Wednesday, 14 February 2018

How to avoid getting fat in few easy steps (part 1)

This is a story of love, a Valentine's Day special, the story of interdependence and attachment between two main macro-nutrients, let's call them carbohydrates and fats.

Carbohydrates can be simple and complex. The simple ones can be classified in monosaccharides (glucose, fructose and galactose) and disaccharides (maltose, sucrose and lactose). The complex ones are glycogen, starchi and fibers.

During digestion, the starch is broken to same degree, under the action of the amylase enzyme, secreted by salivary glands. When the carbohydrates reaches the stomach, the amylase is inactivated by the acidic medium. The digestion continues in the duodenum, under the action of the pancreatic amylase (an enzyme secreted by the pancreas). The starch is broken in maltose, sucrose and lactose. They are transformed in fructose, glucose and galactose under the action of enzymes such as maltase, sucrase and lactase).

Absorbed in the blood stream, the monosaccharides (glucose, fructose and galactose) are then processed in the liver, where almost all the fructose and galactose is used, and a big part of the glucose goes back in the blood stream, in direct relation to the blood sugar level (glucose level).

When glucose level goes up, the pancreas is secreting the insulin hormone, the role of insulin being to transform the glucose from the blood stream into glycogen, and to deposit the glycogen into the muscle and in the liver. After this process the blood sugar level is decreasing. Because of this action, the pancreas is secreting another hormone called glucagon, to break the glycogen from the liver into glucose, and when the liver deposit is finished (for example during a period of fasting), the glycogen from the muscle is used. The glycogen deposit from the muscle it is also used to generate energy when we are exercising. If we finish both of them (the deposits from muscle and from liver), the muscle is used for glycogen and we lose weight.

If both the deposits are up to 100%, the glucose is transformed into fat. But the fat is never transformed back into glucose.


Fasting and exercise are helping us to deplete the glycogen deposits, so the glucose will not be transformed in fat. (Search on Google about intermittent fasting)

If we fast and exercise too much, we will lose weight (but this will be muscle weight and not fat weight).

It is possible to eat plenty of sweets, as long as you are having a fasting period right before/after, or you exercise, or both. (This is by far my favourite conclusion)

(More to come soon - this is an excerpt from the future second edition of the book The Macronutrients Pocket Guide, written by me, of course )

Take care of your glycogen deposits,

Quote of the day

"If you wait, all that happens is that you get older."
(- Larry McMurty -)

In order to achieve your goals, you do not need to be a genius, to have some incredible skills or to be amazing in what you are doing. You do not need to excel, you do not need to be a master planner or an expert. 

You need only to start. Action is the defining difference between winners and losers. Action will make all the difference between success and failure. 

Think about something that you always wanted to do. And start right now. See what it is and how to do it. Go on Wikipedia website. In the next month learn a bit and read a bit every day about your thing. Find the best three books about this and read them. After one month, check where you are. It this getting closer? Did you do it?

I feel inspired. I will check right now some informations about flight and planes. See you soon.


Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Love, time and fool's gold

"Let the beauty of what you love be what you do." (- Rumi -)

I enjoy beauty, whenever i can. Sometimes my perception change and a wave of everlasting beauty appear to manifest all around me. A flower's smell, a ray of sunshine, or just a cat rolling around can make me happy.

There is all this talk about love and how love conquer everything. I am not calling this BS, but seem that beauty is easy to manifest and replicate in your own being, but love, love is infinitely more difficult. Maybe i was not used to love enough, maybe i do not recognize the real love. I love little, and i know that.

So, in response to this matter, not love, but beauty is my religion. I can just see God as infinite beauty, and not defined by any name.

If you were to choose, what would you choose? Beauty of Love?

Life strategies

Read this article. It is quite good and you can see when you need to persuade somebody and when not to do it.

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Book published - The No-Diet book - Eat healthy and live longer

Finally, after few years of tinkering, the book about diet is ready. You can buy it now from Amazon.

Link: here

Here are the main chapters:


The theory of healthy eating
The individual nutritional needs
How you plan a healthy diet
The management of weight
Eating disorders. What are them?
Food safety

I hope you will enjoy it and learn something new from reading it. 

(I am happy i finally finish it, hooray!)

Thursday, 25 January 2018

Fasting as a longevity factor

I was writing before about eating in a 6-10 hours interval and fast for the remaining 14-18 hours as a longevity hack. I was also talking about a monthly 24-72 hours fasting monthly with only water as a boost to health and a major "decrease in the inflammatory processes" hack.

In the following article you will also see an interesting detail, the author referring at health span as opposed to life span. As you guessed, the health span is the interval of life when we are healthy, and that is reminding me of James Dean's words "Ideally is to die young, but as late as possible."

Read full article about food and longevity here. Dr.Jason Fung everyone! Enjoy!

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

"Black Swan" Nassim Taleb about Bitcoin

Check the link here.

A very interesting point about it, as i was expecting.

Working extra time is killing us slowly

Nobody died from too much work, some said, but I know at least one case in UK, one in Romania and few more in Japan to contradict those people.

Now I had even the research backing me up. Read this article for more information.

Friday, 12 January 2018

The poetry corner - Rumi

Delusion is a divine curse
that makes someone envious, conceited, malicious,
so that he doesn't know the evil he does
will strike him back.

If he could see his nothingness
and his deadly, festering wound,
pain would arise from looking within,
and that pain would save him.


Saturday, 6 January 2018

How to fail in the right way

Motto: "Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better." (Samuel Becket)

You will now that something is wrong with our society when someone become angry while driving after 5 red lights. If you consider the green light a win, you have the right to be frustrated. We are conditioned to win, and to achieve more than our parents did. Sometimes we will achieve their dreams for them. Why? What happen if i want less than my parents? What happen if i would like to be a painter, even if both of them are doctors?

I repeat. We are conditioned to win. This being the source of our every pain. We do not know how to lose. We do not know how to fail. This is mostly a Western culture problem. Imagine that a Japanese try to solve a riddle for 20 years. And he did it in the end. Can you see yourself doing something similar? We all want to be rich, to be succesful, to have everything we think we deserve. But what if we do not deserve anything? What if we have the same bragging rights like everybody else in this little town where we live. 290.300 equal citizens.

Learning to fail is the most important thing in life. Because the result of that is a neglected skill called perseverance. When you persevere, you can do anything. We often heard about average people, surpassing geniuses. What is their secret? Perseverance. If you learn how to fail, but you fail better every time after first try, eventual you will refine your aim. And reach the final goal. The insurmountable one.

Fail again. But never in the same way.  Fail better. And keep doing that until you succeed. Life is too short to live in an average way.

Good night!