“No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right; a single experiment can prove me wrong.”
The above quote came from one of mankind’s most brilliant minds, Albert Einstein, on the subject of Science. Indeed Science is actually more than just about discoveries. It is about gaining a deeper and more useful understanding about how things work and the application of that knowledge.
It won’t be too presumptuous to even say that on a broader scale, it’s about understanding the world around us. This understanding and knowledge can only be achieved through a series of repeated experimentations, continuous dissections of results and also (in a very important context) the debunking of certain scientific myths.
Opinions and significant discoveries from respected professionals in the various field of sciences are often held in high regards. One such individual is Dr Ivan Tan of Nu.Reflections Medical Aesthetics, a clinic that specializes in the aesthetic or the Science of Beauty. Dr Tan is a much sought after expert in his field who is forthcoming in sharing his knowledge undoubtedly gained through both years of academic and practical experience.
Body Contouring & Weight Loss Machines Myth Debunked
According to Dr Tan, outside of issues associated with the face, he has seen and treated many a fair share of patients with issues relating to the body. Generally, primary concerns among his women patients are of the extra fats that can be found around the tummy, thighs and arms to name a few. The men, on the other hand, usually request for a body contouring treatment aside from their concerns surrounding love handles and beer bellies.
Dr Tan emphasised that Nu.Reflections Medical Aesthetics provides body contouring service and not weight loss per se, although they do provide advice in regards.
According to Dr Tan, body contouring involves the external reshaping or as its namesake, contouring of the body. The fat content in the body however remains unchanged and therefore the weight of the individual remains the same. Even if there was weight loss, it is usually accredited loss of water in the body.
In the same breath, Dr Tan managed to dispel the myth and misconceptions people have in regards to weight-loss services provided by slimming centres. He states that unless it’s a liposuction procedure, there are no machines that can make excess weight and fats disappear.
So essentially, the success of the non-invasive slimming treatments provided by these centres largely depends also on the accompanying recommended dietary plans which may include supplements and the like. He reiterates that the basic foundation towards a successful weight loss and body reshaping is reducing one’s (food) intake. Dr Tan stresses that proportion is also key in looking good.
Chances are we’ve all most often than not, heard of the term Big and Beautiful. So if an individual is on the plus size but having firm skin with little cellulite, they’re still presentable.
According to Dr Tan in such cases, patients usually undergo a contouring treatment to help them look better. It is important to note that sagging skin and cellulite, the brunt of many women and men, is not an issue sighted only on those with overweight problems. It is also a distressing affliction for those without.
Do collagen supplements work?
On the subject of supplements, Dr Tan explains that despite the common claims associated with them, supplements are basically nutrition. For example, collagen by itself is too big a molecule to be absorbed from the gut. Essentially when collagen supplement is consumed, it is actually digested before being absorbed in the form of broken down collagen or amino acids. These forms building blocks in the body which in turn will produce collagen that produces the desired result and effect as scientifically claimed.
This explanation by Dr Tan manages to dispel the myth and the assumption that collagen directly effects areas where it’s needed immediately upon consumption. He also emphasised that a balanced nutrition would suffice to achieve a healthy body but due to the demands and rigours of an individual’s everyday schedule, supplements are usually recommended.
Exercise versus diet versus gastritis – how your fats are smarter than you
Gym classes and Physical Education (P.E.) sessions during our school days served as reminders on the importance of exercise. Though exercise is generally good for maintaining a healthy body but when it comes to weight loss apparently, it is not a necessity. Arguably according to Dr Tan, there are always exceptions but generally if an individual is of plus size, the impact of exercise can take a detrimental toll on the body. The stress on the joints can lead to injury which can be counterproductive to its original intent.
Also, exercise results in a higher metabolic rate and this can translate into a big increase in appetite. But perhaps one of its fallacies is the false sense of security or assumption an individual have, thinking that since they have just indulge in (any form of) exercise therefore they can then indulge in a gastronomical feast after.
More of than not however, this will lead to overeating which will result in non weight loss or weight gain even. The theory behind the body’s fat storage is simple according to Dr Tan.
Drawing an analogy to having money in the bank, he explains that just like a bank where one’s money is kept, your body stores fats for when you need them. Likening food intake to cash in a wallet, Dr Tan explains that as long as there is money in one’s wallet, one doesn’t have the need to make a withdrawal from the bank.
So in an essence, if an individual keeps increasing their food intake the fats that are stored in the body will never decrease as such weight loss can never be achieved. This analogy backs up his opinion that it is important to restrict one’s intake in order to successfully lose weight.
As for Gastritis or gastric as its commonly known, Dr Tan emphasised that one does not get gastric from not eating but rather from an irregular eating habit. Gastric juices are produced in accordance to one’s eating habits. So if by a certain internal body clock where the stomach is accustomed to having food and it doesn’t, the gastric juices will act up and digest the stomach walls. The solution is to gradually minimise food intake as well as the frequency.
This will result in the body producing lesser gastric juice.
Dr Tan believes that it not what we eat but how much we eat that matters so even if an individual eats only healthy food, the volume is still the deciding factor when it comes to weight loss. Citing professional athletes such as bodybuilders for example where the assumption is once they stopped training for whatever reasons, the muscles they’ve built turn into fats.
The truth however, the fats are a result of not only non-training but more importantly its due to sticking to the same amount of food intake they were accustomed to while in active training.
In a nutshell, Dr Tan strongly believes that input or intake of food is ultimately the key in weight loss success. Being a much sought after medical professional in his field, his opinions and insights have always been held in high regards amongst peers and especially patients.
In his expert hands, many have realised their aesthetic dream come true and with the facts that he has shared in this article perhaps Dr Ivan Tan can add another title to his name, Dr Mythbuster!
Nu.Reflections Medical Aesthetics
123 Penang Road, Office tower #05-12 Regency House (next to old Cockpit Hotel)
Mon to Fri: 10am to 8pm
Sat: 10am to 5pm
Tel: (65) 6235 5333
Fax: (65) 6235 0330
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