As a former PR girl of a Michelin-starred restaurant group, I was paid to eat for four years. Now, God forbid I’m vegan (just kidding, I always aspired to be one).
Naturally, I relate to questions I often receive on veganism.
How did you turn vegan? Why did you do it? *Insert scientific debate about nutrition intake* Do you do it for religion or health reasons? How do you survive without meat? Do you miss meat?
In Singapore, food is king. However, we don’t get the freshest vegetable produce or the most affordable, plant-based protein options. Nutritious food always seems more expensive.
Placing aside nutritional debates, I’m mainly vegan because I love vegetables, the discipline of preparing my own meals and being in sync with my conscience. My dog might need meat, but I know I don’t. Also, going vegan helps the environment.
I remember stroking a farm cow in France and watching a calf skip around the barn with joy, thinking how sorry I felt. Perhaps, that’s why we bring a child to a fruit farm but not the slaughterhouse.
This is the your fat cell: @ and this is your cell that’s left after you starve yourself thin: 0. They don’t disappear overnight.
Think of fat cells as containers. When you put on weight, you buy more containers. When you lose weight, you can pour content out of containers but you can’t get rid of those empty container boxes. They can shrink or expand, but never turn into muscles!
According to research conducted at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in 2008, the total number of fat cells in your body is determined in adolescence and generally stabilises in adulthood. Obese people have more fat cells than others.
This is why liposuction can have potential dangers. When your body has 100 containers and you lipo away 80, your body might end up storing more fats when it rebounds and gain weight faster.
A workout I posted few months ago during a training session with my partner (Steph) who’s also a personal trainer.
Note: Complete all six exercises (one set each) with no rest and that will be counted as one full set.
Take two to three minutes of rest between each full set, depending on how fast your body adapts and recover from each set. Do a minimum of three full sets.
Depending on your fitness level, you can increase the dumbbell weights/rep ranges/amount of sets to suit your preference.
- Squats & Push Press x 10 reps
- Burpees x 10 reps
- Ski Jumps x 10 reps each leg (total 20 reps)
- Jumping Jacks x 10 reps
- Swiss Ball V – ups x 10 reps
- Lunges x 10 reps each leg (total 20 reps)