It was interesting eating lunch today at Maisen, one of my favourite spots here in Tokyo. Their specialty is tonkatsu (deep-fried pork cutlet) which most people would consider an inappropriate option when trying to lose weight.
What’s more, there’s a lot of food served. I always leave feeling completely stuffed!
But what caught my attention was the conversation between two women sitting beside me at the counter.
[I wasn’t eavesdropping, promise. I just couldn’t help but overhear them.]
Essentially, one woman was discussing how she is competing with a small circle of friends to lose the most body-fat by October (3 months away).
An admirable endeavour and a wonderful challenge.
But her understanding of what is required to shed the lbs and trim the body-fat was sadly misguided. Yet like them, I thought the same a year or two ago.
So what were her misconceptions?
Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. And wrong.
Yet they are perhaps the four most common mistakes people make when trying to lose weight.
As I’ve explained in more detail before, the first and foremost requirement is to give up added sugar: specifically, fructose.
Fat is essential to our diet and a drastic reduction may have the opposite effect. Your body will rebel and do everything it can to store rather than burn body-fat if you reduce it’s consumption too much.
And finally, exercise should be done for fitness and health reasons. Weight-loss may be a happy side effect.
But if you do want to do something to help lose weight faster, go for a long walk. I know it sounds simple. Yet that’s exactly because it is.
And the misunderstandings this woman had are exactly why she cannot lose weight for a sustained period of time.
I know this because once upon a time I was equally misinformed.
Kim | 72.4