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Hi, GI Chow is a resource to inspire and help those looking to lose weight for health or aesthetic reasons. It is based on my own experience of losing over 26kg (4 stone) in 7 months in 2012.

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Transformation picture of author: 25th October 2015 (profile) ..3 years on and a healthy, happy 72kg!

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..3 years on and a healthy, happy 72kg!

Transformation picture of author: 21st December 2018 (profile) ..6 years on and a healthy, happy 75kg!

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..6 years on and a healthy, happy 75kg!

My motivation was to reduce my risk of developing diabetes and to feel physically healthier and more attractive. I wanted to find a reliable, consistent and cheap way to do this without having to endure hunger, take on unsustainable diet or exercise regimes or take unnatural drugs.

Through research and experiment on myself I was amazed to find a very simple and well understood biochemical principle (the insulin response) which when applied to diet (specifically the glycaemic index and glycaemic load of what we eat) has a profound effect on how fat we are and stay. Part of what I found so incredible is that despite the wealth of information in the media and huge array of nominally healthy foods we find in supermarkets this simple piece of information and its overwhelming significance over and above all the other healthy eating messages out there had not gotten through. In fact there are quite contradictory messages and virtually all the convenience food choices (even the ostensibly healthy ones) available to us keep us fat.

Several family members, friends and acquaintances noticed my weight loss and asked how I’d achieved this so I set up this site as
(i) somewhere to refer them to – so they had somewhere to go after they’d forgotten what I told them!
(ii) a record of my findings in the hope that it might benefit the wider community
(iii) an experimental business to educate people on a few basic facts about nutrition and biochemistry whose application to one’s diet alone can have a profound impact on obesity – possibly the most significant epidemic in the ‘developed’ world.

I went from over 92.9kg (205 pounds, 34.7% i.e. 32.2kg fat) to under 66.6kg (147 pounds, 18% i.e. 12kg fat) in 7 months i.e. of the 26.3kg I lost most (20kg) of the weight loss was fat. My muscle reduced a little from 30.1% (28kg) to 39.1% (26kg) however that is a healthy level of loss given I no longer have to haul so much superfluous weight around (which was also putting damaging levels of strain on my joints and tendons and causing other health/quality of life problems).

Of course I should probably include the usual disclaimer that I’m not medically qualified or a nutritionist and that you should see your doctor if you have any concerns that you may have a medical condition affecting your weight or diet before starting to lose weight.

The fact is though that you can forget about worrying that you have a fat gene or low metabolism or are too lazy to spend hours each week exercising. Your body’s designed to gain and lose weight easily to deal with periods of excess and paucity in nature’s bounty of available food and, with a little understanding of how your body works, the very same natural drives you instinctively followed to get to your current weight will get you to any weight you choose to be. In fact you’ll lose weight scarily fast and have to consciously decide not to drop below the weight that’s healthy for you.

Good luck – though you really don’t need it if you read and then follow the handful of tips we have. There’s a shedload of stuff on losing weight – on the net, TV, books and magazines – and a host of companies who’ll claim to help you but I’ve tried to distil the information that helped me into a handful of tips you can read in a few minutes so just start in that section!

All the best,

Nik

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Cheap wireless bluetooth earphone showdown: Haylou GT1 Plus v Original i10 TWS v Samsung Galaxy buds SM-R170 clone v JHO A9

Left to right: JHO A9, Samsung Galaxy buds SM-R170 clone, Original i10 TWS, Haylou GT1 Plus

Left to right: JHO A9, Samsung Galaxy buds SM-R170 clone, Original i10 TWS, Haylou GT1 Plus #BestCheapTWS

Executive Summary

Four sub $25 great value true wireless stereo earbuds each with their own strengths.

GT1+ has the best sound quality, microphone quality and Bluetooth connection range though lacks volume control.

Original i10 is the easiest to pop in and out and forget one is wearing. A good all-rounder and the most fashionable though it lacks volume control.

Galaxy buds clone has the most enjoyable sound at very low volumes with the most deep rumbling bass. It is fashionable, coming in 3 colours and has volume control.

A9 is the cheapest and best suited to sports since very stable on the ear and has volume control and long battery life. The sound quality is enjoyable however the microphone quality is only barely acceptable.

Positions (best to worst)

Sound quality (10 is excellent)
1 – GT1+ (9; mids focus, no major issues)
2 – Original i10 (8; mids focus, less deep bass)
3 – Galaxy buds clone (8; less clarity)
4 – A9 (6; less clarity)
Playtime before recharge from case
1 – A9 (5h)
2 – GT1+ (4h)
3 – Galaxy buds clone (3h)
4 – Original i10 (2.5h)
Comfort
1 – Original i10 (easy to forget one is wearing)
2= – GT1+
2= – Galaxy buds clone
4 – A9 (pressing button pushes into ear)
Bluetooth connection range – distance in metres from house through wall to garden before drop outs start to happen
1 – GT1+ (28m)
2= – Original i10 (14m)
2= – Galaxy buds clone (14m)
2= – A9 (14m)
Microphone quality (10 is excellent)
1 – GT1+ (8)
2 – Original i10 (7)
3 – Galaxy buds clone (6)
4 – A9 (4; barely acceptable)
Controls
1= – Galaxy buds clone (touch pause, volume, skip, assistant but no audio confirmation of invocation)
1= – A9 (button pause, volume, skip, assistant)
3= – GT1+ (touch pause, skip, assistant)
3= – Original i10 (touch pause, skip, assistant)
Loudness
1 – Galaxy buds clone
2 – A9
3 – i10
4 – GT1+ (still gets adequately loud)
Price
1 – A9 (£12)
2 – Original i10 (£16)
3 – Galaxy buds clone (£17)
4 – GT1+ (£20)
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Comparison of Samsung Galaxy buds clone to Haylou GT1+

Samsung Adapt Sound equalisation profiles

All tests carried out on a Samsung Galaxy S7 mobile phone.

About the reviewer’s preferences

I own a $2000 Genelec studio monitor/sub combination and over 30 earphones and headphones (including studio grade Sennheiser HD600, Sennheiser Amperior, Shure SRH840, Beyerdynamic DT990 Pro, KZ ZS5 v1 quad driver earbuds), most costing much more than those reviewed here.

Each has their pros and cons and a style of delivery – exciting (v-shaped i.e. more bass and treble), natural, analytical and bright (less bass and more treble), warm and smooth (more bass and less treble), etc.

My preference is for a true and natural sound that is also somewhat exciting (think Etymotic with more involving bass) and the GT1+ gives me at least 80% of the best sound I’ve heard in a physical form I find comfortable and convenient and at a price where I won’t be too sad if I lose or break it.

Nowadays, with the high quality of mass produced consumer electronics, for most people diminishing returns becomes a factor at a much lower price point than in the past. I can enjoy the musical experience from a $25 set like the GT1+ as much as that from my $250 Sennheiser HD600 headphones.

Microphone test recordings

To come..

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