Q&A: Fahad Al Yehya
January 31, 2011

My Q&A buddy today is extraoridanry! Owner of core fitness Kuwait, and the infamous TRYING TO BE FAHAD blog, in the blog sphere; they call him “the guy that whipped Mark’s ass into shape!” The one and only DietNinja on twitter. Yes, Fahad Al Yehya is with us today! What’s core fitness? A gym with 20 minute workouts with RESULTS! What’s TRYING TO BE FAHAD? A greatly written blog, talks about everything from recent health related studies to what to and what not to buy on your next trip to The Sultan Centre. I’m glad he’s on the blog with us today, enjoy!

So Fahad, when were you happiest?

When someone invents Diet Canada Dry Cream Soda. Other than that, I’m always happy.
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
Not speaking my mind when I want too.
What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Theoretical judgement.
Property aside, what’s the most expensive thing you’ve bought?
I honestly can’t remember.
What is your most treasured possession?
Religion, faith and family.
Where would you like to live?
What makes you unhappy?
When I feel disconnected with Allah.
What keeps you awake at night?
Thinking about delicious food.
What do you most dislike about your appearance?
With the grace of Allah, I pretty much solved physical dislikes since 2001.
What is your guiltiest pleasure?
Doing absolutely nothing on Fridays.
To whom would you most like to say sorry, and why?
Allah. I can be a better person and I will.
What or who is the greatest love of your life?
My mother.
Who would you invite to your dream dinner party?
Nobody. I’m not into dinner parties.
What single thing would improve the quality of your life?
Faith, religion and perseverance. Once I’ve got those down, it’s hello-cash-flow.
Where would you most like to be right now?
My room, watching a movie, eating junk till my jaws drop.

Pinkberry Analysis
October 19, 2010


If you’re on twitter and you don’t follow Fahad Al Yehya you’re at loss .. follow him @TheDietNinja

Anyways so this morning he decided to analyse the infamous Pinkberry yoghurts .. I collected his tweets and thought Id share them with you guys .. I learned a lot! Enjoy. 🙂



Original contains 3 main ingredients – non fat milk, sugar and cultured pastureized non fat milk with live and active cultures. 

A live active culture is bacteria that aids in proper and healthy digestion by decreasing bloat similar to what’s in Activia.


Each flavor contains an added “fruit concentrate” or “puree”, except for the chocolate and green tea.


Fruit concentrates and purees are piles of fruit that have been compressed, processed and frozen for future use.


Concentrates and purees are not considered fresh since these methods involve longer shelf life and storage through freezing.


Concentrates and purees not only add flavor, but also increase the sugar/carbohydrate intake of yoghurt.


Nonetheless, all ingredients used to make pinkberry yoghurt are natural, but not organic.


Chocolate yoghurt contains pure cocoa and extra sugar to intensify the taste of chocolate.


Pomegranate and Passion fruit contain fruit juice concentrates, the type used to make KDD juices.


Coconut and mango contain purees. Purees are mixtures of fruit concentrate, sugar and flavoring. Purees have more calories.


Green tea is actually GREEN TEA! Pinkberry uses real green tea powder (with caffeine) for flavor. No added calories here.




Nutritional info.


The small original contains 60% less calories than the large, and 30% less calories than the medium, before adding any toppings.


Small original contains 0g of fat, 32g of sugar, 5g of protein, 55mg of calcium and 10mg of Vitamin C.


Medium original contains 0g of fat, 48g of sugar, 7g of protein, 80mg of calcium and 18 mg of Vitamin C.


Large original contains 0g of fat, 80g of sugar, 11g of protein, 130 mg of calcium, and 27mg of Vitamin C.


Mango, Passion fruit and coconut add 5-10g of sugar/carbohydrates and 40 calories to the original.


Chocolate adds 5-10g of sugar, 3-8g of fiber and 2-6g of fat to the original, depending on the size. Chocolate is also the highest in protein. A large gets you 20g of complete milk protein. Green tea comes 2nd.


Green tea contains more sugar than the original, but less than the other flavors. Its also higher in protein and fiber.


Which ones the worst? A small coconut contains more sugar than the original medium. However its high in protein.


ALWAYS choose a small over other sizes! More will be discussed after analyzing the toppings.




Amongst all the add-ons, the fruit toppings contain less calories than others.


Any topping with the word berry at the end will add more fiber, antioxidants and less overall calories to your yoghurt.


Adding walnuts will boost omega-3 and good fat intake. Fats will also blunt any damage from the yoghurts high sugar.


Granola is also another great adition, containing organic oats, cinnamon and honey.


Coconut is the last topping you may add to your yoghurt, made from pure coconut shavings and sugar.


Bananas are also great to boost fiber, potassium and overall energy intake. However, berries trump bananas every time!


Refrain from adding any toppings I didn’t mention, since they’re high in junk calories and add no health benefit.




When’s the absolute best and worst time to consume pinkberry yoghurt?


Best time to consume Pinkberry yoghurt is 0-60 min after waking as a breakfast meal.


Breakfast Pinkberry yoghurt: Small original, 3 servings of fruit, 2 servings of granola and 1 serving of walnuts.


Second best time to consume Pinkberry yoghurt is mid morning as a snack or an early (between 12 pm – 1 pm) lunch, 3-4 hrs after a light breakfast.


Third best time to consume Pinkberry yoghurt – is as an early dinner (has to be the last meal of the day), no later than 7 pm.


Worst times to consume Pinkberry? Immediately after any meal and late at night!



Calorie counts


Original: Small – 150 cals Medium – 230 cals Large – 380 cals


Mango: Small – 150 cals Medum – 230 cals Large – 380 cals


Green tea: Small – 165 cals Medium – 253 cals Large – 418 cals


Chocolate: Small – 180 cals Medium – 276 cals Large – 456 cals


Passion fruit: Small – 165 cals Medium – 253 cals Large – 418 cals


Pomegranate: Small – 180 cals Medium 276 cals Large 456 cals


Coconut: Small – 210 cals Medium 322 cals Large 532 cals


Pinkberry yoghurt plus additions contain too many carbohydrate calories. Carbs need to be used as energy for them not to store as fat. This explains why you should consume it early and not at night. Unused energy will store!! 

The moral here is that you may consume ANYTHING as long as you MODERATE intake! 😉