M.Zulkifli – Before & After: How I Lost 10kg

By April 16, 2012Uncategorized
Following is M. Zulkifli’s weight loss story that he was kind enough to share. Original post and story can be viewed on his personal website – http://www.mzulkifli.com/. Zulkifli is an Ex magistrate, ex editor of FHM, NM and MM, lyricist, co-author of some humour book published in Brunei(!), frontman of the now defunct Blitz band, Liverpool supporter, pop culture junkie, screenwriter, TV host and a new media man.
  • Name: M.Zulkifli
  • Goal Weight Loss
  • Achievement: Lost 10kg in 1 Year
  • Twitter: @mzulkifli
  • Official Website: mzulkifli.com/

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How? Well, through bloody hard work, that’s how.

But honestly, I thought it was an impossible task doing it on my own without the help of one of those fat-sucking treatments with a celebrity face on it. Oh yes, I did consider paying a bunch of money to do exactly that, but I never made the phone call, which has proved to be the right decision. (Also, I can’t imagine going into one of the outlets and saying, "can flatten my tummy ah?")

I’ve also had a few false starts these past couple of years. In late 2010, I decided to basically cut down on my meals, and it did work for a while. I also bought the exercise bike and treadmill, but those became very expensive clothes hangers after a few months.

But the road to seriously losing weight started approximately one year ago when I took up running. I’ve blogged about it, so clickHERE to read about exactly why I run.

I actually didn’t put any target on the amount of weight I wanted to lose or even the time frame. I wanted to get into shape without that extra pressure. And as you know, I have fallen in love with running during the process.

But after a few months, I had gone down 5kgs to 87.5. Then it became 86. All this through running and cutting down on all the makan a little. No supplements or personal training.

Breaking my weight loss plateau

Then came the hardest part; for the longest time, I simply couldn’t dip below the 85kgs barrier. It would almost be there, but for some reason, it would go up again. This despite all the extra mileage I was putting into my running. I honestly thought it couldn’t be done.

But a couple of months ago, I started going to the gym on a regular basis. Ah yes, the gym. It’s been ages since I joined a proper club. Even when I worked out, I basically used the mini gym set I have at home comprising a few dumbbells, a barbell with weights and a bench. 

But with a proper gym, I was instantly motivated to zap the fat and pile on the muscle. Chewah.

And guess what? I got on the weighing machine yesterday and saw that I have lost 10kgs since April last year. At 82.5kgs, I am still 3-4kgs off my ideal body weight, but I do feel great. 

My Exercise Routine, Diet and Supplements

And here’s my current routine and eating habit: I take one type of supplement from GNC, workout at the gym three times a week (30-40mins of weights & 25mins of cardio), run three times a week (3-6km on average), stay away from roti canai and nasi lemak, and eat healthier snacks. Support from the fam is also crucial. And yes, I read a lot of health magazines!

The downside? I need new clothes! Jeans, shirts, t-shirts, the works. And the steak houses are rather upset with me now. Haha.

A lot of work still needs to be done though; especially when it comes to getting rid of those pesky love handles. Perut ni memang tak reti bahasa!

A lot of work still needs to be done though; especially when it comes to getting rid of those pesky love handles. Perut ni memang tak reti bahasa!

10kgs lost might not be a big deal to some of you out there, but more than anything else, it proved to me that the impossible could definitely be, doable

About Kevin Zahri

I am a US certified personal trainer and nutritionist with over 10 years experience. Over the years, I have published over 10 books, written for Men's Health, other fitness and lifestyle magazines, hosted TV shows and appeared on various TV shows, programs and magazines. I am also an avid corporate wellness speaker and web entrepreneur. More about me here or follow me on Facebook or Twitter.

  • syabas zul. dlu u interviewed me and my band in MHI! :)

  • SHK

    yeah!! tahniah.
    saya peminat M.Zul di MHI tv3.

  • Thank you all :)

  • terbaek!!!!! tahniah!!!!

  • Congrats, this is an awesome story, thanks for sharing. I don’t know bout running (not a big fan) but choosing the right food def helps.