Eu Yan Sang – Weight Management Program Post 5

Remember my blog post from a few months back that announced an awesome contest I would be holding, whereby 2 lucky blog readers of mine will get to win a fully sponsored Weight Management Program by Eu Yan Sang to help achieve their goal weight?

Well today, I will be introducing four extremely lucky Eu Yan Sang winners to you… 2 of which are winners from my blog’s contest, and the other 2 lucky girls were picked by a similar contest from SHAPE magazine!!! These 4 ladies / women come from different backgrounds and lifestyles, however they all face the same problem: they’re struggling to maintain a healthy and ideal weight for themselves, despite past efforts. I’ve totally been in that position before, and to be honest, some days I feel like I still am. Being fit is a lifelong commitment. But here’s hoping Eu Yan Sang will be the difference they need to jump start their journey to a healthier life! :) I know it sure was, for me!!
Let’s take a look at the profiles of these lovely women who are bold and daring enough to share their pictures, story, and progress with us. What’s a weight loss story without dramatic Before and After results that will shock all your family and friends, right? It may seem a little daunting to have their pictures plastered on my blog for a weight management post (these are all real stories and people!! no hoax) but I believe it’s good to have some positive pressure to push yourself along. Without pressure or a reason to really stick to your goal, it’s difficult to stay determined. Whenever I went off my diet for awhile last year, I always thought to myself, “Die lah. Cannot. People on my blog expecting to see obvious results… I cannot disappoint them, or myself!!!!!” so maybe this will help them stay on course. :P People are watching you!!!!

So here you have it, the 4 lucky ladies currently undergoing Eu Yan Sang’s weight management program! (30 sessions)

Eu Yan Sang Winner #1
Name: Adeline Koh Chew Yan (Shape Magazine Winner)
Story: “I gave birth 3 years ago, but still look 6 months pregnant. (mother’s apron)”
- I used to be slim, perfect for my height of 1.74m.  However, after the birth of my twins 3 years ago, my tummy still look like 6 months pregnant and I’m unable to shed my post preggies weight!!  My pre-preg weight was 65kg, now at 79kgs, I’m beginning to lose my self confidence as a mother & wife :(  Many friends are still asking if I am pregnant AGAIN, and I look forward to finding real help to slim down and give hope to many of the women in the same situation as me.

(My comments: To be honest, I don’t think Adeline looks 6 months pregnant at all. I think she looks good for her age! :) Nevertheless, let us bear in mind that this Eu Yan Sang weight management treatment is not ONLY for obese or extremely overweight people, it is also suitable for women who want to attain better health and lose a few inches off problemaic flabby areas too!)


Eu Yan Sang Winner #2
Name: Christy Teo (Blog Winner)
Story: “After giving birth, I tried many ways to lose weight, but failed.”
- I tried the meal replacements, pills, I signed up for a gym membership and had a personal trainer. I thought I could lose weight the healthy way in the gym. But I was wrong. Instead, I felt pressured. I would always think that all the fit people in the gym were staring at me, and laughing at my fats. Once, I stopped training half way and burst out crying. Because I could not fight the monster in me.  
I want to be part of this programme so that I can feel good and look good and be proud of myself. And that I never have to look down on myself again just because I am fat.

(My comments: Totally teared up when I read her story :’( I know what you mean. Sometimes, I feel like a monster myself. It doesn’t help that I’m also pretty tall for a Singaporean (about 1.7m) so I appear giant-like when I’m around other petite girls. And I also don’t like going to the gym because the way people look at me in there, it’s like they think I’m wasting my time. I prefer engaging in fun sports with friends, so it doesn’t feel so torturous when there’s a bit of fun factor thrown in there!

Eu Yan Sang Winner #3
Name: Mary Ann (Blog Winner)
Story: “Over the years with lack of exercise and control of food intake, I ballooned to 80kg.”
- I’m very interested in seeking Eu Yan Seng’s help in losing weight as you see, 5 years ago I was only 50kg. But over the years with lack of exercise and control of food intake, I ballooned to 80kg. I hate shopping for clothing as I get angry at myself when the salesperson informs me that I can’t fit or that they do not come in larger sizes.  I don’t even meet my old friends due to the fact that I can’t get over their reaction if they were to see me in this state. I really hope I’ll get picked for this contest and gain back my confidence and most importantly – a healthier body, state of mind and just a healthier me!
(My comments: The insensitive, snarky remarks from other people (rude sales people or friends who lack tact) hurt even more than the self-realization that you’ve let yourself go. Having gone through weight troubles myself, I’m very careful about how I describe other people, especially when the person I’m talking about is in front of me. If it’s rude to call an unattractive person “hideous”, how is it socially acceptable to taunt overweight people with comments like “whale” or “pig”? What you say about other people, says more about you than them. If you know of friends who are gaining weight, don’t tease them about it. Instead, be a good buddy and offer to partake in healthy, physically exerting activities with them!)

Eu Yan Sang Winner #4

Name: Pamela Lee Hui Ying (Shape Magazine Winner)
Story: “I have health problems like sleep apnea, and joint pains resulting from weight gain.”
- After I stopped breastfeeding, I put on 12kg within a few months. This sudden weight gain has been difficult to shed, given my desk bound job. It has caused me health problems like sleep apnea and joint pains, especially in my knees. I want my health and fitness back, so that I can have the energy to keep up with my toddler son.”

(My comments: Apart from being generally physically unfit, weight gain also results in many other sub health problems. For Pamela, it’s joint pains, for me it was accelerated heart rate & a really aching back pain that just wouldn’t go away, until I lost more than 10 kilos did the load finally lighten. Quite literally.)
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Here’s some useful and relevant information I found on the internet that I thought was quite insightful.

“Research has shown that as weight increases to reach the levels referred to as “overweight” and “obesity,” the risks for the following conditions also increases:

• Coronary heart disease
• Type 2 diabetes
• Cancers (endometrial, breast, and colon)
• Hypertension (high blood pressure)
• Dyslipidemia (for example, high total cholesterol or high levels of triglycerides)
• Stroke
• Liver and Gallbladder disease
• Sleep apnea and respiratory problems
• Osteoarthritis (a degeneration of cartilage and its underlying bone within a joint)
• Gynecological problems (abnormal menses, infertility)
Overweight is defined as a body mass index (BMI) of 25 or higher; obesity is defined as a BMI of 30 or higher.
Being severely obese has serious psychological and social repercussions. Many people who are overweight are subject to disapproval, even lectures, from family and friends and to sneers and remarks from strangers. Such behavior is propagated by the general societal belief that obesity is caused by a lack of self-discipline or moral weakness. These attitudes carry over into the work world, where a job or a promotion is often denied simply because of how much one weighs.”

Of course, to say that an overweight person lacks self-discipline isn’t entirely untrue. You don’t become overweight from watching your diet and exercising regularly. But the next time before you open your mouth to call someone fat, think about what sort of person you are being by kicking someone when they are already feeling down. Insecurities and the lack of self-confidence snowballs extremely quickly. You think by pointing out to an overweight person that they’re fat will make them motivated and go to the gym? You’re wrong. They already know. They’re not blind or stupid, they have mirrors to look at their own reflections. All you’re doing is hurting their self confidence even more. I would know very well how this feels. And when you don’t feel confident of yourself, you won’t go to the gym. You’ll coop yourself up at home, wallow in self-pity and probably indulge in ice cream to make yourself feel better. It’s a vicious cycle. Obesity may very well be a mental illness as much as it is a physical one.

I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again. Losing weight and becoming healthier is more of a mental hurdle than a physical one… believing you’re worth the change and effort, is the most challenging part.

Credits: source 1, source 2
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To the 4 ladies above, kudos for embracing the situation no matter how grim it may appear to be, and for wanting to make a change about your weight, AND your life. I think it’s incredible how you are brave enough to share your true story with other women, to motivate the ones who are facing similar problems… :) And to show that you’re never too young or old to make a change or lose some weight! I wish you all the very best of luck overcoming your health and psychological difficulties, and hope for the best results from the traditional chinese medicine method of acupuncture & weight management program you’re currently receiving from Eu Yan Sang…. for those of you who don’t know, it’s the same one I went through myself last year!!!!! You can read all about it from my previous blog posts.
I’ll keep you guys updated about their progress, and meanwhile, stay healthy and keep fighting! 
xoxo,
Jess
xoxo,
Jess

Eu Yan Sang – Weight Management Program Post 4

So, it’s been a couple of good months now since the last time I looked as big and heavy as the picture below….. but just in case you forgot what I used to look like, here’s a gentle reminder.

Weight loss starts not with a change of diet or lifestyle, but with changing your state of mind.

There’s the old me, on the left, and the current me on the right. I love delivering shock-factor pictures like these, they’re always so fun. Especially when you know you’re no longer the person you used to be. Face your demons! I embrace my past because it has made me a better person.

♥ My Story With Eu Yan Sang:

Mmmmhm. No biggie…. just lost like 10 whole kilograms of fat I had the misfortune of putting on after gorging myself with food and spiraling out of control of my own body.

…WHO AM I KIDDING?! It’s a huuuugeee deal!!!!! Last year I dropped about 11kg in total, and of that amount, 5.2kg was with the generous and sincere help of Eu Yan Sang’s weight management program. Read my 100% honest recount of the experiences here: Post 1, Post 2, Post 3. You will notice how my attitude starts to sound more positive in writing from the 2nd post onwards as I begun to see satisfactory results!

I was dealing with weight issues for awhile and was losing weight on my own, but Eu Yan Sang offered me that SHOVE I truly needed to get off my ass and really work those pounds off. Everyone, and I repeat, EVERYONE can lose weight instantly if they wanted to. You will see results in a few days, or a week, even if they are minor.. they are results nonetheless. But it’s just SO much easier when you have someone encouraging (in this case, professional to boot) to guide you along and nudge you whenever you start getting lazy. Many a times I felt like giving up on my low-carb diet last year, but my physician kept pushing me further, pressuring me in all the right ways. The only thing more difficult then losing the weight itself is gathering enough motivation, determination and willpower before you get around to doing it.

Before I started the program, I was really skeptical and hesitant. I told myself even if I only lose like 2kg it’d be an achievement (back then, losing weight seemed somehow impossible to me, it was as though no matter what I did I only seemed to gain more weight) Well imagine my delight when I lost 5.2kg in under 3 months thanks to Eu Yan Sang’s guidance and traditional acupuncture method!!!!!! Go read my previous posts to find out how acupuncture actually helps with raising your metabolism and curbing a monstrous appetite like mine!

Here I am with Physician Yang in a photo taken last week, I was so glad to see her again and gave her a warm hug when I walked into the clinic! I don’t want to seem over dramatic about being so grateful to her and Eu Yan Sang but really, I am. A lot of people pressured me to lose weight along the years, by calling me a pig, fat, obese, troll, etc, but those comments did nothing except piss me off / hurt my feelings / make me feel like not losing weight even more, because they weren’t supportive of encouraging but more of taunting. And I don’t respond well to taunting. I am a rebellious soul and will do mostly always the opposite of what people tell me to. I was just born that way.

But Physician Yang was patient, understanding and encouraging, like a second mother, which is why I felt so motivated by her genuine support. Even when I faltered, she didn’t blame me, but instead urged me to strive to do better, for my own health and sake – not for her, or for anyone else. Anyway, Physician Yang not only helped me find ways to curb my appetite and shed kilos, she also helped in improving my overall health!

Every single visit to Eu Yan Sang’s clinic would result in blood pressure, heart rate checks, asking me if my bowel movements have been regular, etc. Eu Yan Sang’s Traditional Chinese Medicine and practice approaches are more holistic that way, they believe paying attention to little details will help improve one’s overall health as when you feel unwell it means your body’s yin and yang is out of balance. They will try restoring that again for you, and prefer using all-natural ingredients on their chinese medicine as opposed to western drugs which are full of chemicals.


♥ My Story After Eu Yan Sang

I was kinda afraid that after ending my weight management program with Eu Yan Sang, I’d accidentally let my strength slip again and have my weight rebound back up. But surprisingly I haven’t gained any weight at all since ending my treatment and in fact I’ve lost more weight without even trying (no exercise, no special diet, I still eat ice cream and pasta whenever I want to, but within a reasonable amount). I’ve ended my treatment since September 2012, and still I am maintaining the results well!

Generally I try to eat healthier, fresher stuff like homemade sandwiches… it’s not carb free but it’s still delicious (sustainable dieting is key) and relatively good for you compared to fried chicken or hokkien mee!

But on days when I REALLY feel like snacking on something as unhealthy and fattening as potato chips, I try my best to substitute it with the next best thing! In this case, I went away with potato chips and made baked kale chips instead (no carbs YAY!!!)

Have you girls ever had kale chips? THEY ARE SO AMAZING!!! They taste like seaweed except better and 100% natural because they’re organic and chemical free, I just added a bit of salt and olive oil. They taste a lot better than potato chips but have less than 1/10 the calories.

I realized, after a few months of trying to control my diet, that you don’t have to give up good taste if you’re on a moderated diet. I can be losing weight and yet be eating all sorts of food that I love, such as cheese, steaks, mushrooms, soups, deep fried stuff… I just have to eat smart and choose quality over quantity. Sustainable dieting means something you can keep doing for months on end without feeling you’re on the brink of starvation or depriving yourself. Now that I’m lighter, healthier and eating better, I feel amazing! I’m thankful that I’m easier on the eyes these days, too. No need to worry about layers of fat folding around my stomach when I sit down or bend over and I LOVE being able to fit into UK 10 dresses with ease when I used to struggle with Size 14s and 16s.

I no longer have to feel self-conscious or lousy about myself because I can’t fit into normal-sized pretty clothes, or like when I stand next to tall, gorgeous, slim friends… of which I seem to have many of!!!!! I mean obviously I’m not as utterly beautiful as dear Beatrice in the picture above, but I still feel happy with the way I look despite my flaws and imperfections and really, I used to feel like an ogre beside my friends after I gained all the weight. But after all this talk about my success with shedding weight and how many kilos I’ve lost…. I HAVE to admit to you guys..

I’m still not TOTALLY contented with my body and weight. Obviously I can still work on a lot of things!!! I will be the first to say, I reckon my arms and legs are still huge, hahaha. TONS smaller than what they used to be, trust me. But yeah, still pretty big and noticeable.

Ideally, I want to be as thin as my pal over here.

LOL. Just kidding… (I think), no – really, I am. It is not only important to have a healthy weight but also a healthy state of mind! Please don’t let yourself be one of those girls who are SKINNY but think that they are fat. You have a mental / psychological problem, not a weight problem. Although my BMI is now in the healthy and acceptable weight range, my ideal weight is actually about 6 or 7kg lesser than what I am right now. I actually had a New Year’s Resolution post in January stating I want to lose a goal weight of 7kg….. will I be able to achieve my goal this year, with almost half the year gone already???

♥ A New Chapter With Eu Yan Sang Begins

Here’s where the fun part begins!!!!

I will be taking part in SHAPE magazine’s 5km run happening on July 7th, 2013, in a mass awareness and participation project to promote good health and a happier being in general as a result….. And I’d like to invite YOU, my blog readers, to join me on this journey to wellness!

I am holding a contest on my blog, brought to you by Eu Yan Sang TCM Clinics, a chance for two of you to win a fully sponsored Weight Management Program to experience yourself, worth more than $2000 for the sessions EACH!!!!!!!! You guys don’t know how lucky you are omg!!!! I cannot believe this! I have to work and blog to get my sessions sponsored but some lucky two of you are going to get it completely for FREE. Why the world so unfair?? Lol.

All you have to do is just join this awesome contest on my blog and hope you’ll get picked! In disbelief about the effectiveness of the acupuncture I’ve been raving about since last year?! Well here’s your chance to try it personally and boast your own results for the rest of the world to see. To kick start this little health project, you’ll have to take part in the SHAPE 5km run with me. With every contest, there will be rules, so here are mine:

a) Participant must have a BMI of 25 and above (BMI calculation http://www.shape.com.sg/bmi-calculator)
b) Participant must be willing to be featured in www.shiberty.com and SHAPE magazine.
c) Participant must be able to commit to the programme (treatments are scheduled at least twice a week) from June to September 2013.

The contest is open from 1 – 30 May 2013. Between 17 to 30 June, Eu Yan Sang will call up shortlisted participants to go through an initial consultation with the physicians to assess their health and determine if they are suitable to undergo the programme. Interested readers are to send the below info to shiberty@hotmail.com

- Name
- Age
- Height, weight & BMI
- State why you want to be part of the programme (in less than 100 words)
- Photo (optional)

So girls who feel like they need support from like-minded females to go through healthy weight loss methods together with them, pray that the stars align for you and that you get picked, especially if you really need encouragement and support to lose weight.. because I WILL BE HERE FOR YOU!!! I swear!!! Correction – we will be there for each other! I am super excited about being able to share this part of my life with you guys. I always get messages from girls who also struggle with weight issues asking me for advice on how to do it, well now is literally the chance for you to GET IN THE ACTION together with me. We will get fit and healthy together!!!! PROMISE ME YOU WON’T FAIL ME?! Lol. Don’t worry, I won’t let you fail either way.

ISN’T THIS EXCITING??? 

Quick send in your information to me, and I’ll announce the winners in my next Eu Yan Sang blog post! GOOD LUCK. 

xoxo,
Jess

xoxo,
Jess

10 ways to lose weight effectively

If you’re human, like me, you would have most likely put on some weight in December.

With all that festive feasting, how could you not?! Alcohol, cakes, indulgent meals…. yep, December is kinda notorious for that. So by the time January comes, one of the top few tasks on most peoples’ New Year’s Resolutions list would be “to lose weight”. I know it sure is on mine! I’ve lost a significant amount of weight last year, but my progress got kinda stagnant towards the end part of it… however, a new year is for revived opportunities, so say goodbye to complacency and hello PERSEVERANCE!

In case you don’t know, here’s how much weight I’ve lost:


“HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYBODEHHHHH!!! NOW PASS ME A BURGER OR I’LL EAT YOUR DOG.” - the old me on the left

LOL. I knowwwwwwwwwww. It’s awful. And kinda (very) scary. Trust me, when I was scrolling through my old photos trying to find the fattest full body shot of myself I could find, my jaw dropped to the floor when I saw this. Like, I always knew I was gaining weight, but I could NEVER fathom just how much. You know that quote, “You don’t know what you’ve lost until its gone?” Yeah, in my case its about the amount of fats. I’m not sure of the exact number but I think I’ve lost approximately 10-11kg since then.

To be fair, this was probably THE most unflattering picture of me ever taken…. AND the worst dress I’ve ever worn, in the worst possible angle. It’s amazingly cringe-worthy on so many levels. Not even just cringe-worthy, GASP-inducing! I was really big but I don’t think I really walked around looking like that everyday…. there are plenty of other pictures of me looking like a normal fat person (if that makes sense lol), but this one REALLY takes the cake. This one stole the whole cake and ate it by herself hahaha. I contemplated over whether I should post this picture or not, but I figured I have nothing to lose since I’m not that person any more. I am the much healthier and happier girl on the right side of the pic now! The pic in the purple dress was taken 31st December on the last day of 2012. Within 10 months, I think I made good progress and I’m proud of myself. I thought I would have binged and caved in to my old habits eventually and my weight would rebound back up again, but I’ve maintained it surprisingly well! In my old post, I mentioned that I aim to lose 7kg this year, so that is my new goal I have to work towards in 2013.

Quite a lot of people have been asking me lately, “How did you do it?” (I suppose some thought I’d never able to do it) so I decided to do a blog post with some of my own tips that helped me along the way, to provide some motivation to the people out there that truly need it. I’m not reaching out to annoying girls who are perfectly normal sized but complain that they are fat, I hope to reach out to actually overweight people who have a physical and mental condition that they want to mend. From the messages I’ve been getting, I know some of you feel helpless, but you are not. Everyone already KNOWS how to lose weight – eat less, exercise more. It’s just that simple. But what people want to hear is other straightforward baby steps that they can take so that the task seems more feasible, and not too daunting. What they want to hear is an easier solution. I can tell you this, losing weight is anything but easy, especially if you do it the good old fashioned way (excluding slimming pills, diet suppressants, detox teas, liposuction, fad diets, bulimia) but taking small steps so that your body gets accustomed to your new lifestyle change will make it much easier. I still have a considerable amount of work to do and progress to make before I’m well satisfied with my body, so I will have to refer back to this list whenever my strength happens to waiver this year…. which I pray will not happen, but I know it will some time or another, I am only human. I don’t claim to be a diet / body / health / nutritionist expert of sorts, but this list below has worked well for me, and I hope it will for you too.

Shiberty’s list of 10 ways to lose weight effectively:

1) Drink more water in between and right before meals.

Water is the healthiest and most natural diet suppressant.
• Not only does drinking enough water aid in keeping your skin clear, body hydrated and your brain functioning properly, it also results in you feeling full for longer periods of time. When I feel like snacking in between meals, I drink a lot of cold, CARBONATED water to make my cravings go away. 80% of the time, it works. 20% of the time, unforunately I succumb to my temptations. The gas and bubbles from the drink makes me burp and kind of bloated, which is a fab solution when you’re hungry although you’re not supposed to be… it tricks your body into thinking that you’re not. Also, drink half a glass of cold water before you have any meal. It WILL decrease the amount of food you will eat quite significantly. I try to drink carbonated cold water whenever I can, it works better than still water.


2) Skip supper.

Everyone knows that to lose weight, you have to eat less in general.
• Most importantly, you have to watch what you eat at night, from 7pm onwards. In the day, your metabolism rate is much higher and burns up calories faster than it would at night. The excess calories that don’t get used by the time you sleep will be stored as sugar in your body, and converted into fat cells eventually. I can’t tell you to skip dinner because that would be unhealthy, but have a light dinner made of mainly protein and vegetables, and ALWAYS skip supper when you can!!! A good way to make sure you don’t succumb to supper cravings is to sleep earlier. Wake up and have breakfast the next morning instead. People who head to bed after 1am will definitely feel kinda hungry by that time, unless they had a late dinner, which is also not good. When I feel hungry at night, I go to sleep. You can’t feel hungry (or any conscious feeling at all) when you’re asleep. If you’re too hungry to fall asleep, which happens to me some times… for gods sake, fix yourself something light to snack on then off to bed you go!

3) Weigh yourself everyday.

When I was gaining weight, I kept myself off the weighing scale for as long as possible..
• I ran far away from it whenever I saw one. I couldn’t face the truth. Not for a long time. But now, I jump on the weighing scale everyday, for a reality check. If you want to lose weight, you HAVE to face the truth – that your body is in an unhealthy state right now, and you NEED to do something about it. Look at your weight. Is it a number you’d like to see? No it is not. It sucks. It’s so damn high, what the hell happened to you? What number would look a lot better on the scale, and what dress would look really good on you if your weight actually were the number you hope for it to be? Plan a weekly target for your weight loss. Don’t get far fetched and think about how much weight you want to lose in the next half a year. Start slow, but steady. Start by losing 500g this week. 500g is really easy, you could lose 500g in a day or two if all you ate was a moderate amount of salad, fruits, protein and water. When you lose your first 500g, you’ll instantly feel a mini sense of triumph. And that sense of achievement and self-fulfillment will become addictive, as you see your weight drop more and more every day, even if its only by 200g sometimes. If you wanna get thinner, you weigh yourself everyday to monitor your progress, to make sure you’re on the right track. You don’t leave it to chance and luck and hope weight loss just happen to you. If you’re not seeing enough results, TRY HARDER. Just like how if you wanna get rich, or when you’re doing a business, you calculate your finances and sales profit all the time to keep track of your record!

4) Eat when you need and want to, but in small, controlled amounts.

When you need to eat: 
• It’s better to have 4 or 5 small meals throughout the day, than to have 1 or 2 gigantic ones. Your body breaks down the food easier and faster when it comes in moderated amounts. A sure bet to lose weight is to snack frequently on healthier options in between lunch and dinner, so you don’t end up eating too much at night. Snack on dried seaweed, cheeses, fruits, anything that doesn’t have a super high amount of carbs / sugar will do just fine. Or drink carbonated water, like I said! Most people look forward to dinner because its their biggest and most indulgent meal… That’s gonna have to change!

When you want to eat: 
• If you have a craving that lasts for hours or even days and it just won’t seem to go away, satisfy it. If you feel like ice cream, have some ice cream. Share it with a friend. Don’t order your usual 2 scoops of ice cream. Have one scoop instead. If you can bring yourself to, have only a few spoonfuls, enough to satisfy your craving and keep yourself sane. Sustainable dieting is so important. Most of the time, people give up their diets halfway because it drove them insane. They felt like they couldn’t eat anything at all. So I’m taking a different approach and telling you, EAT if you really feel like you want to. But always learn how to moderate. If I’m dying for pasta, (one of my favorite foods) I will have pasta for lunch, in a small portion much lesser than what I’d normally have if I let myself indulge. Then I’ll opt for a low-carb meal for dinner to make up for my high intake of carbohydrates in the afternoon. This way, you’ll find its much easier to adhere to your diet for prolonged periods of time.

5) Don’t over order when you’re dining out in restaurants. 

Don’t bite off more than you can chew.
• When you look at the menu in a restaurant, you wanna order literally EVERYTHING. You let your gluttony get the better of you, and you end up ordering more than you can eat. Damn it! Over-ordered again. But the food is already in front of you, on the table….. You’re gonna have to pay for that anyway……..  Mama always taught you not to waste food. Gah, you hate seeing perfectly good and yummy food being thrown away. Hate wasting food, hate wasting food. Must finish everything. So you reach out into the table, and you keep putting food into your mouth, even when you should have and could have stopped 300 calories ago. You’re not eating because you’re still hungry, you’re eating just because the food is there. It’s in front of you. A natural reaction. If this scenario sounds like you, then you’re JUST like me. Stop doing that.

• Don’t order your starter, main course and dessert all at the start of the meal. Order a main course first, then think about whether you’re hungry enough to have a side dish. If you are, why not share it with your dining partner? Don’t even think about dessert until you’re done with all the savory food. Think ya got space in your tummy? Drink half a glass of water. If you still insist on dessert after all of that – fine, go ahead. But chances are, you won’t.  When you think you’ve had quite enough but afraid you may reach out for more, proclaim loudly, “I’m really full now.” I do that when I’m with a group of friends and it prevents me from eating more coz if I do I’d look really stupid, and a liar. LOL. Or, simply ask the waiter to clear your table. Voila. The food isn’t in your face any more, so you don’t have to think about whether you should continue eating. Problem solved.

6) Stop eating when you feel adequately satiated, not when you feel full or bloated.

Your stomach is like a muscle you can train.
• If you persistently have smaller meals, your stomach will naturally shrink as well, and it won’t need as much food to become full. The first time you cut down on your usual amount of intake, you’ll feel slightly unsatisfied or reluctant, but you’ll get used to it very quickly. You’ll feel the results of this theory in a mere week, try it. It does’t have to be a drastic difference. If you love rice, and are used to having it all the time for dinner, then instead of a whole bowl, reduce it to 3/4 bowl. After a week or two, reduce it to half a bowl. It will make a world of difference in time to come.

• Some people don’t know when to stop eating. (*raises hands* I am one of them!) They gorge themselves until they’re crazily bloated. You should actually stop eating when you feel adequately SATIATED. What does adequately satiated mean? When your tummy isn’t growling any more. When you feel like you’ve got enough in your stomach to keep you going for at least another hour or two, not the whole damn day. When hunger isn’t an issue, and when you can go back to functioning normally. Stop eating at that point. You don’t need to be FULL all the time. Eating till you’re full isn’t satisfying your body’s needs, it is satisfying your own endless greed. 

7) Pick up a friendly or competitive sport with a friend.

Hate going running, or to the gym? 
• Me too. The weather is wayyy too hot and humid outside to go running, and the gym is just…. well, boring. Sounds like excuses? They probably are. So rid yourself of excuses and pick up a totally fun sport with a friend! You’ll end up doing it for the fun factor, rather than exercising, which becomes a byproduct. I some times play table tennis with the boyfriend, and badminton with friends, and burn more calories than I notice. Other fun activities such as swimming works great as well – as long as you’re moving and using energy, you’re burning up calories. Exercise becomes a lot more bearable when you have a friend to motivate you – I prefer competitive sports so that I have a reason to perform even better and try harder each time we play! Find a spontaneous and reliable friend who’s willing to commit to a new activity with you. It’s important you find someone you can rely on to always show up, because if your friend / work out partner starts getting lazy, chances are you will get affected as well. Yoga? Soccer? Pilates? Tennis? Whatever you fancy. Just find something, and do it. Anything but sitting on your ass.

8) Lower your carbohydrates intake.

“Is butter a carb?” – Regina George, Mean Girls.
• No, butter isn’t a carb, Regina. Butter = fat. Technically, eating foods high in fat (oily friend chicken, fatty char siew) doesn’t make you as fat as eating carbohydrates does. If you made Person A eat KFC everyday, and Person B eat Pasta Mania everyday, Person B will most likely put on more weight than Person A because of their high amount of carbohydrates intake from the pasta. The biggest factor of my weight loss is definitely going on a low-carbohydrate diet. Low carb doesn’t mean NO carb, it just means I’ve reduced my carb intake significantly while still consuming enough to keep my body running normally. It is imperative that a person who wants to lose weight efficiently understands what carbohydrates do to your body. So let’s have a little science lesson.

What ARE carbs? Main sources of carbohydrates include noodles, rice, pasta, bread, potatoes, sweet potatoes, any starchy or sugary food. Sugar = also carbs. So that means an innocent looking piece of fruit or vegetable has a certain amount of carbs as well, for it is naturally sweet. Let’s use an apple as an example. But that doesn’t mean that eating an apple will make you fat –  there are good carbs, and bad carbs.

Good Carbs AKA Complex Carbs
• We can reap the health benefits of good carbs by choosing carbohydrates full of fiber. These carbs that get absorbed slowly into our systems, avoiding spikes in blood sugar levels. Examples: whole grains, vegetables, fruits, and beans.

Bad Carbs AKA Processed Carbs
• We can minimize the health risk of bad carbs by eating fewer refined and processed carbohydrates that strip away beneficial fiber. Examples: white bread and white rice.

Carbohydrate Addiction
• The consumption of carbohydrates can actually cause an addiction for many people, because of the serotonin release they induce. Serotonin is a brain chemical that improves the mood and induces a relaxing effect by decreasing stress and anxiety as well as reducing pain. People with low serotonin levels may therefore reach for more and more carbohydrates in an attempt to feel better, which can eventually lead to weight gain.

Fat Storage
• After eating carbohydrates, the pancreas responds by producing insulin, which is mainly responsible for regulating blood sugar levels by letting the carbohydrates, broken down into sugar, enter the cells of the liver and muscles to be used for energy. However, insulin also has the role of regulating fat storage. High levels of circulating insulin, which are associated with the consumption of carbohydrates, help with the storage of carbohydrates and excess calories not required for immediate use as fat. In other words, carbohydrates promote the release of insulin, which in turn promotes fat storage.

(Source 1, Source 2.)

These days, I don’t even have to exercise excessively or starve myself to lose weight – I just have to lower my carbs intake, and I usually see weight loss results within days. I’ve lost as much as 2 kilos in a week simply by reducing processed carbs, and eating more protein, fat + complex carbs such as fruits and vegetables. Coupled with increased exercising, the results can be quite drastic. Like an 11kg sort of drastic-ally wonderful. Losing weight isn’t the difficult part, it’s MAINTAINING the weight that is the biggest hurdle. After losing some, you’ll gain some back… but your aim is to keep most of it off!

9) Always wear nice clothes that actually fit you.

Why? I’ll tell you why.

The Clothes Know Best
• The easiest, idiot proof way to tell if you’ve gained weight is trying to squeeze into a pair of jeans, or a dress that would normally fit you just fine. You don’t even have to voluntarily step onto a weighing scale to find out – your clothes will instantly tell you. Now, if you’re the type who likes to wear baggy, loose-fitting stuff all the time, your weight gain may not be immediately obvious. And it doesn’t feel good when your clothes that used to fit, don’t any more. If you know what’s good for you, you’ll do something about it.

Baggage Allowance
• When I was a UK Size 14, some times I’d buy a dress that was UK Size 16 just in case I got even fatter. It was almost as if I was prepping myself for future weight gain. These days, I swear by all UK size 10 dresses, even if some times they’re a little tight around my hips or chest. On several occasions I wore dresses so tight fitting, I could barely breathe in them. BUT I’M NOT GOING TO BUY A GOD DAMN SIZE UP ANY MORE. Doing so is pretty much giving myself the OK to become fatter again. I will not accept this behavior from myself. What I wanna do, is downsize even more. If my dress is tight, I’m going to lose enough weight so that it fits perfectly, and hopefully one day it will be loose, like all my other now-redundant UK size 12s, 14s, and 16s!!! I have quite a lot of clothes that don’t fit me at all any more, mainly ranging from UK 14 to 16s. I know how hard it is to find nice clothes when you’re  of a certain size, so if you’re interested in buying my pretty clothes off me (all in perfect condition), drop me a mail at Shiberty@hotmail.com.

Wear Nice Clothes To Feel Good About Yourself
• There was a period of time I recycled the same old boring, ugly clothes over and over again, because those would be all that’d fit me. Fashion didn’t even matter to me, and I just let myself go. No make up, hair was shit, fashion sense was also shit… It was severely depressing. Even if you’re a big girl, you deserve to indulge in fashion! Pamper yourself and wear nice clothing. It will inspire you to shed some pounds so that you may look even better in future outfits. Completely letting yourself go and not caring how you end up looking or feeling like, is the worst possible thing you could do for yourself. Don’t let yourself go, don’t lose hope. I know its inevitable that you lose some self-confidence when you gain weight, which is why you need to regain your self-love back. Most girls don’t bother to lose weight because they don’t BELIEVE that they are worth the change, or that they CAN do it. Losing weight is 60% mindset and willpower, 25% dieting, 15% exercise.

10) Celebrate every victory!

…No matter how small.
• Keeping your morale up is vital for weight loss. Always think positive, and give yourself rewards for seemingly little achievements. You didn’t have supper last night? GOOD FOR YOU. You had grilled fish instead of pasta? Splendid. Buy yourself a little gift (a healthy cookbook?). Tell your boyfriend, girlfriend, mom, dad, sister, brother or friend about it. Get them to support you. You won’t survive this journey on your own. Don’t beat yourself up over little mistakes, such as failing to resist your favorite dessert after dinner time. That’s okay. Just exercise tomorrow to burn the calories off. Don’t blame yourself if you’re not straight away seeing the results you were hoping for. It will not be easy, it will not be quick, but it will be completely worth every single tear and sweat drop that came out of this. By the end of it all, you’ll see that I was right. Like I’ve said before, you didn’t put on all that weight in one day, so don’t expect only a day to burn it off. …But it’s always better to be sore the next day, than sorry.

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Aside from all that I’ve mentioned above, of course I have to highlight that I was extremely fortunate enough to have undergone acupuncture weight management treatment with Eu Yan Sang and be their featured blogger, which gave me the push I desperately needed! Read about my weight loss journey with EYS here: Post 1, Post 2, Post 3. Oh, and if you have a friend whom you know that is struggling with weight issues or someone who needs some encouragement and inspiration – do me a favor, & help me share this post with them!

Always remember: Your body is constantly a work in progress.

No slim or trim figure lasts forever unless you bother to maintain it. And no overweight or obese person will be fat or thick forever either, unless you continue stuffing your face and gorging your body with unhealthy food day after day. I’m on the same path, just like you. We are all in this together. I hope by the end of 2013, I can look back on my current pictures and say “Look how much smaller my arms / thighs have gotten!”. TODAY is always the right day to start making a change. If you don’t do it in 2013, when will it ever happen? A year from now, when you look back, you’ll wish you’d started a year ago. Take it from a person who once proclaimed to the world that she loved food more than herself. I still love food to the heavens, hell and back. And I’m really fucking lazy when it comes to physical activities to boot. You can do it if you want to. But only if you really, REALLY want it badly enough. So ask yourself…. do you, now?

Hear this, and repeat after me: I’M DOING THIS FOR ME.

Not because some assholes are calling me mean names. Not because I’m being pressured into it. I’m doing this out of my own good sense and will because I’ve finally had enough of my own lame excuses. Because I need to start loving myself properly again. Because I deserve to be healthy, and happy.


Good luck!!!!!!!! 

xoxo,
Jess

xoxo,
Jess
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