Train for Weight Loss in Thailand at Tiger Muay Thai

fitness camp phuket thailandPhoto courtesy of combatlifestyle.comWelcome to Weight-Loss Thailand a blogsite brought to you by Tiger Muay Thai & MMA Training Camp in Phuket, Thailand.

Here you will be able to read blog-posts from people that comes to Thailand to train to lose weight. Follow their journey as they do Muay Thai, Cross-Training, Fitness, MMA, BJJ and Yoga training for Weight Loss in Thailand.

In between guest bloggers we will also post testimonials and success stories from some of the people that left the camp being way slimmer and healthier then when they came.

Weekly Weight Loss Seminar – Emily Farish

Every Wednesday night at Tiger Muay Thai, MMA & Fitness Camp, we offer a weekly weight loss lecture presented by a variety of guest speakers. Trainers, nutritional experts and guests from the community are just a few of the guests you might discover by attending one of the weekly presentations. Every Wednesday night at 7 P.M. on the fitness mats.

Emily Lecture

Last week’s presenter was Emily Farish. She’s a a licensed Primary Health Care provider who is also a licensed Acupuncturist, Traditional Chinese Medicine specialist, medical herbalist with herb-drug interaction training who also synthesizes a western medicine background into her practice. She is a consultant for Atmanjai wellness center which offers a “boxer detox” program for those staying at Tiger Muay Thai. Her specialty is in functional medicine, weight loss, pain management, and customizing food as medicine plans that are tailored to the individual depending on their health and wellness goals. She can be reached at

Here is a brief summary of what she spoke about…

How to overcome and address plateaus that can hinder from further weight loss

(Healthy, sustained weight loss)

Important things to consider: Health and fitness go hand in hand in order to address any weight loss or fitness plateaus you might be experiencing. You might be doing all the “right things” yet that pesky weight can’t seem shift no matter what you do.

Don’t be discouraged. Getting out of a weight loss plateau affects many people. Keep doing all the healthy habits that you are implementing at Tiger Muay Thai and consider the following:

Chronic long term conditions that may be keeping you at weight loss plateau:

-Insomnia, and or sleep issues. While taking a sleeping pill can be helpful for the short term, long term use of sleeping pills doesn’t address the “root” of the underlying issue which robs your body of necessary energy it needs to repair, rebuild and lose weight.  Not only do we accomplish less with sleep, but one also burns less calories. The body’s long term reaction as a result of this is to hoard calories as fat, making our weight loss goals more difficult than they need to be.

Lack of sleep also decreases growth hormone levels. Growth hormone is a protein that helps regulate the body’s proportions of fat and muscle in adults. With less growth hormone, we reduce the ability to lose fat and grow muscle.

Consider supplements: GABA (amino acid before bed) or melatonin. Keep to a regular sleep schedule (as much as possible).

-Fatigue (are you exercising too much, and or are you just plain tired and wired?) One way to ask you self (and be honest) is if you have chronic sugar cravings, NEED to start your day with coffee, or around 4pm you MUST have coffee or some sort of sweet thing to get you through. When your body suffers from long term fatigue, it is not able to metabolize carbohydrates as well. This leads to an increased storage of fats and higher levels of blood sugar in the body which can contribute to your weight plateau.

Consider: Eating more protein throughout the day to stabilize blood sugar levels. Taking Vitamin C daily either in tablet or from food can boost your immune system and help fight fatigue (Vitamin C is an important “food” for your adrenal glands, which are responsible for synthesis of many different hormones and stress responses in the body). When you give your body the “right” source of energy, it can work for you rather than against you.

Foods high in Vitamin C: Broccoli, green, red, and yellow bell peppers, kale, papaya, strawberries, cauliflower, Brussel sprouts, and kiwi (yes all of these foods have more vitamin C than oranges).

-PAIN-if your body is suffering from any chronic, acute, or long term pain (ex: injury, PMS, or structural) your body will make this a PRIORITY over your weight loss (Just like humans, immune systems also have numbered priority lists). By addressing the pain, your body can move out of “guarding” mode and into “weight loss” mode.

Consider: working with physical therapist, massage therapist, acupuncturist, and or functional medicine specialist to get you out of pain.

-EAT foods that stabilize blood sugar levels so that you don’t have food cravings, and or go into starvation mode (thus, holding onto fat). Eat more meals throughout the day so that your body has the building blocks it needs and can shift accordingly. Have heavier meals during the day, and light meal for dinner if possible.

Consider: digestive enzymes and probiotics to optimize your digestion to decrease any bloating, belching, and or gas. When you don’t digest, you go hungry, and you eat more. Your body then can store this extra energy (that is may not need to use) into your fat cells. It is what you DIGEST rather than what you EAT that matters (well yes, eating healthy matter, but if your digestion is impaired, your efforts are wasted).

-Hormonal Imbalances (this applies to men and women):  Hormonal imbalances can keep your body at a plateau and even make you gain weight (particularly around the abdomen area) even if you are eating right, and exercising on a regular basis. Supplements like Omega 3, Vitamin B complex, and Vitamin D3 are helpful building blocks that all bodies need (regardless of any health issue) in order to shift a plateau. Take with meals to prevent nausea.

Current RDA values for daily amounts for vitamins or supplements intake are not set or studied at “therapeutic values.”—what does this mean? You may say “I am taking vitamins but I don’t know if they work or if they work at all,” yet the amount on the label might be too low for what your body needs.

 -If you don’t know how much or what vitamin you should be taking on a daily basis, please consult a medical professional-they can customize the amounts and a health plan specifically to you.

-DON’T MINIMIZE OR IGNORE your health or any symptoms. It is your body telling you something is wrong. It can be something simple that can be fixed right away that might be hindering you from losing the weight that you want.

-Functional medicine understands that while your “lab reports” may be within normal limits, you still are not feeling well or as good as you used to. This is because many western lab reports have a very wide range of numerical values, and something is only treatable when the lab reports are at one end of the spectrum or the other (usually, but not in all cases).  Functional medicine specialists look at lab reports and use their medical training as preventative care—i.e., they see where your health is going and curb it before your lab reports reflect something that is now a MAJOR health issue.

Functional medicine specialists are: Chinese Medicine Doctors, Acupuncturists who are also licensed medical herbalists (with herb and drug interaction training), Naturopaths (N.Ds), and MDs that specialize in “functional medicine”. It could take 3-10 weeks for most people to shift out of a plateau or even sooner by just a few ‘tweaks’ that help your body shift out of its plateau. You are worth it. If you don’t have your health, you can’t do much with your fitness or weight loss goals.

Thanks for the great information Emily, and we’ll see everyone this Wednesday night for another excellent presentation!

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Benchmarks: Aaron Runs A Marathon – 14 Weeks Away

1781887_10151929013923404_1350126547_nWelcome to Tiger Muay Thai’s weight loss and fitness blog. I’m your host, Aaron Rowland. I’m a 28-year-old writer from Los Angeles, California. At my heaviest weight, I weighed 160 KGs (350 LBS).  I’m here at Tiger to lose weight, improve my fitness and have the adventure of a lifetime. I’ve been here seventeen months so far and I’m staying indefinitely. My favorite exercises are the bicycle crunch and the medicine ball slam. Barbell thrusters, suicide planks and burpees give me nightmares.


Over the past year writing this blog, I’ve tried to emphasize the importance of not just paying attention to the scale. There are many ways to track health and fitness and your weight is just one small factor. Things like body-fat percentage, body measurements, photos, how your clothing fits and even timed fitness trials are all great ways to track progress on your weight-loss and fitness journey.

With that in mind, I’ve decided to put my money where my mouth is. No weigh-ins for the next fourteen weeks. Instead, I’ll be focusing on training for the Phuket Marathon, a 26.2-mile (42 KM) test of fitness and endurance. When one of my friends signed up, and asked if I’d be keen to join, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity.

Phuket-MarathonSurely you can’t be serious?

I am serious, and don’t call me Sh… you get the joke. Needless to say, this isn’t going to be easy. I’ve never run in any sort of formal race and I would consider myself a very weak runner at present time. Simply put, I don’t like running. I would much rather glide on a cross trainer or sweat out the calories on a rowing machine, than jog for even a few minutes.

But that why I’m going to do it. If you aren’t willing to train in the areas where you’re weakest, you won’t be able to improve to your peak levels of performance.

What’s the plan?

For the next 14 weeks, I’ll be working on a marathon-training plan I found online. Some days I’ll be doing road runs, while other days I’ll be participating in Tiger’s bodyfit and cross-training classes. It’s difficult for me to even run a 5k without stopping now, so that’s the first benchmark I’m aiming to pass. Right now, my jog/walk 5k time is 38:54, and I’m hoping to get that below 35:00 in the next two weeks. I’m realistic about my ultimate expectations, I doubt I’ll be able to jog the entire marathon after only 14 weeks of training, but if I work hard I know I’ll be fast enough to finish well under the 7.5-hour time limit.

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So, that’s where things stand currently.

The marathon is June 8th. We’re 14 weeks away.

Have a great week of weight loss! If you set your mind on it, I know you can do it!

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Challenges: Masayuki Inoue – Cooking Up Good Health

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A thirty-year old chef from Denmark, Masa is spending seven months at Tiger to lose weight, discover his fitness and drastically improve his health. Having worked as a chef for the past ten years, his past culinary jobs have included the prestige of the hotel industry and excitement of a wakeboarding cable-park. Early last year, he joined his friends in Bangkok for a wakeboarding holiday and fell in love with Thailand. His least favorite exercises are burpees and lunges, but he says that he’s starting to really enjoy jogging. This is his story.

How did you first hear about Tiger?

I Googled “Muay Thai” on the internet and Tiger was one of the places that came up. I decided to either train somewhere else in Chang Mai or at Tiger in Phuket. I chose Phuket because my family wanted to go on vacation as well. It ended up being a great decision.

What motivated you to come?

Well, I wasn’t exactly a small boy when I arrived at camp, so weight loss was definitely one of the main goals. Also, I came to really just to change my life. I was tired of being so unhealthy and feeling bad all the time.

How long have you been here?

I arrived the 22nd of October and I’m here for seven months.

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Have you set any goals for yourself to work toward while you’re training?

I set a goal of losing one KG every week. In my first two months here, I’ve lost 16 KGS. I started at 154.6 and now I’m down to 138.3. I don’t have a final weight goal in mind; I really want to just see how things go.

I hear you have something coming up that you’re excited about?

I’ve challenged a fellow guest at Tiger to fight in the March BBQ Beatdown, so I’m really looking forward to that. I’m starting to train Western Boxing and Muay Thai now to start getting ready. I have only been doing fitness classes and yoga up to this point, but now I need to start learning Muay Thai technique.

Have any advice for someone who might be thinking about coming to Tiger?

Jump into it. Just do it. Buy the ticket and get out here. The only other advice I would give is to do some prep work. I should have taken a month to build up my fitness, which would have been a good idea.

Has anything surprised you about Tiger?

The people here are really awesome. I’m usually quite a social person, but when I came here, I closed up a bit. After a while I was able to open up. People are really friendly; high-fiving you during workouts, telling you what an awesome job your doing. It’s really cool. It doesn’t matter who you are, what size you are, anything like that… everyone is motivating you. It’s really awesome.

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Extreme 30 Day Transformation: Stefan Vs. Julie Results

With A Staggering 95% Of The Vote…


Congratulations To

Stefan Ramagge

Stefan Before And After

For Winning The

Extreme 30 Day Transformation


As A Prize To Reward His Success,

Stefon Has Been Awarded…


A Tiger Muay Thai Hoodie!!

Stefon Winner 


Congratulations To Both Competitors!


If you’ll be at Tiger for at least a month and you would like to challenge someone to the transformation of a lifetime, e-mail and let me know. We can’t wait to see you around camp!

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This week’s Wednesday night weigh-in and weight loss seminar has been moved to the following night…

Thursday January 2nd

due to the camp closure on New Year’s Day.


Come get weighed in, measured and attend an exciting free seminar about the health benefits of juicing and juice detoxes!

As usual, come any time between 6-7 to be weighed in and measured.

Please arrive a few minutes prior to 7 for the weight loss lecture!

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