Saigon Fat Loss Experts - Manage Hunger for Effortless Fat Loss

Manage Hunger for Effortless Fat Loss

When people generally attempt to loss fat they follow the mantra of “eat less and exercise more” but do this in a way that makes them not feel good: always feel hungry, have low energy, experience mood swings, develop cravings, etc. These feelings are why 90% of people fail to achieve or maintain the results they desire. However, we can manipulate certain hormones, so that you don’t have to suffer when attempting to lose body fat and become healthier.

Hunger Hormones

Hormones don’t exist in a vacuum. No single hormone can be classified as good or bad. Instead, hormone levels are constantly in flux, influencing each other as well as impacting different systems in the body. It’s when there is too much or too little of a hormone that problems can arise or when nutrients and chemicals in our diet and environment disrupt the auto-regulatory system of the body.


I want to introduce two hormones that can directly affect your fat loss and muscle gain efforts. The first is Leptin. Leptin is an extremely important hormone in relation to fat loss/weight gain. Leptin is a ‘hunger hormone’… it’s job is to basically tell your brain that you are full and satisfied when eating. However, this process can be interrupted causing leptin resistance where your body no longer listens to leptin’s message resulting in overeating or not feeling full/satisfied. Stress, sleep deprivation, high calorie foods and fructose can turn your leptin response off allowing you to over eat.

Exercise and proper fat loss nutrition have the opposite effect. This is why most people can’t simply “eat less” to loose weight… they always feel hungry or their satiety level does not last long (feel the need to eat again shortly after a meal). Encouraging a good Leptin response can make fat loss feel effortless.


Ghrelin is considered the counterpart to the hormone leptin. Think of Ghrelin as your go hormone… it should naturally increase before meals (sending hunger signals to the brain) and likewise decrease after meals helping with satiety levels. The very interesting thing about dieting is that it directly affects ghrelin function.

Research has shown that Ghrelin levels rise immediately with calorie-restricted diets for weight loss. Successfully lean people do not “diet” they “eat for fat loss”, which creates an optimal hormonal profile for long-term success. A simple fact is the more a person restricts calories, the hungrier they get! It is almost as if semi-starvation triggers gherlin to increase. The study concluded that this might be part of the reason that individuals regain weight lost, and then some, by calorie restrictive dieting.

The level of ghrelin within the body is highly dictated by the nutritional status and hydration levels of the individual. In other words, ghrelin also regulates water and fluid intake, so if you drink a glass of water when you are hungry, ghrelin signals can be satisfied and subside the feelings of hunger for a while. This provides a simple way to control your hunger. Research suggests that one 250ml glass of water before every meal decreases the amount you will eat by at least 8 ounces and suppresses ghrelin for longer after the meal”.

To lose weight without feeling terrible and constantly hungry you need to effectively manipulate the brain’s hunger signals. Therefore, to optimise these two fat loss hormones and achieve long-term fat loss you need to reduce stress, get quality sleep, eat low GI nutrient dense foods, limit fructose and stop calorie restrictive dieting. If you do these actions you will feel great and effortlessly lose weight.


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Clean Eating - Saigon Salmon Wrap

Gluten Free low GI Saigon Salmon Wrap

 Want to have a delicious wrap without the gluten or high GI index? Try this recipe for an awesome alternative.

Clean Eating

Wraps are easy, super convenient and a delicious option for any meal. We love our meals as green as possible and as full of nutrients as possible! Here is our ‘wrap’ on a healthy, gluten free, low GI, super nutritious  rolled meal   🙂

Wrap Ingredients:

  • 2cups fresh baby spinach ( organic store , d2)
  • 1cup fresh coriander/chives
  • 3 eggs
  • Seperated 1/3 pound light cream cheese
  • Grated zest & juice of one 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 pound smoked salmon
  • Salt & pepper 1tbsp.
  • flax meal 1tbsp.
  • Chia seeds 2-3tbsp.
  • Coconut oil


  1. Preheat oven to 350F/ 175C
  2. Place spinach, egg yolks, coriander, salt and pepper into a food processor.
  3. Pulse to a smooth paste
  4. Whisk egg whites until they hold soft peaks then fold into the coriander spinach mixture
  5. Add the chia seeds & flex meal to the mix texture
  6. spread this mixture on a baking tray lines with buttered parchments & bake for 15min or until set
  7. Turn baked roulade out into another sheet of parchment and leave to cool
    Another option would be to do those wraps in a nonstick pan. One by one
  8. For the feeling combine cream cheese, lemon zest & juice
  9. Season with salt & pepper to taste
  10. I even put the beetroot juice in the cream cheese or turmeric into the cream cheese. Just play with it. Another option for the cream cheese would be mashed avocados (even better & super delicious too)
  11. Spread the filling evenly over the spinach, leaving a side border of 1cm. Cover the filling with the salmon slices. Roll it up. Twist the ends the secure.

Bon Appetite & feel free to share photos and the experience of your first try on our Facebook page:  It would be great to hear from you and be able to share feedback.

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Healthy Traditional Vietnamese Food - Goi Ga

Healthy Vietnamese Food - Goi Ga

Looking for a QUICK & HEALTHY lunch or dinner?! Then you can’t go past this awesome vietnamese chicken salad…

To be as healthy as possible and achieve a lean and toned body you need to have a nutrient based diet.

Most people have a cultural based diet – eating foods pushed by food industry advertising or historical situations without any real thought to what effect the nutrients have on the internal system. For example in the ‘West’ food industry developed and pushed the consumption of cereals, pop tarts and sweets as snacks. Asia has more historical roots of pork and rice, baguette with eggs (french influence) for breakfast. This eating culture just becomes the accepted.. Whether it´s the best for us or not.

Is your food giving you the nutrients to thrive?
Is your food going to provide you with sustained energy throughout the day?
Is your food the best to help your body drop fat and look amazing?

Here is one of my favourite vietnamese dish…


It will achieve all of the above!!!



For the Vietnamese Cold Chicken Salad:

6 cups shredded cabbage
2 1/2 cups cooked shredded chicken, cold (use leftovers or a rotisserie chicken)
3/4 cup fresh mint, roughly chopped
3/4 cup shredded carrots
1/2 red onion, peeled and sliced thin
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
1/2 cup chopped roasted peanuts (cashews for paleo-friendly)

For the Nuoc Cham Dressing:

1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1/4 cup water
2 tablespoons fish sauce
1 teaspoon chili garlic sauce


Place all the salad ingredients in a large bowl.
In a small bowl, whisk together the lime juice, water, fish sauce, and chili garlic sauce.
When ready to serve, pour the dressing over the salad and toss well.


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Healthy Eating Saigon - Gluten & Dairy Free Spinach Quiche

Healthy Eating Saigon - Gluten Free Spinach Quiche

Spinach QUICHE with bacon, mushrooms and a sweet potato crust (gluten & diary FREE). 

For all my Quiche & Spinach lovers. Yes, we finally can buy baby spinach in Saigon now. It´s available now at “The Organik Shop” in Thao Dien ( 8 duong Thao Dien, HCMC).

Get as many baby spinach you can carry, because it´s usually very quick sold out.

Becoming lean & healthy is a simple choice… what you put in your mouth has the biggest impact. I know most of you guys have a busy schedule. That´s why I am going to share an easy, healthy & quick recipe with you. 

It´s perfect as an on the go breakfast or lunch.

Try it out and let us know, if you like it.

BE-smarter, EAT-smarter to LOOK and FEEL BETTER.


• 1 large sweet potato (for the crust)

• 1 tbsp olive oil (for greasing/roasting sweet potato crust_

• Pinch of pink sea salt for crust for the filling

• 8 oz fresh baby spinach chopped

(or bok choi or broccoli etc.)

• 6 slices bacon 

• 1 cup chopped white mushrooms

• 1 small onion finely chopped

• 3 cloves garlic finely chopped

• 1/2 tsp pink sea salt

• 6 eggs

• 1/4 cup full fat canned coconut milk

• 2 Tbsp nutritional yeast – optional


1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F. Peel your sweet potato and slice it into very thin rounds – these rounds will form the crust. Toss the rounds with the olive oil and arrange in a 9.5″ pie dish, overlapping, along the bottom and up the sides. The smaller rounds near the ends of the potato work well for the side crust.

2. Sprinkle the crust with salt and roast in the preheated oven for about 25 minutes, or until soft and beginning to brown.

3. While the crust bakes, make the filling. Heat a large heavy skillet over medium-high heat and add the bacon pieces. Cook the bacon until about 3/4 of the way done, drain a little bit of the fat, and add the onions and cook with the bacon, stirring.

4. Once the onions are translucent, add the chopped mushrooms and garlic and lower the heat to medium. Continue to cook and stir about 2 more minutes until softened and toasty.

5. Stir in the chopped spinach until it wilts, then remove from heat.

6. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, coconut milk, salt, and nutritional yeast.

7. Remove the sweet potato crust from the oven once done and lower the heat to 400 degrees F. Add the spinach mixture to the crust, then carefully pour the egg mixture over the top and allow it to settle in. You might have a bit extra – it’s okay if the egg mixture “leaks” through the crust but don’t allow it to get too close to the top of the dish.

8. Bake in the 400 degree oven for 25 minutes or until the center is set and the sides begin to brown. The quiche will puff up in the oven but settle once done.

9. Allow the quiche to cool and set for about 15 minutes before cutting into slices and serving. Leftovers can be stored covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. 


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Super charge your diet

Saigon Super Charged Diet

Super Charge Your Festive Season

The Festive season is upon us. The expat life in Saigon, Vietnam makes it hard to stay health and fit at this time of year. Work and farewell parties equal large meals, drinking and late nights. All of which take it’s toll on the body, increasing toxin levels and negatively affecting your health.

To help counteract the fun and damage of these celebrations aim to include as many green superfoods as possible into your diet. Foods containing a lot of antioxidants are especially good for clearing out toxins, managing insulin and protecting the liver. 5 great superfoods that are available in Vietnam and, in my opinion, should be apart of everyone’s diet are:

Bok Choy

A great source of Vitamin C & A as well as bone healthy vitamin K. Bok Choy is a must have readily available vegetable in Vietnam containing a very rich source of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and many vital phyto-nutrients. It also contains moderate levels of calcium, phosphorous, potassium, manganese, iron and magnesium.

Other Green Leafy Vegetables

Green vegetables of all kinds come loaded with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, which help nourish the liver. Many also increase levels of glutathione, a vital element in the destruction of free radicals within the body. Vietnamese green leafy vegetables that are great to include and increase in your diet are water spinach- morning glory (Rau Muong), cabbage (Bap Cai), kohlrabi (Su Hao), and ceylon spinach (Rau Mung Toi)

Okra (Dau Bap)

Okra is a favourite of mine. It’s easy to cook, tastes great and is super healthy. Dau Bap contains potassium, vitamin B, vitamin C, folic acid, and calcium. It’s low in calories and has high dietary fibre content, so it fills you up before it provides too much energy to make you fat. Okra has been advocated to help manage blood sugar levels in people with diabetes making it a great vegetable for the festive season.

Green tea (Tra Xanh Matcha)

Green tea, especially concentrated, powdered matcha green tea, is known to contain powerful nutrients known as catechins that act as antioxidants in the body, combatting free radicals within the blood, reducing liver inflammation and lowering the effects of oxidative stress on the digestive organs. For fat loss this is great as the liver plays a big role in the breakdown of fat within the body. Matcha tea also improves insulin sensitivity. Green tea elevates glucose uptake and supports fat burning making it a must have before any big meal/occasion, as it helps prevent carbs being converted to fat and stored. Green tea also detoxifies effectively and naturally, enhances mood and aids in concentration, and lowers cholesterol and blood sugar

Fresh herbs (Thao Duoc Tuoi)

A lot of people think that eating healthy doesn’t taste good… eating healthy actually tastes amazing! Most of the fresh spices and herbs provide excellent antioxidant levels and health benefits. Oregano, parsley, turmeric, coriander and cilantro are great to boost glutathione production, which many experts call “The Mother of All Antioxidants”, and also lower inflammation. For example, turmeric contains curcumin, a compound helpful in restoring healthy blood pressure, improving circulation and fighting chemical accumulation. Raw garlic is another great natural flavour enhancer that contains excellent health benefits. Garlic contains a compound called allicin that has long been regarded as a powerful agent that lowers inflammation, helps strengthen the liver while also increasing circulation and healthy blood flow.

Enjoy the festive season while also being mindful of your health and weight. Include these vegetables and herbs in your diet to help you recover quickly and stay in shape.

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