My Opinion on Dieting during Christmas and New Year


Unlike most people who blog about health/fitness/weight loss etc… I’m not going to tell you that I’ll be holding off on all the merry eating this holiday season (which in my book starts Christmas eve till Jan 1 of next year).

I’m not going to come out with a post about only eating certain types of foods to minimize weight gain, or about avoiding lechon, or eating a lot of salads, or doing whatever else to curb your appetite during Christmas and New year celebration meals.

I’ve read a lot of posts like that and from past experience, I know na di ko talaga kaya mag pigil kumain pag holiday season ;).

Of course I respect everyone who plans to diet during the holidays. We all have control over our own bodies and we all have the freedom to do whatever we feel is best for us. To each his own… it’s just that in this one, I’m not one of you lol.

I’m PINOY and proud to be one. And during the holidays we eat… a lot (at least most of us do), and I plan to do just that.

BUT that’s not to say that I’ll be totally letting myself go. Syempre kelangan natin mag prep din para sa matinding celebration during x-mas and New year. My way of doing this is going on  a No Rice Diet till Dec. 25 :).


I actually already started 4 days ago. So from Nov 26 – Dec 25 (or 24 evening)

I’m not going to eat rice. My carbs will be coming from bread, veggies, pasta and oatmeal. For protein I’ll still be eating whatever’s being served at our apartment.

I don’t want to unnecessarily spend too much money on this diet. So kung ano yung lutuin sa bahay, kakainin ko nalang wala lang kanin.

Now some of you might think this is pointless. Because there’s still bread, pasta and a lot of other high carb food available as rice alternatives (fries for example) that are open to my consumption. And technically you would be correct if your argument is that I’m just replacing one carb with another.

But that’s not really the main reason why I’m taking out rice in my diet.

I’m taking out rice because it’s a very very powerful appetite stimulant for me, and I’m guessing for a lot of other Filipinos as well.

And I know for a fact that if I eat bread or pasta or fries or whatever else instead of rice, I will end up eating a LOT less than what I normally would eat if rice was part of my meal.

I have tried and tested this several times now. For example in one meal (let’s say dinner) I could probably eat anywhere from 3-6 cups of rice. Sometimes more ;). But in the same meal, if you gave me just 3 or 4 slices of bread and maybe some palaman and a bit of cheese, I’d most likely be full already with just that.

You see what I’m trying to say?

Taking out rice allows me to reduce the amount of carbs I eat without really trying too hard. If I tried to do this with rice, like say control the protions I eat, it would be very very hard for me to do. Medyo mahina self control natin when it comes to rice ;). So I normally do this type of diet instead of portion control.

Rice for me, when paired with whatever ulam causes me to eat way too much. While every other carb available to me does not wet my appetite as much.

So that’s the main reason really for going on an almost one month long no rice diet. I get to lose a little weight para sa xmas and new year eating frenzy (yes ganong level) ko at ng aking pamilya ;).

And after New Year, I’ll go on a proper diet/exercise regimen to drop down to the weight I wan’t to be at.

Kasama sya sa magiging New Years resolution ko. And yes, I always tell myself this every year haha. Pero next year na talaga, seryoso na lol 😉.


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Malds Menzon is the owner and main writer for The Fit Pinoy blog. He's a law student, blogger, internet marketer and fitness enthusiast who enjoys writing about all the gyms he's been to and fitness classes he's tried. He spends most of his time either at the gym or studying/writing at one of the Starbucks places in the Metro Manila Area. He usually looks a little too serious but he's a nice guy so don't be afraid to say hi if you run into him :). You can follow or add him on Twitter and Google+ by clicking the appropriate buttons on your left (below the picture).

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  1. Dianne Picar 21 December, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    Hi sir. I would like to ask kung saan pwedeng mag enroll ng gym. 🙂 i mean, student lang po ako. then I only have every morning available. Feeling ko mas gusto ko yung sa slimmers, Do you think they still have their promo pa po?

    • Malds 23 December, 2013 at 1:04 pm

      Hey Dianne, whichever is closest to you would be advisable. Kasi sooner or later mararamdaman mo yung katamaran lol so it’s always best to enroll at the gyms that’s easiest to get to.

      Not sure if may promos ang slimmers ngayon, pero meron naman yan usually. Try getting in touch with them nalang :).

  2. marianne lorene macailing 27 December, 2013 at 1:03 am

    hayst i just wish i had the same ‘will’ to keep from eating rice. i intend to really exercise though! 🙂 happy holidays!

    • Malds 27 December, 2013 at 8:45 am

      Hehe it’s hard the first couple of days but gets considerably easier after a week. 🙂

  3. Mirayna 7 January, 2014 at 3:51 am

    I agree. I did a no-rice diet last year but I still eat carbs like bread/pasta kasi manghihina ako kapag totally wala. The results might not be instantaneous but it did work. In 3 months, I lost around 12 pounds. Not bad ‘cos it was practically not that of a big sacrifice since I still eat almost everything and I barely jog. I eat rice during Sat and Sun but in small amounts just to eliminate the craving. 🙂

    P.S. Stumbled upon your site while searching about Mt. Batulao. Planning to climb it this year! wish me luck!

    • Malds 7 January, 2014 at 3:13 pm

      YUP it really does work for some of us ;). I’m planning to go on the same diet again for summer lol. This time I’m gonna make it last for 3 months din just like you did.

      Oh and sobrang solid ang Batulao. It’s a really easy climb if you’ve got experience with other mountains na. 2 hours up and 2 down I think. But it’s still a really nice place and the view is just about as amazing as the others I’ve been to. There’s not much shade there so be sure prep some stuff to keep yourself from getting sunburns. If you’ve seen my pictures you’ll know my hair is almost “kalbo” lol since I like it really short. My head was pealing skin for about a week after coz I forgot to bring my hat. Never noticed it too much when we were climbing coz it was cold and windy (that was the time kasi na may yolanda din so mahangin talaga).

      Good luck and I’m sure you’ll have fun there. Sidetrip din kayo tagaytay after, it’s the reasonable thing to do if you’re already there ;).


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