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Protein, carbs, fat, calories – the REAL deal… July 28, 2009

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Click me for the real deal on the topics below and more!

Click me for the real deal on the topics below and more!

*How to determine the exact types of foods that are most appropriate for your specific body and metabolism type.

*The dangers of eating certain types of soy products…

*What you need to know about dairy before ever buying another dairy product again

*Why “whole grains” are not always as healthy as the label claims

*Is organic food worth the price?

*Over 100 healthy meal plans and even detailed shopping lists

*The honest truth about carbohydrates and how much you really need

*The major misconceptions about dietary fat that you need to know about

*Ideal protein-carb-fat ratios based on your specific metabolism and body type


Losers Invade Nike Running Clinic June 24, 2009

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Nike Running Clinic

Nike Running Clinic | http://www.nikerunning.com.ph

The Losers (well, at least 3 of them) are picking up their pace and pushing themselves to their limits. Last night, Chunky Monkey, Fried Kwapao, and Ninjarapsarap had a not-so-secret training session at the Nike sponsored Running Clinic at ULTRA.

Last night’s program, with the addition of rainfall as a “bonus” challenge, had the Losers doing rounds on the track, stretching, and drills. Since it was Chunky Monkey and Fried Kwapao’s first time to join the run clinic (Ninjarapsarap is a delinquent student), they were asked to do time trials for their individual assessments

Ninjarapsarap says: I missed running at the clinic. I love, love, love running in the rain. Sana a stray ball (there were people playing football on the field) roll towards me, so I can kick it back. SANA I can still kick. I miss football. Sigh.

Chunky Monkey says: How the hell can Ninjarap and Kwapao chat while running? Breathe. Run. Breathe. Run… Ooh, rain. I feel like a professional athlete. Swish, swoosh, swing my wet hair out of my eyes…

Fried Kwapao says: I already ran this morning, so why am I running again now? ‘Coz I’m a running addict and super competitive, that’s why. Oops, did I just say that out loud? Oh, hey, I just realized, I’m not a solo runner after all. I made a new friend (at the run clinic). Hey, waitaminute, I can’t let him outrun me! Gotta run!

These losers had a great time. Not to mention the calories they lost and the accomplishment they gained. To the rest of the Losers, they’re 1 training run ahead of you guys na. Get ready to eat their dust on Sunday’s run!

The Nike Running Clinic is held at 7 P.M. on Tuesdays at ULTRA, Pasig and on Fridays at Bonifacio High Street, Fort Bonifacio (in front of the Nike flagship store).

Junky Trunk’s First 5k June 16, 2009

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Mr. Fingerbottom, Fried Kwapao, Junky Trunk and Ninjarap joined by non-loser couple Tootsie and Bem

Mr. Fingerbottom, Fried Kwapao, Junky Trunk and Ninjarap joined by non-loser couple Tootsie and Bem

Ninjarap and I had a great start on June 14 by actually waking up on time (4:00 am to be exact) because Mr. Fingerbottom was going to swing by for us at 5:00am. I admit, I had some doubts about myself that morning; thinking about how I lacked sleep, I had only a banana for breakfast, and, well, I’m a really inexperienced runner (as in. really.).

But when we got to UP, the sun was up and so was my adrenalin. Seeing everyone warming up — young, old, fat, fit, in costume, in serious running gear, etc. This was it!

And well, long story short — I made it! 46 minutes, not bad for a first run according to Fried Kwapao. Mr. Fingerbottom clocked in 3 minutes later (his only advantage being that this was his second 5k run. Nice one Mr. FB!). Ninjarap and Kwapao ran the 10k clocking in at 1 hr. 6 mins. and 1 hr. 10 mins respectively.

I may have only gotten a measly yellow T-shirt, but I will wear it with pride. I may not have won any of the cool raffle prizes, but I won a battle I never thought I could conquer.

iPod Playlist Highlights:
These songs got me through it…

  • Totally Mental – Overtone (because at some point, I really thought I had lost my mind for being there)
  • Let’s Get Fucked Up & Die – Motion City Soundtrack (hmm, I see a pattern here)
  • Basket Case – Green Day (yep. definitely a pattern.)
  • Just A Girl – No Doubt
  • Celebrity Skin – Hole
  • Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen) – Baz Luhrman (this is Ninjarap’s iPod highlight)

Breakfast of Champions:
After the race, we proceeded to FlapJacks at UP-AyalaLand Technohub for a “healthy”, celebratory meal.

Ninjarap's Healthy vs. Human eggwhite omelette and pancake

Ninjarap's Healthy vs. Human eggwhite omelette and pancake

My Hypocrite Breakfast of asian chicken salad and a side of french fries (hey, I think I deserved it!)

My Hypocrite Breakfast of asian chicken salad and a side of french fries (hey, I think I deserved it!)

The Next Run:
Are you in or out, losers?!

You get thinner and more fit. You get a cool singlet. And it's for the environment. It's a win, win, win!

You get thinner and more fit. You get a cool singlet. And it's for the environment. It's a win, win, win!

Run, Losers, Run! June 10, 2009

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Losers Run

The Losers are taking the challenge out and onto the streets! Yup, yup, yup, we’ve got our race kits ready for the 1st PTAA Charity Run this coming weekend. Some newbie runners, some tried (or tired?) and tested, some who secretly train(ed) in the international scene… whatever we may be, there is one common goal: to lose those damn donut calories! (Oh, and isn’t it nice that we get to help a worthy cause in the process?)

Check out these sites for more running news, tips, and race schedules:





Better Running Through Walking June 9, 2009

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Interesting read for those starting to run, like Junky Trunk! :)

Published: June 1, 2009

I am more couch potato than runner. But not long ago, I decided to get myself into shape to run in the New York City Marathon, on Nov. 1, just 152 days from now. (Not that I’m counting.)


To train for my first marathon, I’m using the “run-walk” method, popularized by the distance coach Jeff Galloway, a member of the 1972 Olympic team. When I mentioned this to a colleague who runs, she snickered — a common reaction among purists.

But after interviewing several people who have used the method, I’m convinced that those of us run-walking the marathon will have the last laugh.

Contrary to what you might think, the technique doesn’t mean walking when you’re tired; it means taking brief walk breaks when you’re not.

Depending on one’s fitness level, a walk-break runner might run for a minute and walk for a minute, whether on a 5-mile training run or the 26.2-mile course on race day. A more experienced runner might incorporate a one-minute walk break for every mile of running.

Taking these breaks makes marathon training less grueling and reduces the risk of injury, Mr. Galloway says, because it gives the muscles regular recovery time during a long run. Walk breaks are a way for older, less fit and overweight people to take part in a sport that would otherwise be off limits. But most surprising are the stories from veteran runners who say run-walk training has helped them post faster race times than ever.

One of them is Tim Deegan of Jacksonville, Fla., who had run 25 marathons when his wife, Donna Deegan, a popular local newscaster and cancer survivor, began organizing a marathon to raise money for breast cancer research. When Mr. Galloway volunteered to help with the race, Ms. Deegan asked her husband to take part in run-walk training to show support.

“The only reason I did this is because I love my wife,” said Mr. Deegan, 49. “To say I was a skeptic is to put it very nicely.”

But to his surprise, he began to enjoy running more, and he found that his body recovered more quickly from long runs. His times had been slowing — to about 3 hours 45 minutes, 15 minutes shy of qualifying for the Boston Marathon — but as he ran-walked his way through the Jacksonville Marathon, “I started thinking I might have a chance to qualify for Boston again.”

He did, posting a time of 3:28.

Nadine Rihani of Nashville ran her first marathon at age 61, taking walk breaks. Her running friends urged her to adopt more traditional training, and she was eventually sidelined by back and hip pain. So she resumed run-walk training, and in April, at age 70, she finished first in her age group in the Country Music Marathon, coming in at 6:05.

“My friends who were ‘serious’ runners said, ‘You don’t need to do those walk breaks,’ ” she said. “I found out the hard way I really did.”

Dave Desposato, a 46-year-old financial analyst, began run-walk training several years ago after excessive running resulted in an overuse injury. He finished this year’s Bayshore Marathon in Traverse City, Mich., in 3:31:42, cutting 12 minutes off his previous best.

“I run enough marathons now to see everybody totally collapsing at the end is very, very common,” he said. “You wish you could share your experience with them, but they have to be willing to listen first.”

Another unconventional element of walk-break training is the frequency — typically just three days a week, with two easy runs of 20 to 60 minutes each and a long run on the weekend. The walk breaks allow runners to build up their mileage without subjecting their bodies to the stress of daily running, Mr. Galloway said.

Many runners take their own version of walk breaks without thinking about it, he says: they slow down at water stations or reduce their pace when they tire. Scheduling walk breaks earlier in a run gives the athlete control over the race and a chance to finish stronger.

While I’m planning to use run-walk training to complete my first marathon, I’ve heard from many runners who adhere to a variety of training methods. So later this week, the Well blog will have a new feature: the Run Well marathon training tool, with which you can choose any of several coaches’ training plans and then track your progress.

Besides Mr. Galloway, plans are being offered by the marathoner Greg McMillan, who is renowned for his detailed training plans that help runners reach their time goals; the New York Flyers, the city’s largest running club, which incorporates local road races into its training; and Team for Kids, a New York Road Runners Foundation charity program that trains 5,000 adult runners around the world.

The Run Well series also gives you access to top running experts, advice from elite runners, reviews of running gadgets and regular doses of inspiration to get you race-ready.

So please join me, the coaches and other running enthusiasts every day at the Well blog, nytimes.com/well, during the next five months of training. For me, this is finally the year I’ll run a marathon. I hope it will be your year too.

The Answers & The Winner June 1, 2009

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First, the answers… these are all based on research I did online. I’ve shared some of my links with you below.

1. YES (It’s just like how a ton of feathers weighs as much as a ton of bricks. A calorie is a unit of energy contained in the food you consume. It does not, however, count nutritional content. So, you may eat something that is low-calorie, but does nothing good for body.But, you could also eat extremely healthy food and still gain weight because you don’t burn any of those calories.)

2. 4:30PM (This is ’round about the time our tummies start a-rumblin’. Smart snacking is key, losers!)

3. SWIMMING burns more calories. (light/moderate swimming = 590-863, jogging = 413-604, light/moderate cycling = 413-604 calories.  Find out about more activities here. )

4. 1 medium MANGO has more calories. (Different sites have different calculations but most say banana = 105 calories,  mango = 107 calories — beware! It’s also much higher in sugar content! For a free calorie counter, click here.)

5. It contains less than 0.5 grams of total fat. (Remember to check your food labels! Low fat may not mean low calorie!)

6. The Starbucks Walnut Bran Muffin has 430 calories. The Dunkin Strawberry Donut only has 240 calories.

(No foods can burn fat.  Some foods with caffeine may speed up your metabolism — the way your body uses energy or calories — for a short time, but they do not cause weight loss. Click here for more diet myths uncovered.)

8. You need to consume 3,500 calories for an extra pound of body fat.

9. 8 ounces of RED WINE has more calories. (red = 150 calories, white = 140 calories — small, but if you’re really watching your calories, it counts!)

(Lifting weights on a regular basis can actually help you maintain or lose weight. These activities can help you build muscle, and muscle burns more calories than body fat. So if you have more muscle, you burn more calories — even sitting still. Doing strengthening activities 2 or 3 days a week will not “bulk you up.” Only intense strength training, combined with a certain genetic background, can build very large muscles.)

So, our winner is… with 8 out of 10 correct answers

Congratulations, CHUNKY MONKEY! By the way, sure I’ll make dark meat for you. But white meat is still healthier!

Junky Trunk Challenge June 1, 2009

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1. Is a calorie from a tomato equivalent to a calorie from a slice of pizza?

2. When is the most likely time of day that people fall off their diets?
a. 12:00 nn
b. 4:30 pm
c. 6:00 pm

3. Which form of activity burns more calories per hour: swimming, jogging or cycling?

4. What has more calories: 1 medium mango or 1 medium banana?

5. According to FDA regulations, when a product is labelled as “Fat Free”, that means:
a. it contains no fat
b. it contains less than 0.5 grams of total fat
c. it contains less that 1 gram of total fat

6. What has more calories: a Starbucks Walnut Bran Muffin or a Strawberry Frosted Dunkin Donut?

7. True or False: Eating foods like celery, grapefruit and cabbage can burn fat.

8. How many calories must you consume to gain an extra pound of body fat?
a. 1,500 calories
b. 2,500 calories
c. 3,500 calories

9. What has more calories: 8 ounces of red wine or 8 ounces of white wine?

10. True or False: Lifting weights isn’t good if you want to lose weight because you’ll “bulk up” and muscles weigh heavier than fat.

Get Hot Abs Without Doing Crunches May 14, 2009

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Incredible Bulk May 13, 2009

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If you wanna go hardcore!