FITNESS

Fit & Healthy After Overcoming Anorexia: How This Singaporean Did It

  • Beating an eating disorder is never easy, but her sporting passion helped her triumph
    1 / 11 Beating an eating disorder is never easy, but her sporting passion helped her triumph

    Age:

    25

    Occupation:

    Currently teaching and in the midst of getting certified as a nutrition coach.

    Kimberly Phua (@kimmyphua) struggled with body image and weight issues as a teenager, and unfortunately, it led to her developing an eating disorder.

    But once she got more interested in sports like running and swimming in school, her desire to get fitter for better performance led her to start working out more and paying attention to nutrition. This helped her overcome anorexia, and she eventually became healthier and more confident than before.

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  • How did you get into fitness?
    2 / 11 How did you get into fitness?

    I was a chubby kid growing up and when I was 17 I wanted to lose weight so badly to “look good”. I had no athletic talent whatsoever so I started to run and ate very little. I lost about 10kg in 2 months and was around 36kg then, needless to say I developed an eating disorder (anorexia) which lasted for quite a few years. 

    I got into running and swimming in Junior College and continued on till the 2nd year in university. I started to eat better in order to perform better in trainings and slowly got out of my eating disorder. I also read up on nutrition and got really interested in fitness and nutrition! I signed up for my first gym membership (Fitness First) in 2014 with a friend and I’ve been going regularly ever since 🙂 Gymming helped me gained confidence, meet new people and de-stress from school!

     

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  • How's life like showing your fitness life on Instagram?
    3 / 11 How's life like showing your fitness life on Instagram?

    Life’s good! I like to document my progress and it keeps me accountable 🙂

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  • What kind of posts often get you the most likes?
    4 / 11 What kind of posts often get you the most likes?

    Posts that shows more skin I guess!

     

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  • Do you get fitness-related questions from your followers?
    5 / 11 Do you get fitness-related questions from your followers?

    Yup! Most are from girls who are trying to lose weight. Or people who generally are trying to start their fitness journey. I love helping people! Though I’m not certified (yet) I’m always open to give advice from personal experience 🙂

     

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  • What's your favourite body part to train?
    6 / 11 What's your favourite body part to train?

    Don’t really have a favourite. I like high intensity workouts. Anything that increases my heart rate and makes me sweat buckets.

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  • Since you started regularly working out, what's your favourite body part now? 
    7 / 11 Since you started regularly working out, what's your favourite body part now? 

    Legs. I think my legs are my strongest body part because of the running and swimming in the past!

     

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  • Has your physique helped you in the dating scene, and how?
    8 / 11 Has your physique helped you in the dating scene, and how?

    Haha yes. I guess it gave me more confidence.

     

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  • What's your usual diet like?
    9 / 11 What's your usual diet like?

    I’m a pescatarian! My diet consist of mostly vegetables and seafood. I choose whatever produce that is in season to save cost. I also include eggs and dairy products in my diet to up my protein intake. I’ve a sweet tooth though and my weakness is definitely ice cream. 

     

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  • How do you stay motivated?
    10 / 11 How do you stay motivated?

    I stopped relying on motivation long ago. Motivation got me started but discipline kept me going 🙂 It’s second nature to me and I feel weird if I miss too many days of work outs!

     

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  • Any tips for people who want to get fit?
    11 / 11 Any tips for people who want to get fit?

    Find something you enjoy doing and start from there. I think 30 mins of exercise a day is doable 🙂

    There are plenty of free workout videos on YouTube if you’re not ready for the gym! Also nutrition is super important so try eating one healthy meal per day and slowly tweak your diet!

    All images from @kimmyphua

    By Gilbert Wong, Men’s Health Content Producer

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