“That’s because you’re not putting any thought into the food that you feed yourself with,” said Liew.
The lack of time and options is no excuse either. Although “schedules and lifestyles differ for people from different professions”, the one common thing we all have control over is what we eat, she said.
“Putting a bit more effort into planning your meals – when to eat, where you will be, what the food stalls or restaurants in the area are, and what kind of food is sold – can help you avoid being stuck in a situation where you have no choice but to eat what’s available,” she said.
Another thing Liew has noted about most people’s perceptions of weight loss is this: Once the kilos come off, that’s the end of their commitment.
“But to maintain the weight loss and healthy body fat levels requires consistent effort. It is a battle each of us fights for ourselves every day. And that was the inspiration for the title,” she said of The Skinny Sumo Wrestler, which she took two years to write while juggling work, training and competing in the US.
Even if you’re not awed (or cowed) by Liew’s physique, the 43-year-old’s resume is more than impressive. Besides being the co-founder and director of boutique gym The Fitness Factory since 2005, she has won 19 medals in her bodybuilding career, four of which are gold. To maintain the weight loss and healthy body fat levels requires consistent effort. It is a battle each of us fights for ourselves every day. And that was the inspiration for the title. Her medal haul started with the top spot she took for the Asia Heavyweight Bodybuilding competition in 2000, and the four consecutive years of podium finishes at the Arnold Classic in the US, starting from 2013.
More prestigiously, Liew is the first Singaporean bodybuilder to be awarded the IFBB (International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness) Pro Athlete status in 2017. The professional bodybuilder is also a lecturer and examiner with the International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN), and the Federation of International Sports, Aerobics and Fitness (FISAF) – which means your personal trainer could have been trained and certified by her.
IN DEFENCE OF CARBS
What has also motivated the trainer to write the book is the desire to debunk the myth that weight loss is only attainable through bland food and deprivation. “Many nutrition plans on the market focus on a specific eating plan that is usually not very sustainable in the long run. For example, eliminating carbohydrates altogether. Diets that ask you to make drastic cuts in the amount of carbohydrates you ingest don’t take into consideration your body’s unavoidable, built-in survival mechanisms.