Being thin is part of the beauty standard in Japan and other Asian countries. You are probably wondering, how do they manage to be so skinny? There are several secrets and techniques that Japanese women use to keep their bodies thin and light.
In this article we will reveal some of these secrets to help you lose weight and slim your waist. We have already written an article talking about the secret of Japanese beauty, but in this article we go further and reveal some important techniques for weight loss.
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Lose weight with correct nutrition
You must know that the Japanese diet helps a lot to maintain a slim waist. The Japanese drink a lot of tea, have miso soup daily, in addition to consuming a lot of vegetables and fish.
The Japanese also use light, low-temperature cooking techniques to preserve the nutrients in a food. They tend to season their food with various things, but using little salt.
The normal thing is to eat rice, even for breakfast, which for some can put on weight because it is a great source of carbohydrates. But Japanese rice is richer in fiber than the others. Noodles are also an almost daily dish for the Japanese.
A Japanese meal consists of small portions, several side dishes of light broths and a slower and healthier diet, they eat more than 5 varieties of vegetables in a meal.
The Japanese also cook in an artistic way, this helps to satiate and trick the stomach. They use chopsticks, which makes them eat less than a spoonful.
There is also a great Japanese weight loss technique called Hara hachi bunme. While most people stop eating when they are fully satisfied, people using this technique stop eating when they are 80% full.
After 20 or 30 minutes they decide if they are still hungry, if so, they have a small snack. The brain is not regular in telling whether or not we are really full, this pause will tell you that.
Eating slowly also helps the brain in this decision. We recommend you take a look at the Japanese Food Pyramid. Japanese cuisine helps Japanese people a lot to stay thin.
Japanese people lose weight by breathing
A Japanese actor named Ryosuke Miki has developed a technique that involves spending two minutes a day focusing on taking long breaths and then exhaling aggressively. He was using this technique to get rid of back pain and noticed he was losing weight.
This long breath diet should be done in a specific position, then inhale air for 3 seconds and exhale for 7 seconds. There are 2 techniques:
- 1 - Squeeze your buttocks leaving ripples in your backside (check this by placing your fingers in the area formed by the compression), place one foot in front of your body, crossing your legs, placing 90% of your body weight on your back foot. You should inhale with your arms above your head;
- 2 - Squeeze your buttocks and place one hand on your belly and the other on your lower back;
In the 2 techniques you must inhale for 3 seconds and exhale for 7 seconds very hard, tensing all the muscles.
The long breath diet is believed to increase muscle strength and speed up your metabolism, increasing blood oxygen levels. The results are excellent for the spine and abdomen, this ends up resulting in a thinner waist.
Lose weight and improve lying posture
There is another famous slimming technique, which is also good for posture, called Fukutsuji. She was created by Toshiki Fukutsuji, a doctor who was developing a method to prevent bad posture.
The technique consists of taking a common towel and rolling and tying it creating a sausage. Then the person should lie on their back on a hard, flat surface and place the towel at the level of their navel, where the spine begins to curve.
When you are straight and in the correct position, you should place your feet shoulder-width apart with your toes pointing towards each other.
Stretch your arms above your head with your palms down and your pinky fingers touching each other. You must do this procedure for 5 minutes. It is recommended to do 3 times a day for better results.
Another similar technique involves lying down and securing your big toes with a hair band. This technique helps to put the pelvis in place and prevent fat from concentrating in the abdominal region.
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Weight loss with Japanese exercises
Another very famous technique is to take a towel and hold each end and then make movements like the infinity symbol (∞) or an 8 turned sideways.
Do 10 movements on each side with a straight spine and straight arms. Only your arms should move, hold the towel tightly. It is not recommended for people with back problems. If it hurts, stop!
We've noticed that most of the exercises here involve contracting the abs and keeping the spine straight. Exactly, for weight loss this is essential. I hope you enjoyed these Japanese techniques. Have you tried any of them? Leave your experiences here in the comments.
To finish the article, I'll leave a video of my friend Roberto Pedraça teaching 3 tips on how to lose weight used by the Japanese: