I always envy girls who could eat all they wanted and never gain weight. I started this food blog in June 2014 and have been seeing myself ballooning slowly over the months through regular feasting, café hopping, indulgence in decadent desserts and lack of exercise.
Battling with weight and self-esteem issues since young, I have spent more than $20K in slimming centres over the years but only to see myself gaining back the weight once I stopped going for treatments.
Absolute Slimming started out as a home-based salon 13 years ago run by Irene Chye. Today, it has branches in Holland Village and Bugis Cube. They specialize in a slimming treatment method based on Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) using baguan (cupping) and guasha.
Having seen good results from customers who have gone through the treatments at Absolute Slimming, I decided to try out the TCM based slimming treatment for the first time.
My Photos Before the Treatment
I weigh a hefty 66.9 Kg just before I started my first session with Absolute Slimming.
During the 1-month treatment, I only needed to avoid certain high-calorie foods like rice, noodles, white bread, beans, seeds, nuts and processed meats. High-sugar foods like pastries and soft drinks weren’t allowed either.
Instead, I had to eat foods that are high in protein and fibre (meats, fruits and vegetables). I could take coffee, tea and milk as well.
When a person suddenly goes on a crash diet and restricts their calories, the body will choose to protect itself by going into fat storage instead of a fat-burning mode.
That’s why you always hear people gaining back all the weight and more once they started eating again. Fortunately, the diet plan at Absolute Slimming is nothing like that.
In this post, I will be sharing my personal experience as I felt that the treatments have been really effective for me and I want to help others achieve similar results too.
I will also answer some basic questions that you might be thinking right now such as what will happen after you stopped the treatments and dieting (any rebound?) and whether a person can achieve similar results just by going on a no-carbohydrate diet.
Can I go on a no-carbohydrate diet without going through the cupping treatment?
As explained by the therapists, a high-protein/no-carbohydrate diet and cupping treatment has to go hand-in-hand for natural weight loss. Besides, as your metabolism slowed down with age, dieting without treatment can be quite ineffective for a lot of people!
Dieting without treatment also rarely helps you lose inches in your lower body and other stubborn areas like upper arms and inner thighs, etc.
The Treatment with Guasha & Baguan (Cupping)
The body is first lubricated with some homemade essential oils. The therapist will then use a clean guasha tool to stroke your back, stomach, arms and legs in a downward motion.
If you have a low threshold for pain, you may find the guasha uncomfortable in some sensitive areas like your inner thighs, hence you may ask your therapist to reduce the strength.
For me, the guasha can be a little painful, thus I always requested them to go lighter on me. The baguan, on the other hand, was more tolerable and I could fall asleep sometimes while doing baguan.
It will still be effective even if the strokes are lighter. This scraping technique can help promote blood circulation and release toxins that cause fat storage.
The therapist will then apply suction cups (baguan) on different acupoints on the body to stimulate your metabolism and help you lose inches in all your stubborn areas.
The treatment can also help to suppress your appetite as long as the treatment is ongoing. Each session lasts for an hour.
After the first treatment
I used to have an uncontrollable tendency to snack, especially on sweet treats. Within 3 days after the first treatment, my stomach got used to the smaller food portions.
Surprisingly, I did not feel as hungry as I used to and my cravings were greatly reduced. A simple salad lunch without any dressing was just as satisfying.
The cupping marks disappeared by itself within a couple of days. I am told it usually lasts around 3 days for people with poorer blood circulation.
After my 8 sessions in 1 month, I started to see positive changes in my body such as being lighter and leaner. I used to feel so lethargic lugging my weight around but now I feel a lot healthier.
Here are my results:
Before Treatment: 66.9 kg
After 8 sessions: 63.8 kg
Fat% before treatment: 35.1%
Fat% after 8 sessions: 32.6%
Inch loss at waist & thigh areas: 3 cm
Inch loss at upper arms: 1 cm
As you can see, my fat percentage has also reduced together with my weight which is very ideal and this shows that I am not just merely losing water, but pure fats.
For me, the face is always the first area to slim down and gain weight. The thigh and tummy areas will be the next areas to lose weight after the face, whereas the arms would take the longest to see visible results.
Frankly speaking, I did not adhere to the diet strictly throughout. Because of this, my weight only reduced by 3.1 kg (I’m quite sure it could have been more if I did not have 2-3 cheat days in a month).
However, there was still good inch and fat loss. I also did a special heat treatment on my problem areas to increase the inch loss.
The more disciplined people would normally lose around 4 to 6 kg within 1 month of treatment.
The New Me
Being a food lover, I could never imagined surviving this month-long abstinence from all my sweet-tooth cravings but I was so wrong and very surprised that I could actually walk past Milk Cow and Ilao Ilao without looking back at all.
Even with people eating Ilao Ilao in front of me everywhere, I found it much easier to resist the temptations.
I also have a bad habit of snacking while watching my HK dramas which was my way of unwinding after a hard day’s work. Again, I was so surprised that I have not touched any snacks for the past 1 month and had no cravings for them whatsoever.
The baguan and guasha treatment actually helped to curb my binge-eating and huge appetite and making me feel full on a healthy food portion without needing to overeat like what I always do in the past.
Their Money Back Guarantee
If that’s the case, the remaining balance after your 4th treatment will be refunded on the very day itself. According to my therapist, this only happens to about 1% of their customers.
I am happy losing 3.1 kg in one month without going on any exercise programme or crash diet. Their healthy diet is NOT so hard to follow once you get used to it. In fact, after my 8 sessions, I am already missing my guasha and baguan treatments. The therapist told me I could buy a package but come back only for a once-a-month session for maintenance.
I guess I am going to do just that to maintain my weight and good health.
Absolute Slimming’s Premium Package of 8 treatments (which I went through) cost $1600. They have recently opened a new branch at Bugis Cube, so do check with them on their store opening promotion.
For My Readers
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Premium Package – 8 sessions for $1600
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No monetary compensation was received for this review and all opinions were based on my own experience.