The Way To Lose Weight: Japanese Style!

March 19, 2007

3197292687.jpgMy wife and I just had a 4 day cultural sight seeing visit to Kyoto, Nara then Osaka.  I consider this trip one of the best I had so far.  (I will soon post these sights in my travelogue blog so try checking it out what these historic sights of Japan can offer.) But one thing that really bothered me in this trip is that...There’s no DIET COKE in Japan!

If you try watching the Japanese in the streets, except for the Sumo wrestlers, they are all slim! I havent seen a single japanese whom I consider obese or overweight.  It must be their diet and their way of living and lifestyle.

This trip of ours was purely cultural.  We stayed in a Ryokan house where we slept in the floor.  Fortunately we had our own private bath but otherwise it would have been in a public bath where clothes are a NO NO!  2011165386.jpgWe were then entertained by true Geishas in Gion district and had a chance to be served food by them. We ate traditional japanese food from breakfast till dinner.  And this is where you will realize that traditional japanese servings are really small!

Kaiseki- ryori which is Japan’s artistic and seasonal way of serving food that uses the freshest ingredients of the season…says it all. It was like an eleven course meal but every dish was artistically presented in small servings that by the time you reach the fifth serving you are already full. 

The concept of losing weight by eating little and slowly may have come from this tradition.  Since the foods are served in small quantities then you have the liberty to really taste each bite and enjoy the food!  We were not feeling deprived but in fact it was the opposite… we ate in small servings but boy… we were literally satisfied!

Even in their buffet … you are offered a small plate.  Not the usual plate we have in our own homes. And the chioces are filled with seaweeds, raw fish and other seafoods.  What’s interesting though is the small serving sizes they offer including the desert.  The fruits are offered to you only 1 slice of each including their yummy chocolate cake… a small really small slice that is only enough for one bite!

Now I know why when you order Diet Coke?…. you are faced with a blank stare! It’s an unknown entity in Kyoto! 

Let’s all learn from the Japanese way of eating

  • eat in small portions 
  • use small serving plates and
  • eat slow to allow some time to taste each dish before another one is served!

It’s the our discipline and lifestyle that matters! 

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11 Responses to “The Way To Lose Weight: Japanese Style!”

  1. Rose Says:

    I was in Japan once and agree with your observation. Lets do it then the Japanese way!

  2. MARIPEE Says:

    Kaiseki-ryori is indeed not only a feast for the tummy, but for the eyes too! One would really stare at the beautifully decorated “all edible” little portions that you will respect the way it was prepared and forget about the Coke! Okini, Doc Gerry!

  3. Anthony Says:

    A feast for the eyes indeed.

  4. Teresa Says:

    Welcome back from Kyoto! Love your latest update about eating Japanese food, since our family loves to eat Japanese food so much…

  5. Doc Gerry Says:

    To Teresa… me tooooo!

    To Maripee…. yah why bother about diet coke? But boy…it would have been better with my diet coke!

  6. Lilibeth Says:

    Doc Gerry:

    …just curious of what your website contains…and…i was truly amazed, how such a busy doc with almost no more time to eat due to plenty of patients everyday..can produce such an informative articles…and i’ll try to dig more on your published articles here…thanks!

  7. Lilibeth Says:

    Doc Gerry,

    …just curious on what your website contains..and..i realized how such a busy doc is able to make this very informative articles amidst busy skeds?…i was truly amazed and will try to dig more on your published articles..thanks!


  8. WE all have to take better care of our selfs….this will reflect on us a little but on our kids ill have a deeper impact

  9. Holly Says:

    I am an Ex-pat, living in Tokyo. I have been here for 15 years. I see obese Japanese all the time. You need to honest in your observations!

  10. Doc Gerry Says:

    Hi Holly… I guess my stay there in Japan may not have been long enough for me to notice. But treu enough, obesity is gaining ground in all part of the world.


  11. First of all and most importantly it’s the way we all actually eat;


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