Monday, January 3, 2011

Diet Vs Exercise

Welcome to 2011 everyone. Hope you are all geared up for a fantastic year and most importantly, i hope you achieve the goals you have set for yourself this year.

Before we jump into this weeks post, just got one small announcement to make.

To kick off 2011 with a bang, Fitness Malaysia is organizing its first ever public health and fitness talk titled:

7 Habits of Healthy & Fit People

What is it that healthy & fit people do differently that allows them to look good all the time.

Come for this 2 hour power packed seminar and learn the secrets that healthy and fit people have been using to:-

Live a longer healthier life

Lose weight quickly & look their best

Never starve themselves and still stay slim and healthy

Enjoy Life to the fullest

Date: Sunday, January 16, 2011

Time: 2:30pm to 4:30pm

Venue: DVI Studio, B05-02, Dataran 3 Two, Jalan 19/1, PJ

Ticket Prices:

RM 25 per person (normal Price RM 55)

1 FREE ticket for group buy of 5 tickets

RM 35 per person for walk ins on talk day

Seats are extremely limited, so book your tickets today to avoid disappointment. I usually charge RM 55 a person for this talk and have run it many times for many special groups. But i am giving a special discount as this is a public program which is open to all.

To book your seats, email me at

As an added bonus, all attendees will be entitled to a FREE body fat % test so that you can learn what your current health & fitness level is. Also, this will be a great opportunity for everyone to network and meet other fitness enthusiasts.

Do pass the word around to your friends and lets kick off 2011 with the right Habits.

OK, now that that piece of business is out of the way, lets get down to this weeks post. Over the holidays, i went to numerous friends houses for dinner parties and the conversation of losing weight naturally came up. Of course, with new years eve just around the corner (at that time), everyone was making resolutions to lose weight and live a healthier life. From my conversations, it suddenly dawned upon me that most people would prefer to starve themselves than to eat normally and exercise. Whenever i recommended doing some simple exercises, almost everyone told me that exercise is not their thing, no time to exercise, yadda dadda daadaa and the list goes on and on. But if you were to tell me to stop eating this and that, i would much prefer to do it and i think that is easier to manage.

So after hearing all this, i have a theory. Malaysians in general are not keen on exercising to lose weight, but would much rather starve themselves or drink shakes in replacement of meals to lose weight. Hmmm... no wonder there are so many diet programs out there which are a hit.

So today, i went for lunch with some friends and decided to put my observation / theory to the test. I asked a few friends. I have a way for you to lose 5kg in 1 month. But there are 2 options.

Option A: I will give you a specific food guide for every meal, and you must eat exactly like i tell you to for a full 1 month.

Option B: You can continue eating like you are eating right now, but you have to work out 3 to 4 times a week with a specific exercise routine.

Guess what the answer was... no surprise here. Everyone chose Option A. So i asked everyone why Option A and the response i got were
  • It's a no brainer... just do as you are told and voila you see results.
  • Little effort on my part.
  • I don't have time to exercise these days.
Honestly, i am quite surprised with this, because i always thought that watching your diet strictly is far more challenging than exercise... at least for me it is. I will definitely be addressing this topic in my talk on January 16. But for most people, they would much rather watch their diet to lose weight compared to exercise.

So what do you guys think? Heard the same responses as i have? Which option would you choose? There is no right or wrong option, its just a matter of your preference i guess. So, as usual, look forward to hearing your comments.


KevL said...

"7 Habits of Healthy & Fit People" reminded me of "7 Habits of Highly Effective People"

Rajan said...

KevL: Yes, its very similar, but with a twist on Fitness.

mata coklatbiru said...

hey rajan, happy 2011...

well regarding the option, i would answer B.
i prefer to exercise or do my routines more because i eat a lot.
the temptations are everywhere for me, so i dont think i can stick to one diet plan,and that's hilarious for me...
i eat 7 times per day, 400 calories each meal.
but sometimes, i dont really eat below 400 calories, i tends to eat more.
so, definitely a little moves will help me to lose more pounds.
just give out thought.

p/s: would u make an article to exercise the chest part, when at home? i dont go to gym much now, after college, straight home and i will work out at home. will appreciate those, thanks rajan :)

Rajan said...

Mata Coklat Biru: Nice to hear from you again. Happy 2011 to you too.

Sure thing. I will post something on at home chest exercises soon, however to get best results, you are going to need some heavy free weights. Will cover more soon.

Superwomanwannabe said...

hi rajan

hmm thats true..i personally find exercise fun once I get into it, but after leaving it for a year , to get into it again is sooooo malas. when i think about treadmill i want to hurl. it's so boring!! Plus the sweat, and stickiness (hehehe ok im a diva) but i think at 41 you can't lose weight with dieting alone plus theres that risk of high cholesterol etc etc so i have to exercise again. So my idea is to use the WII exercise or dance programmes that will make me exercise (or simply, move.) without making me realise it!

Rajan said...

Superwomanwannabe: I actually love exercising and feel "guilty" when i don't. So i guess that's what keeps me going.

WII exercise in one way to get yourself moving too. Great idea. Hope it works.

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