Hey guys! So I get a lot of messages from
people saying that they’re really worried about visiting Japan because of their weight.
And I really want to address this issue because I have a lot of things to say about it. A. You should never deprive yourself an experience
because of how you look. You don’t know what the future holds. You might not ever get another
chance. B. People are going to look at you anyway,
because you’re a foreigner. This will happen less in the bigger cities, but it’s still
going to happen no matter what. C. I can’t say whether someone will say something
mean to you, or laugh, but I can say that making fun of someone in Japan is such a bad
thing that other Japanese people will go so far as to say that person is not acting Japanese.
D. With a little bit of planning you can use Japan to fairly easily lose weight. Rachel, what on earth do you know about losing
weight? Well, the first time I went to Japan I was there for 5 months. And despite already
being at a low weight, I lost 20 pounds, or 9 kilograms, when I was there. I wasn’t even
trying to lose weight. It just happened. And despite being skinny, I do have my own struggles
with maintaining an active lifestyle and eating healthy But Japan can be a fantastic place for these
things, and I will tell you why. 1. The number one reason losing weight is
difficult is because it requires a somewhat permanent lifestyle change. And change is
hard. Just getting started is hard enough, but even after you get started there is always
that day where you come home from work, and you’re really tired and you just want to relax
so you just say, “I really just want to relax today… Just this one time I’m going to skip
going on a run and I’ll just throw something in the microwave.” And then it happens again.
And again. And suddenly you can’t remember the last time you went running and you find
yourself eating 12 bags of flaming hot potato chips over Christmas break. But Japan is a completely different environment
from America. The city structure is different, and the food is different. Moving to Japan
is FORCING a lifestyle change on you. You don’t HAVE to do anything! It’s being changed
for you. That is your biggest block to losing weight out of the way right from the beginning.
If you keep that in mind when you move to Japan, you can set up your new lifestyle as
a healthy one. 2. The 2nd biggest factor in losing weight
is your diet. Regardless of what your hormone situation is, if you are taking in less energy
than you put out, you will lose weight. Period. That is physics. And it’s much easier to eat
a healthy lifestyle in Japan than it is in America. Japanese meals are heavy on vegetables, fish,
rice, soy products, and noodles. And again, because you’re already beginning a lifestyle
change, you can start your new life in Japan by using those healthy ingredients.
So, here are some quick tips: 1. You should always use the “Bunme” system.
ALWAYS. In fact, you should start using it right now and you should be using it for the
rest of your life. The “Bunme” system is how full your stomach should feel when you’re
finished eating, on a scale of 1 to 10. In a healthy lifestyle, you should aim for 7分目
or 8分目, which is 7 or 8/10ths of the way full. That means you should feel fairly satisfied,
but you should still be able to eat more. If you have a lot of weight to lose, you can
take that down to 6/10ths. 2. Don’t drink the soup bases. You can eat
your ramen noodles, but don’t drink the soup. They’re really high in salt, and especially
in restaurants, they’re not healthy. 3. Restaurant meals are generally not healthy,
just the same as anywhere else in the world. So go easy on eating out.
4. In Japan one of the big oils they use for cooking is called perilla. Use perilla oil
when you are cooking. It’s really high in Omega-3 fatty acids, just like fish oil.
5. Eat your vegetables and fish. Even if you don’t like vegetables and fish in your home
country, try them in Japan. You might be surprised. I didn’t eat them in America, but I love them
in Japan. They taste completely differently to me. Some examples of healthy meals are:
Salad dishes, fish dishes, nabe pots with vegetables and noodles, and fried rice with
vegetables (also called chahan). 6. Of course stay away from deep fried food.
Japan unfortunately has a lot of deep-fried food. 3. Okay, and the third and final factor I’ll
talk about is being active. In America I’ve never lived in a city that has had decent
public transportation. Stores are miles and miles from my house. But not in Japan! Most
of you will be living in cities where you can get everywhere you need to go by walking,
riding your bike, or taking public transportation, which you will walk or ride your bike to.
It’s so easy to be active. I also recommend taking up jogging right away once you get
there, either right out your front door if you’re not in a super busy area, or if you
are go to a park or something like that. Jogging in Japan is SO safe; you really don’t have
much to worry about. Okay, so remember that the hardest part about
getting healthy is making that lifestyle change. So keep all of this in mind when you move
to Japan, and you can start out your new lifestyle as a healthy one. I personally am SO much
healthier when in I’m Japan. I eat healthy, I’m active, and I exercise all the time. And
it wasn’t difficult for me despite being a lazy person because I wasn’t already stuck
in an unhealthy routine. I usually gain about ten pounds when I’m in America, and I always
lose it when I’m back in Japan. So please don’t let your weight hold you back
from visiting Japan. Your weight does not define who you are. And while it is certainly
less common to see overweight or obese people in Japan, they are still there. You will not
be alone. Moving to Japan could potentially be one of the greatest decisions you make
about your health. It was for me. Thanks for watching guys!