Ethan Lim, 29
Ethan Lim never used to be bothered about what, or how much, he ate. As an undergraduate in his early 20s, he used to wolf down 4,000 to 5,000 calories a day. And he didn’t get any exercise either – he preferred to spend his free time playing computer games. When he started work, he continued to lead a sedentary lifestyle and carried on his unhealthy eating habits. “Whenever I was hungry, I would turn to fast food because it was convenient. And whenever I felt stressed, I would snack on junk food,” he says. At his heaviest, Ethan weighed 120kg. “I was obese and realised my energy levels were always very low. I consistently felt fatigued and couldn’t really concentrate at work,” he says.
THE WAKE-UP CALL
“One day, while climbing the stairs, I started panting very heavily and became very dizzy. It was so bad, I thought I was going to pass out and fall down the stairs,” he says. Ethan immediately visited the doctor and was diagnosed with moderately high blood pressure. “I was shocked! I was 26 and suffering from this. The doctor told me I was at a high risk of getting diseases such as diabetes, kidney failure, hypertension and heart attack.” After that episode, Ethan made a promise to himself that he would lose the kilos and get fit.
“I’ve given up eating supper and fried foods. I’ve also cut down on sweet drinks, except bubble tea, which is my favourite. But I skip the bubbles because they’re high in calories,” he says. And whenever he feels hungry in-between meals, he snacks only on healthy food such as cereal crackers or granola bars.
“I feel more alert, confident and energetic now,” says Ethan. He also receives numerous compliments from friends and acquaintances, and that keeps him motivated to continue staying healthy and fit.