Staying Thin In Japan

4 Miracle Phenomenon of Staying Thin In Japan

4 Miracle Phenomenon of Staying Thin In Japan

Are you thinking of travelling to Japan, but you’re worried about your weight, health and overall fitness? I know it’s not a question you get asked often, but if it is well then, you’re in luck. Japan happens to be one of the easiest places to maintain and even shave off some of your unwanted pounds.

Here are 4 things that can help you stay fit and healthy while in Japan!

Japan’s Fish Based Diet

Japan is an island nation, thus meaning its surrounded by water. And just what exactly lives in water? Healthy, lean, saltwater fish, crustaceans and yummy invertebrates (I’m talking about you Mr Octopus).

Map of Japan
Map of Japan

If you’ve ever been to Japan, the one thing you will not have a problem finding is fish. When I studied there in 2016, fish was my primary source of meat. I’d just walk to the nearest convenience store, turn my head to the right and buy myself a nice, meaty package of tuna or salmon (crab if I was feeling sophisticated).

Japan is also the location of the largest fish market in the world. The Tsukiji market boasts an impressive 660,000 tonnes of fish per year, which can either be viewed as terrifying or stunning. You’ll have the option of consuming significantly less saturated fat than if you were consuming red meat (which is a good thing).

Tsukiji Fish Market
Tsukiji Fish Market Vendor

The Wonders of Cycling In Japan

While Japan has an outstanding metro railway system, they also have bike lanes…lots and lots of bike lanes. To break this idea down, I’m going to list some numbers.

  • Japan’s population: 127,370,00
  • Bicycles: 72,540,000
  • Cyclists: ~56.9%
Biking is one of the most popular methods of transportation in Japan
Japanese girl biking to school

Are you getting the idea here yet? Bikes are in abundance! If you decide bike everywhere then you are going to burn some major calories. Exercise is more of a passive act in Japan, in the sense that you don’t even know that you’re doing it. This is partially why staying thin in Japan is so easy. Roads are beyond smooth, and people aren’t jerks when it comes to the bike lanes. Nevertheless, if bike lanes are too quaint for you, then feel free to hike your bike up to the summit of one of Japan’s billions(hyperbole) of mountains and trails.

According to iloveebicycling an average 180lb cyclist riding at a moderate effort will burn approximately 650 calories per hour.

Hmmmm, I wonder how much 650 calories is compared to a hot bowl of ramen.


WOW Its like you never evenScreenshot_2018-08-12 Calories in Tonkatsu Ramen - 1 bowl from Nutritionix.png ate! But still got all the nutrients you needed from that ramen bowl (Ignore the 83% daily value of cholesterol, you’ll live)

So, whenever the time comes, walk your lazy butt over to your bike, before chowing down at the nearest Yoshinoya.spicy-pork-tonkotsu-ramen-bowl-780x675



Walking Makes For Beautiful Scenery

Japan in my honest opinion remains undefeated in natural scenery. I’ve never seen such beautiful images flash before my eyes in a continuous sequence. Gardens, temples, sculptures, pop culture, flashing lights, who in their right mind would want to catch a train for a short 10-minute trip when you could walk through 30 mins of Japan? My biggest regret when I studied abroad in Japan was taking the train so frequently. Not only did I spend tons of money, but I also missed out on a lot of the great scenery Nippon has to offer.


Walking, just like biking burns calories, but most people don’t walk as often as they should, so the caloric burn is barely noticeable. However, I ensure you that if you walk around Japan for a day and just suck up all the natural scenery possible, you wouldn’t even notice when you drop a waist size.

According to verywellfit A 180-pound person burns about 100 calories per mile. If you live in Japan and don’t see things that make you have an eyegasm while you’re walking, then you’re doing it wrong, walk some more.

Crazy Nightlife

Japan’s nightlife is absolutely off the freakin’ charts. Staying thin in Japan has never been easier thanks to the constant raves and footwork culture.Between Shinjuku and Roppongi there are an endless array of clubs, and all of them promise to animate the night scene. I remember when I went club hopping for my birthday… alone (yeah, yeah, I know call me what you want *rolls eyes*). I arrived at The Womb in Shibuya around 10 am then around 12 am I went to club Atom which was right down the street. I When 5 am came around it was time to leave and everyone was drenched in sweat. We(everyone who was in the club) then proceeded to storm the convenience store across the street (conveniently located by the way) and doused ourselves in a gallon of water before stumbling towards the train.

Being thirsty after the nightclub
This was basically how we all looked

The point I’m trying to make is that the nightlife in Japan will have you melting your glycogen stores. This is good, for one reason – timing. When your body hits baseline insulin, you begin burning body fat for fuel, so after a nice long hibernation after a fun night of partying you’ll be more than ready rub down your sides in the mirror and say “WOW”.

Sweating in Japan's Nightlife
Japan’s nightlife summarized in one minimalistic picture.

It’s easy to passively stay fit in Japan, after a long day exploring, eating and partying, you’d be back to square one in the morning. Be sure to take advantage of the nutritional diet, splendid scenery and vivid nightlife in Japan to keep your waist grateful and your soul happy!


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