Like many people, Kenneth Tan cared about how much he weighed. But his fixation on his weight led to some wrong decisions, and he eventually realised he needed to change his mindset.
Time Taken: 1.5 Years
Weight Before: 72.5kg | Weight After: 70.5kg
Body-Fat Percentage Before: 21.6% | After: 13.4%
PHOTO: ULTIMATE PERFORMANCE
Kenneth used to be obese as a child and weighed over 80kg. It was only after serving NS that he lost a large amount of weight. But his obsession with numbers on the scale meant his family had to step in. “It got to a point where my parents had to intervene because I looked too skinny,” he explained. Kenneth eventually ate more and exercised till he looked healthier, but he was still unsatisfied with how he looked despite his seemingly healthy lifestyle. “I thought I was eating healthily; I don’t eat a lot of sugar, I don’t take a lot of white carbs, but my body was still the same. There was a period of time I thought, okay, God gave me this body so I’m resigned to it.”
THE WAKE-UP CALL
When Kenneth had his second child, the stress of taking care of a new baby meant he had even less time to take care of himself. “Obviously being a parent you’re busy and you have not enough time on your hands,” the 37-year-old said. “You start eating leftovers, and at weird hours. You just don’t have time for yourself. So I looked at myself in the mirror one day and could see it has really taken a toll.” As a result of his irregular eating habits, Kenneth knew he needed to get some help to get him back on track.
When Kenneth first saw an ad for Ultimate Performance on his social media feeds, he could hardly believe how short the transformations took. But he decided to take a leap of faith. “I just gave it a shot, what’s the worst that could happen?” The more structured programme helped him see real results as he was able to set a tangible goal to work towards, unlike in the past where he would train without purpose.
After joining his training programme, Kenneth discovered the importance of counting his macronutrients along with going on a low-carb diet for the first six weeks to give his fat-loss a boost. Having a more nutritious and fixed diet helped him greatly, and he could see the difference in results despite believing his diet was fine before.
Kenneth used to follow generic training programmes he found online, but it didn’t do him much good as he didn’t train with a goal. “I was bumbling around before and I used to not lift heavy,” Kenneth said. “I think seeing the weight sometimes I got a bit afraid as well.” Pairing heavier lifts with a regular regimen helped him gradually reach the goal he set out to achieve.
Kenneth acknowledges that his transformation may not be as extreme as others, but friends and family have noticed his gradual progress as he lost weight in his face and neck first. To him, being able to attain what seemed impossible at first is all about stepping out of your comfort zone. “Take baby steps,” he said. “I think the hardest thing is to take the first step. It can be the first step to eating one less meal, or to going for that extra run.” “When you’re always hovering around your comfort zone, you get too complacent. And that’s when you don’t see results.”
A version of this article originally appeared in the September 2018 issue of Men’s Health Singapore.
By Gilbert Wong, Men’s Health Content Producer