Suddenly, a chiseled six-ab bod is out and love handles are in. The latest dad bod trend is a middle ground between fabulously buff and beer belly blah. But this media attention on the ideal physique is not new to females who have bore the brunt of society’s pressure since time immemorial.


Although we should be comfortable in our own skin, it is more important to strike a healthy balance. So while we shouldn’t get all depressed over an untoned body, we shouldn’t revel in unhealthy eating and lifestyle habits either.

Terence Tan, director of Halley Medical Aesthetics (Halley) shares some healthy eating habits.

He believes in the philosophy that everything should be done in moderation, and created Halley’s Total Slim Programme so that he can educate and help people with the correct way of losing weight. In addition to lifestyle and diet counseling, the programme also includes clinically-tested weight-loss medications as part of the patient’s customised weight loss treatment.


“It is not right to starve yourself for the sake of weight loss and neither should you go on a diet without knowing if it is effective for your body. One should always understand how lifestyle habits can affect your weight loss goals as well as how medical advances can help you sculpt and contour your body,” says Dr. Tan.

Q: Is it true that we should eat less carbohydrates and more proteins?

While this is generally true for us Singaporeans, we should remember that everything should be taken in moderation.

Carbohydrates consist of sugars and starches. It is the body’s main energy source and is essential for the proper functioning of our vital organs. However, excess consumption of carbohydrate, especially sugar, can get converted into fat and has an association with heart disease and diabetes. Protein on the other hand is essential for muscle development.

A toned, muscular body not only looks better but also increases the metabolic rate of the body as muscles burn more calories than fats, even at rest. What this means is that muscles actually keep the body lean by increasing the energy expenditure of the body. So taking more lean protein and reducing carbohydrate intake is definitely the way to go for most of us.

Q: What time should we stop eating everyday? Why and how will it affect our body if we eat after that time?

Energy consumed is the same irrespective of the time we eat. However, late night snacking is generally unhealthy because late night food tends to be high in fat and sugar content.

We also tend to eat at night for reasons other than hunger, like catching up with friends and munching during movies. Lastly, we tend to be less distracted and have more free time at night, giving us more time to think of indulging ourselves with food.

Q: Is it true that it is good to take small meals, but more meals as compared to having three big, heavy meals a day?

Yes, definitely. Multiple small meals tend to reduce spikes in our body’s sugar levels. These sugar spikes force the body to convert it to fat for storage. Taking smaller meals is also shown to reduce our total daily calorie consumption as it prevents overeating.

Q: How do I maintain a good figure?

Never skip meals. Eat slowly and in moderation. Have adequate exercise and most importantly, find time to go for cryolipolysis, which is a cooling treatment that freezes fat cells and causing them to ‘die’. The body then removes these dead fat cells from the body. This natural removal of fat cells over time results in fat loss.