Alright, so there was a spambot post in the aspiring JET section about loosing weight in Japan. I'm starting a thread over here since most of the posters were current JETs anyway. I actually was wanting to post about dieting and found the other thread using the search function.
So yeah, diet advice, recipes, theories, let's put it all over here.
I'll start. I'm going home this summer and immediately being a bridesmaid in my friends wedding. The dress the other bridesmaids choose is a very cute strapless number, meaning lots of upper exposure.
I searched the internet for advice for women about toning their upper arms. Basically this is what I've come to believe.
To tone muscles your body you need to build muscle and loose fat.
Most amateur diets cause people to loose muscle weight rather than fat.
Loosing muscle but still having a higher fat percentage causes flabby skin.
So, fat loss + muscle gain = slimming down but maybe not so much weight loss, and hopefully no really gross looking loose skin.
So I put myself on a reduced calorie diet, trying to stay under 1,600 kcal per day, but also being high in protein (at least 60grams) and strong in carbs (at least 150grams) with some daily exercise (about an hour of walking, some dumbell exercises and push-ups.) I also measure to make sure I drink at least 1,800 ml of water so I stay hydrated. I give myself the weekend off from counting calories and nutrients. I still try to eat smart, but I can relax and have a snack or two if I'd like.
My reasoning, protein is needed to build muscles, carbs are needed for energy, reducing the calories means I should burn some fat when I exercise, and water means I'm hydrated and not being tricked by water-weightloss.
So, other people's diets, recipes, anything about weight loss in Japan can go here.
*edit: I forgot to add this link. http://www.scientificpsychic.com/fitness/diet.html
It's a BMI calculator. I'm sure a doctor could do better, but for the internet it doesn't seem too bad, it takes more measurements than most BMI calculators. And it does have a note accounting for people who have more muscle than fat. According to that I'm about a pound overweight, which seems about right to me. My goal isn't a certain weight, but to get down to and maintain a healthy level 19.
** second edit: I'm not looking for any advice for myself, I was just telling something I decided to do and CAN do while in Japan. Personally I think I have a healthy outlook on weight, exercise, eating, and physical and mental health. But if you have any good protein and carb recipes low on saturated fats, I'm always willing to try something new.