Eating Fruits for Weight Loss

A friend of mine who is overweight had told me that he wanted to try a new diet to reduce his weight. He says that he will eat only fruits for lunch everyday. His daily meal will consists of a light breakfast, a selection of fruits for lunch and a normal dinner. Normal dinner for him consists of chicken, fish, vegetables and soup. Due to the long hours of work, he has hardly time for exercise. So does eating fruits only during lunch time for purpose of weight loss work?

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Eating Fruits for Weight Loss

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I think that eating fruits as a replacement meal may not work for the purpose of weight loss.  My reason is because many fruits contains a high level of sugar content Even though some people may argue that the sugar found in fruits are natural sugar, it is still basically sugar. Common fruits like water melon, papayas, honey dew, durians, etc have a high level of sugar content. My method will be to have a vegetable soup and a small slices of fruits for lunch if I want to lose weight. Of course, I believe that it is important to exercise everyday for at least 3 times a week. In our quest to reduce weight, we should not go overboard with one particular type of food but to look at variety of food that can bring a wholesome benefit to our overall health.

Anyway, after one month of experiment with his new method of dieting, there is hardly any reduction in weight loss, even though he claimed that he is now more healthy. Perhaps it will take many more months before he can see progress in his weight loss program; but eating fruits does bring benefits to his health so long as it is done in moderation. I did advice him to eat more vegetables, mushrooms and nuts; and eat less of fried chicken and curry. One thing I am sure is that eating too much of chicken rice, fried chicken and curry does make us fat and put on more weight. Because it happen to me about a year, and my weight increase by 5 kg because of all these delicious food. Daily exercise has helped me tremendously to maintain my optimal weight and also strengthen my muscles and body. In fact, I have found that daily exercise had helped me to become more alert and less fatigue.

Wrought Iron Gate

My friend and I were at a showroom that specializes in the installation of wrought iron gates. She wanted to install a strong and durable main gate in her new home. Nowadays, you can find many companies selling wrought iron gates. How can we ensure that we are getting value for money? After all, a good wrought iron gate can cost from a couple of hundreds to thousands of dollars, depending on size, quality and design. If you insist on made to order special design gate, it will definitely cost more. The key to buying a good gate, be it iron, aluminum or wood is to visit as many dealers as possible; and ask as many questions as you want.

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Wrought Iron Gate

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Personally, a good wrought iron gate must be strong and easy to maintain. If I would to climb on top of any of the bars on the gate, it should be able to hold my weight or the weight of an average adult. The metal and joints should be rust proof and anti-corrosion as well. Metals will corrode when expose to moisture, salt, acids and oils. An anti-corrosion coating on the gate will help to prevent the occurrence of such corrosion. Certainly we do not want to see rust appearing on the gates of our homes after a few years. A good wrought iron gates must also have a good locking system. There are many companies that sells gates with a low quality locks. What is the point of installing a strong gate in our home when the lock of the gate can be picked easily be a thief. In order to cut cost, many dealers will install locking system made in China. Many of the China made and China brands of locks are inferior in quality. The lock will be worn out by a few years and you need to replace them as it becomes faulty. Most dealers are willing to install a good quality lock system made from Italy or United States if you are willing to pay more, because it will definitely cost more if the lock is a high grade type.

A good iron wrought gate will easily last more than 10 years. So it is important to pick a quality wrought iron gate with a top grade locking device for your home. Never compromise on safety and quality, even though it will be more expensive.  Because with high safety and quality gate, you will enjoy a peace of mind in your home for many years to come.

Mulberry Jam

There are so many variety of jams in the market. Most common types of jams are Peanut Butter, Chocolate, Raspberry, Black current,  Traditional Kaya and so on. Normally I will buy different types of jams each month; but I will always have the peanut butter and tradtional kaya jams in my fridge. These 2 types of jams are what I describe as ‘core’ or essential jams that I must have.  I was pleasantly surprised to find Mulberry jam being sold in a health exhibition and I bought it straight away. It is hard to find Mulberry jam being sold in even large supermarkets or even bakery stores.

The sales staff who sold this Mulberry jam told me that the Mulberry jam  is from Taiwan He has made a Mulberry drink from the jam and it taste very delicious. The taste is somewhat similar to Ribena drink. The selling price for one glass jar of Mulberry jam is RM29 which is quite close to US$9.50 for a net weight of 600gm. It is quite expensive for a fruit jam but it is worth the price. Once the glass jar is open, the jam needs to be stored in the refrigerator. I told the staff at the booth that they should look into selling this jam through supermarkets and bread chain stores.  The price of this jam should also be lower by 20% so that more consumers can afford to buy this jam.

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Mulberry is used in Chinese medicine as a tonic for the blood. The Mulberry fruit is good for the treatment of weakness, fatigue, anemia, and act as a tonic to nourish the blood.  I understand from my friend that Mulberry fruit is good for the maintenance of healthy hairs and it contains of Vitamin C and minerals. After eating Mulberry jams,  my appetite has improved tremendously; and I feel more energetic too. So this is one jam that I like to stock up in my fridge everyday but the problem is of course the difficulty in getting it, as it is not commonly available in major supermarkets.