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  1. Thanks all, Weird how people keep jumping to conclusions on this site! I asked what was your true costs, that would of given me I hoped a spread to work off to get a real average! OK, in cebu, my friends very very nice 2 bed apartment(gated) is 10k, his internet etc is 3k more and teaches off that no problem. So I was just looking for a few more examples... Health care was left blank as there are so many types and costs so again was asking for you personnal experiences not all the horror stories. Yes I can afford insurance, hence the question trying to get an average cost! Yes I have back up cash, no I am not rich witha big pension but I have a few million php as a back up. If I go live there today I would take 800,000php(not from my back up cash) as a start up to get my first rent paid, buy my set up needs, My online is doing great and can easily bring in $1500 a month although I might just do a $1000 depending on what my costs are like over the first year. NO I do not drink a lot or even often, just special occasions like a monday , tuesday, wednesday thursday and a friday(JOKING) very rarely drink! # I do not smoke I would not be hunting ladies of the night, not needed! I would have a wife(when I find one) a dog , a motorbike, a few chickens and possibly a business too. So come on guys, keep on the OP and give me your costs please so I can get a good Idea of an average!
  2. SO living in the Philippines, what are the true costs? apart from lifestyle choice what are the costs? As far as I can gather as foreigners we need;- Visas = 20k a year? Health care average ? does anyone have an average cost of an average insurance for a 55yr old? yes before u say I know that is hard to define, so just tell me what u pay a year please! D/L License and various other bits for the offcialdom 6k per year For me basics living costs IE rent, utilities, internet/tv = max 20k a month What am I missing if anything please!
  3. de·feat·ist dəˈfēdəst/ noun 1. a person who expects or is excessively ready to accept failure. I have not failed, I lost 50+kg now I need a different approach for the last 30kg!
  4. My attitude, you amaze me, you are the one labeling all fat people , you are the one saying you know best! I am sorry ur mate died but my best friend died on a motorbike, I still ride! As i said we are not all the same but u think ur way is the best and only way! So maybe it is ur own attitude that needs an adjustment, Me I am not so arrogant, I think we are individual and need different things and different ways, not one size fits all!
  5. No rant just hate ignorant people, and yes I have been tested and refused the operation as I wished to continue my fight and diet and exercise!
  6. Off-switch for overeating and obesity found in the brain Deleting the enzyme from mice doubled the food they ate, tripled their body fat. Being overweight or obese usually isn’t really about the body – it’s about the brain. Overeating and compulsive eating are often about how the brain resorts back to ancient eating habits that are no longer relevant in today’s food-rich world. A new study now confirms that the brain circuits responsible for overeating are quite distinct from those that govern normal eating. And understanding where one network begins and the other ends may lead to targeted drugs or non-invasive therapies that will be able to stop food craving in the brain almost before it begins. The problem in overeating is that our brains are still set up to do something they evolved to do eons ago: Crave food like crazy and gobble it up as a matter of survival during times of scarcity. Even though food is no longer scarce in the U.S. – in fact, it’s everywhere we look – we still behave as if we had to eat everything in sight to stay alive. And that overeating behavior isn’t going anywhere any time soon: As study author Kay Tye, researcher at MIT, says, “we haven't yet adapted to this new environment where there is an overabundance of sugar everywhere we look, and we probably never will, at least not with natural selection alone.”
  7. The Atkins diet is denounced by a leading scientist as a huge health risk. The diet, followed by stars such as Jennifer Aniston, was singled out as the worst. Atkins Facts - Atkins "Nightmare" Diet www.atkinsexposed.org/ You are placing your body in jeopardy." He continued "Although you can lose weight on these nutritionally unsound diets, you do so at the risk of your health Yep every one else is wrong, the list of medical professionals denouncing this diet is endless, yet you know better. How sad to label all fat people the way you do!
  8. Why Dieting Is Harmful To Your Health Eric C. Stevens Coach Martial Arts, Sport Psychology, Boxing Fad diets come and go, but The Atkins Diet -- a high-protein, low-carbohydrate weight-loss plan --seems never to go away, no matter how many medical professionals denounce it.
  9. Yep my sister was treated by people like you Lee, arrogant to the end, she was told her weight gain and fluctuations were her eating. after a few years she was placed into Worcestershire hospital under Dr Apollo a leading specialist where her food was monitored by the hospital and she was in a secure room! we were searched before entering and leaving. This was under trial conditions as it she was the first to be considered for this pioneering operation. Funnily enough they soon changed their attitude and stopped calling her a liar as true to form her weight fluctuated and she gained even under strict controls. The operation was only partly successful and her weight did stabilize after that but the side effects were horrendous! You see not all can be explained by you! not all are closet eaters or liars! Oh and one post for the Atkins, there are thousands against it from many specialists saying just how bad it is! As you ay you believe what you like, but narrow minded comes to mind!
  10. If as you say "for most it would work" that is your advice, then why are so many people in so much trouble! it is now known that obesity is widely caused by the crap foods we are sold today! the lies and crap the manufacturers tell and the crap they use to grow enough to feed the ever growing population! Weight and obesity are not a straightforward as you seem to think! Again because u find it easy and something works for you it does not mean it is good for everyone!
  11. Diets are no longer recommended by the mainstream medical fraternity, healthy eating is! I eat healthily and exercise regularly. Yes many people cheat and lie, I do not as it would only be hurting myself. To direct such a comment to anyone is not helpful or true, will power is not all you need! Have you also seen that now they understand some people have no "full" button in their brain! this has been proven, not an excuse or fad scientifically proven! that is why a few people every year eat them selves to death! Death is not the only outcome of something that is bad for you! many options like failure of some organs and a life of pain, and some have zero effects, but to deny Atkins is bad for you is simply against 90% of the medical advice available!
  12. Atkins "Nightmare" Diet When Dr. Atkins Diet Revolution was first published, the President of the American College of Nutrition said, "Of all the bizarre diets that have been proposed in the last 50 years, this is the most dangerous to the public if followed for any length of time."[1] When the chief health officer for the State of Maryland,[2] was asked "What's wrong with the Atkins Diet?" He replied "What's wrong with... taking an overdose of sleeping pills? You are placing your body in jeopardy." He continued "Although you can lose weight on these nutritionally unsound diets, you do so at the risk of your health and even your life."[3] The Chair of Harvard's nutrition department went on record before a 1973 U.S. Senate Select Committee investigating fad diets: "The Atkins Diet is nonsense... Any book that recommends unlimited amounts of meat, butter, and eggs, as this one does, in my opinion is dangerous. The author who makes the suggestion is guilty of malpractice."[4] The Chair of the American Medical Association's Council on Food and Nutrition testified before the Senate Subcommittee as to why the AMA felt they had to formally publish an official condemnation of the Atkins Diet: "A careful scientific appraisal was carried out by several council and staff members, aided by outside consultants. It became apparent that the [Atkins] diet as recommended poses a serious threat to health."[5] The warnings from medical authorities continue to this day. "People need to wake up to the reality," former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop writes, that the Atkins Diet is "unhealthy and can be dangerous."[6]
  13. Ok, firstly let me say thanks for all the replies, maybe not on track but thanks anyway! Secondly Diets do not work! . "As weight loss programs, diets don't work! Yes, you lose weight, but about 95% of people who lose weight by dieting will regain it in 1-5 years. ... Moreover, the deprivation of restrictive diets may lead to a diet-overeat or diet-binge cycle" This is now mainstream in science and medical fields. Diets rarely work and they have even found the issue in the brain and are cirrently working on that! Now for assuming you know me and my background! The most offensive thing on here has two parts! Part 1 Lee telling me to "get some will power" Wow do you know me? or do u think all fat people are lazy and eat way too much? I have an abundance of will power I also workout 4-5 times a week, can lift 125 kg 4 sets of ten and do 20 mins on the treadmill, that is all my leg allows me to do! I will not go into the bike riding/swimming or walking I do! oh and 3 years of Muay thai as well as gym and bike riding! I was 200kg after contracting meningitis and suffice to say that was no fun for many years and nearly cost me my life many times, the medication for the next 5 years made me what I am today, FAT! I have fought back to at my best 112kg and a norm of 125kg. Atkins is now understood to be dangerous! did you not know and I was probably on it before you! As with pretty much all diets. I currently juice and lost an initial 10kg, since then no weight loss at all! So I have tried and stuck to them all without success! I drink hot lemon water every morning, and make pure fruit smoothies when hungry. I eat only white meat mainly chicken, no skin no fat no rice no bread! no milk no cheese no potatoes! Apart from an odd occasion this is my food intake, I am very careful! Do I eat a pizza, christ yes, every week, NO every month NO maybe twice a year at most! Two people in my family I am one of them have a medical condition which causes us to carry weight and fluctuate anything from 1kg to 10 kg in a week! My sister had a pioneer operation which was partly successful, I refused it after seeing her go through it for a very limited result. Lee would you tell an anorexic to get some will power and just eat more? do you have no understanding of the illness that obesity and anorexia are? Part two.... Research! How stupid do you think I am? would anyone undertake any surgery without researching it? I have monitored this surgery for the last 5 years, whilst attempting to do everything in my power to lose the last 30kg! even hiring a food specialist and having a personal muay thai trainer! for 3 years! The food restrictions after a band is not much worse than I impose on myself daily now but the assistance of a band will in all probability help me to lose weight! My original post was answered kindly by Shadow who stayed on topic, this was not a request for advice on the procedure just a request to find a doctor to do it! whilst your concerns are greatly appreciated and for the most part from the heart some of you really need to be more careful about your intentions and words! Please stop judging others especially those you know nothing of! EG I gave up smoking 15 years or so ago, easy no problem! I am not so arrogant as to think it is easy for everyone just because it was for me, infact I know the opposite to be true! .
  14. Thanks Shadow
  15. Saw something on this but cannot find it again, also read one thread but could not see the hospital name. Looking into a possible gastric band in Cebu or nearest to cebu, anyone have any info for me please?