Travel/Living Abroad & Diet

  • trl_

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    Dec 12, 2010 7:15 PM GMT
    I'm a student studying abroad right now in Jordan. I'm having one of the most interesting and memorable experiences of my life, but out of curiosity I stepped on the scale the other day and I was shocked once I had meandered back to my room and converted 59Kg back to the stingy American pounds....~129?!

    I was honestly so surprised. Usually I weigh anywhere from 138-142, but this was new and never before can I remember having such a low weight.

    I haven't worked out since God knows when which is one part of it, but the piece of the puzzle that confuses me most is that I'm eating a lot more regularly and just more calories in general than I eat in the US.

    I'm coming home at the end of this semester since my trip ends very soon, but I just wanted to share this and ask for advice on working out and eating well while travelling, especially while abroad since I think this is something not a lot of people think of until they're actually in the situation itself.
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    Dec 13, 2010 2:02 AM GMT
    I had a similar experience a few years ago. I spent just a little over a month in Japan, but during that time I managed to somehow lose between 10-15 lbs. Strange thing is I ate a shit-ton, probably more so than I did in the US. And even though I wasn't the most muscular guy out there I can say pretty confidently that what I lost was fat, not muscle.

    I have two possible explanations.
    1) I was a lot more physically active while in Japan. I didn't exercise at all, but I was walking several miles each day as I checked out different cities. That's more walking than I ever did back home.
    2) Japanese food is just healthier in general than American food. Back then I didn't necessarily care about the quality of the food that I ate but I think I can safely say that the Japanese equivalent to anything you'll find in America, from junk food to gourmet meals, will overall be less harmful to your health.

    I don't know what it's like in Jordan as I've never been there, but perhaps you're experiencing the same thing I did.
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    Dec 13, 2010 11:46 AM GMT
    The walking thing rings a bell....
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    Dec 13, 2010 4:53 PM GMT
    FIZZLE!!!!

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    Just that really. All those lamb kabobs and flat breads with onion are having their effect ;) Jordan is lovely.
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    Dec 13, 2010 5:01 PM GMT
    American food is just crap, it's stuffed with artificial additives and empty calories. In most countries a slice of bread is a slice of bread, in the US in has up to 20 different ingredients with a splash of HFCS.

    The fact that it's always warm might help you to sweat some out too.
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    Dec 13, 2010 5:09 PM GMT
    Tazo995 saidAmerican food is just crap, it's stuffed with artificial additives and empty calories. In most countries a slice of bread is a slice of bread, in the US in has up to 20 different ingredients with a splash of HFCS.

    The fact that it's always warm might help you to sweat some out too.


    HCFS is in everything, trying to buy something without out this "precious" additive is like finding a needle in a hay stack.

    I concur the most of our food is loaded with addition additives that could cause unnecessary weight gain.
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    Dec 13, 2010 5:40 PM GMT
    I'm in the same situation here man. Within a month of moving here my weight tanked. I was 176 (with the goal of getting to 185) and like that I was back down to 157, in 30 days! Total bullshit.

    I was eating a lot too but its not enough. You have to lift weights (no or very little cardio) and load up on protein. Treat yourself to whatever fattening stuff you can get your hands on (its not so easy here). I'm back up to 165 now after joining a gym but that's about my max I think (on a diet of rice and noodles anyway).

    Good luck dude!
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    Dec 13, 2010 5:44 PM GMT
    Ricovelas said
    Tazo995 saidAmerican food is just crap, it's stuffed with artificial additives and empty calories. In most countries a slice of bread is a slice of bread, in the US in has up to 20 different ingredients with a splash of HFCS.

    The fact that it's always warm might help you to sweat some out too.


    HCFS is in everything, trying to buy something without out this "precious" additive is like finding a needle in a hay stack.

    I concur the most of our food is loaded with addition additives that could cause unnecessary weight gain.


    OK so you wanna hear a dirty story?

    When I was living in Georgia I ate the local produce, the local meat, I got most of my stuff from either the market or from friends with family in the countryside (grandma's eggs and such). Interestingly enough I crapped less than half what I do in western countries... Even though sometimes I at a LOT of food.

    So I reckon, they put so much stuff in food here that has no nutritional value, and is merely just filler, a carrier for the empty calories, that you have to take huge dumps every morning to get rid of it.

    Also, back in Georgia it was sometimes hard to avoid white flour or high-fat foods, or calories in alcohol and lemonade, but despite that I get fatter over here where I never eat anything that's obviously bad.

    Western world food are like sneaky killers.
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    Dec 13, 2010 6:05 PM GMT
    Tazo995 said
    Ricovelas said
    Tazo995 saidAmerican food is just crap, it's stuffed with artificial additives and empty calories. In most countries a slice of bread is a slice of bread, in the US in has up to 20 different ingredients with a splash of HFCS.

    The fact that it's always warm might help you to sweat some out too.


    HCFS is in everything, trying to buy something without out this "precious" additive is like finding a needle in a hay stack.

    I concur the most of our food is loaded with addition additives that could cause unnecessary weight gain.


    OK so you wanna hear a dirty story?

    When I was living in Georgia I ate the local produce, the local meat, I got most of my stuff from either the market or from friends with family in the countryside (grandma's eggs and such). Interestingly enough I crapped less than half what I do in western countries... Even though sometimes I at a LOT of food.

    So I reckon, they put so much stuff in food here that has no nutritional value, and is merely just filler, a carrier for the empty calories, that you have to take huge dumps every morning to get rid of it.

    Also, back in Georgia it was sometimes hard to avoid white flour or high-fat foods, or calories in alcohol and lemonade, but despite that I get fatter over here where I never eat anything that's obviously bad.

    Western world food are like sneaky killers.


    Ay Dios Mio... was quite the dirty story. icon_smile.gif