THE NEXT PHASE
The self-proclaimed “fattest artiste in Mediacorp” is looking sexy-svelte after shedding 12kg. Life is clearly better for actress Chen Liping, and counts the ways.
Getting Her Sexy Back
“It’s been a long time since I’ve done photo shoots. Before I lost weight, whenever I had to wear figure-hugging dresses, my pictures were never flattering. While it’s possible to digitally enhance the pictures, I refuse to have so much ‘magic’ done – I don’t look like that in real life at all,” Liping says candidly.
Now that she’s a trimmer and healthier size M, the affable 48-yearold veteran actress is exuding heaps more confidence. At our photocall, despite the constant jibes she makes about her weight (“Tsk tsk tsk, look at my arms and tummy” is an oft-heard refrain), Liping is visibly happy and at ease with herself.
While she may have been selfconscious about her weight, Liping maintains she’s always loved and accepted who she is – which explains why she’s never felt the need to control what she eats.
“I love to eat, so whenever people say: ‘This is so sinful!’ I would think, ‘ But you’re eating something good – why make it sound like it’s so wrong?’ I never understood the term ‘guilty pleasure’ because I never felt guilty!” she guffaws.
But after all her hard work and self-discipline, Liping now thinks twice before indulging in her cravings and late-night munchies. From needing to “eat two packets of instant noodles to feel satisfied”, she stops short at just half now.
Cutting Herself Some Slack
When she first embarked on her quest to lose weight, Liping limited herself to a tiny portion of rice, lean meat and vegetables for lunch every day. But after two months of rigorous self-control, she now gives herself some allowance – a weight fluctuation of 2kg at most – to enjoy her “cheat” days without feeling miserable.
“I believe in losing weight ‘happily’. So if I feel like eating bak kut teh, chicken rice or char kway teow, I will still have a few mouthfuls to satisfy my cravings. I don’t want to cut myself off from life’s little joys just to drop the pounds. I’m happy to be a weight-loss work-in-progress.”
More Diverse Roles in the Works
The actress admits that being slimmer could help her to get different roles. “In The Dream Makers (2013), I was playing a senior executive and could only wear loose clothes. Yet, I felt that my role called for classier, sharper suits, which didn’t look good on me. Whatever character you play, it needs to be convincing. After my weight loss, maybe they’ll give me a role as a sports coach in future!” she says.
Showing Off Her Body in a Bikini
Perhaps... “At my age? Aiyoh… I’ll leave that to the youngsters,” she says, laughing. “But I do hope to feel confident enough to step out in a sleeveless top one day!”