Exams took a good part of my time in the last 2 months – when I had to cram through 2 weeks of mugging in a cubicle and hoping that what went into my head doesn’t come out immediately. My classmates and I began to conjure up stories of how instead of just burning the books and drinking them, we should mix glucose with the burnt concoction before drinking it so that the burnt materials will undergo glycolysis together with the glucose and how it can then travel to the brain.

Yes, I know. Bio geeks.

But speaking of which, I gained a hefty X kg to the extend that my jeans almost no longer fit (think ‘deep breath’ and ‘tuck in’) and it was amazing what a twice daily meal of McDonald’s can do to me; especially when all I did was just eat, study, drink (water and upsized large ice lemon tea) and sleep. Soon, I had a tummy big enough that I’d get seats when I take the bus or MRT.

It’s that bad.

Anyway, the exams came and went, but the extra “’blob’ didn’t. In the past (in the hay days of my secondary school life), this wasn’t usually a problem since I used to run. However, this isn’t the case after I went into University… some of my classmates blame it on the lack of time, but for myself, I think it’s probably just sheer laziness.

Nonetheless, I took a break after the exams to the highlands, hoping that I’ll come back fitter after all the walking, vegetable leaves and cleansing teas. While it was a refreshing trip, it didn’t seem to help with the extra pounds. When I came back, I got an email regarding some capsules that I could take to help with reducing appetite and cholesterol, improving sugar balance and lowering risk of heart diseases and diabetes, in addition to the superfibre product that it claimed to have.

You know? Being the skeptical life science student that I am, I thought that this is one of those get-slim-quick gimmick that has been around since years. Still I decided to go ahead with some samples and got them in a week.

Looking through the content, one of the active ingredients is konjac, which is commonly used as a vegetarian substitute for gelatin. The other active ingredient is medium chain triglycerides (MCT), which is probably how energy levels are sustained throughout the day – even thought it had been thought that MCT aid in the process of excess calorie burning.

Moving on, I started a 2 capsules, twice a day regime of capsule swallowing (my labmate says I swallow like a bird) before meals and while it didn’t seem to have any effects on me on the first couple of days, I realised that my appetite is gradually reduced. I seem to get full faster which, I joke with my other authors here that it’s because the capsule is so heavy, taking 2 alone will just give the sensation of having eaten something heavy. Literally.

Of course, no sane self-proclaimed scientist will take any form of supplements without reading all the notices and contraindications. There was this part that said: ‘You may experience a temporary change in your bowel movements as your body adjusts to the addition of PGX, usually in 3 to 7 days’. Gasp!!!

Well, today is the 7th day and I have not experienced the kind of ‘plat plat plat plat plat booosh puuuuuuut’ bowel movement, so I guess I am fairly safe from getting such symptoms for a while; and the reason why I actually know that such symptoms are possible is because I tried different types of slimming tea and product and they usually result in enormous diarrhoeas which just made me more lethargic and dehydrated. In fact, after taking this capsule, I seem to adjust, pretty naturally, to a more balanced and regular diet.

So, what was this that I have taken?

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It’s the PGX Daily Ultra Matrix Softgels. (Oh yes, I took the product shot myself; please tell me it looks professional 😛 )

According to the product information that I have gotten, PGX® Daily Ultra Matrix Softgels can help to moderate high cholesterol levels, better manage blood glucose levels, lower insulin resistance, achieve healthy weight loss, cut food cravings and reduce my intake of calories, while reducing my risk of developing diabetes and/or cardiovascular disease.

Really, I first thought that it might be too good to be true, but after seeing what it did in just 1 week, I am looking forward to the results the next week and towards the end of the month.

Do stay tune for my quest to reduce my weight! 🙂



Reader's Comments

  1. Eugene | June 2nd, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    Be careful of your weight loss, and don’t go overboard. If you are eating too little, this impacts your energy levels and overall health (i.e. immune system). I won’t want to visit you in some hospital =) Check your BMI

    Instead, eat more protein and vegetables, less carbohydrates. Maybe you could reduce the intake of rice/noodles. Balance out with some exercise (cardio and weights) to get a more rounded-off physique, not to mention better health benefits for happy hormones!

    I think taking pills without exercise is dangerous because of the tendency to get this mentality to take more or for longer periods than necessary, so as to achieve some perceived level of slimness.

    I also think that going down that line of take-pills-but-no-exercise oftentimes mean that one always ends up dissatisfied, because the perceived “beauty state” cannot be achieved without exercise. The result is a frantic effort to take more drastic measures, until one ends up looking all skin-and-bones, and maybe even end up in some medical ward.

    I think it’s not good for anyone to be too slim/skinny, men and women alike. Nature intends for humans to have a healthy balance of muscle tone and fat. It’s all in the curves. For men, it’s the curves of the male musculature. For women, it’s the curves of the softer side.

    Too fat and one looks like a gelatinous mess. Too slim and one starts to resemble a stick insect. Neither looks attractive.

    It’s always good to put a mix of exercise – cardio to burn away excess fat and improve metabolic rate, and weights to trim and define the muscle. Losing the fat only exposes the muscle, which needs toning to look nice.

    I hope you’ll be careful, and take proper care. Don’t depend too much on the pills. You should sweat it out.

  2. ricE | June 3rd, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    Join me for a run on Sat 3 pm?

  3. walter | June 5th, 2009 at 8:34 am

    No kidding, you want to lose weight? I thought that you are as thin as a reed? 🙂

  4. pls sister | June 17th, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    Dear Author ……..pls go back to your studies…..lose weigh also wants the whole world to know ……..pure singaporean. And your blog sucks.

  5. pls pls sister | June 18th, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    Dear “pls sister” ….. u tok like u her blog shareholder or some other bloody crap …… this is her blog, not urs ….. so she can write whatever she wants.

    Since u tok like u got a big ‘F’ blog, why dun u even put ur blog URL when u leave ur dumb comments?

    u got personal problem also wants the whole world to know ….. another pure singaporean.

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