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This is true. I know better. I lay no claims to being more knowledgeable than anyone, but I do confess that I know better than I did yesterday, last year and a decade ago.
You see, there is this conversation that we all have with ourselves, within ourselves and most times I just listen to mine. So, here’s an introduction to the Isio that is; beneath the surface.

There’s my mind: sharp, witty, caustic, 100% Realist. No nonsense. A ferocious reader; likes to acquire knowledge, highly opinionated.
And there’s my soul: soft, kind, maternal, nurturing, and forgiving. She is the lover, the spiritual one, the deep thinker, very empathic.
And there’s my body: which is where I come in, this vessel, experiencing life. The voice of the mind and soul. Likes beautiful things. Does not like driving, does not like traffic, absolutely detests saliva, sweat and yucky bodily fluids, loves laughing, exotic food and pretty much is concerned with the more mundane things of life. She is the everlasting referee between the caustic mind and the sensitive soul.
This is Isio.

Isio Knows Better is an attempt to capture the shocking and highly entertaining conversation within myself. Now I must say that these conversations happen in various languages, in any situation and underneath a poker face and a hidden smile.
Enjoy!

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The truth is, I like food.
A lot.
No, I am not one of those skinny people who just say it to non-skinny people who barely eat to exponentially increase their body image issues. I am definitely not one of those models you would meet at a function, who would look through eyes set in a sunken face and shrill at how “FAT” you have become while hugging you and giving you air kisses. And then the said model would help herself to a “mountainous” portion of disgustingly delicious greasy unhealthy food that tasted like heaven. For sure, she would remind you how she never gained any weight. For sure she would laugh and flick her weave as she asks, astounded at your “largeness”, “Oh dear, what size do you wear now?” She would look at you with pity, and look with horror at the sickly leaves on your exquisite plate at that thing you choose to call a “salad”. And then she would ask loudly (so everyone will hear) “JESUS! Is that all you are eating?! You better don’t kill yourself o!” She would laugh again. It would sound like this: #HionHionHionHionHiHiHiHi… Everyone would laugh with her.
At this point you would be contemplating how you could smash your exquisite plate on her head and get away with it.
For the record, I would NEVER call you fat. It is so terribly rude.

Now, like I was saying. I like food. I don’t smoke, I’m not a drinker (since I am allergic and most alcohol give me hives) I don’t do drugs, I don’t enjoy clubbing (because of statements 1 and 2), I don’t “man-ize” (My Waffi pidgin opposite of womanize) so it’s only logical that I have to enjoy something godammmit!

So, if you are like me. You like good food but would like to lose weight fasttttttttttttttt; I have some tips for you. Modelling and maintaining a (+/-) 65kg body for the better part of 12 years, I have picked up a few tricks. Hopefully, it works for you. Here goes! A short-cut to a slimmer, healthier YOU!
Seriously, it’s worked for me, so hey- there’s no harm in trying, right?

Number 1
Forget that short cut thing mehnnnn, there are no short-cuts. You have to compromise and sacrifice and change your eating habits and exercise. Don’t worry; you can hiss now! No vex, but walahi, my method works, just keep reading.

Number 2
Change the way you think about yourself, and your body will follow. The body is smart, and it’s just a machine that converts food to energy and stores the unused one as fat. Which means you can’t just stop eating- it will only counter that by storing up every iota of food you manage to eat as fat- anticipating that there will be NO food later. Plus if you still starve- it won’t want to give up its fat, so it will counter that by just hitting you with this crazed ravenous hunger which might lead you to binge and binge and binge- and eventually, you backslide into your regular unhealthy eating habits. It is very important that you understand your metabolism.

You may be wondering why I said all that, but you need to understand your body, and work with it to get the body you want.

Number 3
More activity + constant eating habit + time = A little weight lost.
More activity + healthier eating habit + time = More weight lost.
Lots of physical activity + clean eating habit + time = A lot of weight lost.
It is a simple formula really, you just need to get active. A little a day, then you push yourself.

Number 4
I call this the Isio 6- Weight Blaster.Yeah, I just made that up.
When I went for the Nigerian regionals of face of Africa in 2004, I lost 20 pounds in about a month. What did I do? Well, 6 things really.

4.1. DIET
Please cut out most bread (especially Agege bread, baguette, etc) from your diet. Whatever it is, as long as it is white and baked and ‘bready’, it has to go.)

Cut out soft drinks from your diet. All those extra biscuit, chocolate, ice cream, greasy foods have to be really limited. Even milk and other high fat dairy.
For your cereal, go for wheat based or whole grained cereals. If you like ‘swallow’ food, you can make wheat. It looks exactly like Amala and goes with all our delicious native soups.
If you are really serious about losing weight, you will eat your native soup like that without any ‘swallow’ but with lots of chicken/fish/meat. You will get used to it, you will come to enjoy it, and you WILL lose weight.

4.2. WATER
Water is your best friend o! Drink water like there’s no tomorrow. Just before a meal, take water to ‘cushion’ your tummy. After water, please befriend tea. It is absolutely good for you. If you have a sweet tooth (like me), tea is an excellent substitute for soft drinks. There are low fat milk/coffee creamers (if you must). There’s lemon and honey you can use to add flavor to your tea. At least try to take it first thing in the morning and last thing at night.

4.3. EAT BREAKFAST
Different people have different weight loss theories, but, I know what has worked for me. When you eat breakfast, no matter how ‘heavy’, your body has a longer period to burn off all that food, as opposed to when you eat the ‘heavy stuff’ at lunch or worse, dinner.
You can eat regular breakfast. Don’t be over zealous and cramp your plate with lots of rice, stew, meat, fish, plantain, banana or boiled eggs.
And no, it’s NOT a good idea to eat as breakfast: WHITE BREAD, BUTTER, FRIED eggs, FRIED sausages, FRIED bacon and a hefty amount of cocoa beverage and milk and SUGAR and call it TEA.
Just eat just enough, and as the day goes by you can eat JUST ENOUGH for lunch, and a little less for dinner- IF u need it. Don’t forget to drink water, trust me, it helps.
The key message is: eat or drink water when you are hungry, but the moment you are full, just STOP!

4.4. NEVER EAT AFTER 7PM
Or make that 5-6:00pm if you really mean business.

4.5. EXERCISE
It doesn’t have to be hectic or fancy, just do something. For me, when the sun goes down, I take a little walk down the road or around my neighborhood. I am a Pilates baby, it works for me. Dancing, Skipping, swimming, and even doing house chores are all forms of exercise.

I could go on and on and on, but these are the basics. The water thing is essential. The more you drink, the more you pee (excuse my French), which rids your body of toxins and is good for your health.

4.6.PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR FOOD COMBINATION
I learnt this later, but this is the key to boosting up your metabolism, and eating yummy food! I promise you that proper food combination and doing Pilates are ALL that I do now to maintain my figure. What if I told you you can eat rice/yam/eba and not feel guilty about it? Just be careful what you eat your rice with. Carbohydrates don’t digest properly when consumed with protein. So no, rice and beans do not go well together. Bread and meat (burgers) isn’t the such a great idea after all. Eba and efo-riro is a good idea, but when you throw in Ogufe, ‘orisirisi’ meat inside, you don spoil am be dat.

This is what happens, the enzymes that digest carbohydrates neutralize the enzymes that digest protein (acidic-alkali-chemistry stuff), so when you stuff your mouth with all of that, the body (being the amazing machine that it is) releases both enzymes and since they neutralize each other, no digestion actually takes place and so all of that just rots in your tummy, hence the bloated tummy, sluggishness and smelly gas. It’s stressful to your body, stressful to the people who are going to be around you when all of that rot in your tummy starts to come out as gas.

Imagine your body as a car or even your generator. You wouldn’t mix water and fuel together and pour it into your car now, would you? And even if you did constantly, you WOULD expect the car to pack up now, wouldn’t you? That your body is still functioning in spite of this, just tells you how efficient a machine God created for you. So, make it easy for your body to lose weight.
There is so much information on food combinations, but don’t freak out on them all, just pick a few basics (called eating clean), combined with proper hydration and exercise, and in as little as 1month, you will start seeing the difference.

Now, I know that many of us like to dismiss healthy eating habits as ‘un-African’, but the truth is, our African food is delicious and amazing, many of our ingredients are freshly grown and organic, and quite healthier than lots of western processed food, so by all means, please indulge- but in moderation. You cannot do what our forefathers and grandparents did (notice how lean many of our relatives who live in the villages are). They wake up in the morning and consume a nice bowl of fufu, then they head to the farm, some climb trees to go tap palmwine.

Please note, they probably walked MANY kilometers in the HOT sun to get to their destination, and then toil from dawn to dusk. Then they walk all the way back home. Some are hunters. Running the length and breadth of a forest looking for an animal to kill and then carrying it on your shoulders back to your home is not beans. Don’t copy them o.
If you eat like them, and you are not exercising like them, you are on your own o. Sitting in your nice AC car/ sitting at your office desk from 9am-5pm, munching cookies and ordering pizza for lunch and eating beans and dodo or yam and egg for dinner is not the way to a slimmer you in 2014. You cannot eat like an elephant and work like an ant. No Jupiter can make this equation favor you- unless you are one of those rare people blessed with an amazingly fast metabolism. And note, being SLIM and being HEALTHY are two very different things.

O yeah, something else- tuck in your tummy when you are walking. And you could buy a girdle for starters, and when you become comfortable, you can lose it.

But, I must tell you, ITS NOT EASY O! Your body will rebel at first, because it’s not used to such discipline- and that is when you’ll truly notice the food billboards with their scintillating arrangements, all the food-seasoning ads, and all these fast foods and restaurants with their billboards with all kinds of food that will make a saint sin.

Don’t worry sha, e go better.

SHORT-CUT
I reluctantly release to you the shortest cut possible to losing weight. If you cannot be bothered to do anything remotely stressful, but must still, absolutely and thoroughly lose weight, well… you can simply do this:
Go browse the internet.Type in: HEALTH HAZARD! OBESE PERSON WHO CANNOT STAND/WALK/MOVE/BREATHE WITHOUT HELP.
Go to images. Pick a high resolution image.
Please print several copies.
Paste photo (preferably size A3) on your fridge and on your provision cupboards.
For maximum effect, paste it on the ceiling above your bed.
And watch how you will miraculously make a U-turn anytime you approach your fridge.
And watch the pounds drop.

May God help us all.
#HappyNewYearEveryone!
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Isio Wanogho is a top-model, TV Personality and entrepreneur. She is conversant in five languages and has a 12 year experience in the Nigerian entertainment industry. Isio, popularly known by her brand name Isio De-laVega, captivates audiences with her signature wide smile and relatable, quirky personality which endears her to many. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter @isiodelavega

Isio De-laVega Wanogho is a Nigerian supermodel, a multi-award winning media personality and an interior architect who is a creative-expressionist at her core. She uses words, wit and her paintings to tell stories that entertain, yet convey a deeper meaning. Follow her on Instagram @isiodelavega and visit her website: http://www.idds.pro to see her professional body of work.

50 Comments

  1. nonye

    January 7, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    Isio quck question – so are you saying once we eat swallow and soup, or even rice and stew we should avoid any form of protein? i.e we should “eat without”? (Nsogbu!) Also for those of us who cant sleep without “moving mouth”, can we do fruits at night or is that also an absolute no-no?

  2. Abiola

    January 7, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    Thank you

  3. Bella Noire

    January 7, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    Good job, Isio. You’ve really highlighted many of the major bad eating habits that have made orobos of many of us Nigerians. And I’m glad you talked about tea. Because when many of us refer to tea, it is indeed a hefty portion of sweetened cocoa powder, lots of fatty powdered or condensed milk. And then we take this sometimes twice a day — in the morning and before going to bed! I’m not sure about your theory about not eating carbs with protein but I’m going to try it out! Thanks!

  4. Chinma Eke

    January 7, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    I love this article. The tips are so on-point.

  5. ogeAdiro

    January 7, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    To successfully lose weight, one needs to train the brain. For me, when I eat too much, which happens often, my head suddenly believes that I have too much energy. This usually results in exercise overdose.

  6. Wunmi

    January 7, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    This weight loss thing tire me jare. Isio tks for sharing this piece. btw u have a smashing body + I love the hilarious way you wrote this piece. Pls just wondering does having Fibroids make you fat cos I noticed I added lots of weight when I was diagnosed with Uterine Fibroid and haven’t been able to shed them

    • jcsgrl

      January 7, 2014 at 4:12 pm

      Yup…the fibroids are like carrying a pregnancy. Plus they actually make you eat unhealthy due to hormonal changes ie consume lots of sugar which is not good for you. For me, I got a pouch which I still never lose even after surgery. The weight loss thing has tire me too cos I was a lekpa shandy…still slim but not healthy at all. I’m pushing my BMI. For UTE, eating clean is the only way out. No shortcuts at all. I have backslided but now I’m repenting and changing my ways. Well as soon as I finish eating the ice cream, coconut pudding pie and Hawaiian bread in my house then I will truly repent…lol

    • ogeAdiro

      January 7, 2014 at 7:26 pm

      Chei! Nna, I think say na only me like Hawaiian bread oh…

  7. Naveah

    January 7, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    I loved that I could chuckle while taking in the bitter pill.

  8. Wunmi

    January 7, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    Also having a ball like tumor in your tummy doesn’t make it easy to wear a girdle + do sit ups as well. I wish I could just lose weight without difficulty

  9. Sco-sco

    January 7, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    HAHA! I loved this! Isio…great funny article. Loved the fact you emphasized being skinny doesn’t mean being healthy

  10. jcsgrl

    January 7, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    My shortcut tip to losing weight? MBTN (google BN to find out what it means)

  11. merci

    January 7, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    Isio thanks for the tip! i think for most of us especially me, discipline and consistency is a major challenge in losing weight! our environment is not vegetable/fruit friendly. Rice is our major food! Good to know that they are no short cut, recently learnt that slimming pills interfere with fertility. Thanks again!

    • Energybill

      January 7, 2014 at 4:58 pm

      Fear God na. What do you mean our environment is not vegetable/fruit friendly? What are all those fruits and veg in the market (both open and super)? alien food? I still remember seeing fruits and veg in nigeria on my last visit in 2013, so unless the have diappeared between then and now.

      Meanwhile Isi, expantiate on your carbs/protein theory. Funny I read biochemistry but I am skeptcal about your theory.

      On another note people, don’t completely cut out carbs or food you will certainly go back to eating after a while. You will loose the weight quite all right but you will also put it back on and then some more when you go back to eating those foods.

  12. Jane Public

    January 7, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    A couple of points I felt I could add about that know your body thing I picked up at a yoga retreat a few years ago. Know your body. You are either a Morning person, a middle of the day person or a night person, and it is for a reason. That is your body’s natural rhythm and eat according to that rhythm because your metabolism is at its most active at your peak periods.
    If you are a nocturnal person, you are best eating the most at night. Shocking some may say but I know very many people who went on that retreat with me who lost weight almost magically and have managed to keep it off. I used to be the eat 3 times a day person. Never skip breakfast as they say, but I found that breakfast made me feel sleepy, bloated and uncomfortable. By around 11-12 my body was basically grinding ot a halt after digesting the breakfast. I used to be slow, my colleagues had a standing joke that my system doesn’t boot until 1pm. It used to affect me badly I made sure I scheduled all my important meetings after 12. If I had a really important meeting I couldn’t schedule with my Senior managers for example, I wouldn’t eat breakfast and it was shocking the energy, the clarity, the vigour I had. For my last 2 jobs interviews I did not eat breakfast. The job I have now, the assessment took hours. It didn’t finish until 2pm and I had nothing to eat the entire time except one miserly sandwich and tea. I made sure to just eat a little because I know my body. Not once did I feel tired, or feel faint, I was on a roll. I have remained 58 – 60kg since that retreat and I eat most of my meals at night. I mean correct Eba with Egusi soup, Pounded yam with Oha soup, Amala with gbegiri and ewedu with all sorts of meat. You will literally faint if you see me eat dinner. Sometimes I work late and won’t be home until 10pm sometimes. I will still whack my Amala with okro soup. If I am awake till 1pm, my Hagendaz ice cream is my companion. I wake up the next morning and you would look at my tummy and not believe I didn’t eat salad for dinner. I am not a morning person, I wake up out of the house, I don’t eat until 12 – 1pm (a light lunch) and I save my dinner for my main meal.
    My bestie who I shared what I picked up from the retreat is a Morning person. She is awake by 6am everyday like clockwork, she eats like a horse for breakfast, slowly winds down for lunch and eats next to nothing for dinner because that is when her body is the most sluggish. She is the type you don’t take clubbing. By 10pm she is longing for her bed. She has also kept off the weight. Both of us eat what we want, nothing is out of bounds (except processed foods), we have just learnt to time our meals to when our metabolism is at its peak, which break downs your food faster and you store less fat.
    I went to the gym, changed my diet, the whole 9 yards for almost a year, no appreicable results till I switched my pattern of eating

    • Que

      January 7, 2014 at 5:52 pm

      Oookayyyyyy…..*addstomytodolist! Thx.

    • Frankie

      January 7, 2014 at 10:24 pm

      This is very interesting…sounds very similar to the daily intermittent fasting a lot of paleo lifestyle followers recommend. Basically you fast for 16 hours a day and allow yourself an 8-hour feeding window. The great thing is that your sleep hours count as part of your 16 hours fasting period so you can arrange it to suit your schedule. I’ve been trying this out after over-indulging during the holidays and its amazing how much better i feel physically. I always hated that 5 small meals a day thing. it was such a hassle packing my little nibbles, remembering what time i was supposed to eat them and being stuck when i didnt have them. the 16-8 diet has totally given me new hope.

    • tybay

      January 8, 2014 at 12:21 pm

      Helpful tip. Will look into trying it!

  13. Miss Bonnie

    January 7, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    Lol… Thank you.

    Very funny write-up , I’m gonna save it and read it once a week just incase I feel like ordering pizza when I’m at work from 9-5

  14. Noms

    January 7, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    Well written and good timing too. I am so guilty of the “hefty amount of cocoa beverage + milk” though don’t use sugar but i use cold water*huge smile*. Also, i love chocolates,chocolate flavored anything . . .biscuits, drinks and cakes and i’m trying to let them go in 2014, i pray oo.
    Just got some lovely workout outfits, i pray they ginger me to exercise this year though i’m on a LEGYOTA, till my TOYOTA arrives,i use this as my consolation for exercising-walking from the bus stop to my office( about 7-10mins walk,morning and evening),its enough exercise, abiiii?
    Thanks for the food combination theory. In advanced food science, one of the importance of carbohydrate is its protein-sparing effect i.e, it allows the protein function as a body builder.
    Will consider eating without, HoinHoin,HoinHiHiHi,abeg, i’d rather consider eating more protein,get the energy that protein can give and get a little of its major function,body building after all, na to reduce the body be the marrra nor be build am,lol.

  15. mercy

    January 7, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    Nix one isooo

  16. www.anemistyle.com

    January 7, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    People are fat because they eat more than they need. Fat does not appear from space it comes from what you put in your mouth. Eat less lose weight! Exercise is for shaping the body, eating right makes you slimming. Full stop! #Anemistyle

    • Zee

      January 7, 2014 at 6:21 pm

      You are so ignorant, some pple are naturally big not because they eat too much. Be careful what’s comes out of your mouth.

    • Laide

      January 7, 2014 at 8:49 pm

      I hear this a lot….but I don’t believe it. Not so many fat pple in countries suffering from famine.

    • Anon

      January 7, 2014 at 10:30 pm

      Lol…nobody is naturally big

    • The Nigerian

      January 8, 2014 at 1:46 am

      You are the ignorant one! Disrespectful Human being.

    • 5'5

      January 8, 2014 at 11:19 am

      YES! Eat right, lose weight, exercise, shape your body.

      i am a living testimony. I dropped 2 dress sizes just from eating well. i never exercised a day apart from the normal walking within and outside the house.

  17. Aibee

    January 7, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    Oh Isio, how I love thee #NoHomo! And that your shortcut has me in stitches here.

    I lost 10kg last year on little exercise with a healthier diet. I realized that without exercise and other physical activity, my weightloss has peaked. So the game plan to lose the remaining 10kg this year is to up the exercise level.

  18. Iyke

    January 7, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    And you forgot SLEEP?

  19. eki

    January 7, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    @ anemistyle.com you are correct

  20. nene

    January 7, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    i’ve learned a lot. especially the digestion aspect of carbs and protein.

  21. navida

    January 7, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    Milk, i doubt cutting out milk is a good idea. Is she a doctor or is she one of those that just decided not to eat certain foods than started losing weight from food shortage and not from dieting. I’ve done that before.

    • Nkechi

      January 7, 2014 at 7:41 pm

      Thanks for asking if she is a doctor.The way people are hailing her as if she be doctor or nutritionist Isio you should have issued a disclaimer telling us that you are neither a trained fitness expert, doctor or nutritionist and then go ahead to say what works for me may not work for you always seek advice from a trained professional. The simplest way for anyone who is serious about losing weight is to first get your BMI, height and weight checked by a medic so you know how much weight you need to loose then speak to a dietician/nutritionist so that they can get you on a proper meal plan according to your bodily needs or any medical condition you may have and then go to a gym and speak to a fitness expert who will get you on a fitness regime. The cheaper way is to just get your BMI, weight and height checked by a medic discuss any medical conditions with them and then hit YouTube for free fitness videos and online portals for meal plans. According to my Doctor 30 minutes exercise FOR ME six days a week is enough whether it is taking a walk or abs/cardio. I can eat anything I want but in moderation and have controlled portions so instead of eating a whole chocolate bar I eat only less than 4 pieces a day and that is enough to stop my sweet craving. The one thing I can advise people to do is cut out the soda that is just junk and does nothing for your weight. I substituted soda with natural fruit juices and smoothies all homemade. I allow myself a can a month of soda if i feel like it which I haven’t done in months. Weight loss is 80%clean eating and 20% exercise simply because you need to burn more calories than you are ingesting so if you are eating a big mac and KFC everyday and working out you will not see any difference until you do away with the junk or reduce the amount of junk that you ingest. If you are morbidly obese, borderline obese or obese you definitely MUST speak to a medical professional before embarking on any weight loss program because you are in the high risk factor for other medical conditions.

    • Tamara

      January 28, 2014 at 3:56 pm

      BMI is misleading, so is the scale. if you can accurately get your body fat measured, you are better off.
      Besides she doesn’t have to be a doctor or nutritionist to share what worked for her…Google is your friend. The internet is full of information from Doctors, Nutritionists, Fitness gurus , Researchers….No point reinventing the wheel.
      At the end of the day weight loss is achieved by eating healthy (story for another day) and remaining active

  22. olori Tari

    January 7, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    Lol, I was laughing and sobing at the same time while reading. Laughing because of the way she wrote the bitter truth but sobing because the whole article was speaking gospel to me and the thoughts of doing this brought tears to a grown ass lady’ eyes….Lol. Thank you Isio..Points taken.

  23. Cool cat

    January 7, 2014 at 11:28 pm

    Infact, thus weight loss matter, ayamtayad. We all know how to lose weight, fewer calories, don’t starve, work out, drink water, everything, the problem is keeping the pounds off. Most big girls keep yo-yoing. You lose weight for a year maybe and by the next the pounds are piling back on. Not like to go back to eating like a glutton but personally I believe the body just readjusts and gets use to taking just enough fat from the fewer calories you are eating, enough fat to maintain your “usual” weight that is. It’s a life long commitment, some are more lucky than others and boy is it frustrating. That’s the struggle of life right there

  24. Modella

    January 8, 2014 at 9:08 am

    I can’t resist eating,May God help us!! I just don’t like tummy and bloated face..thatsall

  25. Fitness expert

    January 8, 2014 at 10:39 am

    Everyone including the writer needs to read up on nutrition relating to fitness, educate yourselves better. Some of the things said in this article I do NOT agree with Eg NEVER eat before 7pm!!! And a lot more. Google, iBook etc are your friends

    • ICE Princess

      January 9, 2014 at 8:12 am

      hmmn, the article says never eat AFTER 7pm, not before. U might wanna read it again!

  26. Tokunbo

    January 8, 2014 at 11:08 am

    @cool cat i feel you jare, same thing everyone is saying, eat clean, exercise, drink lots of water cut out carbs…. its a life long commitment some are just luckier than others.

  27. Rhecks

    January 8, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    Thanks for the article Isio, will sure follow the steps and see how things change.

  28. frances

    January 8, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    Love,love this! Wonderful write up with good dose of humor. Thanks for the tips Isio,the extra weight must vamooze dis 2014

    imperfectlyperfect92.wordpress.com

  29. sisinene

    January 9, 2014 at 1:31 am

    This is legit! This is almost exactly what I’ve been doing
    this past week, down to the tea-drinking (didn’t know about food
    combinations, thanks!) and I swear I see results. IN JUST ONE WEEK.
    I’m not sure how if I’ve lost any weight per se (I’m sure I have)
    but my body is more defined: slimmer arms, flatter stomach with
    signs of sculpting, even my Yoruba mother thighs are starting to
    get defined. I’m more motivated than ever because something is
    working! This is the year of THE body!

  30. chinwe

    January 9, 2014 at 10:47 am

    I do not know about the carbohydrate n protein combination theory but i do know that food combination is a contributing factor to tummy bloating, so ill check that out. lovely piece, very humorous.

  31. Laface

    January 9, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    Remember to live and be happy… Whatever the outcome of your effort:)

  32. Duvy

    January 16, 2014 at 7:39 am

    Nice one Isio

  33. Sandi

    January 16, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    You can imagine my shock when I arrived Nigeria for NYSC and asked a roommate to prepare tea for me and homegirl brought me Milo, milk and sugar, fully packed and thick too. I had the classic WTF look on my face.

  34. Yeancah

    January 18, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    loool @ sandi, welcome to naija mehn. well one thing i noticed, speaking from experience is the fact that i omitted bread from my meals and included intermittent fasting, i lost weight and it was noticable. sadly i slipped back to my old habits. weight loss is a thing of the mind. if you fine tune your brain to discipline your body then you are on your way to 100% success with any plan you choose to implement

    Nice article by the way.

  35. Sunesis

    January 24, 2014 at 11:36 am

    Now I see why I had to read this…laffing like a Niger Delta Dude….hahahahahahaha……’And no, it’s NOT a good idea to eat as breakfast: WHITE BREAD, BUTTER, FRIED eggs, FRIED sausages, FRIED bacon and a hefty amount of cocoa beverage and milk and SUGAR and call it TEA’

  36. Tosin

    December 21, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    Nice!

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