We love food, and it’s no secret that it’s a staple that all humans can’t do without. And as Singaporeans, we sometimes just can’t help but be an avid foodie. From an array of choices such as bar chor mee, fried chicken, and a high-carbohydrate diet (yes, we Asians love our rice), we struggle to eat in moderation at times. If you’re constantly bogged down by weight issues, and you’re on the brink of frustration trying to resolve them – here are some eating tips by Dr. Terence Tan of Halley Medical Aesthetics to help you retain your slim and svelte figure:
1. Stay ahead of temptation – it all begins with the mind.
Discipline is important, and you should adopt an eating regime that best complements your health. Always opt for the healthier alternative when it comes to snacking, such as nuts, bread and low-calorie health foods. When it comes to the main dishes, opt for something soupy such as pho, or a hearty salad if you fancy something Western. If you’d like to treat to yourself to dessert, opt for fruits instead of sweet treats that are high on sugar or calories. If you prefer to indulge – always think twice! Stay ahead of your health, and take care of it well whenever possible.
2. Satisfy your cravings by scheduling your cheat days.
We know you definitely have cravings – and on some days, the urge to indulge will be greater than others. However, eating in moderation is key here, so make a list of all the food you want to eat and schedule your cheat day accordingly. This is because it’s important to regulate your diet, for a more wholesome you. When trying something new or eating something you’ve been looking forward to for a long time, try not to over order or overeat. Restaurants don’t disappear overnight – you can always go back another day to try the rest of the food selection. What will help to aid better digestion will be savouring the art of slow living, and having your hearty meal while enjoying your favourite magazine.
3. There’s no rush – cold meals are better than hot meals.
Take your time to enjoy your food as you catch up with your friends on the latest happenings. Let your food cool down as you engage in heart-to-heart talks your soul requires. The body takes time to tell your brain that you are full through slow-acting hormones and nerve impulses. If you think you have eaten enough, wait for 15 minutes before eating more. You will be surprised to see the effect it has on your body, and it’s largely for the better!
4. Drink water before you eat.
Water is great and keeping yourself hydrated is key in maintaining healthy bodily functions. Drinking water before you eat preps your body to digest more food. What’s more – a full tummy makes you full, no matter what it contains. This will essentially help you lessen your food intake for a slimmer and healthier you.
And there we have it, a list of simple eating tips by Dr. Terence Tan to stay slim and fit. There are no drastic measures involved, yet these are just small habits that we can begin to cultivate for a healthier lifestyle.
Watch this video to find out Dr. Terence Tan’s approach to slimming:
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