Richard Yap’s rise to fame has been phenomenal. From playing Papa Chen in the prime time soap “Binondo Girl”, Richard is now known as the well-adored Sir Chief in the daytime TV series “Be Careful with My Heart.”
His love story with Maya, ably played by Jodi Sta. Maria, has become the talk of the town: from their first hug, their first kiss, and their eventual marriage. No wonder the popular soap has been going strong in Philippine television for more than a year.
Despite the pressures that come with being a celebrity, Richard looks great for his age. His skin glows, he looks youthful and healthy, and he is fit. Surprisingly, he just turned 47 last month.
While it may all look effortless, the real life husband of Melody Yap and the father of two teenagers said his well-being is the result of making healthy choices. For one, Richard finds time to exercise despite the fact that he only sleeps around three to four hours every day.
“I have always been a great fan of exercising, going to the gym or taking up an active sport,” he said.
With regards to diet, Richard is a conscientious eater, trying out a little bit of everything.
“I limit my intake of carbs and protein to a certain level. I eat five to six small meals a day in order not to gain weight. As much as possible, I shy away from fatty foods although I do have my cheat days. I try to consume more fish and chicken whenever possible,” he said.
Taking a more proactive stance to health is something that Richard believes in. He listens to his body for telltale signs of illness.
“If I see there is something wrong, I usually address it by changing my eating habits and not waiting until I get sick,” he revealed.
Richard also supplements his diet with C-Lium Fibre, an all-natural source of soluble and insoluble fibber.
“This is important for people on the go who probably don’t get enough fiber in their diet every day,” he said.
Even before he was tapped to serve as C-Lium’s brand ambassador, Richard was already taking the product for over five years. By taking care of his health, Richard said he can “live more and live young.”
The US-based National Fiber Council said taking fiber regularly promotes good digestion and helps in weight management. It also regulates the absorption of cholesterol and sugar into the system, minimizing the risk of cardiovascular diseases and diabetes, among others.