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Weight Gain with Moving Internationally?

Commented on August 24, 2013
Created August 23, 2013 at 4:21 PM

Hi there!

I recently moved back from Japan to America- about 18 days ago. In that time, I seem to have gained nine pounds! I'm sure some of it is water weight, but I don't know how to get my body to regulate itself. I'm constantly hungry, but I don't think I'm eating too much. My body just wants to store everything it gets, it seems like... Has anyone else experienced this when moving internationally?

In one day, I eat maybe a chicken breast and some greens for breakfast, some kind of protein and greens and maybe 1/4 sweet potato for lunch, protein for snack if I need it, and the same thing as lunch for dinner.

I'm definitely moving a lot less than I used to, but I work standing all day and bike ride leisurely around 40 minutes a day.

I wonder if anyone has had this experience before, and has some advice about how to get your body to regulate?

Thank you so much!

46cca8ea7b1325c286c470182aef053b

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on August 24, 2013
at 03:12 AM

Yeah, I've been trying! It's just so much more expensive here, unfortunately, haha! Nope, I cook all meals/snacks for myself. : ) I sure do love having cilantro and kale though!

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on August 24, 2013
at 02:42 AM

Could you possibly add more seafood and seaweed to your diet? That could be the difference. You are not being tempted by all the "nostalgic" junk food in the US? Good for you for cooking for yourself.

46cca8ea7b1325c286c470182aef053b

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on August 24, 2013
at 02:21 AM

Thanks for the reply! Due to allergies, I cooked for myself the whole time. I used the same ingredients as I do here- mostly lean meats and veggies. The only differences I can see is that Japan has fattier meat, I ate slightly more seafood, and more seaweed. I also ate more carbs while abroad.

46cca8ea7b1325c286c470182aef053b

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on August 23, 2013
at 06:11 PM

No, once I returned home, I weighed myself. I have been using the same scale since.

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on August 23, 2013
at 05:54 PM

So you weighed yourself in Japan, then again in the US on the same scale?

46cca8ea7b1325c286c470182aef053b

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on August 23, 2013
at 05:25 PM

Thanks for the reply! Yes, I am. I weighed myself when I got back on my own scale.

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on August 23, 2013
at 04:46 PM

Are you weighing yourself on the same scales?

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F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on August 24, 2013
at 02:16 AM

Read "The Jungle Effect" by Daphne Miller. She explains it very well. Japan is way better for you in terms of losing weight - more emphasis on healthy foods, traditional cooking.

I would lower your carb load a bit in order for your body to adjust.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on August 24, 2013
at 02:42 AM

Could you possibly add more seafood and seaweed to your diet? That could be the difference. You are not being tempted by all the "nostalgic" junk food in the US? Good for you for cooking for yourself.

46cca8ea7b1325c286c470182aef053b

(111)

on August 24, 2013
at 03:12 AM

Yeah, I've been trying! It's just so much more expensive here, unfortunately, haha! Nope, I cook all meals/snacks for myself. : ) I sure do love having cilantro and kale though!

46cca8ea7b1325c286c470182aef053b

(111)

on August 24, 2013
at 02:21 AM

Thanks for the reply! Due to allergies, I cooked for myself the whole time. I used the same ingredients as I do here- mostly lean meats and veggies. The only differences I can see is that Japan has fattier meat, I ate slightly more seafood, and more seaweed. I also ate more carbs while abroad.

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