Meet the Smile Artist: Dr Pua Hong Ping
#Fitspo alert! Did you know that Dr Pua Hong Ping is i.Dental’s resident Man of Steel? We got him to take off his dentist uniform (figuratively!) and reveal his body transformation secrets.
Meet the Smile Artist is a new series where we get to chat with i.Dental’s dentists on a more personal level. Kicking things off is Dr Pua Hong Ping, who turns out to be just as adept at body transformation as he is at smile transformation!
So, Dr Pua, what’s this we hear about body transformation?
I would call it personal transformation, rather than body transformation, because getting in shape has actually made a huge difference not only to my body, but also my mind and mindset.
I used to be very active in school and even did competitive sports when I was in university. Then I started working. Like many people, I got caught up with work and neglected my health and fitness. I loved my work but I didn’t feel all that great — sluggish and worn out at the end of each day. It took me a few years to finally stop making excuses for myself, and start working out and eating right.
In just a few months, I could feel the difference. I sleep deeper at night, wake up refreshed, and have more energy throughout the day…
… and became a Man of Steel!
Haha I’m not sure that I would call myself that but, yes, one of my initial goals was to build muscle and reduce body fat. Going back to the gym after such a long hiatus was really tough for me. I think having an initial motivation factor is key. For me, it was when my friends signed me up for Spartan Race.
Spartan Race is an obstacle course race that requires significant muscular strength and low body weight. With a goal in mind, I got interested in high intensity interval training, yoga and calisthenics (which is a gymnastics-based exercise). Training after work became a lifestyle and routine. I also started eating healthily, which, honestly, is harder than exercising.
Oooh, diet secrets!
Don’t get too excited; there’s nothing ground-breaking about my diet strategy. I believe that for healthy eating (or any habit, for that matter) to be sustainable, it first has to be realistic. So, my approach is simply to reduce my intake of processed foods and sugar. Doing so has helped me lower my body fat percentage and, hey, it’s good for my teeth too!
What’s your top transformation tip?
This is something I learnt the hard way. While I was preparing for Spartan Race, I was very eager to see results in a short time. I was too focused on achieving my goal and opted for quantity over quality. Because I wasn’t paying as much attention to the proper technique, I suffered repeated injuries and hit a plateau. That’s when I realised that I should approach body fitness the way I approach work.
As a dentist, I’m very analytical. I believe that minute details build the big picture. For Invisalign treatments, for example, I look at the smallest bite points and measure teeth down to less than a millimetre in order to achieve accurate alignment for my patients. Another staple in dentistry for me is surgery. To reduce surgical trauma for my patients, I always analyse their post-operative recovery experience to develop finer operation techniques.
My epiphany, and the advice I would give others, is not to rush blindly towards your goal. Be patient, ditch the ego, and take time to ensure that your fundamentals are solid.
Dr Pua is based at the i.Dental Invisalign Dedicated Clinic in Capital Tower and an Invisalign Platimum Elite provider. To get to know him better, check out his take on the 5 Types of Invisalign and learn about his Most Memorable Invisalign Case.