Belly Off! Club: How Ah Boys To Men Actor Maxi Lim Got Fit For The Role
BY SHAMUS SENG
NAME: MAXI LIM
PREVIOUS WEIGHT: 73kg
CURRENT WEIGHT: 58kg
TIME TAKEN: 5 MONTHS
THE SET BACK
An inconsistent diet and unplanned fitness regime were the culprits of Maxi Lim’s ingenious plan to shed weight.
“I wasn’t very knowledgeable on how to get lean, and didn’t know how to balance my diet with my exercise, so I fed on sugary stuff and plenty of rice,” he says. All of which ultimately led to him tipping the scales at 73kg.
THE WAKE-UP CALL
“During the production of Ah Boys To Men 3, I was told to lose 11kg, which I did. However, I bounced back to 73kg after that,” Maxi recalls. “Casting directors also banked on my Ah Boys To Men character, hence I was only offered nerdy roles.” Unfortunately, this was contrary to his philosophy of an actor: versatility.
“I wanted to reinvent myself as an actor, and there were many roles I could have done better if I had been slimmer,” he adds.
To kick-start Maxi’s weight loss journey, he cut down on his carbohydrate intake and resumed muay thai classes. Having
a mixture of workouts was also important, he says. “When your body is used to the workouts you do, it doesn’t burn fat as efficiently.”
High-intensity workouts were indispensable to his regime. Apart from muay thai, he also took up Warrior Fit – a Crossfit equivalent that helps burn fat throughout the day, he explains. “An hour of muay thai can also burn up to 1,000 calories.” Besides his regular trainings, Maxi also does static exercises, as well as variations
of push-ups and sit-ups in the comfort of his home. Support from family and friends was crucial too. “They pushed and encouraged me. When people started noticing the difference, I knew I was doing something right.”
To ensure that he stayed on a calorie-deficit diet, Maxi skipped rice and foods with high sugar. “Sugar is the main culprit of weight gain, and the best way to keep on burning fats is to cut down on sugar and work out regularly,” he explains. “I’ll also eat up to six eggs a day because eggs have plenty of protein and amino acids, which aids muscle building and recovery.”
“I feel so much younger and energetic after shredding those extra kilos,” Maxi grins. “When taxi uncles ask if you’re still in national service, that’s when you know you’ve made it.”
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