Japanese diet types: which is better to choose?
Japan and the problem of excess weight
Japanese diet is popular all over the world. I am doctor living in Japan, an I tried different types of diets. In Japan, many women from Europe find it particularly difficult to maintain stable weight. No one knows the exact reasons, but most likely the answer is simple. The basis of Japanese food culture is rice. They eat it three times a day, with any meal, be it meat or pasta. At the same time, the data of geneticists show that over the centuries, Japanese organism has perfectly adapted itself to the digestion and fermenting of rice. But European organisms did not receive such ability. So this Japanese rice turns to be a disaster for our waist, hips and everything. There are namely two glasses of sugar in the rice bowl, so if someone wants to live in Japan and lose weight, just forget about it. Here you are struggling with extra pounds every day, because you do not have the specific genes that locals have.
But if you thought that all Japanese women are naturally slim, then you are fantastically wrong! In the Land of the Rising Sun, millions of obese patients go to clinics every day. Since the early 1980s, food in Japan has changed dramatically. If everyone used to eat miso soup, fish and seaweed, now this is not the case. Shops are flooded with bacon, red fat meat, bakery products. There were McDonalds and Starbucks everywhere, where one glass of drink by calories counts for whole lunch, or even for two. As a result, more and more fat young boys and girls appear every day. Of course, where there is a problem, there is a demand for its solution, and different means to solve this problem. Pharmacy counters in Japan offer tones of slimming pills. But it is necessary to thank the Japanese state for protecting citizens from unscrupulous goods. The ads here are not so aggressive, even on the websites of the manufacturers. No one promises you to lose 20 kg per week. If manufacturer will state such nonsense, the manufacturer will be bankrupt in a matter of weeks. And the affected buyers will force him to pay millions in fines, furthermore the manager may even go to jail. So there are only two basic options with Japanese slimming products. Or it will be a truly high-quality product, with proven effectiveness in research. Either this product will be presented with phrases like “the result depends on the individual” and “if you follow the diet and perform physical exercises, you MAY lose weight”. But what types actually of slimming pills actually exist in Japan?
What are the types of Japanese diet? Review and useful tips
So lets return to our question. Without claiming completeness and accuracy, I would divide the Japanese diet into several types based mainly on their functions and effects. In this review you will not find “miraculous” slimming teas with dangerous turbo-laxatives or “super-diet pills”, after which you have to treat the kidneys and liver for six months. I shall discuss only reasonable and healthy ways to lose weight, requiring your own efforts and time..
The first type of Japanese diet replaces food intake. This is an old and well-known method. Of course, you can practice it at home and without any diet from Japan. For example, drink a glass of yoghurt instead of dinner. With a strict condition: do not take anything out of the fridge after dinner! In Japan, by the way, special toys are sold to support such diet. Put it inside the fridge, and every time you open the door, the toy reproaches you and demands that you close the door immediately ... a useful thing. I have one in my fridge. And many of my acquaintances and relatives should have received such a strict friend, who does not know the constraints and manners, and would definitely shout at them once they open fridge at night. But let’s go back to the methods for losing weight. The conceptual difference between Japanese substitute diets and a glass of yoghurt is, of course, in its composition. You cannot say anything here - both Microdiet and the Protein Diet from Japan will not relieve hunger, but they will keep the body in a healthier state. You can use this diet for weeks without any harm to your health if you have enough will power. Your body will receive all the necessary and important elements and enegry.
The second type of Japanese slimming products blocks the absorption of fat. The mechanism is also simple and straightforward. The basis of the work is chitosan, which absorbs fats and prevents it absorption by the intestines. Two points are important in this method. First, you need something like globin proteins or specific extracts to stifle hunger. You deceive organism and your organism will be really angry. Secondly, we need a good and purified chitosan, and not a dubious chemical product from China, which is omnipresent in EU and USA. Here you may check Final Block with a multi-level system of protection against fat absorption. These diet pills do everything they can to ensure that fat simply does not go anywhere. Also check Chitosan, a very entertaining and peculiar product. According to the manufacturer, it has the effect of preventing oncology. Well, I can’t say anything here, apples also protect against oncology ... the main thing is to take them regularly and use only natural products.
The third type accelerates your metabolism. This is the most interesting and difficult option. Interesting, because the body itself burns fat, there is no intervention, it just speeds up the metabolism. But, such Japanese diet is difficult for two reasons. First, it usually requires physical trainings. No, it is not necessary to go to the gym 7 times a week. It is just mandatory to do exercises for 3-5 minutes in the morning before breakfast and in the evening taking this supplements first. Secondly, it is highly recommended to drink something like a tathion (or any other medicine with a medical effect of removing slags and detoxication) along with such diet. Body must clean itself from the increasing amount of toxins when you use such diet approach. Here the choice is also rich - this group includes Final Burn, Bofusan, and Forhskolii. Bofusan and Ulra-Burn, by the way, according to manufacturers, are working specifically for abdominal fat. If someone wants to achieve just such an effect - pay attention!
Which Japanese diet is more effective?
The most difficult question is - what should you choose? What Japanese diet will suit exactly you? You need to choose on the basis of tasks, on the basis of your lifestyle and, of course, your financial capacities. The first type of diets is suitable for those who spend more time at home and do not like sports. For example, this diet is perfect for mom on maternity with small children. Japanese substitute diets can be used for breastfeeding, they are safe for the baby. But they also have disadvantages. It is not recommended to drive a car or do work that requires concentration and high attention. The second type is more suitable for those who do not have time of will for the active lifestyle, who do not have the time or strength to do sports. If the approach is complex, you will have no problems with hunger, or with a headache, or with irritability. But breastfeeding is contraindicated here, please remember. The third type is definitely suitable for those who like sports or who can afford at least minimal physical exertion. Perhaps it is here that you can expect the most rapid and impressive results.
Popular Japanese diet without pills
In addition to medicinal diets and traditional diet pills, I want to draw your attention to a number of diets that are popular in Japan. One of the most popular today is a diet of 8 hours. Its essence is very simple. You can eat whatever you want. Generally, all you can eat! But only and strictly within 8 hours. That is, for example, if you get up at 7, have breakfast at eight, then you should finish the last meal before 16-00. And that’s all. No loosening, no excuses! Put refrigerator on chain, and give the key to your beloved husband, who goes to the bar in the evening or to your dear son, who goes to overnight stay to his friend. The effect of such a Japanese diet will be immediate. And this is an illusion that you can eat in advance. You will lose 5-8 kg in 2-3 weeks at the least if you follow these recommendations. Hard, but effective.
What will better help me in my case?
There are many popular Japanese diets. The most common ones include:
- increase metabolism
- blocking the absorption of fat and carbohydrates
- replacement of one or two meals with a special composition
- sorption and detox methods
- non-medical methods - restrictions on the types of products.
- non-medical methods - restrictions on eating times.
WHAT is right for you? It's hard to say here. I did a quick review. I do not claim for full completeness and accuracy. If you do not fall into any category - you can write me about your situation with the comment "To Dr. Tanaka", I will check and answer to you in 1-2 days. Please understand that each case is individual. And do not forget the universal method to "eat less and move more". I will try to help you, advise and offer some option.
Please remember when losing weight and choosing Japanese diet.
Remember, the goal of the diet is health and beauty. Japanese diet is designed to help you achieve these goals. But diet can not and should not damage health or inflict negative effects on you. You lose weight for yourself, you do it for your own health. You must love yourself anf take care of yourself. You overcome temporary discomfort for the sake of an important goal - health, joy and longevity. Diet is designed to help, not to harm. In no case you should buy Chinese teas with hay or other laxatives. Your health is the most valuable thing you have.
Iryna Tanaka, MD, Manda Memorial Hospital, Sapporo