No, this isn’t actually a guide to losing fat in 10 days. It is, however, a commentary on the highly unrealistic weight loss of one of Area no Kishi‘s soccer players, Ryuichi Araki. I appreciated the miracle for contributing to the “WTF?!” factor of this sports show, but I also resented it a little for reminding me yet again of my own insecurities. And the funny thing is, I’m not even that visibly overweight, but a salvageable 20 pounds over my build and height’s ideal weight. The secret to Araki’s dramatic change in physique is nothing more or less than “…careful dieting and rigorous training.”
Looking at the 2008 World Health Observatory Data Repository of mean body mass index trends on an international scale by an age-standardized estimate, the United States isn’t actually the top. We’re also far from the bottom. Males 20+ measure at 28.5, while females are surprisingly just a bit lower at 28.3. Compare this to Japan, whose relative numbers are 23.5 and 21.9. Even when considering the world map, it’s only 3rd world countries, like those in sub-Saharan Africa, that escape the global epidemic.
All this gibberish merely serves to remind us that losing fat is one tough goal to accomplish. And even the most rigorous weight loss programs are usually only effective after a minimum of three weeks. Araki’s 10-day drop in fat is not only unrealistic, but unhealthy. No beneficial combination of exercise and diet could have accomplished what he did in such a short time. Despite the laugh-worthy change in image, I do think that Coach Teppei made a good argument for why Araki needed to lose weight: to become his desired type of soccer player, Araki had to stop underestimating the importance of having both an ideal mind and body. His best wishes and natural skill would only take him so far, before other players with lean muscle, greater endurance, and lightness of feet overtook him.
Still, I do believe that the professed methods of Araki’s weight loss are the best way to go about getting into shape. Exercising and eating healthy daily are great for the body and soul, and I always feel a wonderful sense of vigor after a good day’s balance of the two. This goes hand-in-hand with my struggles in time management–by striving to succeed in one just makes it that much easier to follow through on the other. And don’t be fooled by the name of this blog or my passion for food; I take plenty of pleasure in healthy eating, too!
What’s your definition of healthy?