stop the slow suicide

You are busy with suicide. Many religions would frown on suicide. You are not to take your own life. In spite of that many people (and christians that I know) are busy with slow suicide. It is time to stop it.

reduce body fat

Are you busy with slow suicide? Take this two minute test – find a tape measure. Ladies, measure your tummy about 1 inch (2 cm) above your belly button. Men, you measure about one inch (2 cm) below belly button. If this measurement is more than half (50%) of your height. you are busy with slow suicide. Now if you cannot find a tape measure, take any piece of string and measure your belly – take the string twice around your body. Now if this string is longer than your height you are busy with slow suicide.

This is a useful chart from Dr Margaret Ashwell where you can plot yourself on the graph.


Take action!

You may say, why do I need to take action?

How Does Belly Fat Harm You?

Belly fat doesn’t just lay idle at your beltline. Researchers describe it as an active “organ” in your body — one that churns out hormones and inflammatory substances.

“Abdominal fat is thought to break down easily into fatty acids, which flow directly into the liver and into muscle,” says Lewis Kuller, MD, DPH, professor and past chair of epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health.

When these excess fatty acids drain into the liver, they trigger a chain reaction of changes — increasing the production of LDL ‘bad’ cholesterol and triglycerides. During this time insulin can also become less effective in controlling blood sugar, so insulin resistance sets in, he explains.

Blood sugars start to get out of balance. Fats and clots get into the bloodstream, and that sets the stage for diabetes, heart disease, and more.

And research shows that abdominal fat triggers a change in angiotensin, a hormone that controls blood vessel constriction — increasing the risk of high blood pressure, stroke, and heart attack, Kuller explains.

Indeed, belly fat is a key indicator of “metabolic syndrome,” a cluster of abnormalities that include high levels of blood sugar, blood pressure, and triglycerides, as well as low levels of “good” HDL cholesterol. This combination of risks has an impact on mortality from heart disease.

Belly Fat: Men’s vs. Women’s Risks

Men tend to collect more belly fat than women, and it starts early in life. “In adolescence and postadolescence, men start collecting abdominal fat,” Kuller tells WebMD. “It’s one of the reasons men have more coronary disease than women.”

In one study, men with excess belly fat and a large waist were most at risk for what researchers call “all-cause mortality” — early death from any cause. And because belly fat can trigger cardiovascular problems, a large belly has also been linked to erectile dysfunction in men over age 60. ( )

This is indeed slow suicide. So what can you do about it? There are vaious ways to do this, but one of the best ways to reduce your waist line is to increase healthy protein intake and decrease carbohydrate intake. There is a huge argument out now about increasing healthy fat as well (Prof Tim Noakes), but the main focus now is – reduce your waist to a healthy level (or increase it if you are underwaist!)

Tim Ferris, The Daniel Plan, Herbalife, The Daniel Plan Detox, Tim Noakes, Banting diet, Paleo – pich something and start doing it until you find a plan that works for you.

Hansie Louw dropped over 20 kg and brought his belly in line with his height. So help me get this message out – stop the slow suicide!

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September 1 is here – clean up your thinking

September in Cape Town is often still a cold month. Today 1 September 2014 is a glorious spring day. It is a day of new beginnings and new opportunities. Now in the Northern Hemisphere this day brings Autumn, so the mood is slightly different, but is does not matter where you are in the world, you need frequent 1 Septembers or 1st day of spring.

SpringMany people will go into a frenzy of cleaning – the store room, the house, the garage. Everything should be clean and neat. You could tackle the cleaning by doing a little bit every day or then one huge energy blast where you take 24 hours or even 48 hours to clean what you want to clean. This depends on your energy levels. I always find that it is easy for me to take one bite and to finish the job. If I do a little bit here and a little bit there, I get demotivated. You need tofind out what works for you and then stick to it.

thinkingI have realised today that I also want to clean up my thinking. The way that I think plays a huge role in my actions. If I think that something is impossible then I would not even attempt to do it. It is much easier to clean up my desk than it is to clean up my thinking, but let me share something that I have learned quite a while ago. If you start writing on a piece of paper what you are thinking, then it is easier to change the thinking around. The thoughts are often hidden and they influence you and me. While they are only in the mind,we cannot challenge them. The plan works if you write it out or type it out. You write/type every thought that comes to your minds until you get to the possibility where your mind accepts that it can work. In this way you are starting to clean the mind.

Let me take an example

I Hansie Louw run a marathon (42,2 km) in 3h28 minutes.

thought: your last marathonwas 5:11 or so

thought: a year ago you ran a marathon of 4:11

thought: your best marathon was 3:44

thought: you ran a 5 km in 20:25 on the treadmill a week ago

thought: at that speed it gives a marathon of below 3 hours (2hr 53)

thought: ok, treadmill is easy … so add 30 seconds per km of pace … so this still leaves me with 3:15 minutes for the marathon

thought: ok I cannot run at that same pace the whole marathon, so let me add another 10 minutes to the total time – another 15 seconds per kilometer slower

thought: you know, maybe I can do that 3:28 marathon.

So from a sceptical: your last marathon was more than five hours to yes maybe I can do that 3:28 marathon is a change of thinking and creating a new possibility for myself – cleaning and improving my thinking.

From here I want to go and set the goal:

I Hansie Louw have put in place the correct training,eating and resting habits while testing my progress from time to time to run a comfortable 3hr28 marathon on day (e.g. 22 September 2015)

So, clean up your thinking and get great results.