Ten Simple Steps to Lose Weight
Overweight and obesity is a common thing in Malaysia. As one of the world’s top destination for food, Malaysian food is strong in flavour, high on sugar and often sinfully fattening. For decades, Malaysians eat nasi lemak (“fatty rice” if translated to English) as breakfast. Nasi Lemak comprises of rice cooked with coconut milk, fried peanuts, fried anchovies, boiled egg, sliced cucumber and local chili paste called “sambal”. Thus, that is one of many Malaysian food that is high in carbs and calories.
That’s me at 101kg, note the double chin.
Like many other Malaysians, I have weight issue. I am in the obesity bracket and it is quite impossible for me to go down to my ideal weight. I was at 101kg (the heaviest so far) and breaking the hundred barrier is not something to rejoice. My calculated ideal weight is around 70 kg and the time I had that weight is probably twenty years ago. When you are hitting hundred kg you are very demotivated to lose weight. I have tried many things but nothing seems to be successful due to lack of motivation. Until recently, I was invited to consult professional help at UOA Mediviron Clinic. There, I met up with Dr. Jasmine and she tailored a special diet program for me. It is called the HCG program and after following her advice, I list out ten simple steps to lose weight. Please bear in mind, the steps below are based on my own opinion and doesn’t reflect to any individual or any companies or any organisations.
1. Drink less sugar
Gone are the days of “3 in 1” packet drinks, teh tarik, packet drinks, canned drinks and even 100% processed juice drinks. Same goes to isotonic drinks too. Let’s not argue how much sugar content in those drinks so I just avoid it. Sometimes you might feel a cup or two might not hurts but when you have it daily, it will take its toll in our body.
I am now drinking plain coffee without sugar and milk every day. It keeps me awake and also increases my metabolism rate too. However, if you do have caffeine issue please get a de-caff coffee. If you are not a coffee person, just avoid those sweet drinks or take green tea as well. Green tea is popular with its anti-oxidant capabilities and it is naturally refreshing!
I am not so much a drinker so cutting down on alcohol is easy on me. Even though I love single malt whiskey, wine and sake, I don’t go all out for it. Getting drunk and hangovers will not do any good to your body anyways. It is more than a month since I had a drink but will still drink a glass or two once in a blue moon.
3. Cut on carbs
The toughest of all is cutting on the carbs. White bread, rice and noodles are part of our dietary life and it won’t be easy getting rid of them in our daily meal intake.
You will be having all sorts of problems trying to get a meal without carbs as we get so complacent with rice to keep your tummy full. I try not to eat any carbs or go as low as possible. Carbs will turn to sugar in our system except you exercise to burn it.
4. Eat More Green
Vegetables are good for you. Try to have it in a salad without dressing or steam it or a simple stir fried. Don’t overcooked it or have it with too many flavours, you will spoil the vegetables.
This is tough for me as I’m not a vegetable lover. That’s one of the reasons why I am so heavy so having green as part of my meal is not easy. I have to force myself to eat now in every meal as I’m trying to make it a habit.
Fruits are essentials for meals too. Green apple is the best example of great ingredient of success to lose weight!
Keep it simple as the green is good for you.
5. Count the calories
Like it or not, you will discover a hidden world when you start to look at the calories of your food especially snacks!
Check with your physician and how much calories intake you can consume per day and then start to count your calories.
Chocolates are bad but dark chocolates are awesome. Same goes to certain food that has low calories and low carbs as well. There are little things that can scare you away with high calories and you need to keep on putting a tab on it.
Some might go on extremely low calories diet but do consult your physician for the best for you. Low calories diet might have cases of rebound.
I have been counting calories since day one of my diet and so far I consider myself did a great job even though I cheated numerous times.
6. Love the white meat
Luckily, chicken is top of my food pyramid and fish is getting there too. Avoid having too much red meat such as pork, beef and mutton and try to eat more white meat like chicken or fish.
Having white meat doesn’t mean you need to deep fry it. Try to have your chicken (preferable breast meat) or fish steamed or grilled. Don’t spoil it though with oil or too much seasoning. Keep it simple.
7. Weigh yourself
This is a daily route that you need to make it habitual. Weigh yourself the first thing in the morning and keep track of it every day.
When I started at 101kg and I went down to 92.5kg after 28 days, I keep track on my weight daily. Even sometimes I cheated on a few days of my diet, I make sure I didn’t gain that much.
Make sure you check on your weight especially a few days of feasting so you can lose it back fast! Don’t wait till the next week.
That’s how I put on 10kg for 2013 because I keep on believing I will lose back the extra kilos on the next week or on the next month. There is no wrong to enjoy sinful food but you just can’t overdose with it.
8. Drink plenty of water
Water is essential for your body and it is one of the ways for your body to expel the fats from your body. Drink plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated and don’t worry so much about water retention.
I drink at least three litres of water daily and try to stick with it every day. I have bottles of water everywhere especially in the car.
Exercise is very important to lose weight. Ideally you need to exercise three times a week to maintain your weight. Half an hour on treadmill can do wonders to your body.
However, I still can’t find time to do so and I compensated it with a two and half hour of badminton session every week. Thus, I believe any form of exercise is good for your body if not how will you burn your fat?
10. Consult a physician
This is the most important thing before you start any lose weight programs. Visit a qualified physician and not a beautician or a sales person.
A physician will evaluate your body and what do you need to do to lose weight. Many of us so sceptical on diet programs but none of us realize how much damage a piece of fried chicken can do harm to our body and same goes to a stick of cigarette.
Never think that you know your body too well. If that so, you won’t be overweight or obese. There are certain people who can’t get fat even eating so many sinful food but they might be having high cholesterol. Some might have genetic issues like diabetic or high blood pressure.
Consult a physician for a piece of mind. For me, I consulted Dr. Jasmine from UOA Mediviron Clinic.
You probably note a bit of difference on my tummy and my double chin.
I’m still heavier than I’m used to be but losing 8kg is such a relief!
For the course of 28 days, I have lost around 8 kg. I am around 93kg now from my previous 101kg. Thus, I completed the course during the Chinese New Year and I did break my diet in a few occasions. If not, I will lose further. Now, it is the time for me to maintain the weight or to lose further.
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