Before you freak out, this post is not about me losing weight la i didn’t have much in the beginning to lose with, but since a lot of people always ask me advise on how to maintain a slim figure, i thought i could use a blog post!
Anyway, my answer to that is forever “Go to Japan.”
I hardly know anyone who gain weight in Japan. Really hardly. Did you? Normally i lose about 1-2KG every time i go to Japan, and gain it back after i come back.
By the way these are the kind of food i eat:
Actually the answer is really simple. And it applies to dieting and losing weight in general. No matter how many new diet methods there is out in the market, the one forever truth is, you lose weight when you burn more calories than you take in.
That is the diamond rule that applies to everybody, no matter what race, what blood type, what age…
So i found out that, while i actually eat MORE in Japan, i’m actually taking in less calories because their food is just so freaking healthy, every single pack of snacks comes with a calorie counter for you to monitor your diet.
Basically almost everything in a convenience store is pro-diet wtf.
And then i also walk a lot. Like, A LOT.
For someone who never ever exercises, that’s A LOT of exercise lol.
So when i think about it, it makes all sense that i will lose weight in Japan.
This was how i looked at one point when i stayed in Japan quite often.
And that was my weight.
I know that’s almost borderline grotesque, (and no i’m not advocating anorexia, y’all, i know what you are thinking.) but don’t worry! I have gained it all back now.
Point is! If you are looking for a diet that doesn’t come with side effects you didn’t know about, or laosai until your intestines melt, the only two answers are:
Exercise, and cut down on your calories.
Of course not. First of all exercise is totally out of the questions, and how to monitor calories? This is not Japan leh.
Which is why, as boring as it sounds, a healthy meal replacement is still the best answer for lazy people.
And today’s product is ITOH Fasting Diet Basic (i’m sorry it doesn’t come with a more fancy name lol)
(And it’s 100% from Japan! Yay!)
It is a very very simple product, basically a meal replacement that helps you control your calorie intake while providing you all the necessary nutrients a human needs daily.
You might think that since we should cut calories intake in order to lose weight, might as well just skip the meal completely?
By skipping breakfast you may be sabotaging your weight loss goals, because it makes you hungrier and more prone to binging and snacking on unhealthy stuff later, or worse it might cause gastric.
Also, when you skip a meal you are depriving your body of essential vitamins and nutrients!
I dunno why it is called “fasting”, because there isn’t fasting involved, if you worry 😛
(Maybe they mean it’s very fast, you know la Japanese’s English HAHAHHAH no la joke, JOKE.)
The good news is, unlike other meal replacements that has only one single flavor, it comes in FIVE!
Vanilla, Banana, Strawberry, Chocolate, and Latte.
And the calorie and nutrient chart for each flavor.
Here’s the English version:
My favorite is Strawberry!
Now even though i don’t need to lose any more weight, i still take it because it just a super convenient and healthy breakfast, albeit a bit more expensive than Maggie goreng or nasi lemak.
The calorie count is only 85kcal per packet (comes up to about 200+ if you mix it with milk), so compared to your mamak breakfast, you are cutting down easily a few hundred kcals a day.
And i always take it with one banana, some biscuits and that makes a quick and wholesome breakfast!
Pour the powder in a cup, mix it with milk, and stir well! Of course you can also use a shaker.
It taste just like milkshake and really does fill up your tummy!
You can replace it with anyone of your regular meals, and for a start it is recommended that you replace the lightest meal of the day. For example if you eat the least in the morning, then take it as breakfast.
Once you get used to it, you can use it to replace your lunch or dinner instead. And for those who wish for better effect, you can replace two meals a day. But please do take at least one proper meal a day.
Some of the key ingredients in this product that effectively help your diet:
1. Psyllium powdered seeds 3,000mg
A great source of natural, water soluble fiber that helps to moderate cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
2. Indigestible dextrin 1000mg
A dietary fiber that helps regulate blood sugar level
3. Y-aminobutyric acid
An amino acid that helps suppress blood sugar pressure elevation and support your healthy diet
4. A good balancing of 12 types of vitamins and 11 types of minerals that provide 1/3 of the daily nutritional standard values (in one pack).
You can get it in for RM148 per box, from all SASA outlets (Malaysia) or get it online at Tokyoninki.com!