Throughout her fitness journey, one thing Melissa Ricks learned was the importance of food intake.
At the Happy New You with Watsons event held yesterday, January 17, the mother of one told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal), “It’s actually all in the diet talaga, the food you eat.
“If you don’t do the diet, it’s not going to work.”
She went on recounting how she used to work out in a gym for four hours, and resort to stress eating each time someone callously tells her, “Ang taba mo.”
The actress/blogger said, “I was stress eating. The more people told me I was mataba, the more I ate.
“Di ba yung iba, pag sasabihan sila ng, ‘mataba ka,’ magpapapayat? Ako, hindi ganun.
“Kasi in fairness to me rin, I have been exercising.”
However, “I realized, I have been overeating every day.”
A consultation with a nutritionist at Marie France, a slimming center who recently became her “slimming partner,” made her relearn what she knew about diet.
“Actually, you don’t have to kill yourself with vegetables and yucky or walang lasa food.
“You don’t have to starve yourself either.”
The key is the size of what you eat.
She underlined, “You just eat the right proportions.
“Yung steak mo, dapat, it’s just the size of your palm.
“If you eat pasta, ganito lang dapat, smaller than your palm [or your fist].
“If you eat chicken, tatlong piraso lang na hiwa.
“You can have your ice cream, pero huwag namang gallon or pint.
“So that’s the important thing, yung proportion ng food.
"Eat in portions din.”
When asked the number of her meals a day, she answered, “I eat six times a day, yung dalawa, snacks.”
Here’s another tip: “You eat on time.”
She continued, “Kapag ginugutom mo yung body mo, naiistorbo siya kasi nasa-shock siya.
“What happens is tinatago niya lahat ng taba pag nagutom ka.”
Melissa also briefly talked about having a balanced diet.
“Every meal should have vegetables, should have protein, and should have rice. Should have grains. Basta, it should be complete.
“And, of course, you follow as much as possible the food pyramid where you have more veggies than carbs.”
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Are planned meals effective?
“Yes. But I take what I must from those planned meals, and then I add what I have to add.”
Isn’t it expensive?
“Yes. It’s kind of pricey, pero I think it’s worth it.
“I mean it’s your health naman, di ba. Kesa magkasakit ka.
“Kasi right now, with my weight, nahihirapan akong huminga, nahihingal. Natatakot na ako sa mga bali-balita na biglang namamatay. Yung iba, ang bata.
“Kaya I really want to be healthy. It’s for my daughter Kiera also.
“So it’s a good investment. Yun na lang iisipin mo.”
With regard to her workout, she allots at least 40 minutes per day.
“I recently bought a book about the exercises you can do at home, and even sa mall.
“You can just do walking. Although sa akin, sa bahay na lang, napapagastos ako, e, pag sa mall.”
How close is she in achieving her goal?
“Ay naku, last week, ‘Ayoko na, hirap na hirap na ako.’ Nag-gain kasi ako ng four pounds nung Christmas. Hindi mo maiiwasan, di ba.”
But it’s a bonus to have social media followers who encourage her.
“Ang daming moms na nagdi-DM [direct message] sa akin, nag-i-email sa akin, sobrang natutuwa ako kasi huwag ko daw itigil kasi they’re very inspired, and parang lalo rin silang sumisipag.
“Kasi I told them, I gave up so many times.
“And then they said, ‘Keep going, keep going. Kasi kami din…Kung kaya mo, kaya rin namin,’ gumaganun sila.
“So naaliw ako."
She did not elaborate on her slimming treatment, but "so far, so good."
The former actress added, “I’m happy with it. Sobrang okay siya because it melts the fats, and then it also firms up the body.
"That's important to me because I had a baby, and I have stretchmarks everywhere.”
Another reason she's happy is because her “brand new Melissa” project has landed her an endorsement.
Smiling, she said, “Sobrang happy ako na they got me. Basta, abangan niyo na lang.”