Aging is an inevitable process that we all have to come to terms with one day. From the moment we're born, until the very end of our lives, our bodies are gradually getting older. But while aging may seem like a pretty daunting process, it's as natural as it gets. In fact, all the things we do try and halt the aging process such as shelling out for cosmetic procedures - that is what's unnatural.
The really phenomenal thing about aging is that it happens gradually. So gradually, in fact, that we don't notice it at all as it happens. It's only when we browse through photos and videos taken years or decades ago that we are able to see how much we've changed over the years. And in 2018, more than ever before we are constantly and shamelessly taking photographs of ourselves. So, in our digital age, it's pretty easy to see just how much you've aged over the years.
But then again, maybe not so much if you happen to be this guy:
Meet Chuando Tan, a photographer from Singapore who captured the world's attention for his works. But it isn't just the photographs he takes of others that have impressed people from all over, it's his own photos too.
What's so special about photos of Tan specifically, you ask? Well, it's pretty simple really - Tan was born in 1967, meaning he's now 51 years old. And if you find that hard to believe - trust me, you're not alone. We've all been asking ourselves how a man in his fifties manages to look less than half his age.
If you're desperate to know the secret to his apparent everlasting youth, then hang in there, because we're about to spill the beans. Read on to find out everything from how Tan goes about his day-to-day life, including his health and fitness regimen. Maybe, just maybe, you will discover the secret to eternal youth from this real-life "Dorian Gray".
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How it all started
Back in the 1980s, Tan was known for his modeling work in his home country of Singapore. And by the time the '90s came around, he started a career as a pop star. However, his singing career didn't last very long and that's how Tan got into photography.
But he once shared a photo of himself, that's when he started receiving a phenomenal amount of attention. The photographer soon realized that in this day and age, social media can have a massive impact on your career if your work relies on photographs or portraying a certain kind of image.
Tan said this in one of his interviews: "I started an Instagram account because some friends told me that clients these days would want to know how big a social media following a photographer had. In order to pepper my account, I posted several photos of myself to share my thoughts in captions."
It wasn't long before Tan's followers noticed that he just doesn't seem to age at all - he certainly doesn't look anywhere near his actual age.
While some people have speculated that his youthful looks are mostly due to genetics, others believe the secret lies in his location. They believe Singapore - with its clean air, good medicine, and high-quality products - has played a monumental role in seemingly halting Tan's aging process.
Perhaps by learning how the photographer spends his days, we can put these hypotheses to the test.
He maintains a balanced diet throughout the day
Tan very much lives by the principle; "You are what you eat", and believes that your health, as well as your physical appearance, is about 70% dependent on the kind of food you eat and 30% dependent on how active you are. That's why Tan eats six hard boiled eggs for breakfast and only two yolks (to avoid cholesterol).
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In addition to that, he will drink a glass of milk and often incorporates avocado and berries into his breakfast. This means he's consuming a good amount of protein for the beginning of the day. Later on in the day, Tan usually eats chicken with rice, grilled vegetables, and fish soup.
But like pretty much everyone, Tan has his weaknesses, and his is ice cream. While he sometimes gives into his weakness, he explains he'll only eat it in the first half of the day. He tends to avoid teas and coffee but, of course, drinks plenty of water. He doesn't smoke or drink and eats salad for dinner.
Tan spends about 90 minutes a day working out
Exercise is a very big part of Tan's life - he does strength training about four times a week and three minimum if his week is particularly busy. He spends no more than 30 minutes on strength training. Tan then engages in cardio exercise. Due to a knee injury, he avoids jogging and instead walks at a fast pace on a treadmill. He tries to go swimming every day for about an hour.
Tan only does what he enjoys
It may seem pretty obvious but we should be spending our life doing what we actually enjoy. It might just be the secret to eternal youth. I mean, everything we do affects our mind and therefore our entire wellbeing.
Tan says, "I have tried many different jobs and stopped at what I really like. I love people, love communication, love to set up a photo shoot, and love to take photos. If you do what you don’t like, then you’ll be feeling bad and, of course, it won’t strengthen your health."
Tan doesn't use skincare products
There have been suggestions from his followers that Tan must have had some cosmetic procedures and use special products in order to maintain his youthful looks. But this is what Tan has to say about the subject: "I have sensitive skin that’s why there are only two things I use daily: gel face wash and moisturizing cream."
He admits he was once given a Botox procedure as a gift but he didn't like the effect it had on his skin and so never tried it again. Tan does, however, use hair dye because of his gray hair.
He doesn't sleep too late
Tan tries not to go to bed after 11 pm and wakes up early every day. He believes working at night and staying up past midnight has its toll on your body and your overall wellbeing. He also stops eating about 5 to 6 hours before going to bed.
Tan says, “Trust me, going bed early is worth it. Having had enough sleep, you’ll be able to do more things during the day rather than if you work at night.”
So based on Tan's lifestyle, if you hope to be looking 20 at 50, it's actually pretty basic: do what you love, eat a healthy, balanced diet, exercise and get enough sleep.