through the digestive tract, and boost satiety hormones. To get 25 g of fiber a day, make sure you eat six meals or snacks, each of which contains about 4 g of fiber. For to-go snacks, buy fruit; it's handier than vegetables, so it's an easy way to up your fiber intake. One large apple has just as much fiber (5 g) as a cup of raw broccoli.

Ex-Hostel Di IPBA

Dalam kepeningan kepala aku mencari rumah untuk dibeli, tiba2 teringat dekat hostel di IPBA..
Hostel kat sini unik, berkonsepkan rumah apartment yg sangat besar.. Kalulah ada rumah macam nie utk dijual bawah 280k , confirm aku beli..satu rumah ada 5 bilik dan 7 bilik air (3 bilik mandi, 4 tandas).. besar beb , 1 bilik seorang, bilik pun semua besar.. pastu siap dengan dapur dan peti ais.. Dekat bawah nie ruang tamu yang besar .. Agak bersepah .. Gambar nie ,masa minggu-minggu terakhir utk final exam Nihongo (bahasa Jepun..) so semua sibuk study di ruang tamu , ada air-cond beb..Setiap pagi Sabtu, aku suka study kat balcony nya yang luas... yg pakai kain batik tu, member aku Ami ..terror giler babas dalam Nihongo.. aku cuba cari gambar semasa rumah dalam keadaan kemas tapi entah ke mana pun tak tau.. Ami continues her study for the Nihongo, while I chose not to continue my Nihongo study ..

Saturday, January 30, 2010

AliSara Authentic Thai Cuisine

Meletup nasi goreng belacan nie.. sedap sangat.. 私わ アリサラ の ごはん goreng belacan だいすきです watashiwa Alisara no gohan goreng belacan dai suki desu.. 7 stars ..My friend , kak suzi suggested this restaurant during the last school holiday.. It's quite expensive..forgot the price, around RM8.00 per plate.. The owner is Thai citizen .. so all the meals are pure Thai taste :) .. But I don't like the tomyam .. my tongue prefer tomyam at Kem Tentera Kinrara .. Oh ya, somtam serves with chicken wings also delicious :) my 1st experience ,eating somtam .. usually I love to order kerabu mangga whenever I eat Thai cuisine :) the restaurant is somewhere at Puchong Intan .. From the junction , u can see mosque on ur right, go straight until u find the roundabout, take 3 o'clock , go straight until u see the petrol station on ur right, there is T-junction on ur left,opposite site , turn left .. AliSara Authentic Thai Cuisine is situated at the end lot of 1st row shops ..

Sunday, January 24, 2010

BBQ Chicken... 100% Olive Oil !!!

This is the only restaurant in Malaysia that use 100% olive oil!!! So those who are on diet no need to worry about gainning extra fat after eating french fries.. Immediately after 1st trial at Gurney Plaza Penang Dec 2008, I fall in love with this restaurant... It suite to the restaurant's tagline : They returned for more, when they found out the BBQ Chicken were actually good..

I'm lucky enough coz it has it branch at One Utama .. LG, New Wings ... next to Tempayakki..The pictures of the food doesn't look nice, just has a plain look..but the taste AWWW, sedap siot .. The hot drumsticks are really hot.. the grilled chicken (not in the picture) also taste great.. I've been informed by my friend this BBQ Chicken is well-known by the world , originated from Korean... Since all the food stuffs have been prepared using olive oil, the prices are quite expensive.. A plate of hot drumsticks which consists of 2 drumsticks and 2 side dishes will cost you RM15.90 ,exclusive the service tax & government tax.. I rate 7 stars for this restaurant

Saturday, January 23, 2010

3R - Love Our Mother Nature

During last Christmas on December 2009 , I went to Jusco Bukit Tinggi with my sis kak su & kak anum.. I saw something that was real amazing and really amazed me.. 2009 Christmast Decorations.. good effort from AEON Bukit Tinggi.. Looks exclusive but guess what? Every single things use the recycle material such as plastic bottles and eggs trays... Can u imagine that recycle bottles can be made up the beautiful Christmas tree? REDUCE what you have, REUSE what you throw and RECYCLE what you can. The 50-ft tall Christmas tree was constructed using 15,000 plastic bottles that were collected during the recent Recycling Bottles campaign...AMAZING FACT!!!

My New Sun Glasses..


Got it.. Hutang lagi beb..Recently, mylife is full with debts..last month i got dismal letter from Visa Maybank..letter with large sums that i can't bear to read it..I can't manage to settle it with my monthly salary so that i have to withdraw from my saving..My new Guess sunglasses from MOG Outlet at IOI Mall cost me RM320 after discount.. Women love shopping.. That is totally true... AND that is totally me :) .. It such a stress therapy.. I've lost my Bonia sunglasses last year at Penang.. accidently dropped at shopping complex.. Yeahh dah ada pengganti :) Not only that, I also bought another sunglasses brand Jojo New York at One Utama, after discount it cost me RM30..the salepeople said it imported from New York.. whether it is true or not, i don't know.. I bought it so that I've one , the cheaper one..that i can left it inside my car for immediate use whenever I need it

Hehe hilang 1 ganti 2 ;) ...Now that i can protect my eyes from the harmful UV light ;p

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Breeks Cafe

Those who want to try something else that nice, u can go to Breeks Cafe at IOI Mall Puchong.. Quite expensive but worth for ur money & tummy :) I like this cafe so much especially Chicken Cajun.. the way the waiter serves Chicken Cajun is fantastic..they close the meal with the special iron lid, once they open it, you can here the sound of food..the sizzzz sound..go and feel it yourself.. I rate 4 stars fo this Breeks Cafe :)


Woman's Power

Whatever you give a woman,she will make greater.If you give her sperm,she’ll give you a baby.If you give her a house,she’ll give you a home.If you give her groceries,she’ll give you a meal.If you give her a smile,she’ll give you her heart. She multiplies and enlarges what is given to her. SO, IF YOU GIVE HER ANY CRAP, BE READY TO RECEIVE A TON OF SHIT! - Nasrin Husain

My friend , Nasrin posted this on her facebook wall last week. I like it!!

Monday, January 4, 2010

The Best Things About IKEA

is FOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I like this chicken wings so much.. & it's quite only cost u rm1.70 per piece

...... and I love this meat ball . Fuhh , 5 stars beb!! They said that this is Swiss style. When u dip the meat ball inside the brown gravy it's Kuch Kuch Hota Hai :)

This chicken meal, it just 3 stars.. average taste

DAIM!!!!!!!!!! Not Abang Daim or Tun Daim ...but Daim cake .. This cake can beat secret recipe cake.. If u're Daim chocolates lovers , u'll definitely fall in love with this Daim cake.

& the troly is provided so u can ensure u won't miss any fav meal :) The drinks such as Coffee & carbonated drink u can refill until u die ;) unlimited..............

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Routines Visit To Nando

It may be too late to review Nandos. Originated from South Africa, it has been in Malaysia for years . This restaurant is one of the routines that I must go tu fulfill my stomach at least 3x a year. My family and I love to eat Nandos so much especially my Mama. There is no Nandos outlet at Ipoh.. Ipoh always lag behind :(

I'm attracted to Nandos by their authentic Portuguese eating experience. The taste of this Portugese grilled chicken is sour & spicy. Nandos is an excellent concept but it is on the expensive side for what u'll get,1/4 chicken that served with only 2 side dishes compare to Kenny Rogers that have 3 side dishes together with muffin is around RM14 per plate. The ice lemon tea which can be refilled unlimited cost around RM6.90..this price excluding 15% service charge & 10% goverment charge. Therefore my family & I always ordered only 1 glass of ice lemon tea sharing with 4 persons and ask for refill each time glass is empty :).. so that it'll be worth it to pay RM6.90.

Compared to other restaurants of the same type, Nando’s specialty is that it has various kind of Peri sauces on each table – from tomato to super hot peri. I like the Extra Hot the most. The chicken was tender, moist and juicy but the sauce was not as hot as I was craving for. The coleslaw was fine but can't compete with Kenny Roger's coleslaw. Meanwhile my nephew & niece ..syuhada, hakim, arif love to eat mild peri peri.. Actually the extra hot is not too hot to our Malaysian tongue which already get used to the "cili api'..You can purchase the sauces from their counter as well.

There are 4 levels of spiciness to choose from:

  • Lemon & Herb
  • Mild Peri-Peri
  • Hot Peri-Peri
  • Extra Hot Peri-Peri

Friday, January 1, 2010

TGI Friday...

TGI Friday...delicious!! TGI Friday's latest promo:2 course meal..Choose 1 Appetizer n 1 Entrees....Southwest Adobo Chicken..yum yumm

Mix of creamy cheese and macaroni inside...yummy

Only chicken meat!!! Without bones!! Batang sayur tu je yg tak luak ;p
Southwest Adobo Chicken...Fusion chicken served with sweet potato...Marinated, fire-grilled chicken...

Candies Can Loose Ur Weight?

Losing ur weight by eating candies ?? I found this at Danso IOI Mall .. Is it possible? The calories per candy is 13.9 kcal..quite ridiculous

2010.....Akemahite Omedetou Gozaimasu......!!

HAPPY NEW YEAR !!!!!!!!!!!

2009 ends...2009 has been such a rainbow from the start till to the dot. Happy moments , sad moments & frustated moments all mix together..Hello 2010,plz b nice to me, hoping for more good news before the year ends .. Amin.. Wondering what's in store for me in 2010!!!Start the year with a clean slate and focus on the good stuff! Problems will never end but don't make them such a priority!Like my friend Ain said: "U'll never know what will happen, who will come along & what kind of opportunities that may just pop out of nowhere". I really hope for the best in mylife but that usually very seldom happened. Life is simple ... if you make it simple, just don't set unreasonable expectations...Time to reflect what has been done through the 2009, to continue n improve what's right, to stop n fix what's wrong... time to focus on the more important things in life, prioritize accordingly so 2010 will be a better year. Like kak dewi said: Perhaps a bit wiser, a bit kinder, too, a little bit braver, a heart that's more true. A touch of believing I've not known before, in joys I'm receiving a little bit more. Despite hurt or problems to still understand, accepting the heartache that life often brings, a little more beauty in life's simple things..Anything worth having is worth working hard for...thinks it is time for me to STOP! From wondering, wondering, wondering and wondering.. start opening options... "