Date
29 March 2017
Weight-loss regimen should be undertaken only for the purpose of staying fit, and not for any other reason. Photo: Reuters
Weight-loss regimen should be undertaken only for the purpose of staying fit, and not for any other reason. Photo: Reuters

Losing weight for the big day?

Many brides- and grooms-to-be tend to go to any lengths to shed weight, especially for their wedding photos, hoping to look good during one of the most special moments of their lives.

Ka-yee, a patient of mine who is going to marry soon, has a history of indigestion. She visited me recently as she has been suffering from chest-burn, stomach ache, gas pain and constipation.

To offer her the right prescription, I found it necessary to get into the details of her eating habits. She first put the blame on Chongqing hot pot for causing an upset-stomach and constipation, and then suggested that indulgence in several buffet meals might have intensified her indigestion problem.

Previously she had been losing weight aggressively in preparation for the wedding photos. She put herself on a strict diet, and worked out at least five times a week, with two continuous hours of aerobic exercise each time.

After getting some lovely pictures taken — which was her goal, after all — she felt the need to take a break and indulge herself again with food.

On top of the above-mentioned problems, I found that Ka-yee had been suffering psychological pressure from work, adding to the wedding-related stress. Every day she had to put in long hours as she had to meet a series of deadlines.

In terms of wedding preparations, she squeezed in time to compare different restaurants for their wedding banquets, and also to research various wedding travel promo packages for the honeymoon.

And then, there were other plans as she prepared for a new life and home post-marriage.

Meanwhile, her fiancé was, in her opinion, not proactive enough and also had a bad temper. So, there were often quarrels between the two.

Listening to Ka-yee’s problems, I advised her that a weight-loss regimen should be undertaken only for the purpose of staying fit, and not for any other reason.

Most people give in to their old-day bad habits of no exercise and unwholesome eating after meeting their targeted weight.

So, it’s not surprising that their weight comes back quickly, or worse, they may even put on more weight than before.

I also suggested that marriage counseling could perhaps help ease the tensions between Ka-yee and her fiancé during the planning of their wedding.

The exercise can help equip them with the skills to get along and adapt to their upcoming marital life.

This article appeared in the Hong Kong Economic Journal on April 28.

Translation by Darlie Yiu

[Chinese version 中文版]

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