Tall and slender local TV actress Maxene Magalona is the last person you'd command to go on a diet. A four time placer in a men's magazine's ranking of 100 Sexiest Women in the Philippines, this social media royalty (with over one million Twitter followers and 221k+ on Instagram) has always been praised for her well-maintained physique.
Maxene enjoying her Whole Wheat Tuna Pasta
Her secret for maintaining her figure? "Just proper diet and exercise," Maxene quipped.
According to her, diet isn't something you do to just lose weight. "People have different reasons for dieting. Most want to lose weight so they go on a low-calorie diet. Other people, especially the ones who go to the gym, need a special diet-- high protein-- to build muscles," Maxene related.
But Maxene's reason for dieting goes beyond the need to maintain her figure as a celebrity. "I wasn't always this health-conscious. All of this healthy-eating regimen only started when my dad died. My mom then started to become conscious of what our family eats so she started buying organic and natural food. I became conscious of my choices, too, because I want to become healthy," Maxene said.
Wondering how actress and host Maxene Magalona stays slim and fit? In this video, she talks about her new business venture: Yellow Halo Guilt-free Kitchen, where she usually gets her healthy and well balanced meals.
When an opportunity to co-own a healthy restaurant came, Maxene readily agreed. "I though it was a great concept so I agreed to be part of Yellow Halo." Yellow Halo is Ortigas district's newest healthy food mecca, serving well-balanced healthy plates--all under 500 calories each. "I count my calories so I'll know how much to eat and how much to burn. Yellow Halo makes it easy for us calorie counters," she endorsed.
Unlike other “healthy” restaurants that offer dishes that are bland enough to be served in a hospital, this bright and cheery nook serve affordable, colorful, and balanced meals. Maxene swears by Yellow Halo's food, especially the Mongolian Beef Plate (P230; 450 calories). "I love the food here because it doesn't taste like diet food!" According to her, it also helps that the kitchen and nutritionists behind the restaurant designed an easy to understand menu that classifies the food (Low-fat, Healthy Protein, High Fiber, Low-Glycemic, and Low-Calorie) according to the dietary needs of their customers. "Yellow Halo does the thinking for you," she said.
The health-conscious team behind Yellow Halo wants to dispel the following top five misconceptions about dieting and healthy eating:
- Dieting is starving yourself.
- Healthy food is expensive.
- It is time-consuming to prepare healthy food.
- Healthy food is not easily available.
- Healthy food is bland and lacking of flavor.
Instead, here's what you should know about dieting. The following are research-backed and up to date facts by the international nutrion research.
- Stay away from any diet that promotes starvation and deters you from getting your minimum caloric intake. Not only do they hurt your metabolic capacity, they also make you lose your water weight and muscle mass. Fad diets are called fad for a reason.
- Exercise and stay active. Physical activity goes hand in hand with diet.
- Carbohydrates isn't your enemy. Did you know that around 45% to 55% of your caloric intake (from which you'd get your energy) must come from carbs? Make sure though to get your carbohydrates from whole-grain food like brown rice, whole wheat bread, and whole grain pasta.
- Unless you're an athlete or is muscle-building, there's no need to exert effort in amping your protein intake. You can actually get your minimum protein requirement even with with just one teeny serving of animal meat (preferably fish or lean poultry) a day plus other healthy protein sources: beans, nuts, and soy. Erase the notion that carbs is bad therefore, you will just eat more protein. It doesn't work that way.
- The recommended daily serving size of lean meat, soy protein, poultry, and fish is just 2 to 3 ounces (oz.). An ounce (oz.). is roughly equivalent to a size of a domino. One slice of (pre-sliced) packaged cheese also approximates an ounce (oz.). Just imagine how much excess protein you get from a slab of steak.
- Fat is necessary in your diet. Mono-saturated (and some polyunsaturated) fat, that is. Get your daily dose of heart healthy fat from avocado, olives, nuts (almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, peanut, macadamia, pecan, pistachio). Fatty fish also gives polyunsaturated fats like the omegas. What you should limit though are saturated fat-laden food like cheese, butter, bacon, non-lean meat, cream, chocolate, and whole milk. Eat these sparingly.
- Trans fat is a manufacturer's effort to lengthen shelf life of their products. Be wary of terms like hydrogenated vegetable oils in your food labels. Trans fat increases your risk of coronary heart disease and raises you bad cholesterol levels.
- Did you know that you can only get cholesterol from animal produce? Vegans do not have additional cholesterol aside from what their body produces. Saturated fats and trans fats though contribute to raising cholesterol levels, so you better steer clear from those.
- Strictly speaking, your only sources of energy are: carbohydrates, protein, and fats. You don't get energy from vitamins and minerals, albeit these are important to sustain life and body functions.
- Although there are recommended guidelines, there's no end all be all diet that's applicable to everyone. What worked for your friend might not be healthy for you because you're biologically and genetically different from him. Make sure to consult first with a nutritionist before jumping into a diet bandwagon.