Tracking Your Fitness Journey – The Basis of Decision Making

Contributed by Yongdan Tang, PhD
No training plan or nutrition plan can work all the time for all the people. Even from the empirical calculations recommended in the Nutrition and Training Pyramids book from Eric Helms. They are still starting points based on best guesses and past experiences from a cohort of people. To fine tune and make the plans work for your personal context, knowing what to do, when to do it and how to do it is critical. Tracking and measurement then form the basis of such decision making.

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Collagen, hydration, antioxidants… what does your skin really need? Find out with this simple one-time test

Thanks to YouTube tutorials, flirtations with beauty influencers on Instagram, and beauty brands all over social media, we’ve never had more choice or access to as many skin care products as we do today. With the explosion of skin care offerings on shelves today, it’s tough being a consumer who simply wants something that works for your skin. Continue reading “Collagen, hydration, antioxidants… what does your skin really need? Find out with this simple one-time test”

Successful fat loss – a numbers (macros) game

Contributed by Yongdan Tang, PhD.

Physique improvement at any given moment can simply be classified as either fat loss or muscle gain. Simultaneous fat loss and muscle gain can happen, but under very specific situations which are hard to set as a goal for recreational lifters. Weight loss is the buzz word in many commercials, especially the ones targeted at women. In fact, the actual result that most people desire in the mirror is fat loss. Continue reading “Successful fat loss – a numbers (macros) game”

Personalised Medicine

Contributed by Dr. Cheryl Kam MBBS BSc GDFM

Most of us are familiar with the prevailing high-volume health care environment where most medical treatments are designed for the ‘average patient’ in a one-size-fits-all approach.  This is successful for some patients, but not for many others.  For example, SSRIs (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor, a class of widely used anti-depressants) simply do not work for a whopping 38% of people diagnosed with depression.

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