Cutting down carbs – Week 1

Hey, hey, hey! 

Since the gyms were allowed to operate again under strict standard operating procedures (SOPs) a while ago, I’ve been making my way to the gym quite frequently after work. Being a VIP member of Celebrity Fitness, I’m allowed access to all CF gyms in Malaysia. I usually schedule my gym session after work closer to the office or home. 

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Anyway, since I started working out at the gym again, I’ve felt so much happier. I mean, I’m not sure if you share my belief, but running really makes me feel good. I get ideas too when I’m on the treadmill. It’s also a great time for me to catch up on my telly, haha!

Although working out regularly has helped me to lose a bit of fat after a while, I know that the best way to lose weight fast is to control my food intake. I need to make sure that my body has enough nutrients to sustain instead of piling on unnecessary calories. 

Once, not too long ago, I was so obsessed to lose weight, I’d run 2 hours a day plus another hour of weight training. Add 15 minutes in the sauna room and another 15 minutes in the steam room. And I barely ate. This was the result!

This was taken a few years ago when Mi Amor (yes, I had a boyfriend from Panama) took me for a birthday dinner at The 39 Restaurant at PNB Perdana on the Park.

After a while, I got a bit lazy and started to gain weight again. But never exceeded 70kg until the MCO happened. Yikes! Somebody even body-shamed me on Instagram not too long ago for the hideous weight gain. 

So, now that I’ve started going to the gym again, my former Personal Trainer, Barry only allowed me to enjoy food as usual in the first month of my new fitness regime. He said, I was allowed to indulge but starting September, I need to start cutting down carbs. 

As hard as it may seem, I know myself. Once I really focus on doing something, I can really do it. So, I recall my old healthy eating habit and start planning my new eating habit. With moderation, naturally. I mean, come on, at this age? I shouldn’t be pushing myself too much or I may do more harm than good to my body. 

Just sharing with you how I have slowly cut carbs from my daily food intake this week. 

Trust me, it’s not as bad as you think! Eat oats every day to reduce your cholesterol!
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Breakfast

Yes, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But admit it, a lot of us tend to skip breakfast, hoping that we could quickly grab something on our way to work. The question is, how healthy yet filling is that breakfast?

So, what I’ve done recently is starting my day with a bowl of oats. 4 spoonfuls to be exact. Most of the time I eat my oats plain without adding milk or sugar (big no-no!) or whatever. I don’t even add fruits! 

Oats alone? Kidding me, right? From my experience, no matter what the advertisement says, eating oats alone for breakfast means that I’d start feeling hungry by 11 am. So to sustain myself longer, I eat an egg salad with wholemeal bread instead of white bread. 

They yield less sugar! That’s the key to a slimmer you, ladies!
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Lunch 

Lunch is always the trickiest part because we all have lunch at work with colleagues and friends. So that means, lunch is wherever the majority votes are. And let’s admit it, the majority of us just love our carb-loaded, oil-laden Malaysian food!

Why not pack food from home? Yes, I get it, not all offices provide a pantry to eat and most food courts and eateries don’t allow us to bring outside food anyway, so find a place where you are allowed to buy drinks and some light snacks and enjoy your packed food.

For me, I’ve been grazing like a goat non-stop! My lunch has been chicken salad – a nice combination of fresh butterhead lettuce, cherry tomatoes, sliced Japanese cucumber and then topped with stir-fried chicken breast and Shiitake mushrooms

Does it taste like s**t? Naaaah, that’s why you need to add the chicken there in case going full vege drives your inner carnivore mad. 

Grilled chicken is always better, but since I don’t have a grill pan at home, I just stir fry the chicken and mushroom! One step at a time, Ms. Paris!
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Dinner

This is also tricky for me, because usually by the time I reached home, around 11-ish at night, I must’ve completed an hour run and another half an hour of weight training at the gym. So, I’m usually famished by then. 

Now that I understand my work + gym routine better, I start buying plain yoghurt, fresh fruits and chia seeds. On top of that, I’ve started drinking milk again. Go economical, buy the formula instead of packed milk. I go for Anlene Gold, LOL! Yes, because I’m GOLD!

I prefer to buy plain yoghurt and add my favourite fruits! Don’t forget to sprinkle some chia seeds for extra protein!
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So, let’s give this a try first and see the result next week! 

And always remember, it’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon. Slow and steady win the race!

Read this article in Bahasa Melayu HERE!

XOXO,

Paris Ashiqin

Remember ladies, exercise alone doesn’t cut it!
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