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SOME HIDDEN WAYS to lose weight

Loosing weight is easy with this methods

By Salman siddiquePublished 2 years ago 8 min read
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I admit that despite spending the majority of my childhood playing sports, I've never been excellent at portion management or working out to lose weight. My teammates were really svelte, but I, as my brother would say, looked like - Abhishek

I wanted to lose weight and feel better about my body because I didn't have the best relationship with it, but I couldn't find anything in the United States that I thought I could actually do. To be really honest, I'm afraid of this nation's fitness culture. I was aware that I did not want to continue taking pricey SoulCycle courses or consuming Kombucha every day for the rest of my life.

The lack of a strong exercise culture startled me when I spent a few years living in Japan. None of my friends drank protein shakes, went to the gym, or ate granola bars for breakfast. Throughout my time studying their culture, I came to understand that the Japanese approach to health differs from the US perspective in that it emphasises prevention over treatment. Japanese folks eat balanced meals and walk kilometres each day to get to work instead of forcing their bodies to work overtime to burn off the excess calories they consume. Because their daily routines are already healthy, few people need to join a gym or spend a lot of money on pricey products to maintain their healthy lifestyle.

I'm going to share four Japanese weight-loss hacks that I learned while spending a few years in Japan with my family. I was able to drop 20 pounds in a year without engaging in any strenuous activities that my peers in the U.S. were engaging in because they were all so simple to include into my daily routine. These techniques, in my opinion, will also be beneficial for people who are physically unable to exercise or who are plagued by the thought, "I never have time in my day to do anything more," all the time.

1. Every alternate day, unwind with a half-body bath.

It may sound funny, but taking a bath with just half of our bodies submerged is known as a "half-body bath." The secret is to take a bath that is warmer and substantially longer because this speeds up our metabolism. Typically, bathing should last 20 to 30 minutes; any longer can strain your body and have adverse effects.

A spa, which also makes up a significant portion of Eastern culture, is comparable in idea to a long bath lasting 20 to 30 minutes. After 5–10 minutes in a longer bath, I usually start to perspire, and it might start to feel unpleasant, much like a spa. I make this easier by bringing my phone or a book to read to the bathtub to make the thirty minutes go by more comfortably. When I get to unwind and have some alone time, taking a half-body bath has grown to be my favourite part of the day.

While Japanese people prefer to bathe over shower, Americans typically do the opposite. I used to take a daily shower, but I've since started taking baths a few times per week and showering the rest of the time. The secret is to take a bath in water that is between 100 and 106 degrees Fahrenheit rather than the 92-degree bath that is advised in the United States.

I submerge about half of myself till the water is just below my chest. My lungs and heart feel constricted after taking a hot bath of my entire body, but a half-body soak feels just right to last 30 minutes or less.

I prefer to add more hot water to the bath if the temperature drops while I'm taking a bath to bring it back up to the desired range. The thermometer that generally comes with Japanese bathtubs makes it simple for me to control the water temperature. When this isn't the case in the US, I fill the bath up to the desired level and then add hot or cold water to change the temperature.

Why is this a popular dieting strategy in Japan, you might wonder. Well, a half-body bath makes it simpler to stay in the tub longer as the hot water heats up the body and speeds up the burning of calories. The overall number of calories burned during a bath is not sufficient to be a weight reduction strategy on its own, but regular bathing (every other day of the week, for example) will boost metabolism, enhance skin, and reduce bloating. After using this strategy consistently for a few weeks, I found it to be an excellent way to detox my body and observed progressive weight loss.

I was uncomfortable and dehydrated when I initially started taking half-body baths because of all the perspiration. Before doing this, make sure you drink a lot of water to stay hydrated and prevent fainting out in the bathtub!

KONJAC FLOUR

KONJAC can replace rice or noodle

My Japanese mother, who strongly urged me to consume konjac, commonly known as yam cake, taught me how to do this. She started including konjac into two of her daily meals because she could not exercise because of her asthma, and she personally shed almost 15 pounds as a result. Her confidence has increased as a result of this diet, since she had begun to feel self-conscious about her ageing tummy. My mum, who is 52, says her konjac diet is the only reason she still gets mistaken for being in her early 40s.

Konjac is a great alternative to rice or wheat noodles because it pretty much tastes like nothing or is just a tiny bit salty. Konjac will absorb the flavour of whatever you prepare it with.

When I make rice, I combine the rice and konjac and cook it in a rice cooker together. This made it much easier for me to incorporate konjac into my regular diet. Purchase of konjac rice, which is essentially konjac noodles in the form of rice, is an additional choice. Konjac rice reduces my daily carb intake because it is made up of 97% water and 3% fibre.

Wheat noodles, which are heavy in carbohydrates and eventually turn into sugar in the body, are a fantastic substitute for konjac noodles. Shirataki noodles, which have a very low carbohydrate count and a high glucomannan fibre content, are my particular favourite. For people with diabetes or excessive cholesterol, glucomannan is known to be a helpful treatment.

In the Eastern world, konjac is frequently consumed to lower cholesterol and lose weight. The fact that it contains a lot of water-soluble fibre that lowers blood sugar levels is the cause. Konjac also has a propensity to expand in the stomach, delay the rate at which the digestive system empties, and prolong my feeling of fullness. This is comparable to the sensation we receive after eating veggies because they also make us feel satisfied after eating them without adding more calories or sugar to our diet. Konjac is also reasonably priced ($1.69 for 255 grammes), so I can forego all the pricey Sweetgreen dinners.

CHEW WISELY

3. Give your food a second, nearly extra-long chew.

The best candidates for this tactic are those who frequently binge eat or have trouble controlling their portions. The sense of being "full" lasts longer when you chew thoroughly.

Food is more quickly digested after it has been chewed. There are two consequences if we gulp our food without fully chewing it: Two factors make it difficult for food to be digested: 1) the stomach; and 2) saliva. Amylase and lipase, which are present in saliva, aid in the digestion of meals and also have an antimicrobial impact. When we chew food practically excessively, our saliva can perform a very effective function.

Additionally, chewing alone causes the brain to release histamine, which deceives it into believing that we are full. It's a basic psychological ploy, but I discovered that when I remind myself to keep chewing, I eat fewer portions. The secret is to alternate between chewing on the right and left sides of your mouth for at least 30 chews per bite of food. We all have a "preferred" side to chew on, but doing so just makes your jaw work harder and is thought to throw your body's balance off.

The idea that there are two different kinds of bodies—one that is healthy and capable of losing weight, and the other that is imbalanced and more resistant to weight loss—is widely accepted in Japan. Building a body that can drop weight easily is the first step in losing weight. Japanese people do this by taking half-body showers and chewing for at least 33 seconds each time.

4. Start with veggies.

This is engrained in Japanese society, where your favourite aunties will nag you to eat your vegetables before you eat anything else. Japanese folks always start with their veggies before tucking into the protein and grains, and traditional Japanese meals come in a healthy balance of grains, protein, and vegetables.

This tactic is partially psychological because we feel more satisfied after eating vegetables than after eating other foods. Once more, this was a huge assistance to me with portion management. In addition, vegetables are rich in fibre, which is believed to aid in digestion.

But that's not the reason veggies come first for Japanese folks. They actually start with veggies since, according to them, there is a direct link between insulin and weight loss. This is how my Japanese mother described it to me:

The sugar level rises when the body takes in sugar from the food we eat. The energy produced by the sugar we ingest then helps us complete tasks and go about our daily lives. Insulin is then released into our bodies by our pancreas.

Insulin helps to lower blood sugar levels and convert any sugar that isn't used for energy into fat. In other words, it becomes simpler for our bodies to store fat if the sugar level climbs too quickly and too much insulin is released. Because of this, when we eat rice, bread, or snacks on an empty stomach, our blood sugar levels increase too quickly, which causes an excess of insulin to be released into our systems.

This tactic works because eating veggies before other foods avoids the production of large amounts of insulin and the spike in blood sugar that would otherwise occur. According to Japanese culture, eating vegetables first makes the body more resistant to weight gain.

While some people find it simpler to lose weight, others find it more challenging. I had never considered how distinct body types exist, so this argument intrigued me. There are many reasons for this, but according to the Japanese, our habits determine whether we have a physique that is "easy to lose weight" or the contrary.

The Eastern health practises of yoga, proper posture, and frequent walking all contribute to the development of a body that can lose weight.

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The fact that these behaviours were common knowledge to Japanese citizens really astonished me. None of my friends or coworkers attended to the gym, and none of them set aside time in their schedules to lose weight. To keep their health and fitness, they all practised healthy eating, took daily walks of a few miles, and recalled these easy tips.

Because I wasn't subjecting my body to significant alterations, I didn't notice immediate benefits. But because I trusted the procedure and concentrated on maintaining consistency, I feel that my relationship with my body is lot better now.

I view my diet and exercise as ways to care for and appreciate my body. My body feels good when I consume protein-rich foods and consume lots of water. My body responds well to a run if I begin with a mile and progressively increase to 5 kilometres. Since our body is the only vehicle for our soul, I don't want to subject it to extreme changes or undue stress.

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