Hot bods

Text and pictures by Joyce Fang

Haris Rames, 21

University student

Height: 1.74m Weight: 75kg

Exercise regimen: I train at the gym five times a week. I work on more than one muscle group per session and in total, try to exercise each at least twice a week. I focus more on increasing volume, such as weights and repetitions, over time, to stimulate the muscles. I also run two or three times a week for 30 minutes.

Diet: I adopt a flexible dieting approach by giving myself a daily caloric allowance and macronutrient target. I also use a tracking app called My Fitness Pal to help monitor my intake. Most of my meals are home-cooked but this diet also allows me to still eat out with family and friends. I still enjoy treats as long as they fall within the range that I set for myself.

Clarice Yeo, 20

University student

Height: 1.60m Weight: 50kg

Exercise regimen: I go to the gym six times a week and work on a specific muscle group each day. These muscle groups are my back, arms and shoulders, and legs. I try to hit each one twice a week. I also do cardio workouts, like on the treadmill, twice or thrice a week.

Diet: I track my macronutrients daily. Macronutrients are the nutrients that provide the body with calories. My food is steamed - 80-90 per cent is home-cooked - and I don't use salt or oil . The other 15 per cent or so of the food will be snacks that fit into my macronutrient diet. I have a food scale at home which I use to weigh the portions of each meal. I have a weakness for desserts but I eat them only occasionally.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on September 18, 2016, with the headline 'Hot Bods'. Print Edition | Subscribe