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Eating My Way to Beach Body: 30 Day Keto Challenge

by ShanghaiWOWeng

Of all the diet fads, the Ketogenic diet has undoubtedly gained considerable attention for guaranteeing weight-loss in light of the low-carb diet craze that has blown up in recent years.  But is it really all that is cracked up to be? We decided to see for ourselves and partnered up with the genius’ behind WHEAT healthy eatery.

The Plan: Follow WHEAT’s 30-day Keto Diet Plan

The Challenge: To stick to their 30 days in-house nutritional programme to enhance current exercise routine.

The Goal:

  • to be in control of weight
  • to gain energy and maintain daily focus
  • to burn fat to maximize daily workouts


The Nutritionist

This diet makes drastic changes to your lifestyle and body which can be risky! WHEAT offers consultations and recommendations from their personal nutritionist which just brings a strong sense of safety and assurance to anyone experiencing doubts towards the diet.

The diet focuses on: 10% carbs, 30% protein, 60% healthy fats

Carlos is a personal trainer and Advanced Nutrition Specialist hailing from Madrid, Spain, with over 8 years of experience focusing on his clients’ nutrition.

Other benefits include:

1. Lose weight

2.Improve mental clarity and alertness (once in full ketosis stage)

3.Decrease hunger

4.Gain energy

5. Improves glucose. People following keto with type 2 diabetes found it can reduce the need for insulin


The Food

WHEAT put the same amount of energy and consideration into their food as they did into their platform. They are constantly looking to create and share new recipes that make healthy eating pleasurable and not something to dread. I was genuinely surprised each time I opened my meal container to see bright colors from the fresh vegetables and meats. If you’re like me and have never really been able to commit to a diet, I certainly had my moments of just wanting to quit but the meals were creative enough for me to stick to it for an entire month.


The Results

While I set out to drop a quick 10 pounds, I quickly surpassed it. I was down 10 pounds within three weeks and hit 15 pounds as I wrapped up my diet. It’s important to keep in mind that when you are on a low-carb diet of any type, you will lose several pounds in the first few days. That’s because your body is dropping water weight.

While different versions of the diet exist, all ban carb-rich foods. Some of these foods may be obvious: starches like breads, cereals, pasta, rice, and cookies; potatoes, corn, and other starchy vegetables; and fruit juices. I was absolutely ecstatic to hear that a good keto snack is CHEESE.

Nonetheless, one should expect with cutting out such a crucial food group several challenges in maintaining this intense diet. One specific hurdle to be wary of: the Keto flu which is essentially a combination of hunger, fatigue, low mood, irritability, constipation, headaches, and brain “fog” which can last anywhere from days to weeks.

I returned to normal eating over the weekend to celebrate my survival, I gained 4 pounds. Simply returning to eating carbs brought back the glorious water weight. Thankfully, Carlos can help you figure out the best way to wean off the diet for better results (be patient unlike me). Another fascinating result of the diet that I certainly feared would be an issue at the beginning was the rise in my energy levels. I had so much energy and I didn’t experience the typical mid-afternoon energy slumps. Gym time was a bit of a challenge. Without carbs, your body has to burn fat for energy, and some days, that will leave you feeling drained of energy during a workout. That’s OK. Stick with it, and try again tomorrow!

Address: 1990 Xinzha Lu, No. 5

WeChat: WheatCo

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How was your favorite digital restaurant created?

WHEAT at La French Tech Shanghai, March 2019
Meet our entrepreneur of the week: Benjamin Patin from WHEAT
When he arrived in China, Benjamin was only 20 years old, freshly graduated from high school and absolutely no knowledge of Chinese’s culture and language. Ten years later, our entrepreneur of the week is now fluent in Mandarin and he has founded two businesses including WHEAT, a healthy eatery that helps urbanites to have & maintain a healthy lifestyle, without giving up the pleasure of eating fresh, natural & tasty food.
Contact Information:
Address: 新闸路1990号 you briefly introduce yourself?My name is Benjamin, I am French but came to China in 2007 and have been living here ever since. I started to learn Chinese when I arrived here, started a trading company and later a healthy food service company.

Overview of the Company 
Can you briefly introduce your company?
WHEAT is digital restaurant and platform offering healthy food and beverages deliveries, as well as meal plan programs and solutions for busy people in Shanghai.
Why did you decide to come to Shanghai?
After living here for more than five years, a nutritionist, who is now my partner,  and I saw the lack of this kind of solutions in the city. Thus, we decided to start our project in order to provide Shanghai with more options of healthy food.
Can you tell us about the current events/news of your enterprise? 
We have experimented different sizes and formats for our business but today we could say that we have found the perfect fit for Wheat. We are currently operating from a small location which is 90% kitchen: customers can order via their phones, there is no service staff, only kitchen and a couple tables for those who wish to eat there. Otherwise, people usually order take away and deliveries as we provide a delivery system of all the a la carte and meal plan for the area.
 What are your prospects for 2019? 
We want to standardize all the process and spaces to be able to grow and expand in a smart way for our investors and our future partners.

French-Chinese Perspective

In your opinion, what France should bring to China?
France can give a lot of advices about quality and service, China still has a lot to learn in areas such as quality, service and standards.
On the other side, what do you think China could bring to France ?
China can offer a lot in terms of technology, WeChat and Alipay are the best examples, I find it super-efficient to be able to use your phone for everything in your daily life. When I go back to France, I feel like I am coming 10 years back in time. France hasn’t evolved a lot in that way.
Entrepreneurship in China 
What is your favorite aspect of being an entrepreneur in China ?
Since I speak fluent Chinese, many officials are very nice to me and help me to get through complex procedures more easily; they are kind to foreigners who have made the effort and I don’t think I would feel that back home.
What would you say are the top three skills needed to be a successful entrepreneur in Shanghai?
Reactivity, Adaptation & Patience.
What was your key driving force to become an entrepreneur?
Being curious and always eager to learn helped me in being an entrepreneur.
For you, why is Chinese tech ecosystem so unique worldwide?
Chinese Tech is ahead of any other Tech else in the world, they first do, then they analyze and adapt later.
What were the main challenges you had to overcome here?
One of the most serious challenges we still have today is fighting the miss-leading information for healthy lifestyle. Not giving up quality over pricing. Communication is also a big challenge for us as we still need to show people that delivery food doesn’t always have to be cheap and unhealthy.
Bonus questions
Would you rather fail all your startups but have a rich social life or make your startup successful but use 5 years of your life cloistered like a hermit? Why?
There is no success without sacrifice, I know that to succeed we should spend a lot of time with our company like a mother with her baby. If you don’t spend days and days taking care of your company, its successes, its failures, its people, its areas of opportunities, you can’t expect it to succeed from it just being a great idea. However, every excess is wrong. I do not believe in sacrificing one completely for the other. Also, when socializing, you will have the chance to get new ideas, opinions and even critics that might help you grow; you need to see what is out there to adapt your company as well.
If you were a Chinese province, which one would you be? Why?
I would have to say Shanghai (municipality). I know that today there are big business opportunities elsewhere in China, but Shanghai is where ideas are born. This city never ceases to amaze me. Things happen so fast here, you need to learn and adapt constantly. People see opportunities everywhere and they aren’t afraid to give it a try. Things get done here and for me it is both vibrant and fascinating.

And for our readers, you can get a 15% discount on WHEAT with the code Frenchtech19!



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DASH饮食: 对或错? | The DASH Diet: True or False


The DASH Eating Plan or DASH Diet, is a flexible eating plan that helps create a heart-healthy eating style for life. The DASH Diet was tied for the #1 best diet at the beginning of the year. But do you know why it’s good, what it’s good for, and if it’s for everyone? Let’s test your knowledge!


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This healthy meal service makes it easier to eat right

by TimeOut Shanghai

With excellent new restaurants opening on the daily, it’s hard enough to maintain a healthy diet in Shanghai. So anything that helps make things a little easier, we’re willing to give a try.

Enter WHEAT, a fast-casual food platform offering wholesome eats, fresh-made juices and smoothies and meal plans available via delivery and pick-up at its kitchen kiosks – the latest of which has set up shop on Xinzha Lu in Jingan.

Its meal plans can cater to specific dietary requirements like gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian, etc. Plans come with – or without, depending on which meals you want – breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack, dinner and delivery within 5km of north Jingan, all from 165RMB to 265RMB per day. Purchase meals day by day or months at a time, with the option to cancel or reschedule any plan with 24 hours’ notice.

If you know what you’re looking for in terms of caloric intake, you can select plans varying from 1,300Kcal to 2,500Kcal per day, but if have no idea about any of that stuff, WHEAT offers a free nutritional consultation form you can fill out, which a nutritionist will review and make recommendations accordingly.

The platform’s options include salads, wraps, pasta and various bowls – think açaí and smoothie bowls or black rice with salmon (you can also go DIY and create your own ‘power bowl’).

For those with a sweet tooth, it also has baked goods and desserts to choose from, like French chocolate mousse (30RMB) and Keto Muffins (30RMB).

Aside from good eats, WHEAT has a lineup of juices and protein smoothies from 45RMB, as well as protein coffees and ‘detox’ teas from around 23RMB and up.

If that’s all sounding like your cup of detox tea, this month customers will be entered into a lucky draw to win two Detox Challenge days with every order. Scan the QR code at the bottom of this post for more details and to stay tuned for more info on WHEAT’s meal plan challenges.

📍WHEAT, No 103, 1990 Xinzha Lu, near Wanhangdu Lu.

WHEAT is a healthy fast-casual food platform, providing wholesome food and beverages and meal plan deliveries via its digital restaurant ( and now through its pick-up open kitchen kiosks, including a location in North Jingan. 

Its team of nutritionists help create wholesome and nutritionally rich recipes and meal plans, and help advise on healthy lifestyle choices. For more info or to place an order, extract the QR code below. 



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WHEAT 2.0 Healthy Station WHEAT | 2.0 健康的车站

WHAT? WHERE? WHEN?  什么?什么时候?哪里?

What is happening? 搞什么事情?

WHEAT 2.0 (as we like to call it) is our latest concept store and, healthy station in Shanghai where you can order and enjoy wholesome meals, power bowls, detox beverages and healthy desserts swiftly and stress-free. All you need is a cellphone and a big appetite!

WHEAT 2.0是我们在上海最新的概念店,在这里,你可以轻松、快速地订购健康的餐食、饮料和甜点。只需要一部手机和一个好胃口,就搞定啦!

When is it happening? 什么时候搞?

As of today, Wednesday, April 17th, you can now select the “Self Pickup 自拿“ option when ordering online (at or scanning the QR Code below).

You can then choose to enjoy your food on-site in our lovely new station or you can simply pick it up/take it to go on the way to work, after your gym session or whenever you want to visit us or simply enjoy a great meal made with love, wherever you want!


Where is it happening? 在哪里搞?

That’s the best part… All week we are going to give you the chance to find out by yourself! If you find it, search for our Discount Code* placed onsite and enjoy 5% off plus a FREE GIFT!

Want to take on the challenge?  

Here are some clues… it’s in the North Jing’An area!

And it’s SMALL and pretty, so LOOK OUT. For more, watch the video…



Let the hunting party start!
*Offer available till April 28th; not including meal plans.







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