Fitness Friday: Why Skipping Meals Won’t Help You Lose Weight

We’ve all heard the extremely dangerous (and incorrect) myth that in order to lose weight, you need to eat less or, to put it bluntly, starve yourself. Sure, it might be a temporary fix for the weekend and you’ll squeeze into that little black dress or teeny bikini with confidence, but honestly, is it worth it? I am all too familiar with that quick week-long “diet” before a weekend in Vegas or a vacation and I know many young women that have the same mentality. You “eat healthy” but barely exercise and once the weekend hits, it’s all about binge-drinking and late night fast food runs. Been there, done that. But boy has my body suffered the consequences of that lifestyle over the years. It wasn’t until I started feeling uncomfortable in my clothes that I decided to change my lifestyle and make healthier decisions.

Starving yourself may give you temporary satisfaction, but in the long run, it doesn’t work. Other than torturing yourself by avoiding delicious food, do you know what else is happening to your body? I can tell you right now that eating less will not help you lose weight and your body’s reaction won’t be pleasant.

 


 

1. Blood-sugar levels plunge.
Not in a good way. According to Maggie Moon, a nutritionist from Los Angeles, “sugar is the fuel your body runs on and if it’s not circulating in the right amounts, every organ in your body is affected.” What does that mean for you? You’ll feel tired and won’t function normally.

 


 

2. Slower metabolism.
A faster metabolism helps digest food quicker. Yes, some people are naturally blessed with this. But if you skip meals and don’t intake enough calories, you’re tricking your body into thinking it’s starving and it will try to preserve as much energy as possible. By putting your body into starvation mode, your metabolism will slow and it won’t burn off the food as efficiently. You will probably end up storing unwanted calories that you wanted gone in the first place.

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Courtesy of thehealthyhabitat.com

 


 

3. Mushy brain.
Okay, not literally, but if you don’t eat, your body has zero nutrients to absorb and without proper nutrients, Moon says “your intellectual and emotional functioning changes.” Imagine PMSing when you’re not on your period. You’ll have mood swings and become irritable. I’m sure no one would want to experience that more than once a month.

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Courtesy of cosmeticmonster.com.

 


 

Moral of the story? Starving your body is not the answer! If you want to lose weight and keep that weight off, it’s about changing your lifestyle and making healthier choices. Never exercised? Start taking walks or hikes with some friends, or sign up for a fun Zumba class. Still craving a pizza? Choose a thin crust and pick lots of vegetables for your toppings. It’s a process and a journey, but your body will thank you later. If you need help getting started or getting motivated, we got you covered on that, too!

 

Top Stories of the Week: More Asian Men, Less Asian Glow

1) You Will See More Asian Guys on TV Soon [READ HERE]

 

 

 

 

 

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2) Drink Up! BEFORE ELIXIR Soothes Your Asian Glow Woes [READ HERE]

 

 

 

 

 

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3) The Fung Bros Tell Us Why There Aren’t More Asians In Hollywood [READ HERE]

 

 

 

 

 

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4) [Video] Audrey Magazine Interviews Daniel Henney & Ryan Potter + Bloopers [READ HERE]

 

 

 

 

 

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5) We Finally Know the Identity of Katy Perry’s Famous Left Shark [READ HERE]

 

 

 

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Cost Efficient Robots Will Run A Japanese Hotel

When I think of robots, the word “helpful” doesn’t exactly come to mind. Sure, they could be developed to take on simple tasks like vacuum your home, but that’s about as comfortable as I get with robots. Maybe Hollywood is to blame for my negative viewpoint, but I when I think of robots, I picture man-made machines that could possibly malfunction and cause problems rather than solve them. Lucky for me, other than simple household items or toys, I haven’t seen or experienced significant robotic interactions in the United States. However, the same can’t be said for Japan where there is continuing development and use of robots. This summer, the Henn-na Hotel in Nagasaki, will open its doors and guests will experience an ideally normal, pleasant hotel stay. The only difference? The hotel will be predominantly run by advanced robots. Hui Bosch According to mnn.com, guests will probably have no interaction with human hotel workers. These robots, or “actroids” will speak Japanese, Chinese, Korean and English. Although this high-tech and high end hotel will have 90% of its operations run by robots, there will still be humans present should malfunctions in the system occur. So why use robots when people would have to stand by anyway? It is cost efficient. Unlike human workers, robots have no salary, no sick days, no need for health insurance, etc. Ultimately, no humans, no human concerns for the company. Technology is constantly changing in our fast-paced world and yes, technology is an essential tool for us today. Economically, I understand the Henn-na’s decision to use robots. However, doesn’t that take away from the human experience of being warmly welcomed as a guest? Wouldn’t you want an actual pleasant greeting into the hotel and the front desk telling you their opinions on what restaurants to try or what recommended attractions are close by? Lastly, can we say we trust those people that are running and controlling these robots? Call me old-fashioned but I would rather interact with people than robots. What are your thoughts?

 

All photos courtesy of Huis Ten Bosch.

 

 

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Comedian Jenny Yang’s “Ask an Asian” Series Takes On Ignorant Questions

Here at Audrey Magazine, we’re big fans of Jenny Yang. So when we heard that she was starting a webseries with Buzzfeed, we were more than a little delighted. We were less amused when we saw how the public reacted. Last month, BuzzFeed Video took to Facebook and wrote, “Please reply in the comments with questions you have for Asians-Americans.” Needless to say, you wouldn’t believe the amount of racism, stupidity and ignorance that went into some of the questions asked. We expected to end up rolling our eyes a bit, but seemed as if people were being extra creative with their racism and ignorance. This is why we are especially glad that Jenny Yang is confronting these questions head on and responding with wit and humor. So far, there are two “Ask An Asian” videos up. The first, titled simply “Ask An Asian,” tackles 11 questions out of over 7000 submitted. It’s the “Ask An Asian About Food” video where things start to get hilariously bizarre with questions about chopsticks and whether or not Asians can eat peanut butter. We hope with the popularity of Buzzfeed and YouTube, everyone out there will learn a thing or two. Judging by most of the 7000 questions that were asked, some people certainly need to. We’re definitely glad it’s Jenny Yang who is dropping the knowledge. Check out the two videos below:

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[Video] What Do Sheep Think of the Lunar New Year?

Happy Lunar New Year everyone! This year is none other than the Year of the Sheep. Or maybe it’s the goat or the ram– that seems to be up for debate. Nevertheless, Asian American YouTube channel ISATV decided to go to a sheep farm and ask the sheep what they felt about Lunar New Year. After all, it is their year, right?

However, the sheep proved to be less than cooperative for investigate reporter/rapper DANakaDAN. Mostly, the sheep preferred running out in herds together and baah-ing. Halfway through, DANakaDAN brought on Leenda Dong to conduct the sheep interviews in Vietnamese. This was also not successful.

Watch the video below for some more human/sheep cross-cultural confusion. And have a Happy Lunar New Year from all of us at Audrey!

 

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[Video] Audrey Magazine Interviews Daniel Henney & Ryan Potter + Bloopers

 

The release of Disney’s Big Hero 6 on Blu-ray and DVD is less than a week away. Naturally, this seemed like the perfect time to reconnect with two of the film’s key voice actors, Ryan Potter and Daniel Henney.

…Who are we kidding? Any time is a good time to talk to Ryan Potter and Daniel Henney.

Potter voices Hiro Hamada, the main character of the film who leads the group of young superheroes that make up Big Hero 6. You may recognize Potter from Nickelodeon’s Supah Ninjas, where he proved that he doesn’t even need Hiro’s super suit to beat up villains in real life– he’s well-trained in martial arts. Daniel Henney lends his voice to Hiro’s older brother, Tadashi, who created the beloved Baymax. You probably recognize Henney as Agent Zero from X-Men Origins: Wolverine or as one of Audrey’s SHAGs (Smoking Hot Asian Guys) not one, not two, but three times.

When we last spoke to Ryan Potter and Daniel Henney together, the two admitted that they hadn’t actually met each other until after the film was complete. Well it seems like the months of promoting the film together have certainly made the two much closer. We were lucky enough to get the chance the interview Potter and Henney earlier this month. Needless to say, they showed off that brotherly bond and even tried to prank us. Check out the interview below and make sure you watch until the end for the adorable bloopers.

 

 

Don’t forget to watch our Valentine’s Day interview with Baymax and our interview with the directors of Big Hero 6, Don Hall and Chris Williams.

If you missed Big Hero 6 in theaters, you’re in luck. The Digital HD/Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA) is already available. The Blu-ray Combo Pack, Digital SD, DVD and On-Demand will be available on February 24, 2015. Bonus features include deleted scenes and even the adorable short which opened for Big Hero 6 in theaters, Feast.

Be on the look out for updates on Big Hero 6‘s social media:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/DisneyBigHero6
Twitter: https://twitter.com/disneysbighero6
Website: http://movies.disney.com/big-hero-6/
DMA App: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/disney-movies-anywhere-watch

 

 

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Jpop Group Momoiro Clover Z Continues Japan’s Trend of Blackface

Last week, popular Japanese idol group Momoiro Clover Z tweeted out the picture above to promote their upcoming collaboration performance on Music Fair with the doo-wop group Rats & Star. You can guess what happened next, right? The photo was deleted from twitter, Momoiro Clover Z’s management released an “I’m sorry you were offended” apology and Music Fair cancelled the blackface performance.

Unfortunately, none of these things happened.

The tweet is still up, no apology has been released as of this date and the blackface performance is still set to air on Music Fair on March 7th. Instead, the backlash Momoiro Clover Z has been facing has mostly been coming from the online, non-Japanese media. After the image was first posted, tweets from New York Times reporter Hiroko Tabuchi and Wired writer Daniel Feit caught the attention of 2ch, a popular Japanese online messaging forum not known for it’s cultural sensitivity and tact. While the 2ch reactions were a mixed bag as usual, lots of commenters could see how this was unacceptable. “Even in the 21st century, it looks there’s a backwards group of people doing a minstrel show,” wrote one 2ch commenter.

Therefore, it’s not such a surprise that Momoiro Clover Z cancelled a screening and press conference of their movie The Curtain Rises with the  Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan (FCCJ) scheduled for February 23rd. No mention of the blackface incident was made in the email, which raises suspicions. While it’s clear here that someone in Momoiro Clover Z’s management realizes that the blackface incident is not a good thing, we can’t help but be suspicious that this cancellation was a tactical move from their management to try to wait out the blacklash storm in hopes that it will go away. After all, Japanese entertainment has had a long history of blackface without any ruckus. Why should things be different this time?

Blackface has been a recurring thing in modern Japanese entertainment, particularly for comedic variety shows. And not once has there ever been any acknowledgement of wrongdoing. Essentially, Japanese entertainers have always been able to get away with blackface without any damage to their careers whatsoever. Let’s look back at some of these incidents, starting with Momoiro Clover Z’s blackface partner-in-crime, Rats & Stars.

Rats & Star is a Japanese doo-wop group that has been parading around as a blackface minstrel show since 1980. Their group name is a palindrome, reading the same forwards and backwards, and symbolizes “rats” raised in the less affluent parts of town that could, by singing doo-wop music, reverse their fortunes and collectively become a “star.” Ever since 1980, Rats & Star has been releasing album covers and making television appearances where they have dressed up in blackface.

This group has doing blackface for over thirty years and getting away with it. You’d think the younger generation would have learned that blackface, just like yellowface or brownface, is a dehumanizing, degrading and racist caricature of a group of people who have suffered because of racism and is therefore unacceptable.

Except, they haven’t. Here are five recent incidents of blackface in Japanese entertainment.

 


 

1. Popular boyband group ARASHI did this blackface impersonation on a variety show. Despite this blackface incident, they still remain one of the top Japanese boyband groups today.

 


 

2. Here’s Sayaka Akimoto, a former member of AKB48, doing a Michael Jackson impersonation. Akimoto “graduated” from AKB48 years later, out of her own volition and not because of this incident.

 


 

3. Japanese “urban” singer Jasmine made her debut with “Sad to Say” in 2009. On the back of the single cover was blackface. Her second album was released in 2013.

 


 

4. Chara, a popular 90’s singer who still releases music to this day, had this image on the back of her fourth album Happy Toy.

 


 

5. This variety show performance in 2010 had half black/half Japanese enka singer JERO performing with a comedian in blackface. Yes, some entertainers in Japan have the nerve to do blackface in front of a black person’s face.

 


 

So yes, there is a serious problem about blackface in Japan that is worth discussing. It’s 2015. Blackface with no repercussion is unacceptable.

While the Momoiro Clover Z and Rats & Star blackface performance is a terrible thing overall, we feel the slightest sliver of hope at the steadily growing blacklash. This is the first time that blackface has caused any sort of response from the perpetrator. We can only hope that the backlash will grow louder. After all, Momoiro Clover Z’s and Rats & Star’s blackface performance is still scheduled to air on March 7th in Music Fair. Isn’t it time to put a stop to this?

 

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Artists Creates Blueprints of A Miyazaki Theme Park

 

If Hello Kitty can have her own amusement park, then it wouldn’t be too much to ask for a Hayao Miyazaki theme park, right?

With about 26 animations under his belt, Miyazaki has been countlessly recognized and praised for his animation style. Sure, there’s the Ghibli Museum in Tokyo which Miyazaki had a hand in designing, but why not continue to expand it?

Japanese artist TAKUMI (@takumitoxin) melded together the different worlds of Miyazaki’s films including My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, Howl’s Moving Castle and others to create “Ghibli Land” (modeled after Tokyo’s Disneyland). Imagine how fun it would be to venture into Totoro’s treehouse, to step inside Howl’s magical castle, or even to watch the little kodamas’ heads tick and rattle right before your eyes.

As much as I hope that Ghibli Land will manifest and become a reality, my wishes will remain unanswered for now. But hey, a girl can dream.

Below you can see the map’s before and after designs:

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[Video] SPAM Taste Test: Adults vs. Children

I don’t know about you, but coming from a Filipino household, I grew up with cans of Spam lining the food cupboard. It’s certainly not the healthiest of dishes, but you can bet that it got me out of bed excited for breakfast.

So what is Spam? Introduced in 1937, Spam is canned precooked meat. Although the origin of the name is still a mystery, many assume Spam means “spiced ham.” During WWII, Spam became a big part of the U.S. soldier’s diet because it was far too difficult to bring fresh meat to the soldiers. As a result, during the WWII occupation, Spam was introduced into Guam, Hawaii, Okinawa, the Philippines and other islands in the Pacific. Since Spam was affordable, accessible and had a long shelf life, it quickly became part of the native diets.

To this day, Spam is a popular food item in many parts of Asia. Even Hawaii incorporates Spam in a number of dishes such as the popular Spam musubi. But aside from Hawaii, the majority of the U.S. seems to have a negative impression of Spam. People seem to either think it’s “cheap” meat or they simply don’t know what Spam is altogether. That may explain all the confused looks in the following videos.

Recently Buzzfeed and REACT both decided to release Spam taste test videos. The difference between the two? Buzzfeed had adults try out Spam while REACT had kids try it out. Who likes it more? Who gets grossed out? Find out below:

I know what you’re thinking. Why didn’t they cook the meat first? Sure, Spam is precooked meat, but it’s safe to say most of us throw it on a pan before eating it. In fact, many angry comments claim that the results of the videos would be drastically different had they cooked the meat first.

We’ll never know if that’s the case, but we do know that the reactions were generally the same in both videos. It seems you will either love Spam or hate it. If you’re one of the people who gets grossed out by the canned meat, maybe these Asian dishes will change your mind:

 

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You Will See More Asian Guys on TV Soon

Right now in Hollywood, it’s pilot casting season and (much to our delight) a lot of Asian American male actors are making headlines. Could this be the turn of the tide? Can we finally turn on the TV and regularly see Asian characters? We’ll have to wait and see. Although a number of shows have released information about their pilot, we will all have to wait until May for broadcast network channels to decide which shows to pick up and put on television. Needless to say, we have our fingers crossed for the shows which can bring forward Asian faces.

Apart from Daniel Wu’s Badlands, which has already been ordered directly to series by AMC, it is possible that none of the other pilots mentioned below will be picked up, but the rise in Asian American male actors being casted definitely gives us hope. Furthermore, they are being cast in roles that are substantial supporting roles or even leads. After all, it’s not just visibility that matters, but also the quality of representation.

Hopefully, we will hear about more pilot castings for talented Asian American actors in the upcoming months. For now, it’s heartening to see strides being made.

 


 

1. Daniel Wu

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Image courtesy of LA TF

First up, there’s Hong Kong star Daniel Wu with his martial arts show Badlands, which cable network AMC has already ordered direct to series. Based very loosely on the Chinese tale Journey to the West, Wu stars as a “ruthless, well-trained warrior named Sunny” who goes on a journey with a young boy to find enlightenment. Wu will also serve as executive producer on Badlands. Only limited information about the series has been released, but we are definitely going to check it out once it airs on AMC.

 


 

2. Ken Jeong

Image courtesy of Korea Times

Image courtesy of Korea Times

Before Ken Jeong popped out of a trunk in The Hangover series, he was a practicing doctor by day at Kaiser Permanente and an aspiring comedian at night. Now ABC has greenlit his comedy pilot Dr. Ken, which Jeong is set to star, write and executive produce. According to Variety, Jeong will “play a frustrated HMO doctor juggling his career, marriage and parenting, but succeeding at none of them.” If this gets picked up, perhaps ABC could form a one hour Asian American comedy block with Dr. Ken and Fresh off the Boat?

 


 

3. Brian Tee

Image courtesy of Zimbio

Image courtesy of Zimbio

Brian Tee has been in a lot of movies and TV shows such as The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, The Wolverine and the upcoming Jurrasic World movie. Now, he has been cast for the NBC pilot Love is the Four Letter Word, created by a fellow Asian American writer Diana Son. According to Deadline, Love is the Four Letter Word “chronicles the collision of race, sexuality and gender roles when three diverse couples put modern marriage to the test. Tee plays Adam, half of one of the three couples, a big, handsome man who is currently dating Sarah, a fellow attorney who shares his taste for sexual adventure, including three-ways with beautiful women.” Asian Americans in lead roles in front of and behind the camera? Plus an Asian American male character who shatters the emasculated, subservient Asian male stereotype? We are swooning already.

 


 

4. Daniel Henney

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It’s no secret that Daniel Henney is an Audrey favorite, so we are thrilled to hear that Henney has been cast in a Criminal Minds spinoff. According to Deadline, “the proposed spinoff follows FBI agents helping American citizens who find themselves in trouble abroad, with Gary Sinise playing their boss, Jack Garrett. Henney will play charming family man Matt Simmons, an army brat who grew up abroad and really embraces the opportunity to explore different cultures. But first and foremost, he is the kind of guy you would follow into battle, and his split second profiling skills honed on the battlefield make him a crucial part of the team.” Henney joins an illustrious cast that includes Tyler James Williams and Emmy-award winner Anna Gunn.

 


 

5. Albert Tsai

Image courtesy of Albert Tsai's Official Twitter Account

Image courtesy of Albert Tsai’s Official Twitter Account

For those of you who didn’t see ABC’s shortlived critical darling Trophy Wife, Albert Tsai played the breakout character Bert, who was considered by many to be the best part of a very good show. Although the show was cancelled after one season, Albert Tsai is moving on and has been cast as Ken Jeong’s son in the Dr. Ken pilot. Another Asian American family on an ABC sitcom? Just maybe. Is it too early to start the petition for the Fresh off the Boat/Dr. Ken crossover? Probably not.