THE WEIGHT LOSS DILEMMA
What are common reasons for not losing weight?
- Sedentary behavior (Lack of physical activity)
- Weight loss plateau
Even with a balanced diet consisting of the best healthy recipes in the Philippines, some people tend to have a difficult time with weight loss. Although each individual case is relative, inducing weight loss is simply a battle between energy surplus and energy deficit. Below are some common reasons why people struggle to lose weight and recommendation on how to overcome the weight loss dilemma.
Eating too much food more than what is needed for day-to-day activities creates an energy surplus rather than an energy deficit which is needed in weight loss. The excess energy, when left unused, will be stored by your body as an energy reserve in form of fat which would lead to weight gain.
Quality of food taken in is as important as the quantity of food consumed. Frequent consumption of high fat containing foods greatly contribute to increasing your weight.
However, too much restriction from eating food is also not recommended. A Healthy weight loss diet is all about moderation (portion control), variety (take from each food group), and balance (taking the right amount from each food group). Following DOST-FNRI’s Pinggang Pinoy® would help prevent weight gain.
Sedentary Behavior (Lack of Physical Activity)
Continuous excessive food intake coupled with physical inactivity creates an energy surplus. Adding an exercise regimen to your day-to-day activities will help create an energy deficit as exercise burns more calories by building up your muscles. More so it can improve your mood, prolong and improve quality of life, prevent weight gain due to fats, keep the body in good shape and improves stamina.
Thus, it is recommended by the Philippine Association for the Study of Overweight and Obesity (PASOO)to do a day-to day activities habitually and regularly for improving metabolic efficiency, 10 minutes at a time for 30 minutes a day and at least 5 days a week.
The Filipino Pyramid Activity Guide
Weight Loss Plateau
Reaching weight loss plateau is normal. This happens when your body’s metabolism has already adapted to the energy deficit you have created from restricting calories and increasing energy expenditure through exercise. It is a point wherein energy intake and expenditure has been naturally balanced out by the body as its natural defense mechanism to prevent further weight loss.
When weight loss plateau is reached, using the same approach you had in losing weight when you were heavier, would only initially maintain your weight then induce weight gain rapidly compared from your initial phase.
Overcoming weight loss plateau is still possible by doing any of the following:
- Further decreasing your caloric intake
- Increasing the intensity of exercise
- Increasing the duration of exercise
- Increasing the frequency of exercise
Whether it’s incorporating more exercise in your daily routine or trying out a variety of healthy recipes in the Philippines, your weight loss journey requires a strong commitment to take a healthy lifestyle change. It starts with a decision to take one step forward from wherever you are, whenever, however and whatever you can. Start with small changes that you can and progress as days go by. One day, you will see the results of these small changes you had decided to take.
Deborah A. Sales, RND is a licensed nutritionist-dietitian handling the Science Communication Section of AJINOMOTO PHILIPPINES CORPORATION’s Public Relations Department. She is a technical expert in food and health and an experienced Culinary Nutrition spokesperson.
AJINOMOTO CO., INC. BECOMES MAJOR SPONSOR FOR 30TH SEA GAMES
MANILA, 6th March, 2019 – Ajinomoto Co., Inc. (AJICO) has signed an agreement to become a major sponsor for the 30th Southeast Asian Games (SEAG), which will be staged in the Philippines from November 30 to December 11, 2019.
This is the second time in a row that Ajinomoto Co. will be a sponsor of the highest tier in SEAG. The 2019 SEAG, participated by 11 countries in Southeast Asia, is touted to be the biggest in history with 56 sports and 523 events.
The signing ceremony, held at Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, was headlined by Ajinomoto executives AJICO Corporate Vice President Mr. Kaoru Kurashima and Ajinomoto Philippines Corporation (APC) President Mr. Ichiro Sakakura, together with Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) Chairman Mr. Alan Peter Cayetano and PHISGOC chief operating officer Mr. Ramon Suzara. The event was also graced by Embassy of Japan’s Minister for Economic Affairs Mr. Makoto Iyori.
“We are delighted to have this opportunity to contribute to the success of this SEA Games, marking the close relationship between the Philippines and Japan,” Kurashima said.
Ajinomoto Co. has been expanding its footprint in the sports area by promoting benefits of amino acids and sponsoring major sporting events. In 2016, the company was named as one of the official partners in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics games. The company jointly formed the Victory Project® with Japan Olympic Committee to stage series of events that highlighted sports nutritional guidance and amino acid conditioning of top-level Japanese athletes. This is done through Ajinomoto’s Kachimeshi® (“winning meals”) to support elite athletes in building winning physiques for optimum performance during international tournaments.
With its strong business presence and familiarity of local food cultures in the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Singapore, AJICO now seeks to broaden its reach particularly in sports. The Tokyo-based company hopes that by helping athletes achieve optimum nutrition through a healthy diet, it continues being a driving force in the advancement of food and health for the general public.
As an affiliate of the highest-ranked sponsor, Ajinomoto Philippines Corporation will take the cue to create “Winning Meals” through its local quality food products and services and introduce a new sports nutrition brand called Amino VITAL® to support homegrown athletes, as well as extensively promote better nutrition and active lifestyles among Filipinos.
Amino VITAL® is made of the highest quality amino acids that helps athletes with their hydration, endurance and recovery. It has become a trusted sports nutrition brand in countries including Japan, United States, Russia, Taiwan and Singapore.
The Ajinomoto Group is a global leader in amino acids thanks to its advanced bioscience and fine chemical technologies. Its products cover a range of fields such as seasonings, processed foods, beverages, amino acids, pharmaceuticals, and chemicals.
Since discovering “umami” (the fifth basic taste, created by glutamic acid, a type of amino acid) in 1908, we have been scientifically pursuing the possibilities of amino acids, and supporting the healthy lives of people all around the world. Based on our corporate message “Eat Well, Live Well” we aim for further growth and continuous contribution to greater wellness for people by creating value with communities and society.
The Ajinomoto Group has offices in 35 countries and regions, and sells products in more than 130 countries and regions. Its sales were 1.1502 trillion yen (10.3 billion U.S. dollars) in fiscal year 2017. To learn more, visithttps://www.ajinomoto.com/.
SEA Games MOA signing photos
Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) chairman Mr. Alan Peter Cayetano and Ajinomoto Co., Inc. (AJICO) Corporate Vice President Mr. Kaoru Kurashima sign the sponsorship pledge
AJICO Corporate Vice President Mr. Kaoru Kurashima and APC President Mr. Ichiro Sakakura during the signing ceremony held in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) chairman Mr. Alan Peter Cayetano and Ajinomoto Co., Inc. (AJICO) Corporate Vice President Mr. Kaoru Kurashima presents the sponsorship pledge
(From left to right) PHISGOC chief operating officer Mr. Ramon Suzara, PHISGOC chairman Mr. Alan Peter Cayetano, AJICO Corporate Vice President Mr. Kaoru Kurashima, and APC President Mr. Ichiro Sakakura wearing the SEA Games 2019 jacket
Photo session with Ajinomoto and PHISGOC executives. (From left to right) Mr. Jojit Alcazar (PHISGOC Director for Support Services), Mr. Marc Velasco (Chief of Staff, Office of the Chairman, Philippine Sports Commission), Mr. Andrew Ong
(Ajinomoto Philippines Corporation Board of Director), Mr. Ramon Suzara (PHISGOC chief operating officer), Mr. Alan Peter Cayetano (PHISGOC Chairman), Mr. Kaoru Kurashima (Corporate Vice President, Ajinomoto Co., Inc.), Mr. Ichiro Sakakura (Ajinomoto Philippines Corporation President), Mr. Makoto Iyori (Minister for Economic Affairs, Embassy of Japan in the Philippines), and Mr. Takashi Katagami (Ajinomoto Co., Inc., Olympic & Paralympic Promotional Office General Manager)
AJICO Corporate Vice President Mr. Kaoru Kurashima delivers his speech
AJICO Corporate Vice President Mr. Kaoru Kurashima addresses a question from the media during the press conference held after the signing ceremony
Photo session with Ajinomoto and PHISGOC executives. (From left to right) APC Board of Director Mr. Andrew Ong, APC President Mr. Ichiro Sakakura, AJICO Corporate Vice President Mr. Kaoru Kurashima, PHISGOC Chairman Mr. Alan Peter Cayetano, PHISGOC Director General Mr. Patrick Gregorio, PSC chief of staff (Office of the Chairman) Mr. Marc Velasco, and PHISGOC chief operating officer Mr. Ramon Suzara
Ajinomoto partners with DOH, DOST-FNRI, DepEd for Mag-Pinggang Pinoy® Tayo! community project
On its 60th year, Ajinomoto Philippines Corporation (APC) formally launched its partnership with the Department of Health (DOH), Department of Science and Technology – Food and Nutrition Research Institute (DOST-FNRI), and Department of Education (DepEd) for their joint community project, Mag-Pinggang Pinoy® Tayo!, with a ceremonial contract signing last June 18, 2018 at Patio Queen Sofia, Valenzuela City.
Present during the contract signing were OIC-Regional Director for DepEd NCR Dr. Wilfredo E. Cabral, OIC-Regional Director for DOH-NCR Dr. Corazon Flores, DOST-FNRI Director Dr. Mario Capanzana, and APC Group Pres. Sakakura.
APC President Ichiro Sakakura shared that Mag-Pinggang Pinoy® Tayo! was conceived as an Ajinomoto Group Creating Shared Value (ASV) initiative, designed to address the issue of the Double Burden of Malnutrition among Filipino children and to “reinforce our commitment to bring more value to Philippine society through Ajinomoto’s own technologies, talents, products, and services.”
The public-private alliance aims to reach out to 2,500 households represented by moms in 15 barangays within Caloocan, Malabon, and Navotas; and in 5 Quezon City schools – areas where there are high incidence of the Double Burden of Malnutrition.
The technical working group, led by its chairman former DOH Secretary Dr. Paulyn Jean Ubial, convened representatives from the four institutions to develop modules for moms, barangay health workers and barangay nutrition scholars to educate each group on the causes and effects of the Double Burden of Malnutrition and how Pinggang Pinoy® combined with Ajinomoto’s delicious, healthy, and budget-friendly recipes can be used to address it.
A livelihood phase will follow the lectures to add to the income needed to support each Filipino family’s nutritional needs.
At the event, Pres. Sakakura expressed his gratitude to the group. “We hope that we can all work together in empowering homemakers to provide healthy and delicious meals, and to provide good health and happiness to Filipino families.”
Ajinomoto Philippines Corporation (APC) was established in May 9, 1958. Through the years, APC was able to grow its local business as more Ajinomoto products find their way to Filipino households. Its head office, sales offices and factories are collectively known as the APC Group. The APC Group’s mission is to bring happiness to every Filipino through our high quality products & services, that make every meal delicious, healthy and enjoyable.
The company’s products include AJI-NO-MOTO® Umami Seasoning, Ajinomoto® Brand Ginisa Flavor Seasoning Mix, Ajinomoto® Brand Chicken Powder, PORKSAVOR® All-in-One Seasoning Mix, CRISPY FRY® Breading Mix, CRISPY FRY® SEASONED CRUMBS®, TASTY BOY® All Purpose Breading Mix, AJI-SHIO® Seasoning Mix and SARSAYA® Oyster Sauce and Sweet and Sour Sauce.
Ensaladang talbos ng Kamote
|Ginisang Manok at Gulay
|Miyerkules||Lugaw with Egg||Paksiw na Bangus
|Sweet and Sour Galunggong
|Biyernes||Tinapa with Pipino and Tomato Salad
|Miswa Patola with Chicken
|Tokwa Sisig and Ginisang Gulay
|Linggo||Ginisang Kalabasa at Miki||Pesang Tilapia|
|Martes||Arroz Caldo with Tokwa||Almondigas
|Burger Patty and Misua
Patola Soup (LO from Almondigas)
|Miyerkules||Pork Tapa and Tomatoes||Chicken Tinola
|Sinanglay na Tilapia
|Pechay at Tokwa Gisado
|Biyernes||Daing na Bangus at Sarciadong Kamatis
|Meaty Pechay Picadillo
|Meaty Pechay Picadillo (Left from Lunch)
|Sabado||Sunny Side-up and Adobong Talong
|Linggo||Ginisang Kangkong at Tokwa
|Sinigang na Bangus
2020 AJINOMOTO POSTGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP GRANT
The Ajinomoto Post Graduate Scholarship Grant seeks to help deserving Filipino students who require financial assistance to pursue continuing education. This grant gives a full scholarship in a master’s course at specified graduate schools in the sciences. This year aside from the University of Tokyo, scholarship grant may also be applied to Kyoto University, Nagoya University, Ochanomizu University, Waseda University and Kagawa Nutrition University (hereinafter “Universities”).
Applicants to the Ajinomoto Postgraduate Scholarship Grant must meet the following qualifications:
- Must be a Filipino citizen.
- Must have graduated or is expected to graduate with an excellent academic record (with 15 years of education completed or expected to be completed) and must receive the recommendation of his/her university president or academic advisor or be otherwise qualified to enroll in the University.
- Must be under the age of 35 on April 1, 2020.
- In principle, the applicant must be able to obtain approval of acceptance as either a postgraduate international research student (hereinafter “Research Student”) or a graduate school student (master’s course) (hereinafter “Master’s Course Student”) from the University and be registered as a Research Student or a Master’s Course Student for April 2020 or October 2020.
- Must show financial need to pursue higher education.
- Must acquire adequate Japanese language proficiency that is required in order to research and study in a master’s course, when enrolling as a Master’s Course Student.
- Must file an application and attend selection procedures in the Philippines.
- Must be in good physical and mental health and have a strong motivation for learning.
- Must not be receiving other scholarships.
- Must apply from the Philippines and be able to attend selection procedures when necessary.
- Must have a strong sense of nationalism, leadership and motivation.
- ¥150,000 (approximately PHP 70,500) monthly allowance for a maximum of 1 year as a research student at a graduate school
- ¥180,000 (approximately PHP 84,600) monthly allowance for a maximum of 2 years as a master’s course student at a graduate school/
- Full coverage of examination, admission and tuition fees
- Full coverage of Japanese language training before going to Japan
- Full coverage of airfare to Japan
- If the recipient enrolls as a research student, scholarship will be provided for a maximum of 3 years (1 year as a research student and maximum of 2 years as a master’s course student). The scholarship will be suspended if the recipient fails to pass the entrance exam for a master’s course within a year after arriving in Japan.
- If the recipient enrolls as a master’s course student, scholarship will be provided for a maximum of 2 years.
- For Waseda University, in principle, scholarships will be provided for 2 years studying as a Master’s Course Student.
Number of Students to be Accepted
One (1) student from each of the six (6) countries: Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam and Russia.
Application details of the Universities
Refer to Appendix 1 (2020_Appendix1) for details.
Deadline of application: March 1, 2019
The scholarship will be suspended or terminated, if any of the following conditions applies to the scholarship recipient, if applicant:
- provides false information on the application forms,
- receives any other scholarship,
- fails to pass the entrance examination to a master’s course within one year after arriving to Japan (applicable to the recipient entering as a Research Student),
- fails to arrive in Japan by the appointed date,
- commits long-term absence due to illness or other health problems, dishonest act and poor academic performance including leaving the school and repeating a school year,
- violates the rules and regulations of the University or Ajinomoto Scholarship Foundation.
Depending on the circumstance/s, the scholarship amount already disbursed may be subject to full or partial payment.
Selection Process and Schedule:
1st screening: Late March – April 2019
The screening will be based on the received documents, such as research activities and study plans, university transcript and the letter of recommendation.
2nd screening: May 2019
The screening for the successful applicants will be based on the following documents:
- Necessary documents required by the graduate school which the applicant wishes to enroll – TOEFL score, etc. [Refer to Appendix 2 (2020_Appendix 2)];
- Certificate of graduation (or graduation letter) or student registration certificate.
Note: An interview will be held for the 2nd selection (in English or in Japanese).
Notification of Results: June 2019
Note: The nominated applicants who pass the 2nd screening must submit all the necessary documents designated by the graduate schools or the Universities they wish to enroll within the application period (refer to Appendix 2). The nominated applicants to enroll in October should pay attention to the application period and the date of issuance of the letter of acceptance because they differ from those for the April enrollment. Please contact the graduate school you wish enroll for details.
- Deadline of application is on March 1, 2019.
- Accomplish the following downloadable forms:
- Application Form 1 (2020_ApplicationForm1) and Form 2 (2020_ApplicationForm2)
- 2020_Field of Study and Study Program
- Recommendation form (by University President or academic adviser)
Note: Additional recommendation letter will also be accepted.
- Financial Assistance Application Form
- Reference: Click here for Guide on How to Accomplish Forms
- Click here to download all required forms.
- Attach the following:
- 3 passport photos, taken within the last 6 months
- Transcript of scholastic record issued by the university and/or graduate school attended (or certified true copy transcript from university if university does not issue copies of transcripts. (Note: For applicants whose transcript of records does not indicate general weighted average, submit a certificate indicating general weighted average.)
- Certified true copy of university/college diploma (Note: For graduating students who cannot provide at the time of application, submit a Certificate of Graduation.)
- Photocopied documents proving Japanese proficiency of the applicant (such as results of JPLT, EJU and other tests provided by Japanese training institutions) when required by the University;
- TOEFL and GRE scores when required by the graduate school which the applicant wishes to enroll.
- If you are currently employed, please submit:
- Latest Income Tax Return of Certificate of Compensation/Tax withheld and
- Latest Certificate of Employment and Compensation indicating annual/monthly salary, bonuses, commissions with signature of authorized company representative
- If you are married, please submit:
- Latest Income Tax Return of Certificate of Compensation/Tax withheld of your spouse and Latest Certificate of Employment of your spouse with signature of authorized company representative (Note: Applicant whose spouse is retired, deceased or unemployed, submit Certificate issued by a local agency, company or government with respective signature/s.)
- If you are currently single and/or unemployed, please submit:
- Latest Income Tax Return of Certificate of Compensation/Tax Withheld and Latest Certificate of Employment of your employed parents or parent. (Note: Applicant whose parent or parents is/are retired, deceased or unemployed, please submit signed Certificate issued by local agency, company or government.)
- For self-employed parents, please submit:
- Business/DTI Permit, detailed description of the business and an income and expenses financial statement of the previous year.
- For parents not filing an ITR, please indicate in the letter the reason for non-filing. Provide certified true copy of Certificate of Non-Filing from Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR).
- If parent/guardian is retired, please submit Retirement and/or Pension Voucher.
- Place all accomplished forms and documents in a long brown envelope and send to:
Ajinomoto Scholarship Secretariat
Public Relations Department
Ajinomoto Philippines Corporation
11th Floor V Corporate Centre
125 L. P. Leviste St. Salcedo Village
Makati City, Philippines
Note: Documents submitted will not be returned under any circumstances.
For inquiries, contact Joyce Mendoza:
Tel Numbers: (02) 895-6081
Direct Line: (02) 558-5942
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fax Number: (02) 779-8453
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