Saturday, September 20, 2008

honey before sleep for fat-loss?

this is what promised by The Hibernation Diet : to help us sleep and lose weight at the same time by using our biology and working with our bodies (rather than against them).

ask yourself these questions :
- do you wake regularly during the night?
- do you have night sweats?
- do you experience acid reflux during the night?
- do you get up to go to the bathroom during the night?
- do you feel nauseous in the early morning?
- do you wake up exhausted?
- do you have a dry throat in the morning?
- do you get night cramps?
- do you feel weak in the early morning?

if “yes” for any of these questions :
It could mean that instead of burning fat and repairing muscles, your body has produced a stream of stress hormones while you've slept.

how much fat do we burn in activities?
- 10% fat during intense exercise.
- 20% fat during moderate exercise.
- 35% fat during low level exercise.
- 70% fat during rest !!

during sleep we should burn fats ...
however, if the liver is not fueled prior to bed, we release stress hormones from the adrenal glands which raise our heart rate and blood pressure. these hormones instead of burning fat, degrade muscle and bone.

honey when taken prior to bed :
- be able to fuel the liver and the brain.
- keeping blood sugar levels balanced.
- letting recovery hormones burning fat.
- preventing release of stress hormones.
- helping us get a better night's sleep.

why honey?
- contains glucose and fructose in a 1:1 ratio, ideal for fueling the liver.
- contains a wide variety of vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants, and amino acids ... beneficial!

how to do The Hibernation Diet?
- one hour before bed, eat 1-2 tablespoon honey (straight from the jar or as a warm drink)
- eat a healthy and balanced diet, avoid highly refined and processed foods (such as white bread, pizza, burgers, chocolates, beer, and sugar)
- for better result, do resistance exercises (weight trainings) 2-3 times each week.

my experience :
I have been trying this diet for several weeks. I drink 2 tablespoons honey mixed with a glass of cold low-fat milk, 2-3 hours before sleep. I felt sleep better than before. less wake during the night, less dry throat in the morning, etc. from now I will drink it 1 hour before sleep.

more info :
Amazing Benefits of Honey

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

myth collection #3 (fat-loss & workout)

(continued from myth #2)

MYTH 11 : sit-ups will reduce fat in your abs (spot reduction)

FACT : Overall body fat must be reduced to lose fat in any particular area. Although fat is lost or gained throughout the body, it seems the last area to become lean is the first area to get fat. It is the midsection (in men and some women, especially after menopause), and hips and thighs (in women and few men).

There is no such thing as spot reduction. Sit-ups, crunches, etc will only exercise the muscles under the fat.

MYTH 12 : high repetitions will burn more fat

FACT : Research has shown that moderate repetitions (8-12), rather than higher repetitions (20-25) are more effective in terms of fat-loss. Training with heavy weights and lower reps will build a larger degree of muscle mass and, as a result, stimulate the metabolism and burn more fat over the long term as muscle is a metabolically active tissue.

Higher reps will help during the refining stage (before a contest) but will do very little to actually build the muscle necessary to transform ones body into a fat-burning machine.

MYTH 13 : (woman) weight training will make me bulky/huge

FACT : No, because woman don't produce enough testosterone to allow for muscular growth as large as men. (testosterone is one of the main hormones that responsible for increasing muscle size)

"There are women who lift weights and look like men!" Yes, because they take testosterone/androgens/steroids/pro-hormones to help them achieve that look. Does average woman who wants to get in shape and attain a 'sexy' body have to supplement this way to achieve her goals? NO!

MYTH 14 : working out turns fat into muscle

FACT : No, because muscle and fat are two completely different things. Fat is made up of triglycerides and muscle is made up of amino acids.

Building muscle will help you burn fat. The more muscle developed, the more calories the body will burn even while at rest.

MYTH 15 : drinking water has no relation with fat-loss

FACT : When dehydrated, our body temperature drops slightly, causing the body to store fat as a way to help raise or maintain our temperature. Even mild dehydration will slow down your metabolism, speed up aging, reduce resistance to disease, and reduce muscle recovery after exercise.

To avoid this metabolic pitfall, have lots of fluid throughout the day.

(to be continued)

more info : : here and here
Benefits of Honey

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Indonesian version of this blog

[ Indonesian version ]
I've created Catatan DyeHardZ, a new blog that entirely in Indonesian language. I made it because most visitors of this blog are from Indonesia. So this DyeHardZ's Notebook will be in full English from now.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

perbandingan jenis susu L-Men

anda ingin mencoba susu L-Men namun bingung karena jenis produknya banyak sekali? saya coba share di bawah ini berdasarkan info yang saya dapat dan pengalaman sendiri. (catatan : saya bukan orang nutrifood dan info ini bersifat subjektif)

jenis susu L-Men yang ada :
1. Daily Formula
2. Hi-Protein Basic
3. Asiatix
4. Hi-Protein Regular
5. Hi-Protein Advanced
6. Platinum
7. Gain Mass
8. Lose Weight
9. Sixpack (ini pemanis rendah kalori, bukan susu)

L-Men Daily Formula
warna dus : coklat muda
rasa : dark chocolate
protein : 10 g
l-carnitine : -
untuk : dewasa dengan aktivitas sehari-hari
komentar : rasanya enak, sayang tidak ada l-carnitine.

L-Men Hi-Protein Basic
warna dus : merah
rasa : caramel macchiato, mochaccino blend
protein : 10 g
l-carnitine : 45 mg
untuk : remaja yang masih dalam masa pertumbuhan
komentar : belum pernah coba.

L-Men Asiatix
warna dus : hijau kebiruan
rasa : ogura
protein : 12 g
l-carnitine : 50 mg
untuk : dewasa yang sensitif terhadap susu (jerawat/diare)
komentar : awalnya ragu karena saya fanatik coklat. ternyata enak juga. buat anda yang perutnya suka 'guruduk-guruduk' setelah minum susu biasa, boleh coba yang ini.

L-Men Hi-Protein Regular
warna dus : biru
rasa : chocolate hazelnut
protein : 13.5 g
l-carnitine : 109 mg
untuk : dewasa yang berolahraga
komentar : rasa hazelnut-nya enak. l-carnitine lumayan banyak, namun kalsium-nya hanya 300 mg.

L-Men Hi-Protein Advanced
warna dus : hijau tua
rasa : cappucino, choco-vanilla, mocha-latte
protein : 15 g
l-carnitine : 220 mg
l-glutamine dan bcaa : tinggi
untuk : dewasa yang aktif berolahraga dengan intensitas tinggi
komentar : hanya pernah coba choco-vanilla dan kurang cocok dengan rasanya.

L-Men Platinum
warna botol : hitam
rasa : choco-latte
protein : 23 g
l-carnitine : 250 mg
l-glutamine dan bcaa : tinggi
ekstra : creatine monohydrate 100 mg
untuk : binaragawan
komentar : belum pernah coba.

L-Men Gain Mass
warna dus : kuning
rasa : chocolate, banana
protein : 16.5 g
l-carnitine : -
untuk : dewasa yang ingin menambah berat badan
komentar : belum pernah coba.

L-Men Lose Weight
warna dus : oranye
rasa : chocolate cereal
protein : 15 g
l-carnitine : 250 mg
untuk : dewasa yang ingin menurunkan berat badan
komentar : kurang cocok dengan rasanya. menurut saya, daripada mengurangi asupan kalori, lebih enak meningkatkan metabolisme tubuh dengan cara meningkatkan massa otot dan HIIT.

L-Men Sixpack
catatan : ini pemanis rendah kalori, bukan susu
warna dus : merah tua, kecil
untuk : siapapun yang sedang berdiet rendah kalori
komentar : saya lebih suka madu, namun ... tinggi kalori. :D

kapan waktu minum susu L-Men?
beberapa menit setelah selesai berolahraga.
di rumah siapkan shaker (gelas bertutup rapat), diisi 4 sendok makan susu L-Men (atau 2 sachet). selesai berolahraga, tambahkan isi shaker dengan air biasa/dingin, tutup rapat, kocok sampai larut, minum. enaaak!

jadi hanya dengan minum L-Men saja saya bisa punya tubuh six-pack seperti di tampilan dus / iklan di tv?
hahaha, kira-kira atuh ... kalau hanya minum susu saja ya jadinya samcan gemuk dan lembek. olahraga itu wajib kalau mau punya tubuh yang ok. kalau mau sampai six-pack, silahkan fitnes / latihan beban.

info lanjut :

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Olny srmat poelpe can raed tihs

Cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg.

The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are. The olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm.

Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig huh? yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt! if you can raed tihs psas it on !!

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