5 Days Liquid Fast - The Experience

From January 8 to 12, I went on a liquid fast. I didn't do it for health purposes, but as part of my church's prayer and fasting week. Since I'm already on the one meal a day intermittent fasting protocol (which has become second nature to me), I needed to up my fasting game. Hence, a liquid fast.

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. What I'm sharing is based on my own experience. 

So before I started the fast on Monday, I prepared myself physically and mentally. I consumed a high-protein and calorie-dense meal on Sunday, with added dessert (because 'why not'). I also planned the liquids I were to consume during the week and tweaked my weight-training program.


A post-workout shake of 333 calories
- Nitro Tech Protein (160 calories)
- 200 ml of full cream milk (124 calories)
- A tablespoon of chia seeds (49 calories)

A pre-bedtime shake of 264 calories
- Nitro Tech Nighttime Protein (140 calories)
- 200 ml of full cream milk (124 calories)

Total dail…

Does Intermittent Fasting Cause Stomach Ulcers?

I know it's not Tuesday, but I stumbled upon a cool video by TED-Ed today. It answers one of the most common misconceptions people have about fasting. If you're one of the many wondering if intermittent fasting will cause stomach ulcers, it is definitely worth watching.

Disclaimer: I do not own the video. All rights belong to TED-Ed. As their tagline is 'Lessons Worth Sharing', I'm doing just that.

On a separate note, I know I've been missing in action for a while. September has been a transitional month for me - I changed day job, and rewrote a portion of my fantasy novel upon my publisher's request. Did I tell you I'm an author? A royalty-free one, that is. Pun intended. Anyway, I'll be back in action soon. But till then, I hope this video-post has debunked a fasting myth for you.

Now, isn't this a lesson worth sharing? Thank you, TED-Ed!

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You're NOT Hungry

You're simply experiencing borborygmi.

Yes, that growling you and those around you hear - rising from the depths of your belly - isn't a sign of hunger. To assume you need to feed, because the beast within is calling for food, is a myth.


- It comes from the intestines, caused by moving air and muscle contraction of the intestinal wall.
- It is commonly heard on an empty stomach, because food isn't present to muffle the sound. Also with food present, the body focuses on digestion instead of shuffling air back and forth.
- It can occur on a full stomach, and can spark 2 hours after a meal.
- Low blood sugar increases its activity.
- And swallowing too much air can also spur its occurrence.

No, you didn't read wrong - none of the facts above mentioned hunger. And the only reason we've associated it with hunger is because it's frequently heard on an empty stomach - when it's almost breakfast, lunch, and dinner time. So no, you'r…

Understanding Training Adaptations

This post is going to be pretty technical - it was the assignment I did for my Science of Exercise course on Coursera. Since I received my completion certificate last week, I thought, why not share my paper with you guys. It's now less science-y and more comprehensible with some editing. So without further ado, let's get to it!


The Fick Equation calculates the maximum volume of oxygen (VO2) an individual uses during a single bout of exercise. It derives on the formula VO2 = Q x (A-V)O2.


To understand training adaptations is to first understand the Overload Principle. The Overload Principle is the inducing of stress upon the body - greater than before - in order to increase fitness and performance. It is the notion behind training adaptations in the body.

When a sedentary individual begins a training program, their body begins adapting (through overload) in the cardiovascular system, directly affecting cardiac output…

3 Don'ts While Fasting

Often times, you'll come across posts on how you should fast and what you should do while fasting. So instead of repeating what has already been said, I'd like to share what you shouldn't do. I wouldn't say my don'ts are new, but they've not been emphasized enough. Hopefully, my post adds to their importance.


Whether you're on the 16:8 protocol or the warrior fast, do not feed too close to bedtime. Why? Because you'll have trouble sleeping.

There are two reasons why you struggle to snooze: one, your heart is beating faster than usual. Most of us break fast with larger meals. And if your meal contains high amounts of carbohydrates, your insulin level will rise resulting in an increased heart rate. But what if you consume little carbs? A large meal naturally releases more hormones. These hormones bump your heart rate too, and possibly extend its tenure.

Two, you're just too full. It goes without saying th…

My Fitness Journey ft. Kevin Kreider

Fitness is a journey. It's something we choose to embark on. Nobody hops on this bandwagon by force - we all have a reason - and just like you, I started somewhere. But surprise, surprise, this journey has been dreadful... until last year.


My mum said I was getting fat. No kidding. My mother was the first person in my family to embark on a fitness journey. She became a Pilates instructor in 2008, and has since been known as the fittest member of my family. So, when she says 'you're getting fat', you're getting fat. And in this case, tough love worked.


It grew on me. Prior to 2013, I loathed working out - I never thought it was fun and hated the thought of expending any energy. Then, I entered the workforce and my once somewhat-active lifestyle became sedentary. Naturally, this sparked physical expansion and I knew I had to do something.

So, I started with - my mum's sugge…

One Month Warrior Fast Results (Before & After Pictures)

It's been a little over a month. This means... it's time.

Now, I don't usually post my physique online. In fact, this is my first time going public. As I'm not 100% confident with my body, I have a fear of being judged. But because there're barely any before and after pictures on the internet - trust me, I've scoured the web for some motivation - I decided to bite the bullet and share. Who knows, maybe a random passerby would find the motivation they were looking for (though, I must say, the results aren't mind-blowing).


Before: 3 June, 2017
Weight: 59.3 kg
Measurements - Chest: 34 inches, Waist: 28 inches, Hip: 38 inches

After: 8 July, 2017
Weight: 58.5 kg
Measurements - Chest: 34 inches, Waist: 27 inches, Hip: 38 inches

Fat loss in 35 days: 600 gm


I didn't expect a dramatic change in just one month. It would be foolish to think I'd have a six-pack simply by doing the warrior fast. However, there was some form of change…