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| Monday, September 17, 2007

No salt, no oil, minimal carbs. No food after 7pm. That is how Andy Lau lost about 5kg in a month in the lead up to his concert in Nanjing, in eastern China last Friday, says Apple Daily.

There, the Hong Kong pop star wowed the crowd of about 40,000 by singing, dancing - and showing off his hard-earned abs. The report says that since about 10 years ago, the 45 years old has been going on a strict, almost taste-free diet whenever he wants to lose weight for a tour.

During the month that he is on diet, his mother will hold the salt and oil when she makes him soup. She also skins any meat she boils for the soup. The actor-singer does all himself a snack of fruit if he gets hungry. After all, he has to get through five-hour dance rehearsals every day.

To boost his energy, he also takes herbal tea prescribed by a Chinese physician, says Apple Daily. Wild ginseng and cordyceps are just some of the expensive ingredients for the tea. One dosage, at about HK$5,000 (S$970), is good only for three brews.

Lau goes back to eating regularly when the tour begins. He said last week: "I don't diet after the shows start. I eat three full meals every day. But midnight snacks are out." To the fans who posted on his website begging him not to get too thin, he added: "I feel in tip-top shape. Don't worry, I won't get any thinner."

The Andy Lau Diet

Breakfast: Peanut butter sandwich. Coffee with less sugar in it.

Lunch: Boiled vegetables. Boiled pork, chicken or fish.

Tea: Polo bun or butter on toast

Dinner: Boiled vegetables. Boiled pork, chicken or fish.

Snack: Apple, watermelon or honeydew melon.

news from: The Straits Times