Actually losing weight is not really that hard- all you need is to be more aware of what you eat and cut down gradually on the portion of carbohydrates that you are taking in the form of rice, sugar, bread and other flour based items.
Recently during a training I met one of the trainer- at first glance, I had thought that he was just fresh out of high school but as he was making a system presentation, it is not unusual for vendors to employ talented high school whiz kids. During breaktime, we were chatting for a while and he told he that in fact, he is in his late twenties.
How he maintained his youthful looks was because he was a vegetarian since he was 4 years old. Nothing religious or for save the earth kinda thing but it was just his choice. And he also said that he used to weight over 80kg- at the height of about 5 feet 9 inches (174cm). But now, he does not look as though he weighed more than 65kg.
He said basically there’s nothing complicated about losing weight. All he did was to make sure that he plays badminton twice a week. And he also watch a bit of the carbo he is taking (vegetarians sometimes have to be careful not to eat too much sugar or mock meat in substitute for meat or hunger). Even though he takes eggs and milk, but he does not attack the snacks and coffee/tea (laden with condensed milk and sugar).
Exercise is very important- it’s not about dieting alone- we need:
- aerobic exercises to help to regulate our circulation, balances our hormones, burn calories, sweat out the toxins
- strength training exercises- to build some muscles to help strengthen our body, increase metabolic rate- simple exercises like squats, push ups, certain core strengthening exercises
- stretching to relax our muscles and reduce the risk of injury. Also helps us to relax
No matter how tempting things look- I really don’t belief in slimming centers. We do not need to spend a fortune. So many people I see in the park rely on nothing by their own two legs- running, and then push-ups and stretching- and they can maintain ideal healthy weight even till their fifties or sixties.
You can do it- it’s not hard and you need not need drastic changes- just a little adjustment in diet to gradually remove rice, cakes (kuih muih), sugar drinks and other forms of carbs (but do not eliminate) and substitute with more vegetables (not with mayo and salad dressing please). Then add on a little exercise to get your body and hormones in better balance. Also helps you to dispel negative energies and toxins from the body. Start with walking, swimming or cycling.
Be patient- tell yourself you will give yourself 1 month to see- don’t give up if you do not see results within few days and don’t start ‘rewarding’ yourself with ice cream the moment you see a slight drop in weight. Take it easy and take it moderate.
By making small changes gradually- it will slowly become a part of your life. Take example from me- I used to be tired and sedentary for most of my life- till I make the change a few years ago. Today, I still remain active. If I can do it, surely you can 🙂
In 2 articles written by Dr Amir Farid Isahak, it was mentioned that a lady just lose a whopping 180kg within a year by cutting down on carbo alone:
You don’t have to waste a lot of money to lose weight. Several months ago, the newspapers reported that a Malay lady lost 180kg by just avoiding rice for one whole year. She started out at 260kg, and ended up at 80kg.
She didn’t spend thousands at any slimming salon, but was on a diet and supplement programme supervised by her doctor. If she can lose 180kg, surely others can lose 18kg in one year. But it takes discipline – no nasi lemak, nasi kandar, nasi briyani, nasi tomato, etc. Wow, that is difficult!