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Oct 26, 2009

Are We Fit 'n Right?

Running, Weight Loss and a new Fitness Workout

It is almost a year since I started road racing. Running has helped me lose weight and achieve a fitter and faster body. From the weighing scale readings and from my recent finish times though, I still have a lot of work to do to achieve my goals.

On weight loss, I am now at 144-149 pounds from 165. I have lost 20 pounds since I started running. Although I cannot seem to get below 144 any more even after more than 3 hours and 27 or more kilometers of Sunday long runs. The last 4 or 5 pounds are the hardest pounds to get rid off.
On my race performances, I have done well relative to when I started racing. Partly because I have worked my way to lose 20 pounds of excessive fats and partly because of the training methods and runs I have been routinely and relentlessly doing. The more I lose weight towards my optimal weight and the more I learn about scientific and better running methods, the better I perform.

And when I was invited to attend Del Monte's Dare to be Fit 'n Right fitness talk, I immediately jumped at the opportunity. One, Conditioning Coach Jim Saret of our National Basketball Team will introduce his F.I.T workout free of charge. The workout is suppose to burn 400 calories in just 4 minutes! Two, I might just have a clue on how I would lose those last 5 pounds off my belly.

The F.I.T Workout

Burn an extra 3500 calories a week and you will lose 1-pound of fat. This has been my target for the past few weeks to reach my target weight. To achieve this, I had to log 45 kilometers of running a week based on Runner's World Calorie Calculator. And I did lose 20 pounds from all those weeks and kilometers of running.

Conditioning Coach Jim Saret claims he knows of a workout that would be able to burn 400 calories in just 4 minutes. Wow. Imagine that! By just allotting 4 minutes a day, we already are close to burning that 1 pound of fat a week. Isn't that great? How?
The Dare to be Fit ‘N Right launch will be a bloggers event that features the revolutionary F.I.T workout by sports scientist and Master Coach Jim Saret. Coach Saret obtained his MS Sports Science degree from Brigham Young University in the US. He is a core training expert and a sports and fitness writer and lecturer. Currently, he is the Sports Program Head of the Ateneo de Manila University and the Strength and Conditioning Coach of the PBA, POC, and the PSC.

The F.I.T Workout or the Fast Interval Training is a four-minute workout that makes you burn at least 400 calories and continues to burn even when you’re done with the workout! Plus, you don’t have to be a gym buff to enjoy the workout. It doesn’t require much space and equipment. It’s scientific, very visual, designed for non-athletes, with measurable results and it’s easy!
The 4 minute workout consists of simple exercises like push-ups, planks, crunches, lunges, squats and jumping jacks. All of which uses our natural body weight and can be performed anywhere. The technique is just to do those exercises in 4 minutes. Have as little recovery periods in between exercises. After 4 minutes, your body would be burning 400 calories. Just 4 minutes.

At the workout demonstration, a relatively big guy around 180-200 pounds performed the exercises in 4 minutes. After which, the guy burned 96 calories based on his watch which could measure his heartbeat rate and calories burned. Yes, only 96 calories and not the advertised 400.

For a while, it seemed like a failed demonstration. And unsurprisingly on my part as I know that in 4 minutes, I could hardly run for a kilometer which would only burn around 75 calories. You really could not burn much on just 4 minutes, right?

Wrong! After about an hour more, while the guy sits on a stool doing absolutely nothing, he was still sweating continuously and now burned a total of 311 calories. Amazing.

Coach Saret attributes that to the post workout effect of the Fast Interval Training workout. Even after the 4-minute workout, our body will continuously burn calories. When his discussions on the FIT workout ended, the guy already burned 469 calories.

Speed Up Your Metabolism with Fit 'n Right
If you partner your F.I.T workout with your Fit ‘n Right fruit juice drink, you’ll see faster results for Del Monte Fit ‘N Right contains the breakthrough L-Carnitine that helps burn fat and B Vitamis 1, 6, 12 that help speed up metabolism.

L-Carnitine is a natural substance that is occurring in the body but can be supplemented for optimal health. It transports the fatty acids into the mitochondria, the “cell’s powerhouse” where they are burned into energy needed for a healthy heart, important body functions and physical activities. Supplementary L-Carnitine contributes to optimal fat oxidation, and along with a proper diet and regular exercise, promotes healthy body weight.

A clinical study done by the University of the Philippines through Dra. Leonora Panlasigui and company has proven the effectiveness of Fit ‘n Right. In that study, it was found that one can lose as such as 16.7% body fat in just 6 weeks with regular consumption of Fit ‘n Right, diet and exercise. There are studies that indicate that 1000mg per day is ideal in helping you lose weight along with proper diet and regular exercise. Each Fit ‘n Right bottle contains 300mg and the recommended daily intake is at least 3 bottles, at least 2 hours before exercise or physical activity to maximize the fat-burning benefit.

B Vitamins 1, 6 and 12 are known as energy boosters and they help reduce fatigue and increase endurance by facilitating conversion of carbohydrates, protein and fat into energy.  With L-Carnitine, B Vitamins can optimize metabolization of carbohydrates, protein and fat into energy.

Need I add more? I also had to get these results for Fit 'n Right Fruit Snacks as conducted by Gold's Gym. Mojo Jojo and Slick Rick faced off for an eight-week weight loss challenge. The Weight-Loss Face-Off consisted of workout exercises, diet and three servings of Del Monte Fit 'n Right Fruit Snacks daily for eight weeks.

FACE-OFF, Slick Rick vs Mojo Jojo

I have to say that I’m a happy- go-lucky guy, but of course there are times that I have insecurities about my weight and appearance. I envy the people that can lose weight really quick and I’m not part of that lucky group. With the Weight-Loss Face-Off Challenge, I don’t skip a day that I don’t have at least 2 or 3 servings of Fit ’n Right Fruit Snacks.  It’s my guiltless way to have something sweet. I don’t want to be the fat guy anymore. I want to be confident and not worry about my weight. With 20 pounds lost for just 8 weeks because of Fit ‘n Right Fruit Snacks and regular exercise, I would keep the weight off even after the challenge has finished. I’d like to show off to the public that if I can do it, they can do it as well. I’m a new person now, thanks to Fit ‘n Right Fruit Snacks for giving me back my confidence!

When I was a teenager, I used to be quite athletic. However, when college came along, I found that my physical activities took a back seat to studying and hitting the books. Then when I started working, I really let myself go, no more exercise and I was not concern about what I ate. And with my metabolism no longer that of a teenager, shedding the extra weight became more difficult. When they weighed me at the beginning of the challenge, I was really shocked that I had ballooned to 183 pounds! It was a realization for me to really change my lifestyle… more so than the reason of “just looking good”—it was time to think about my health. Healthy snacking played a big part in my weight loss. Instead of chowing down fatty foods, I really got into the habit of eating Fit ‘n Right Fruit Snacks whenever I felt that snacking urge. Whenever listeners would call into our radio show and make comments about how much weight I was losing and that I looked better, it reaffirmed that all my hard work was paying off.

Dare To Be Fit 'n Right Fun Run

Details of the Fit 'n Right Fun Run

The fun run will be held at SM Mall of Asia on November 22. Great! That will be my first race at MOA grounds. P300, 000 will be at stake for the runners including a chance to win a Lenovo laptop to be raffled off!

Organized by CEMG and supported by the Manila Bulletin, Solar Sports and Lenovo, the 3K/5K/10K Men and Women Open Run will benefit the victims of typhoon Ondoy and Pepeng through the SM Foundation. So we will not only be joining the fun run for our fitness and health. We would also be able to extend our helping hands to our Kababayans affected by the typhoons.

Registration fee is P300 inclusive of singlet, race bib and Del Monte products. Participants can register at the following:
  1. CEMG Office – Unit 3A Vernida I Bldg., Amorsolo St., Legaspi Village, Makati City (look for Marianne Tapales (892.5842/09155498282)
  2. Dare to be Fit ‘n Right booths in Bonifacio High Street, Taguig plus SM Hypermart in Mall of Asia, Sucat, Pasig, and North EDSA
  3. Fitness First branches on November 16.
Online Registration is also available at www.runningmate.ph/del_monte. See who's running in this Fun Run on the Race List.

A Personal Challenge

Will Fit 'n Right help me achieve my weight and running goals? Will it fit to my training schedule? Will it just be the right ingredient for me to finally reach that elusive optimal running weight? There's only one way to find out. Your friendly cyberspace lab rat is once again more than willing to put it to the test.
  1. For 6 weeks, I will drink 3 bottles of Fit 'n Right each day.
  2. I will continue with my regular running workouts.
  3. I will incorporate Coach Jim Saret's FIT workout on my Core Training Days and Cross Training schedules.
At the 4th week of this challenge, on November 22, I will attempt to beat my previous 10K record of 51:19 minutes at the Dare To Be Fit 'n Right Fun Run. I hope to see you there guys. And finally at Week 6 on December 6, 2009, I will give an update on how this F.I.T workout and the L-carnitine in Fit 'n Right helped me to achieve my optimal running weight of 140 pounds.

Or better yet, you could try the F.I.T workout yourself supplemented by Fit 'n Right. After all, it doesn't hurt to try, right?


  1. A very informative blog! And it seems your hard work has paid off "20-folds/lbs" already! :o) These kinds of blogging is really inspiring to get you started. Being an overwieght dude really makes me think about the information you have detailed into this article. Many thanks!

  2. Thank U For the information! I will try to do so to reduce fat...!

  3. Congratulations! Great blog! Nice to hear that you already achieved your ideal weight. Losing 400 calories in 4 minutes is a wow! I hope I can do that too. Do your best so you can win on your next challenge. I'll be waiting for a good news...Goodluck! =)

  4. Dear Mr.Deuna,

    Great post...Hope I can follow that too. Anyway, thank you for your information about Fit 'n Right race. Will register myself there, and hope can meet you in person.

    'Til then,

    -Peter Futaro

  5. Thank you for sharing, very interesting and informative! Timely, I think I really need to start working out.

  6. Great blog Jayson! With the passion and discipline I've seen from this, it made me stop wishing and start moving! Thanks.

  7. great post...will try running when i get my knees fixed..

  8. Nice blog!.. and also congratulations. Losing 20lbs in almost 1 year is an achievement. Keep it up!

  9. Very inspiring blog! I wonder if I'd continued my boxing lesson, maybe, just maybe ... but on second thought it's better not asking you to blog about BLACK EYE REMEDIES. hehehe.

  10. wow, i hope i could also lose the pesky excess baggage around my waste.

    thanks for the heads-up!

  11. I started running Feb 2009, I am I'm 5'5" and was 75 kg back then now I fluctuate around 60-62 kg because of constant running. I also drink Fit N Right from time to time because there is a stock pile of it in our fridge. I like the watermelon flavor the best. I think it helped because of the L-Carnatine stuff in it, but I believe it's the effort in trainng that counts Fit N Right is just a supplement. God Speed on your Full Mary!

    -Paolo C.

  12. How nice information....I will try to do that...and share it especially to my brother...he really needs it for sure...

  13. Thanks guys for dropping by and for posting your comments. Weight Loss isn't easy but as the saying goes "If there's a will, there's a will.. a way!" ;)

    @Kuya Vic: I'm happy you got inspired by the article. The 4-minute workout is a good starting point. 4 minutes lang eh. Pedeng-pede i-squeeze sa busy days at the office.

    @Lorelie, Ate Cristy, Regz, Lence: Start slowly. Unti-unti lang. I hope you can get started with running / exercise nga ulit. Health is the best investment sabi nga nila.

    @Leizl: Thanks. Madali lang yun 4-minute workout ni Coach Saret. Kayang-kaya mo den yun. Marathon yung next challenge ko. You will definitely read it from here after Nov 8. Sana nga I will win that challenge den. ;)

    @Peter: See you at the race!

    @Felix: Pagaling ka. Para kasali ka na rin namin sa pagtakbo. :)

    @Ian: Salamat! Nde madali mag-lose ng weight. Pero kung masaya ka sa ginagawa mo at gusto mo talaga. Maraming paraan. :)

    @Kuya Mack: Hehehe. Very funny post. Havent suffered black eye from boxing pero been cut na sa mouth from solid head blows and accidental head butts. Miss ko na nga den boxing.

    @Athan: Kaya mo den yan. Pantay lang timbang naten dati diba? Hehe.

    @Paolo: Congrats on your successful battle against excessive weight / fats. Bilis mo den tumakbo eh. Pine-Orange naman yung saken. Thanks sa comment. I'll do my best sa full marathon. :)

  14. Congrats ser Jason! 400 calories in 4 minutes! How I wish I could do that. :) run!

  15. wow..ang galing naman ng info mo about fitness and Fit N Right..Nice info..That was great!!!

  16. waw, galing naman nito, nice, dali na pum ayat ngaun, laki ng tulong ng fit n right

  17. Ang ganda namn po ng blog nyo....Tnx for the info...FitNRight is the best to burn fat in a healthy way...And ofcourse your running routine..

  18. great blog regarding on fitness..especially to ol health concious...kip up d'gud work ser........

  19. Wow! Every information stated will gonna be of big help to everyone.
    It is a big way of loosing weight without spending certain amount of money.

  20. @Ghen: Thanks for the support. Keep running, you are a very promising runner. Keep it up.

    @Athan and Liza: Congratulations on having your first baby. Ang cute ng pamangkin ko!!! Hehe. Ako ninong nyan ha? ;)

    @A3tcMrQL and Mr Pogi: Thanks guys for the support. Health is wealth.

    @Hon: Thanks for being here once in a while. I don't want you to lose weight though. Pataba ka pa ng konti! Kain ka ng marami. Spaghetti. Kanin. Lahat. Hehehe. Mwaaah.

  21. Jayson, your discipline, determination and dedication in pursuing running as sport (among others) is admirable. No wonder you're already part of the circle of elite runners.

    Your discussion of Fit 'n' Right's L-carnitine is very thorough it makes me want to try it (FnR). I hope, in your next blog you'll describe/show how F.I.T. is done, hehehe.

    Have fun on your debut!

  22. @Andy: Thank you!

    @Kuya Dilis: Thanks for the compliments. I still have a lot of 3Ds to do (discipline, determination and dedication) to be able to break into the elite level. I'm reaping good results now though so it's a good sign. ;)

    I am on the 2nd week of the Fit N Right test. I have consumed a lot of the Pine Orange flavor. I am a little convinced now that Fit N Right could help me burn a lot more calories when I'm on training mode.

    1. I weighed in 147.0 on Day 1 of my own Fit N Right test.
    2. I drink 2-3 bottles of Fit N Right a day.
    3. I usually run at 7:30pm. The recommended consumption of Fit N Right is 2 full hours before workout. I drink my last bottle after my 5:30pm dinner.
    4. After 1 Week, 2 Runs of 14K and 21K, I weighed in at 142.0 - 2 pounds below my lowest weight of 144 and 5 pounds lost after weighing 147 in just 1 week.

    I think (still inconclusive at this point since it's only Week 2), the Fit N Right helps me burn more calories during training.

  23. Hey Jason,

    We'll wait on your success story!


  24. Hi Jayson,

    This is very informative! I'm quite curious on the FIT workout though I'm more interested on adding extra fats...hehehhe! I hope to join you guys in one of your run!!!



  25. @Ate Daisy: Thanks for the comments. Buti ka pa, adding weight.. Kahit kumain ng kumain, ayus lang. Hehe. You're always welcome sa training runs every Tuesday and of course on the fun runs where lots of runners participate and enjoy.

    Thanks po ulit. Take care lagi.

    @Argo: Congrats on your marathon! Thanks for dropping by. ;)


    On my second Fit N Right Week, it's mostly the Halloween vacation and then concluded by a marathon run.

    Continuing on the Fit N Right test.. From 142 last Nov 5. I ballooned again to 146 because of the holidays. Hehe. All rest and No runs. Just staying at home to relax.

    I still continue to consume 2-3 bottles of Fit N Right and had 2 more runs before the marathon. After November 8, the marathon day, I trimmed back to 142.0.

    I am still 2 pounds away from the 140.0 target weight. The challenge for Fit N Right now is to keep me at the 145-146 pound range as I rest and recover for a full week post the marathon run. That means 0 running for maximum body recovery. ;)

    4 More Weeks, 2 More pounds.. This is the Fit N Right Challenge...

  26. with all the publicity and hype surrounding this event, this run was utterly disappointing. a complete failure -- palm face for fit 'n right

    * 6 am and the start/finish arc was still being constructed.
    * the starting gun was overly and needlessly delayed. 10 km runners started nearly 7 o'clock. by the 2nd lap, the sun was already shining so bright.
    * the route's road (esp. near the start/finish line) shouldn't have let cars park which caused choke points for the runners. and having the generator near the finish line, the runner's already are huffing and puffing to get decent times then you spray them with diesel fumes -- how's that for healthy.
    * water stations were not prepared. runners had prolong their stop to either wait for the water, get the water themselves or look for a cup to get water themselves.
    * and by 10km's 2nd lap -- critical stretch and with the sun bathing the runners with heat -- the water stations no longer have any water.
    * at the finish line, there are also no water for the 10km finishers. there's a heavy line for the fnr give away but do you really expect tired/dehydrated runners to fight a mob just to have a drink.

    hay! and these are just my race related peeves. there are still plenty of failures the event organizers regarding the efficiency of their services. the worst run i've ever participated in!

  27. Additional from me:

    * Wrong guidance. They still ask 10K participants to follow the warm-up meanwhile the gun already shot (even for 5K).
    * Yeah...it started too late. Sun already rose up.
    * The 1st water station is too near with the split-area for 3K direction. It caused some 3K runner missed the route.
    * Poor management especially in managing people for distributing the freebies. And so sad to mention that the people themselves don't know how to queue (Sorry to those whom I hit with my bag, bottles, and even my elbows and knees...I was forced to do so)

    Somehow for the run itself, I enjoyed it....perhaps because I joined only for the 3K =)