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The New Paper (May 2019) – Pro Bodybuilder Joan’s expert tips to win weight loss battle

The New Paper (May 2019) – Pro Bodybuilder Joan’s expert tips to win weight loss battle
The New Paper (May 2019) – Pro Bodybuilder Joan’s expert tips to win weight loss battle

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Local professional bodybuilder Joan Liew has been helping clients achieve their health and fitness goals for the past 25 years.
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Now, she has taken it a step further by publishing her first book, The Skinny Sumo Wrestler.
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It contains tailored methods, easy tips and useful information catered to the Asian market, for those looking to understand how to achieve long-term weight management without extreme dieting and ‘yo-yo’ weight loss.
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The book took Liew, 43, two years to complete, “longer than I expected it to be”.
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She told The New Paper: “It was indeed challenging, given my demanding work and training schedule.
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Liew scored a first for Singapore when she was honoured with the esteemed International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness Pro Athlete status in 2017.
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An accredited fitness trainer and a certified ISSN Sports Nutritionist, the gold medallist is also the co-founder and director of boutique gym Fitness Factory.
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About five years ago, Liew realised that most of the diet books available in the market “did not address the local culture and Asian diet”.
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Written for people above 30 years old, The Skinny Sumo Wrestler contains seven breakthrough strategies.
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They cover areas such as addressing cravings and how to gauge the right amount to eat without over-eating, learning the nutrition value of some of the most popular local hawker food, as well as understanding food advertising so as to identify between fact and fiction in a smart way, thus leading to better diet-related decisions.
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The book does not ignore fitness junkies either, as it contains a section on the myths and common mistakes surrounding resistance training, and why it is so critical for the success of weight loss.
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The driving point for Liew was her strong belief in “the importance of nutrition, and how one’s eating habits can shape his or her health status”.
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She said: “To effectively lose weight, one has to adopt a holistic approach, with the right balance of exercise and how to feed the body.
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“Extreme diets are often hard to sustain, and deprivation of certain nutrients is not ideal for optimal performance.”
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The Skinny Sumo Wrestler’s main factor lies in its ability to “show that the best diet is the one you do not even notice”.
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Liew will be signing copies of The Skinny Sumo Wrestler at her book launch on May 10 at Fitness Factory, 82 Boat Quay, from 5.30pm.

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