John Tan

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Lean and mean

Article from the Sun daily by Yeevon Ong (posted on 20th Aug 2015)

SO what happens when you are born with good looks? You get booked. Runways after runways, John Tan has been modelling since he was in his second year at Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) studying marketing. Upon graduation, Tan kept his stride in the fashion industry and did an internship with L'Oréal Malaysia.

While he was living the fast-paced life on and off the runways, Tan was also a fitness trainer specialising in Fast Fit which he took up about two years ago. He was also a personal trainer for a short period of time.

The 25-year-old Manhunt Malaysia 2012 winner has also written and published a coffee table book – John Tan 1 (read as John Tan First) – featuring extensive photos of Tan himself. The first part covers his journey for the perfect physique as well as his very own workout plans, daily diet, exercise tips and body part training while the second part is more intimate, revealing the thoughts and inspirations that drive the man behind the photogenic good looks.

Despite having established a name in the modelling industry, Tan is seeking another kind of satisfaction from the cameras. He is planning to exercise his chops in acting and aiming to be a regular on the big screen by 30.

Tell us about the book.

The idea came up just before I got signed with my manager. We thought that I was not ready to go into acting so we came up with the book as a branding exercise. All the recipes and home workout programmes in the first part of the book are my own. I was quite fat back then; 101kg was my heaviest before I started going to the gym to build my body.

How did you manage to lose so much weight?

I was 17 when I was 101kg but I was quite active even then. I joined a lot of co-curricular activities and did sports in school but my movements were very limited because of my body size so I wanted to change that. Also, it was time to enter university and I was determined to look better. It was a new phase of life and I wanted a new body for it. By then I lost about 20kg from jogging, badminton and going to the gym. That was when modelling agencies started to approach me on Facebook for castings.

What's your diet like these days?

I'm on a natural protein diet so no protein shakes for me. Currently I take about 10 eggs and two to three yolks a day. I was on 30 eggs a day when I was bulking up a few years ago. Also, I don't take sugar at all and Itake salt and oil in the minimum. Thestrict diet is to prepare myself for an upcoming shoot for a Penang-based Hokkien film.

Do you think your good looks are an advantage?

Yes, I think they are an advantage because people notice me first from my looks. In terms of modelling, that'show they find me. Looks are a stepping stone for me.

What goes through your mind when you walk the runway?

"Is this (modelling) what I really want to do?" Of course I do enjoy the stage and the outfit changes but the show is over in one or two minutes after walking, posing and returning backstage. I ask myself what I gain from it personally.

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