• Why isn’t my weight dropping?

    I believe that management consultant Peter Drucker once said that "you can't manage what you don't measure" and this is true of your results from a fitness or nutrition program.

    My team and I are pretty obsessive about tracking the results of our clients. And body weight is one of the items we track.

    It sometimes happens that an overweight client will have better fitting clothes, improved mood, concentration, energy, strength and fitness levels - without a drop in the weight on the scale.

    In fact, sometimes scale weight even goes up!

    "That's not why I joined a gym, I might as well eat roti prata and fried noodles like before!" is something they might be thinking.

    However keep in mind that your body is NOT a machine that we can have a very deterministic outcome with (i.e. one action = one guaranteed result). Neither do people usually get a linear outcome e.g. 1kg per week. Its more like 0, 0.5, 0, 2kg per week.... etc.

    Here are some reasons why your scale weight may not be dropping even

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  • Drinking sufficient fluids is one way to prevent blood in urine. (Thinkstock photo)Drinking sufficient fluids is one way to prevent blood in urine. (Thinkstock photo)

    It’s almost a natural response – when we see blood, we think something must be wrong. However, blood in urine, termed hematuria by doctors, isn’t always a cause for concern.

    “Blood in urine is one of the most common issues affecting both younger and older patients seen in the urology clinic,” says Dr Nor Azhari Bin Mohd Zam, a consultant with a special interest in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of renal stone disease at the Urology Centre of Singapore General Hospital (SGH), a member of the SingHealth group.

    “In the young, the most common causes are urinary stones or a urinary tract infection (UTI). In older patients, it is more likely to be bladder or kidney cancer, especially if the blood in the urine is painless and the patient has a history of smoking,” he adds.

    Related article: 50 per cent of women experience a UTI at least once in their lifetime. Here’s how to prevent it

    When blood in urine is not serious

    Certain medications including aspirin, heparin or warfarin (a

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  • People are basically good. Sometimes, due to circumstances or their own shortcomings or past karma, they get involved in activities that are considered bad.

    But, people are basically good at heart. And this has been proven once again in the wake of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 going missing.

    Everywhere I go, people are expressing sadness and sympathy for the families of those on the flight. They are praying for a miracle and they are praying for the families of the passengers to be given strength.

    The Social media are full of the hopes and prayers of ordinary people. On Facebook, I am seeing this constantly: #PrayForMH370. Some have changed their profile picture to a drawing or picture of a MAS aircraft with those words.

    Some profile pictures have the words: ”Please come back”.

    One posting says: “I’m working today but my heart, soul and thoughts are with those good souls onboard…”.

    Another goes like this: “Cannot sleep also, where is the MH370… god pls help…”

    One Facebook user wrote:

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  • Kirsten Han is a Singaporean blogger, journalist and filmmaker. She is also involved in the We Believe in Second Chances campaign for the abolishment of the death penalty. A social media junkie, she tweets at @kixes. The views expressed are her own.

    Over the years we’ve heard plenty about the need for more Singaporean couples to have children. What we’ve not heard more of, though, is about sex and the quality of sex that Singaporeans are having.

    It was this issue that a panel of three experts attempted to tackle Friday at a talk on emotional and sexual satisfaction. With 61 per cent of men and 57 per cent of women in Singapore agreeing that mutual sexual satisfaction is crucial for a successful relationship, remarkably little attention has been paid to such a topic.

    As the talk went on, it became evident that society’s reticence in talking about sex has fed into issues of sexual satisfaction and dysfunction. Sex has been made mysterious, and people are uncomfortable to approach the

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  • Here are today’s top trending stories in case you missed them.

    Singapore's megachurches move to export lucrative religion

    City Harvest and other Pentecostal megachurches in Singapore have perfected a "prosperity gospel" model.With a "prosperity gospel" that blends the spiritual and the material, City Harvest and other Pentecostal megachurches in Singapore have perfected a popular and lucrative model.

    Now they are working to export it to the world and turn Singapore into a hub for evangelical Christianity.

    "We want to preach the gospel to the ends of the earth," said Pastor Bobby Chaw, City Harvest's missions director.

    https://sg.news.yahoo.com/singapores-megachurches-move-export-lucrative-religion-062800781--sector.html

    Ukraine crisis a reminder small countries must defend themselves: PM Lee

    Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong made his first comments on the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.
    The ongoing crisis in Ukraine is a reminder that small countries must defend themselves and cannot rely solely on international treaties or the promises of others, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in his first comments on the escalating crisis.

    That’s why Singapore must always maintain a strong

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  • Ding! Otter: 1, Alligator: 0.

    There seems to be a real dinner war among animals lately, and in the latest “who-can-eat-who” event, it was otter vs. alligator. This one seems a little one sided, no?

    There’s no way this cute little cuddly otter has a chance against the alligator’s jaws o’death, right?

    Dead wrong.

    [ More Buzz: Russia Today anchor Liz Wahl quits her job on live TV ]

    Though the otter may not looks so fierce, he went head to head with this alligator, tail spinning.

    And wouldn’t you know it? This otter doesn’t mess around. The otter killed the alligator and made a meal out of him like nobody’s business!

    It happened at Florida’s Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge in De Leon Springs, Florida.

    Apparently, it is not unheard of for otters to go after predators of this nature.

    Maybe it’s their oh-so-adorable appearance that makes them seemingly harmless to other creatures. I mean, really, who’s going to be threatened by this little guy? It’s actually a pretty genius predatory

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  • Here are today’s top trending stories in case you missed them.
    Singapore police probe suspected suicide of digital currency exchange CEO

    Singapore police are investigating the apparent suicide of 28-year-old Amanda Radtke who ran a small exchange trading virtual currencies.

    Singapore police are investigating the apparent suicide of a 28-year-old American woman who ran a small exchange in the Asian city state trading virtual currencies.

    Autumn Radtke, chief executive of First Meta Pte Ltd, was found dead at her Singapore home on February 26. Police said they were investigating her "unnatural" death, and "preliminary investigations showed no foul play is suspected".

    Neighbours said they thought Radtke jumped to her death from a residential apartment complex.

    https://sg.news.yahoo.com/singapore-police-probe-suspected-suicide-digital-currency-exchange-063434116.html

    National Service could be shortened 'by a few weeks': Defence Minister Ng

    Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen said that the SAF is looking to hire more regulars to conduct full-time National Service training.

    The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) is looking to hire more regulars to conduct full-time National Service training, said Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen in Parliament on Thursday.

    This, in turn,

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  • Three passengers on board a Thai Airways plane travelling from Bangkok to Beijing last month got into the fight of their lives after an apparent argument over seats (video above, but subtitles are strictly tongue-in-cheek).

    The fist brawl between the three Mandarin-speaking passengers started when the woman launches into a punch against a man sitting behind her, who had reportedly asked her to straighten her seat. According to a YouTube comment by MissRen, this made the man behind her to feel “uncomfortable” and a war of words quickly spiraled into a vicious fisticuff, which soon also included the woman’s incensed male partner.

    Soon they started throw objects before throwing punches against one another, in full view of the shocked cabin. The fight was eventually broken up by fellow Chinese passengers sitting around them.

    “The argument became a little too heated for the guy on the left [of the video], and he had to be extracted from the plane by paramedics. He seemed to be fine,” said

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  • A protester holds up a placard during the Population White Paper protest last year. (Yahoo file photo)A protester holds up a placard during the Population White Paper protest last year. (Yahoo file photo)

    Sudhir Thomas Vadaketh is a writer. Together with Donald Low, associate dean for executive education and research at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Sudhir is the co-author of an upcoming book, Hard Choices: Challenging the Singapore Consensus, to be published by NUS Press in April 2014.

    Singapore needs to address its drastic wealth inequality in order to, among other things, reduce social tensions, improve social mobility and maintain its commitment to building a fair and just society.

    While there has been much discussion about income inequality in Singapore’s recent past, wealth inequality has garnered little attention. This is partly because of a paucity of official data. But a report on global wealth last year by Credit Suisse, an investment bank, suggests that Singapore has one of the biggest wealth disparities in the world.

    Why worry?

    In any capitalistic society, some inequality is desirable as the just rewards for differing effort, which incentivises people to work

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    NEA on ‘gutter oil’ scare: Waste oil from grease traps sent for biodiesel processing

    The National Environment Agency (NEA) clarified on Wednesday that cooking oil extracted from grease traps was in fact sent for processing into biodiesel.
    The National Environment Agency (NEA) clarified on Wednesday that cooking oil extracted from grease traps was in fact sent for processing into biodiesel.

    Witnesses reported seeing people extracting the oil from grease traps serving nearby eateries last month, sparking fear online that the oil was being re-used to cook food.

    Local discussion forums were abuzz with other “gutter oil” sightings in Singapore. In one photo, a man and a woman in civilian clothes were spotted extracting waste oil in Jurong West with the use of an oil drum and tubes. A passerby named Justin sent the video on local site STOMP, saying that he was concerned that the duo was drawing out gutter oil. “Who knows if they’ll use it as cooking oil," he was quoted as saying.

    https://sg.news.yahoo.com/nea-investigating--gutter-oil--health-scare-071626730.html

    COE prices end

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