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Our Writer Loses 6 Kilograms (13 Pounds) In 1 Month With The Help Of These 7-Eleven Japanese Foods

Our Writer Loses 6 Kilograms (13 Pounds) In 1 Month With The Help Of These 7-Eleven Japanese Foods

Healthy eating and 7-Eleven aren’t often heard in the same breath, but maybe they should be.

Thanks to his former life as a starving musician, our writer Seiji Nakazawa managed to keep a very slim figure for most of his life. However, now that he’s a globe-trotting reporter, he can enjoy some of the finer things in life, like octopus eggs and sparkling milk. Throwing in the calm pandemic lifestyle of the past two years, he has recently become more chubby which he is generally comfortable with.

Luckily our team has no shortage of guys who have managed to drastically change their physique, Yuichiro, Mr. Sato, Go and PK all gave him three key pieces of advice:

1. Walk 10,000 steps a day
2. Eat three times a day at regular times
3. Keep carbohydrate intake to less than 50 grams per day

Although that’s a big number, walking that much wasn’t a huge upheaval in Seiji’s way of life. He has just modified his route to get to work, adding a few extra parts of walking, and mission accomplished!

It didn’t even feel like exercise and it even became a relaxing part of her day. The other two keys, however, proved more difficult.

Seiji was never one to stick to a meal schedule, and since he found it difficult to prepare breakfast in the morning, he often only ate two meals a day. Worse still, his previous attempts at cutting carbs left him in the agony of withdrawal from delicious foods.

However, 7-Eleven, the same convenience store chain that plumped him up with sweet breads and fried snacks to begin with, also sold him the tools to help him lose weight.. Here they are in no particular order:

● Ganmo bar

As we mentioned, breakfast is the biggest hurdle for Seiji, but 7-Eleven had the answer with the Ganmo Bar. It’s simply a seasoned tofu barbut it was something he could pick up the night before and easily peel off after rolling out of bed in the morning.

In addition to being practical, Ganmo Bar packs 10 grams of protein and comes in a variety of flavors so he won’t get bored every day.. It really saved his butt both literally and figuratively and for that earned him the MVP award in Seiji’s diet, but that’s not the only thing.

● Mild salami and prosciutto salad with cheese

Seiji has never been a fan of store-bought salads, not because he doesn’t like salads in general, but because the ones packaged in stores always used cabbage instead of lettuce. As a strong proponent of the sanctity of salad lettuce, this made it difficult to buy. Luckily, 7-Eleven had exactly what it needed with this little ditty.

Had lots of fun stuff like cheese, meat and onion but managed to keep the carbs down to just 1.8 grams.a single point of his daily limit.

● Lettuce and seaweed with garlic sauce and sesame oil

On days when he craves something higher in fiber, Seiji opts for this variation of salad. It forgoes the meat of the previous one but still retains plenty of flavor.

When shopping for salads, Seiji appreciated the highlighting of nutrition information on each item. One danger is taking a salad assuming it’s very light because he noticed a bowl of salad on the shelf that had 30 grams of rather heavy carbs when this packet had considerably less with only 3.2 grams.

● Grilled mackerel with salt

Seiji never realized how low carb a simple fillet of fish was, and these boneless mackerel cuts blew him away with only 0.2 grams.

It was pre-cooked and seasoned, and very easy to prepare, making it something he could come back to day after day without an ounce of guilt.

● Isobe-age Fried Chikuwa with Cheese Sauce

Chikuwa is a kind of sausage fish product formed into a tube shape. It’s a versatile food known for its low carb content, but Seiji found 7-Eleven’s version to be particularly tasty.

In reality, the fondue-style cheese drizzled around these seasoned fish cakes was so good he could see himself eating it often even though he wasn’t on a diet with just 7.4 grams of carbs. Foods like this where he didn’t feel like he was giving up anything really made all the difference in sticking with the habit.

● Boiled egg

The name really says it all with this one. However, Seiji generally prefers his eggs very gooey, while 7-Eleven’s were a little firmer..

Still, they were pretty good, and he found himself munching on one almost every day. With a measly 0.5 grams of carbsthat wasn’t a problem either.

● Tofu and hijiki seaweed stew with six ingredients

Hijiki is an aquatic plant that is eaten in Japan in the form of small salty black strands that lend themselves well to salads. This one combines hijiki with tofu as well as carrots and lots of other goodies.

Seiji though thought the number of hijiki was a bit high and often added his own toppings like kimchi to balance it out. However, it packs a lot of flavor with just 7.9 grams of carbs.

● Tasty Chicken and Daikon

Our writer felt these types of casseroles were best left to the realm of home cooking than convenience stores, but this pack from 7-Eleven defied his expectations.

This has incredibly rich taste and the amount did not look like a diet food at all. But with only 5.6 grams of carbsthis was perfectly in line with his allotted daily intake.

Grilled salmon marinated in mild miso

Salmon and fermented soybean paste miso have a delicate balance of sweet and savory tastes, so they go together beautifully. This miso was a bit sweeter though, and as such it was slightly higher. carb count of 9.1 grams.

Because of this, it was more of a reward on days when Seiji performed particularly well, but it was still a juicy, sweet reward for his efforts.

And what have all these efforts earned him?

After a month of eating such foods at regular intervals and walking the required amount, without any other form of exercise, Seiji went from 70.0 kilograms (154 pounds) to 64.2 kilograms (141 pounds).

These weren’t the only things that helped Seiji lose weight, but they were the ones that stood out in making his carb cut a more tolerable experience than past attempts. Whatever the diet, sustainability is key, but who would have thought that 7-Eleven would play such a role in its sustainability?

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