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1. Why I spent 2.5 years on building PhD Fitness?

Updated: Apr 6, 2020 *

From July 2015 to Feb 2018, I spent a lot of my spare time building PhD Fitness, a unique scientific lifestyle management tool to help any adult achieve balanced nutrition, achieve active lifestyle to make meaningful weight changes (increase/loss). It was not always easy and I am fortunate enough to meet some great people along the journey. In the next few weeks, I will blog about the intriguing science behind and how PhD Fitness will help you achieve weight changes while gaining the freedom you need.

But before that, why did I spend so much time on it?

I am a computational modeller working in the pharmaceutical industry. My day job is to lead cancer drug discovery and development projects by accessing and analysing massive amount of data to figure out the most promising treatments for specific types of cancer, and help design the best preclinical and clinical experiments so that scientists can get to the right answers quickly.

Needless to say, the data I look at are about death.

Death of cells, animals. And people.

It is perhaps the most depressing job ever you could imagine. Sometimes, I do wonder if all these efforts trying to improve lives towards the end of are in fact too late.

Essentially, you want to have a good life, which may take many different forms. However, this can be simply summarised as happy~happy~happy~happy~happy~happy~die.

Unfortunately, for most people, it is happy~happy~unhappy~very unhappy~very very unhappy~die.

I have data for it. Just go to and click on the country you live in, you will see the top causes of death, often including Coronary Heart Disease, Stroke, High Blood Pressure, Diabetes Mellitus. All would last excruciatingly long, debilitating you every day, before the eventual strike.

If this does not sound like tragedy to you, I don’t know what is.

Remember the metabolic syndrome is non-communicable and preventable. It is by choice, conscious or inadvertent.

The point is, you do have a choice.

* A working demo is freely available at It takes about 10 seconds to register. The website is currently set up in a way that no one else can see your data. Not even me. So feel free playing with it and let me know if there is any question.

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