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Good Food or Great Figure?

You can have your cake and eat it too

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It’s hard to stick to a diet when you love to eat. And hey, skipping meals isn’t healthy, right? Here’s a secret: you don’t have to starve yourself to maintain a healthy weight – it’s not just the quantity of food that counts, but also the quality. Dr Tan Tyng Yuan, Clinic Director of The Aesthetics & Hair Clinic, shares how you can balance your diet and weight loss efforts.



Detox Dilemmadiet diary

I’ve read about juicing for detox and the trend now is soup detox. Which of these is better for someone who is new to body detoxing? What do we need to consider before we embark on a detox programme, and what should we look out for during the programme?

  • Newbie

Dr Tan says:

Juice detox is rich in vitamins and fibre whilst soup detox (chicken soup or cabbage soup) can be rich in proteins or vitamins. It is important to consult a physician or dietician before embarking on the detox programme as these diets may not be suitable for older patients, patients with underlying health problem (such as diabetes), or teenagers. Look out for the nutritional values involved in the diet and be sure to supplement it with vitamin supplements to make up for nutrients that are essentially cut out from the diet.

woman choose  from sweet cake and red appleRoom for Improvement

I want to lose weight this year by controlling my diet better. In the past, I used to snack whenever I felt like it, and have big helpings at each meal. I’ve started to cut down on the portions I eat and try not to snack as much too. What else can I do to improve my diet to help me lose weight?

  • Work in Progress

Dr Tan says:

Try a diet with low glycaemic index (most fruits, breakfast bran cereals, chickpeas and lentils) to stay full longer. It is also useful to cut down on carbohydrates or avoid them in the evening. Adding a low intensity exercise (such as brisk walking for half an hour) helps to keep the weight off too.

DietLate Dinners Make Me Fat

I often work late and end up having dinner after 8pm or sometimes even after 9pm. I think this is one of the biggest reasons I find it difficult to lose weight. What can I do? I don’t want to skip dinner.

  • Hard Worker

Dr Tan says:

Try packing your own dinner with you or keeping a protein bar in your bag to keep your energy levels up when you are on the go. Modifying the contents of your dinner play an important role too. Try to avoid foods with high glycaemic index during dinnertime, and load up on fruits and vegetables instead.

Drink Water = Drop Weight?

I heard that drinking lots of water helps to break down fat in the body so you actually lose weight if you drink enough water. Is this true? How much water do I need to drink to lose weight?

  • Waterbaby

Dr Tan says:

Drinking water itself does not help with weight loss but drinking an adequate amount of water per day can help the body to stay hydrated and avoid confusion with hunger pangs. Next time you feel hungry, try drinking a glass of water and waiting half an hour before eating. It helps to prevent overeating and keep the body hydrated. An average person needs eight glasses of water a day, and more if you are active/exercising.

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