It's time for diet!

3 Dec

Apple shares an interesting diet method that she found from the Japanese fashion magazine she subscribes for. In fact, we, the Japanese, speak about diet all the time. There are always bunch of diet books and magazines at book stores everywhere. New diet method is introduced one after another.

===Apple’s post starts from here===

I was reading Popteen December 2010 issue the other day, and I came upon this.

Do you know this cute model, Pikari?

I used to not like her so much because Popteen magazine and all the other Popteen models kept gushing over how cute she was, and I could only see a chubby girl who seemed very much in her own world of cosplay. And, in previous months of Popteen, there was suddenly fashion of cosplay, punk and stuff like that, and I was horrified, because I was afraid Popteen would become like this. It’s not that I don’t like cosplay or punk fashion, but if I wanted to see those fashion, I would read a proper Japanese punk fashion magazine like Kera.

There was a spread on her in one of the past issues, in which Popteen interviewed her, and she talked about her ex-boyfriends, about how much she loves Akihabara, on how she truly wants to be famous, and she also invented some words that Popteen found adorable and encouraged readers to learn it. -_-” I was like, “Ok, come on! You can’t get any more annoying than this!”

Well, anyway, one day, I suddenly saw that Pikari changed!!!!

She became much slimmer and from a cute face, she became a pretty-faced girl. She also wasn’t that annoying anymore (Haha!). She looked completely a different person, and reading her new interview, I felt that she was also much more mature somehow! I started to like her. She’s a very positive girl with very good things to share!!!

So I’m going to share with you how she successfully lost 7kg in 4 months!

I was a very obese girl before and I lost weight successfully in my teens, so I know that when you lose weight, your whole face changes because your face becomes smaller, and suddenly your eyes are bigger and your nose becomes sharper too. It’s like undergoing cosmetic surgery – only, it’s better because it’s all natural, right! Hahaha! So, if you want a major change in your looks now without having to fork out thousands of dollars, why don’t you consider losing some extra flab? ^^ It’s life-changing and really satisfying! Haha!

In the past few months, due to stress, I put on a lot of weight and am now at my heaviest weight in my whole life. T^T When I saw Pikari’s diet, I just knew it would work. It’s sensible and you don’t have to spend any money. It’s just the way one should live their life.

Introducing…

Pikari’s Water Diet!

  • Basically, you take 3 meals a day, and these 3 meals should not add up to more than 1200kcal.ย  Which means roughly 400kcal for each meal.
  • Before every meal, you drink 500ml of water.
  • Drink water if you get hungry in between meals.
  • Exercise for half an hour everyday.
  • Everyday, Pikari does some form of stretching and massaging as well.
  • Eat only low-calorie and nutritious food.
  • Eat only half-portion of every meal.

And then there are some interesting Q&A from Pikari which I’m going to share with you…

Q: What should I do if I ate too much today?
A: Adjust your calories-intake the next day by taking low-calories food. For example, I will drink a packet of vegetable juice and eat a banana for a meal.

Q: What kind of food do you eat when you’re on a diet?
A: For breakfast, I will have something healthy like soymilk and fibrous cereal. For lunch, I will try to eat something I like while controlling my intake of carbohydrates at the same time. I will eat things like Ramen, Hamburg etc. Even some junk food is OK. For dinner, I will eat healthy vegetables~ And also, tofu, rice, and other low-calorie, high-fibre foods that are gentle to my digestive system. ๐Ÿ™‚

Q: I want to stop eating so much! How should I start?
A: ย Drink water or lots of soup to fill up your tummy.

Q: How did you keep yourself motivated during your diet?
A: I look at the picture of myself when I’m at my fattest period, and I would think, “I NEVER WANT TO BE LIKE THIS AGAIN! This is not me at all!”

Q: How do you release stress when you’re dieting?
A: I will sing Karaoke at home! With my grandmother!

Q: I want to lose just that 1 more kg! What should I do?
A: I will decrease my calories-intake even further to consuming only 1000kcal a day. You can definitely slim down in this way!

Q: I’ve been successful in slimming down…but I’ve reached the point where my weight just stays as it is. What is wrong? Can I lose no more weight?
A: What Pikari would do is to walk 30mins everyday to increase metabolism rate! Don’t get discouraged. You can do it! ^^

Ok. That’s about it for the parts I feel are relevant to point out. It seems like a sensible plan to me, and I’m going to try this out. Let’s see if I can become a healthy weight again. My ultimate goal is always 39kg. But I think 42kg would be nice. As a reference, my height is 153.5cm. I realise all the Japanese models now are going for 37kg~39kg. It’s really…WOW!

I think I will be recording my progress down everyday in my blog. The food I eat, the exercise I do, my weight every morning and every night. My diet thoughts. Oh! It seems like my blog would become a diet blog for some time. Haha!

Anyway, I can’t wait to feel and look better than what I am now. Hohoho! I shall post my weight-loss results on the last day of 2010 here at TokyoKawaiiEtc!!! (Christmas time might be a tricky challenge to conquer! It’s going to be a test of true determination!)

Now, girls be ambitious! Let’s surprise yourself and everybody else as to who you can become!! You can do it! Let’s lose weight in a healthy way like this! ^^ FIGHTING!!!

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126 Responses to “It's time for diet!”

  1. coolhungary December 3, 2010 at 12:02 pm #

    Hey Apple! Thank you for the nice post! ๐Ÿ™‚
    I also try to be health conscious as often as I can, so information like this always cheers me up. ๐Ÿ˜€
    Good luck on your diet!
    It sounds like a diet, which aim is not to resrain you from certain foods, but to teach how to balace what you eat. I think it's clever.
    I use something similar in my life, which can keep me in a certain weight.
    I heard, that warm drinks or ginger-honey-lemon tea can also help when you feel hungry.
    When I was stressed out I usually started to munch on snacks or sweets. But then I tried to change this bad habit and instead of eating something unhealthy, I started to munch on vegetables and fruits. ๐Ÿ˜€
    And I think it's the best if we eat less for dinner. I know, that a lot of people's main meal is dinner because of their busy lifestyle, but since the digestive system slows down nighttime, we stress our stomach if we eat a lot and especially if it's something oily or spicy. In Hungary, we have a saying: Eat breakfast like a king, eat lunch like a burgher and eat dinner like a beggar would do. It's a very rough translation, but I hope you can get what I mean. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Apple December 4, 2010 at 12:30 am #

      Thank you coolhungary! ^^

      I like your diet method! It's very sensible too! I munch on snacks too much, and I'm thinking of munching on vegetables and fruits instead too…

      And yes! Our digestive system actually slows down after 3pm, and it's good to eat lesser for dinner… However, like you said, a lot of ppl's main meal is dinner. Dinner happens to be the most exciting meal of my day too. Hahaha! Because it's the only time when my family and I will sit down together and have the delicious dishes my mum whips up. Dinner is more than just filling up one's stomach, I think. It's a time where we can talk and bond with each other. ^^ My mum's cooking is soooo delicious and nutritious (she's a nurse), but even if they are healthy dishes, I really ought to learn not to eat too much in one sitting.

      In Chinese, we have a similar saying too! Ours is "Eat to your stomach's content in the morning; Eat nutritiously for lunch; Eat very little for dinner." A rough translation too. Haha! I really enjoyed reading your comment. I learned a lot from you! ๐Ÿ™‚

      • kirin December 4, 2010 at 3:00 am #

        Very interesting! You have similar saying, I wonder if we have in Japan…but Japanese people often say "Hara hachibunme" (่…นๅ…ซๅˆ†็›ฎ๏ผ‰ meaning don't eat until you get full, but eat only 80% and stop. But I always cannot stop at 80% and I must confess I sometimes eat like 110% wahahaha~~ ^ ^;;

      • Apple December 4, 2010 at 3:16 am #

        Hahahah Kirin!! Hahaha!

        you know, i've never understood the eat 60% or 80% full thing. It's so weird to me. How will I ever know I'm 80% full? Hhahaha! It's always either you are full or you are not. To me, it's like this! Haha!

      • kirin December 4, 2010 at 1:01 pm #

        lol That sounds so reasonable, but truly, our parents kept saying that seriously since we were kids.
        Sounds crazy and funny, huh~~ ? ^ ^;

      • Apple December 4, 2010 at 2:42 pm #

        My mother also always said that to me when I was an obese kid. She was so worried that I would grow up really really fat at the rate I was eating, and that nobody would want to marry me. Hahaha! So she always said that to me. But I could never understand that. I had a good/bad habit to finish everything that was on my plate, so the best way for me to eat lesser was to put a smaller portion of food on my plate. haha!

      • coolhungary December 4, 2010 at 6:08 pm #

        Yea, it's interesting, that there is a similar saying in Chinese too! ๐Ÿ˜€
        By the way, I really admire Chinese medicine and I really loved your post about the meridian system too!

        I heard about this 80% thing. ๐Ÿ˜€ It's kind of difficult to feel when you are about to reach that 80%. lol
        Maybe it's time to stop when you are not hungry anymore, but when I eat something delicious, I keep on eating untill I'm very very full. hehehe

      • Apple December 5, 2010 at 12:19 am #

        thanks coolhungary! ^^

        haha! i know what u mean about eating until you are very full when there is something delicious. hahaha! ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. Lisa December 3, 2010 at 12:52 pm #

    You don't know how timely this post was… ^^;
    Thanks for the motivation! I need it ;P
    FIGHTING!!!! ใƒฝ(๏ฝฅ∀๏ฝฅ )๏พ‰

    • Apple December 4, 2010 at 12:31 am #

      FIGHTING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. Lore December 3, 2010 at 1:36 pm #

    I think that Chrismas isn't the best time for start a diet, FIGHTOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!

    • kirin December 3, 2010 at 11:45 pm #

      Haha, I know it's hard but I think it's good if we remember this post and try not to eat too much. ^ ^;

    • Apple December 4, 2010 at 12:31 am #

      But if you can overcome this challenge, you can be slim FOREVERRRRR!! hahaha! A challenge of determination and steel will. Hahaha!

      • Lore December 4, 2010 at 3:14 pm #

        jajajja yeah that's right but I'm still more convinced in starting on February. It's my New Year's resolution ;P

      • Apple December 5, 2010 at 12:19 am #

        ok! doesn't matter when u start as long as u start it! ๐Ÿ˜€ good luck!!! ^^

  4. Mini Mo December 3, 2010 at 4:37 pm #

    I have been dieting this way before.Well not even dieting but it became my daily routine, a way of living ๐Ÿ™‚ I also don't believe that women need to eat 2000 calories a day, it's way too much I think. If you eat proper, natural food you will eat much less than 2000 kcal.
    I've gained a little bit of weight too recently (not much but still something o_O' ) and your post has motivated me to loose it ๐Ÿ™‚
    Thank you and good luck with your diet!
    XX

    • Apple December 4, 2010 at 12:35 am #

      Thank you Mini Mo! I don't believe in fad diets, because I think to become and stay slim, you need a permanent lifestyle change. So, you are so right to let it become your daily routine!!

      And actually, I'm struggling with keeping my diet below 1200kcal for now…AHhh!! But I'm still trying my best…haha!

      Good luck to you too!!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  5. ใƒ™ใƒผใ‚ต December 3, 2010 at 5:33 pm #

    Thanks for sharing this, it really motivates me!!
    I'd like to lose only 2kg but still, I want to do it in a healthy way and try to exercise more! ^__^

    It's hard keeping a diet on Christmas time but I REALLY want to look good in my dress for the new year!

    xo

    • Apple December 4, 2010 at 12:35 am #

      Just 2kg!! OK!! FIGHTING!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ You can do it!!!!!!!

  6. Rebecca December 3, 2010 at 6:16 pm #

    The comment that Apple stated "I used to not like her so much…all I could see is a chubby girl"!!! WOW!! REALLY! Look past her weight and like someone for who they are, not what they look like!

    • Apple December 4, 2010 at 12:21 am #

      "I used to not like her so much because Popteen magazine and all the other Popteen models kept gushing over how cute she was, and I could only see a chubby girl who seemed very much in her own world of cosplay."

      Read the whole sentence and not just pick out my words like that! And then read this whole paragraph and understand why I didn't really like her last time.

      "There was a spread on her in one of the past issues, in which Popteen interviewed her, and she talked about her ex-boyfriends, about how much she loves Akihabara, on how she truly wants to be famous, and she also invented some words that Popteen found adorable and encouraged readers to learn it. -_-” I was like, “Ok, come on! You can’t get any more annoying than this!”"

      I didn't really like her then because I felt she was too overhyped by Popteen. Popteen even did a punk fashion shoot or something for all the other Popteen models as a Pikari-special, and I was like, "Noooooo…."

      • Rebecca December 4, 2010 at 7:28 am #

        I DID READ THE WHOLE THING! You said that you based not liking someone on how they looked and what they are into,and what other people say about her! How can you not like someone if you don't know them personally. So what if other people like her, it's no reason NOT to like her. If it was her personality that you did not like, then that should have been the ONLY reason stated. Not because other people like her so much and that she is chubby (I saw her before picture, and in NO way was she even chubby anyway). It came of very wrong to me to stated that at all. Let it be about her as a person, not her looks.

      • kirin December 4, 2010 at 12:39 pm #

        Hi Rebecca,
        Please be peaceful here. It's only the instruction part of the post, not the main theme, and everyone has any kind of impressions against models or celebs, nevertheless he or she has never met those people and not know them well.
        Are you a fan of Pikari? That's why you are sad and mad? Apple's point is not there, she respects Pikari's diet.

        Please be peaceful. This place is not for fighting, it's for sharing and caring. Thank you.

      • Rebecca December 4, 2010 at 5:05 pm #

        If it is for saring and caring don't call people names like CHUBBY. That is not very caring. I would never want to be skinny just to have someone call me chubby so that I feel like I have to drop down to an unhealthy weight just to meet society's approval. I don't even know Pikari and have never heard of her before being here. I was just not so happy to see someone call somebody fat! That is the reason celebs, models, ect find the need to lose weight when they are so skinny to begin with. We should leave name calling out of things. If I want to read that I will got the Perez Hiltons blog, I can read name calling there. It does not make me want to continue following this blog ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

      • kirin December 4, 2010 at 11:22 pm #

        It's OK if you don't want to follow this blog, it's your decision and we respect that. Thank you for having followed and reading this blog. (You can easily unsubscribe to it. )

      • Apple December 4, 2010 at 2:50 pm #

        Ok, I'm very sorry to write something careless like that. I will be more careful next time, but I just want to let you know that I didn't intend it to be so harsh. Again, I'm sorry. It was childish of me to say I like or dislike this model because like you've said, I don't know her at all. These were just feelings I developed through only reading her interviews.

  7. Bella December 3, 2010 at 6:38 pm #

    HI:)
    Can you translate some of her exersices,explain how she exersice.In the magasine it shows how she do it, but
    you don´t really understand how to do the right way:/
    Becuse i want to lose some weight too:P
    BYEEE^3^
    P.S Love your blog โค

    • Apple December 4, 2010 at 1:08 am #

      Hi Bella! She does brisk walking for 30minutes as her main exercise. The other stuff are just massaging and soaking in Ofuro and some simple exercises.

      For arms:
      She swings them back and forth vigorously while leaning forward a little.

      For butt:
      She wears high heels so that it feels like she's standing on tiptoes everyday and naturally she will urm…squeeze her buttcheeks together when she's walking or standing in the train.

      For stomach:
      She does Core Rhythm and crunches. She doesn't say how many though.

      For waist:
      While watching TV, she twists her waist to her left and right.

      Ok. That's about all the exercises she does! Hope this helps! ๐Ÿ™‚

      • kirin December 4, 2010 at 3:15 am #

        Core Rhythm http://kubireru.jp/

        I hear many people have succeeded in their diet with it. So Pikari also…
        The other day I searched reviews of FANCL's 'calolimit' but it was not good. Not many people have found any difference except for loose bowels…:(

      • Apple December 4, 2010 at 3:18 am #

        I did Core Rhythm and Billy's Bootcamp last time too. Haha! It was so tiring. Hahahahah!

        I tried Fancl's 'calolimit' when i was a student, and really, there was no difference!!! Hahahhaa!

      • kirin December 4, 2010 at 12:59 pm #

        Oh, you have already tried all those things!!! (It's as if you were living in Japan or the fads in Japan & SGP are similar each other?)
        Billy's Bootcamp was like a fad before Core Rhythm was released. haha! Many people bought it but all said it was too hard and tiring.

      • Apple December 4, 2010 at 2:54 pm #

        I learned about Billy Bootcamp from my local news that this was a new trend among Japanese a few years ago. They interviewed some of the participants and all of them said it was a great and fun and challenging workout, so it made me curious.

        As for Core Rhythm, I knew it from Popteen. Many young girls were doing that as a workout to tone their abs then. ^^

  8. Amanda December 3, 2010 at 7:17 pm #

    37kg? That's a suitable weight for a CHILD.

    • Apple December 4, 2010 at 12:37 am #

      I know, right. Being an Asian girl is so…stressful sometimes! Then again, our heights are usually like a child's too. HAHAHA! So I guess it's alright…I don't know. 37kg is too thin to me! I'm always looking at something like 42kg. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • kirin December 4, 2010 at 3:18 am #

        I cannot even remember the time when I weighed 42kg, in spite of 154cm tall. ^ ^; I wanted 160cm at least…T_T

      • Apple December 4, 2010 at 3:11 pm #

        i've never been 42kg before too. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ my lightest was 46kg. i'm 153.5cm tall. Hahaha!

  9. Emmy December 3, 2010 at 7:52 pm #

    This looks great! I don't suppose you know which issue this was?
    Thanks for the advice!
    Emmy

    • Apple December 4, 2010 at 1:02 am #

      You're welcome!! ^^ This is December 2010 Popteen. ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Italy and Japan staff December 3, 2010 at 8:17 pm #

    This sounds interesting, I really need to get my old way. Since I had my daughter I've gained something like 10 kg… OMG way to much, maybe it's just too much pasta ;). I'll try these easy suggestions ^V^ . Ciaooooo

    • kirin December 4, 2010 at 3:20 am #

      Too much pasta! lol I love pasta, too~~. But yeah…pasta or noodles (maybe except for soba) are not good if we think of losing weight…^ ^;

  11. nataly December 3, 2010 at 9:35 pm #

    wow she looks too thin i prefer her before….are you going to do this diet i think you are really slim as you are, women love your curves¡

    • Apple December 4, 2010 at 12:42 am #

      Hi nataly! Yes I'm definitely doing this diet because I'm overweight now, and it's taking a toll on me when I run or dance. -_-" Plus, I can't fit into my pants anymore. OMGGGG. Haha!

      • kayleemarie July 5, 2011 at 2:55 am #

        I do love my curves… I just don't love how big they are. I've been overweight since second grade and I am tired of this tummy! D: I'm definitely trying this so I can loose some weight before my school year begins here in the US.

  12. Mari December 3, 2010 at 10:57 pm #

    I'll try this too! Let's all work hard! >< ~~!

    • Apple December 4, 2010 at 12:42 am #

      GANBAROU! ^^

  13. Sara Mari December 3, 2010 at 11:22 pm #

    Oh earlier this year I read that tip about the water in Reader's Digest, 500mL is equal to 16 oz and drinking that 3 times a day equals 48 oz, but doctors often recommend 64 oz of water a day. I have lost 100 lb, and I guess my body is at it's weightloss limit because I've been doing this diet for a couple months with no change at all and I even exercise TT

    • kirin December 4, 2010 at 12:03 am #

      Your post http://chouzuru.blogspot.com/2009/12/how-i-lost-9
      is amazing! I cannot even believe it's the same person! Congrats on losing that much weight successfully and keeping the ideal body line! Sugoi!!

      Doctor's recommending 64 oz (2 litters?) of water…it includes water from food (like soup, vegetables) right?

      • Sara Mari December 7, 2010 at 4:47 pm #

        Yes, I think the doctors want you to drink the 2 liters of water more than from food, but I also heard from other sources that you get enough water from food and you don't need to be so strict about drinking 2 liters.

        So I try to drink around 1.5 liters a day haha!

      • kirin December 8, 2010 at 12:05 am #

        Thank you, Sara Mari. ๐Ÿ™‚
        I think even 1.5 liters of water per day is not so easy especially in winter season, but I'll keep that in mind, thanks!!

    • Apple December 4, 2010 at 12:46 am #

      Sara Mari!!!!!!!!!!!

      You're amazing!!! OMGGG!!! Your features look so defined now! You must feel very proud of yourself!!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ I'm so inspired by you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Thanks kirin for sharing this link!!!!! ^^ I really enjoyed reading this inspirational post!!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

      • Sara Mari December 7, 2010 at 4:48 pm #

        Thank you Apple, that is really so kind of you to say. I am so happy that I could be inspiring for you. I really appreciate that you translated this article. I really hope the water diet might help me over time^^

  14. Steven Stier December 3, 2010 at 11:29 pm #

    Wow, when Americans talk about loosing weight, they are usually talking about losing 40 or 50 pounds. (About 18 to 22 kilograms) It is amazing to hear you worry about just 7 kg. I honestly thought that Japanese people were thin because of genetics, and a healthier food culture. To understand my prospective all you have to do is fly into Chicago airport and the minute you step off the plane you will be surrounded with extremely obese people. BTW both of you women are beautiful, just the way you are.

    • kirin December 4, 2010 at 12:11 am #

      Thank you Steven, I know how Americans are. But even if it's just 7kg, it's a big difference to us. I think Asian people are thin and that's why there are not cute outfits with large size. If we want to dress pretty or cool and look pretty (cool), we must stay fit.

      When I was in the U.S (for 1 year at a college) I remember there was no size for me. I always had a hard time finding XS or XXS or something smallest.

    • Apple December 4, 2010 at 12:49 am #

      Hello Steven! ^^ Like Kirin said, 7kg is a big difference to us (Ok, I'm not Japanese, but it's the same over here in my country). When you tell your friends you have gained like 4kg or more, it's a big shock to everyone. Hahahaha!

  15. kirin December 4, 2010 at 12:20 am #

    Hey Apple,
    Thank you for sharing this post. My problem is how I find the time to do exercise, I guess. I walk my dog about 1 hour everyday but it's not enough, I don't use muscle. I try to run when my dog walks fast, but it's like run – walk – stop -walk… ^ ^;

    At many places, ways to exercising while watching TV are introduced, but I don't even have time to watch TV except for the dinner time when I watch the news of the day. ^ ^; But I started to drink much water since I read this (as I read earlier than it appears here, haha) and I have to say this post was a good motivator for me to at least think of diet everyday.

    Thank you so much for sharing this, Apple! ^0^

    • Apple December 4, 2010 at 12:52 am #

      Hi Kirin!

      I agree that it's hard to find time for exercise, so this water diet was really useful to me. I've been drinking water to keep myself away from midnight snacks, and I find that it helps a lot!!!

      Sometimes I mistake thirst for hunger…so this is really helpful to me. Yay Pikari!! Hahaha!

  16. hanabi December 4, 2010 at 5:43 am #

    To be honest, your article really makes me sad ._. I liked the way Pikuri looked before much more, – she looked so much healthier. And honestly, it is really dangerous to recommend a weight of 37 kg. I know that Japanese people are usually much more smaller than European or American people, but, as someone mentioned before, such a low weight is suitable for a child, but not for a normal girl or even for a woman!!
    Also, if your younger readers read this, they could get influenced really badly by your article; there are so many young girls or women who suffer from eating disorders and that is so sad…
    Secondly, you should know that if you only eat 1200 calories per day your body quickly gets used to that. Perhaps you will loose some weight at the beginning, but then you will stop loosing weight and you won't be able to eat more than 1200 calories per day for the rest of your life, because if you do so, you will quickly gain weight again ("yoyo effect").
    Of course it is healthy to drink a lot of water and do some sports on a regular basis, but instead of focusing on the whole diet thing, you should really focus on a healthier lifestyle and also be able to enjoy food! It's NOT attractive, if your body is so thin and you can see bones everywhere!!
    If you would really like to know what your "health weight" is, I think the BMI (Body Mass Index)is a good indicator.

    • kirin December 4, 2010 at 12:54 pm #

      As you say, 37kg sounds dangerous for most of us, but she is a model.
      I wouldn't want to lose my weight to 30 something, and first of all, that's impossible. ^ ^;

    • Apple December 4, 2010 at 3:05 pm #

      Hi hanabi, I understood your concerns too, and I actually hesitated about writing this article. But the main point of this article is not about losing weight to 37kg. Since that's the trend among Japanese girls now, it's hard for me to find an example that doesn't have a girl being proud that she is now less than 40kg.

      I thought Pikari's diet was the most sensible to me. No extreme diet or starvation. She actually strongly discourages skipping meals or starvation. And her diet is not ridiculous like most of the other models who feast only on salads and soymilk, and take diet pills and stuff. It's actually a sensible diet in disguise. Haha!

      1200 to 1500 calories is the recommended calorie-intake for me, as told to me by my doctor. It's almost the same as what Pikari is taking in a day. I find her diet pretty close to what my doctor suggested during my recent health check, so I was pretty happy when I read this article.

      But thanks for telling me your concerns! I will be more careful in choosing a diet to write about in the future. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • kirin December 4, 2010 at 11:29 pm #

        I think this method is healthy and sensible to me too. But yeah, let's take hanabi's concerns into consideration next time we write about diet. ^ ^

      • anon March 28, 2011 at 8:16 am #

        AHH BUT KIRIN!
        i checked and saw…
        Pikari's weight BEFORE gave her a BMI of 19. which was close to underweight.
        AFTER the diet, she had a BMI of around 16. ( very underweight).

        I hate to say this but… I really don't know why a girl of such a small bmi would look like she was chubby!
        ( and she was already healthy as well! )
        I've seen many japanese people who look heavier than they weigh.,, iii mmeeaan it isnt a bad thing but I seriously dunno why…

      • kirin March 29, 2011 at 6:27 am #

        Many Japanese people who look heavier than her before-diet weight are OK because they are not fashion models. If Pikari is not a model, she is too skinny, she doesn't have to lose weight from the beginning. I think Apple says "chubby" as a Japanese fashion model.

  17. Exotic Japan December 4, 2010 at 7:13 am #

    Yeah, when I saw her in the images there, I thought "She doesn't need a diet" but then saw that this is her "after" photos, not "before". Yes, she is cute. I hope that those techniques she is suggesting work for you well ๐Ÿ™‚

    • kirin December 4, 2010 at 12:43 pm #

      Haha, I felt exactly the same way. But 37kg is like wow…it's very light! (x_x) I'd never reach there anyway. lol

      • Apple December 4, 2010 at 3:08 pm #

        Sometimes I wonder if they are lying about their weight actually…Haha!

        Then again, there are a few of my younger female friends who weigh 38kg~42kg…this seems to be the 'new' proper weight or something.

        But anyway, I think 37kg is really almost impossible!!

  18. Fran December 4, 2010 at 12:22 pm #

    hmm.. I really really think she looked way better in the before photos (and that’s not chubby at all)! I prefer girls who have a body shape, and not straight like a stick. It’s interesting that 42kg is considered ‘chubby’, whereas I guess living in a western country it’s considered well underweight! I’m currently 40 kg, and it’s really hard finding clothes in NZ that fit the body perfectly..so I think losing any more weight would mean even less choice unless you had everything tailored to fit!

    Actually even when I was shopping in Tokyo, I found that still most clothes (gal brands like gilfy/backs etc) in 109 etc, were mostly one-size, and they were all sized ‘M’ (which would be small here)…it was hard finding places that had xs or xxs (excluding high end department stores etc). For those stick thin girls we saw on the streets of Shibuya you could visually see that the Gal style clothes they bought often looked baggy/too big for their body! And scarily…it often looked like their legs would snap in half if they should fall….

    ..just a thought..:shock:

    • kirin December 4, 2010 at 12:48 pm #

      I think you are very thin, Fran. To me all the pants from Gyaru fashion brands are too small to fit. ^ ^;
      Pikari is a model that's why she needed to lose from 44kg. Usually 44kg is quite normal and more people (like me!) have even more weight. Fashion models are extreme. We wouldn't say 37kg is suitable for ordinary people (who are not working as a model), that's too less…

      • Fran December 6, 2010 at 8:00 pm #

        I think the most misleading aspect was that one line (which I'm sure from some of the harsh comments has indicated), where Apple mentioned you could only see 'a chubby girl' etc. I think these diets are quite common in these kinds of magazines and because they are models there is a certain stigma and pressure that they are obligated to. It was just a bit of a surprise to see an ordinary reader openly admit that she's 'chubby' (amongst other things). It's this kind of mentality and pressure that perpetuates these kinds of standards of beauty where thin = desirable.. it's not a really a criticism, but more of a reflection of the kind of society we live in. But in saying this, there are hundreds of other magazines that promote different kinds of body shapes etc too…

      • Apple December 7, 2010 at 10:45 am #

        yes Fran, I'm sorry to be careless with my words. Maybe I'm influenced by all these magazines too. I didn't think any reader was very harsh with me though (for that, I really thank everyone for being understanding and lenient with me).

        I wrote that I thought Pikari was chubby. This is really what I thought, and I won't deny it or take those words back. But I was wrong in that I didn't consider the consequences my personal feelings may bring; I didn't think that far that what I wrote might be taken wrongly by a young girl who would feel even more pressurised after reading my post.

        Having said that though, I think being slim is always better than being fat for health reasons. And I think it's always good for someone to decide that he/she wants an image change for his/her own reasons one fine day. And usually, for girls, it may involve something like losing some weight. Whether she's successful or not in doing so, is another story.

        Anyway, the 'before' picture of Pikari isn't very clear. I wanted to show the huge difference between Pikari then and now, and hopefully encourage those who are in the midst of losing weight, not to give up. I just wanted to highlight how losing weight can somehow change your face too.

        Here's Pikari's before:

        You may think that, "Well, she really looked fine the way she was!!", but you can't deny that her face really changed after she lost weight, and I really think she looks prettier now.

        Anyway, thank you for taking the time to voice your thoughts out. It was interesting to read how everyone felt about weight loss. I will also remind myself about the responsibility I have as a writer in a popular website like TKE. Thank you. ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. momotan December 5, 2010 at 12:51 am #

    37kg is really not a healthy weight for anyone unless you are *very* petite. Also this advice given by the frankly totally unqualified model; 'Before every meal, you drink 500ml of water.' It has actually been proven by scientific studies that drinking water before a meal does nothing to relieve hunger cravings for an extended time.

    It is better to make a soup and ingest your liquids in this form. I love this blog, but I am sad to see you and Apple endorsing attempting to get down to such a tiny weight. Does inner beauty not count for the two of you? I think that it is bad for anyone to be dangerously over weight, but 44kg is hardly 'chubby' as you worded it.

    I feel sorry for any readers misguided enough to aspire to this kind of dangerous advice. Some of her points such as eating tofu etc were valid. However, I would approach this style of 'dieting' far more carefully.

    • kirin December 5, 2010 at 11:12 am #

      Momotan, thank you for sharing your opinion with us.
      I am actually a little bit surprised how our readers reacted to 37kg. As for me, I don't want to lose weight that much, but I just want to learn something useful and not bad for our body from Pikari's method. In my opinion, this article is not intended to say we should aim for 37kg or something. It's just a sample of Japanese short model, and as for me, if I could lose 5kg, it'd be great, and 7kg, that would be idealistic.

      Inner beauty counts, of course. I understand it sounds crazy that 44kg for a short Japanese model is a level of chubby. 37kg is too light for normal people like us.

      We may think of handling a post like this carefully from next time because we never expected 37kg gathered so much attention. Thank you for your opinion.

  20. Sui December 5, 2010 at 10:08 am #

    I believe that we should just be realistic with our goals. I agree that while Pikari's diet methods are healthy, to set up an image for girls to want to be less than 40kg is a bit scary. I hope that many who read the magazine will realize that her goal weight should not be their own goal weight because everyone has a different body.

    I haven't weighed myself recently but I'm probably around 53~55kg at a height of 168cm and feel like this is a pretty healthy average (and I'm Chinese with no desire to make myself into a stick girl, lol). I could use more toning in certain areas to lose fat & gain muscle, but the dieting methods mentioned would provide better eating habits for me. I've actually recently started drinking more water/liquids than in the past & feel that it helps reduce the urge to snack in between meals ๐Ÿ™‚

    • kirin December 5, 2010 at 11:22 am #

      Yes, right!
      HER GOAL WEIGHT SHOULD NOT BE THEIR OWN GOAL WEIGHT!
      Yes, this is what I mean. The point of the post is not 37kg, it's just a sample of the outcome of the successful diet method.
      Pikari is a short model in Japan, and it's not true to everyone that 37kg is ideal. Usually 37kg for adult woman is too light even if she has only 150-something cm.
      I think your weight /height balance is good! ๐Ÿ˜€

      • Sui December 5, 2010 at 10:13 pm #

        Exactly~ We should focus more on the success story than on Pikari's weight goals, lol. I think Apple really wanted to share that health-related aspect of the magazine & not just the numbers (though everyone tends to notice it more since we give these numbers so much meaning!).

        Pikari is quite young (I believe she's in her teens right?), so her weight at 37kg for someone of her height is ok especially if she is a model. I'm not saying models should feel the need to be small, but if that's the image they are going for, then that's really their choice & that of their producers, etc.

        I think you look wonderful, judging from your photos, kirinใ•ใ‚“๏ผ็ด ๆ•ตใ ใจๆ€ใ†ใ‚ˆ๏ฝžโ˜†

      • Apple December 6, 2010 at 1:06 am #

        Thank you so much Kirin and Sui!! I find myself saying, "Exactly, exactly, exactly!" to what you guys are writing. Thank you so much for looking past Pikari's weight, and seeing this post for what it is – to share her success story and healthy diet method (it's sensible to me anyway!).

      • Sui December 7, 2010 at 11:05 am #

        No problem at all!
        I think everyone kind of started to jump to conclusions a bit, which is why there were a few negative reactions… Dieting & weight can be touchy issues for girls/women, but I hope everyone can see past the numbers to communicate messages about good health.

        Let's all do our best to highlight the good, instead of pointing out all the bad ๐Ÿ™‚

      • kirin December 6, 2010 at 3:30 am #

        Thank you Sui, I'm relieved to find a reader like you who totally understands what we wanted to share. It's exactly that! But it looks like we've learned post like this could be misleading to some readers, so we may be more careful when we release a diet post next time.

        Oh, Sui, you speak / understand Japanese!! ใ‚ใ‚ŠใŒใจใ†ใ€‚ใงใ‚‚ๅฎŸใฏใญ…Can you believe I have over 50kg while my height is 154cm or so? Many people think I have 45kg or something but no~~ I just want to make the reality as close as how people imagine. ^ ^;;

      • Sui December 7, 2010 at 11:00 am #

        Yes, I have been learning the language for quite a few years so I can speak/understand (to a certain extent) -> I've been hesitant to share my Japanese blog because I write some odd things in Japanese! lol.

        And I think that you both don't have to feel particularly bad about posting about a diet. It's not like you are trying to tell people to all be 37kg! Most bloggers write a short little disclaimer at the end of their post stating that they are not encouraging extreme weight loss goals, but rather the actual dieting method that proves to be successful. Maybe that is what you should do from now on to avoid the misunderstandings. ^^;

        Being over 50kg while being 154cm is not bad as long as you are healthy in general. Of course, there is a suggested height-weight ratio that doctors tell us, but I want us all to be realistic with our lives! We can't always exercise many hours a day nor eat extremely healthy because our lives are so busy. So, you should do what feels right for yourself, no need to live up to other people's expectations ๐Ÿ™‚
        ็„ก็†ใ›ใšใซใŠ่บซไฝ“ใ‚’ๅคงไบ‹ใซ๏ผใ‚ญใƒชใƒณใ•ใ‚“ใ‚‚่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎใƒšใƒผใ‚นใงใ„ใ„ใ ใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚

      • kirin December 7, 2010 at 11:21 am #

        Sui, ใ‚ใ‚ŠใŒใจใ†ใ€‚่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎใƒšใƒผใ‚นใงใŒใ‚“ใฐใ‚‹ใญ๏ผ^ ^
        Also, thank you for your kind advice. We learned what was missing and so we will try to include that disclaimer from next time when we write about diet. Thank you for your comments and kind attention to this.

        Suiใ‚‚ๆ—ฅๆœฌ่ชžใŒใ‚“ใฐใฃใฆใ€‚ใจใฆใ‚‚ไธŠๆ‰‹ใ ใจๆ€ใ†ใ‚ˆ๏ผ

  21. Naru December 5, 2010 at 11:16 am #

    Cool~ I was planning on losing weight recently (by exercising, of course), since I gained alot of weight when high school began again (1,66 m; 65kg) and I want to fit in to my old jeans again.

    A very pratical post ! I feel completely determined ๐Ÿ˜‰
    I’m going to tell my mum about this, lol.

    • kirin December 6, 2010 at 3:31 am #

      Hope your mom also finds it interesting! ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. Laura December 5, 2010 at 2:12 pm #

    Hello!
    I am new at this blog, so I just read your post few minutes ago ^^.
    I don't know anything about being on a diet abroad, but I can tell you that, in Spain, when we are on a diet, we are asked by the nutritionist to have 5 meals, of which 3 of them are breakfast, lunch and dinner. The other ones involve just eating a yoghurt, or a piece of fruit, a natural juice, etc. Apart from that, we are asked to drink 2L water and to exercise for half an hour everyday.
    Foreigners usually think of our way, that eating 5 times a day it's way too much, but it is not at all. I am telling you. Doing our common Spanish diet, I managed to lose 8Kg in just 3 months and now I need a belt to prevent every trouser I have from falling down ^^U.
    Anyway, the only thing you have to avoid is fat, sweets, soft drinks, non natural juices, and at night, never eat neither cereals, nor potatoes, nor pasta. Drink water + tea or freshly squeezed juice. Eat a lot of grilled things, like grilled fish or grilled chicken/turkey breast, salad, boiled vegetables, and you could also eat brown rice or brown pasta but at a small amount ๐Ÿ™‚

    As in Hungary, in Spain we have the same saying. Breakfast is the most important lunch, no question about that ๐Ÿ™‚ Everyone's body needs a lot of energy in the morning. If you don't feed your body in the morning, everything you eat afterwards, will be stored instead of consumed, as your body starts the "prevent body from dying mode" and that involves a really slow metabolism.

    Hope you have a good time on the diet! ^^

    • Apple December 6, 2010 at 1:14 am #

      Laura! Thanks for sharing this!!! It's really helpful! And the food you recommended eating all sounds yummy too! I think I can do this! But I'll still stick to 3 meals a day because I find it hard to find time for even 3 meals! Usually I have no time for lunch when I'm working. -_-"

      Thank you thank you! 8kg in 3 months sounds great! ^^

      • kirin December 6, 2010 at 3:37 am #

        This sounds very good, Laura. Thank you for sharing. 8kg in 3 months is amazing! But same as Apple, more than 3 times of meal (regardless of the quantity) will require too much of work. I tried to lose calorie intake by eating very small amount of food in the morning but it was not good, according to your advice…

  23. Sarah December 5, 2010 at 2:30 pm #

    Thanks for this! ๐Ÿ˜€ I think this will help my dieting much more! (Plus, she's so cute!) I'm already running 3 miles a day, 5 days a week and lifting weights 3 days a week.

    I wonder if you can drink protein shakes while still on this diet as I use those as breakfast replacers.

    • Apple December 6, 2010 at 1:16 am #

      Judging from what you are doing now, I honestly think you will be successful in losing weight if you're eating a balanced diet too! ^^ Good luck! And I don't know much about protein shakes, but it doesn't sound like it will affect this particular diet at all. I think this diet is pretty flexible. Just eat healthily, exercise, and drink lots of water, that's all. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • sana December 9, 2010 at 4:47 pm #

      Proein shakes are usually used to build muscle and replenish lost energy. Muscle weighs more than fat, so please account for this if you decide that you need to check your weight.

      Also, for a fairly intensive exercise regime like yours to work, you HAVE to have rest days! And with weights, be sure to rotate the areas of the body you work on.

      Good luck, and enjoy the endorphins!

  24. Taylor December 6, 2010 at 6:11 pm #

    Hi! I have just read this post and I have a few questions if it's alright…
    I live in Scottland and barely anyone is the weight that Pikari started of with. Are a lot of japanese models that thin because of their height? I am 5"6 so no way I could diet until I am that thin, simply because it's not healthy for me.
    Also, is weight a big deal in Japan?
    I would love to try this diet though! And she is cute ^_^
    I loved this post though and I think that all of the people posting negative comments don't understand.
    Thanks!

    • kirin December 7, 2010 at 2:58 am #

      Hi Taylor, thank you for your comment. ๐Ÿ™‚
      Usually in Japan, models are taller, they have at least 170cm. And they have I don't know, 50-something kg? I don't know, but this also is considered very light for ordinary people, right? 37kg is because she is short.
      In Japan, both weight and body fat percentage are considered a big deal, because it's not healthy if she has too much fat, nevertheless her weight is so light.

      • Taylor December 7, 2010 at 6:52 pm #

        hi Kirin ๐Ÿ™‚

        thank you for replying! I think I understand a little bit more now ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Apple December 7, 2010 at 11:04 am #

      Thank you Taylor…thank you so much for understanding and loving this post. ๐Ÿ™‚

      You don't have to be too thin. It's your own body. You decide how you want it to look like; you decide whether you're happy with your body and whether you think it's fine or not. ๐Ÿ™‚

      There are so many people who, when faced with a slim girl or a slightly chubby girl who decides to lose some weight and become more feminine, will go, "Being skinny is terrible. Bones are not pretty blablabla. Are you anorexic?"

      They think chubby girls like us are idiots. I don't think boney anorexics are attractive either. I am not aiming for an anorexic look either. Who in their right mind would want to look skinny and unhealthy? I think Pikari after her diet looks good. She doesn't have any bones or ribcage sticking out. She's not TOO thin. And she looks happy all the time. She's not miserable and starved.

      Weight is really just a number, but because it's something we can measure, it's good to have a weight goal.

      You asked if weight is a big deal in Japan. I think weight is something all young girls are concerned with. But there will come a time when you will understand that it's more than having a light weight. Some people have heavier bones or muscles which will in turn make their weight heavier. If you don't ask about their weight, you may not even think they weigh that much!

      So…I always have a weight goal so that I can monitor my progress, but I always keep reality in check too. I will look in the mirror and decide for myself whether I look fine or not.

      I hope this diet works for you! By the way, I was just introduced by this really awesome website by one of the readers yesterday. It's myfitnesspal.com. It helps me keep track of my weight loss progress and my everyday calories. It's really awesome. I'm having fun with my diet because of it. ๐Ÿ™‚ Maybe you will like it too! ๐Ÿ˜€

      • Taylor December 7, 2010 at 6:51 pm #

        Hi Apple ๐Ÿ™‚

        thanks for replying! It's good to know everyone has their own weight and thier own opinions. And thank you for the website suggestion I will definetely try it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. sana December 9, 2010 at 11:57 am #

    Oh! I realise I'm commenting late to this post (sooo much real-life stuff to do and not enough time for internets)! But! It made me quite sad. Apple, Kirin, I've seen photos of both of you. Neither of you need to worry about weight!

    Believe me, I know about the pressure Asian girls (and boys too!) are under. My already slim, beautiful friend moved to Shanghai to study last year and was telling me how too much rice makes you fat… RICE! Because she grew up in the UK eating Western foods – more meat in particular, her body shape is different. She's taller, and she thinks she's fat because the rest of her body is in proportion to her height! When I saw a recent photo of her, I cried! She looks so ill and unhappy.

    Please, stop weighing yourselves! Just look in the mirror. If you like what you see, that's fine. If you don't, try standing up straighter haha. Remember we're far more critical of ourselves than we can ever be of other people!

    I tried so hard to be slim when I was younger. I ate very little, watched my calories. Do you know what happened? My metabolism slowed down. Right down. So I ate even less calories. My metabolism slowed further. When I came to my senses and started eating sensibly, I piled weight on. It took years for everything to go back to normal! And that's no exaggeration!

    Some of us just won't conform to this season's fashionable body shape. That's ok, cause there will be times where you are the envy of thousands. XD

    I'm not knocking your post, Apple! And actually drinking lots of water is good for everyone. It makes your skin look better, too – very important for older girls like me!

    Ah, I've written a wall of text already. Just know that eating regularly and drinking enough fluid is better for boosting your metabolism than dieting. Besides, diets just make you think even more about the food you're denying yourself ^ ^

    Be happy!

    • kirin December 12, 2010 at 12:23 am #

      Thank you, Sana for your comment.
      Don't worry we wouldn't do or recommend something too extreme. We understand it's important not to lose metabolism while losing calorie intake. That's why exercise is inevitable when someone is on diet.
      As for me, I don't like how I look in the mirror, especially the lower body is too fat for my height. For me 5kg or 7kg loss is OK, I wouldn't try to be 30-something kg like this model. ^ ^;

  26. nananaw December 13, 2010 at 6:29 am #

    honestly I don't think she needed to loose weight she was skinny enought and I prefer her before now she hasn't curves and look like children when I read japanese magazine the model are so thin sometimes that it's frightening it's look like they don't eat everyday I'm french and I like woman with curves I don't like girl too skinny because they seems sick and it's horrible girls with curves look healthy my sister was very skinny when she was young and people always told her if she was anorexic or something she work really hard to gain some weight and it was hard for her because she's is naturally skinny and have to eat a lot but know she look healthy and she is prettier being to skinny is horrible and I don't understand girl who are already slim who want to loose weight I think it crazy
    but it's probably a cultural difference because in france people think girl in the magazine are too skinny and a lot of people criticize that I think it's probably normal for a japanese woman to be skinny as this model french woman and japanese woman haven't the same type of body after all

    • kirin December 13, 2010 at 7:21 am #

      Hi nananaw.
      Thank you for your comment. As a Japanese woman, I don't think this girl should go on diet if she is not a model. For normal people (who are not working as models) her looks before is considered OK or good enough.

      In Japan, many girls want to be thin. I may be free from this pressure if I go to France? But only if I am taller than my current height of 154cm, I will feel better. This small height limits my weight, I guess. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

      • nananaw December 18, 2010 at 8:41 pm #

        I think a lot of girl in the world want to be thinner and if people loose weight in a healthy way and not to much it's cool it's dangerous when girls want too look as skinny as the model in the magazine because a lot of models look like anorexic maybe the pressure is more important for japanese woman because they are smaller and thinner and because they eat more healthy food so being bigger than the other can be hard to live for her
        french woman have so different body type and are taller and have more curves it must be easier for her

      • kirin December 19, 2010 at 6:04 am #

        I think in Japan, we are all from homogeneous race, no big difference each other. That is why the pressure can be stronger. We can easily just compare person A with B. ^ ^;

  27. kari December 16, 2010 at 4:25 am #

    wow, this is really really silly. this is not a "diet" it's just common sense. every girl on the planet (or at least in america) who has ever dieted knows that you must drink at least 2L (that's 8 glasses) of water a day… what she was doing was actually counting calories, since she was limiting her intake to 1200 cals a day. wich is reaaaaally not a lot. and THAT's why she was losing weight, not cuz of drinking water.

    i am always amazed at the silly diets that are popular in japan… like a while back when the "banana" diet was all the rage… of course eating a banana in the morning is good for you. but eating a banana in the morning and then crap for the rest of the day will not make you lose weight!!

    at least this "water diet" is actually healthy…

    • kirin December 16, 2010 at 9:44 am #

      As you say, there are some silly diet that we have to keep eating the same thing. But I think this method is healthy. It can be just a common sense as you say, but when we combine these and continue as a habit and we can lose extra weight, then isn't it OK to call it a diet?

  28. Sara December 30, 2010 at 1:05 am #

    I like the tips with drinking lots of water and eating healthy–those are good. I don't know that 1000-1200 calories is suitable for many women and it seems kind of extreme just to lose a few kg. I think if you're very petite this might work, but I know that that wouldn't work for me (I'm 5'6" // 167cm tall).

    If you eat too few calories, however (which is under 1200 for the average woman last I checked), you can actually hinder yourself from losing weight because that's considered starving and your body starts conserving energy.

    The model looks cute in the before and after pictures, but I think she needs to find a weight between the two. She looks chubby in the before and too thin in the after to me =/

    • kirin December 30, 2010 at 12:02 pm #

      Hi Sara.
      I think we should not stop using muscles while we eat less. Otherwise, as you say, our body will try to conserve energy by losing metabolism.

  29. izumilove January 12, 2011 at 5:23 am #

    I didn`t think she was chubby in the before photos? 44kg is pretty low. Im japanese and weigh 50kg.. so calling her chubby kinda makes me feel worse :

    • kirin January 13, 2011 at 12:07 pm #

      As a short model, Apple said she was chubby. If she was not a model, her before photo was not considered chubby, I guess.

  30. Anonymous February 6, 2011 at 10:26 am #

    Only in Japan. Even models in Europe and America are not allowed to diet to that extent (and yes, I have height considered)- it's called anorexia. But I guess, in Japanese society, women's ideals are completely skewed and women themselves are considered second class in social structure.

    I like being skinny but to that extent, it's absolutely revolting, disgusting. The horror, the horror! Don't go on hardcore diets. It is not always pretty. If you are malnourished your body will start to produce Lanugo fuzz. Sometimes it's irreversible and basically, you'll have fur on your skin for the rest of your life. Oh, also your teeth will fall out, you'll have jaundiced eyes, and your skin will bruise easily.

    • kirin February 6, 2011 at 12:35 pm #

      I didn't think she was so dangerously skinny, but it sounds like she is too skinny to remain healthy, according to you.
      Hmm…maybe Japanese women are basically skinny which is why our standard seems to be too severe?
      Being healthy is most important. I don't think we should lose weight as much as to lose teeth or health.

  31. Sarah May 14, 2011 at 6:27 pm #

    Wait i dont really get something here. You didnt like her when she was chubby and trying to act cute. But you like her when she went thinner and still may try to act cute. O.O

    • Apple October 30, 2011 at 1:46 pm #

      Her personality changed a little after she became more beautiful~ ^^

  32. Trish October 21, 2011 at 10:37 pm #

    How have this diet been working out for you ?

  33. Punk Princess October 29, 2011 at 8:02 am #

    Wow, such an inspirational article. I'm definitely bookmarking this page. Anyway Apple, I would like to point out that it was rather unorthodox or mean or rude of you to say that you dislike her for being chubby because what matters about a person is how they are spiritually & the way they treat others instead of their body. And people change over time. See, now she's slimmer, prettier & more matured than before. ^^ I'm sorry to call you rude but I was slightly offended about that because you dislike a person because of the person's appearance. To me, I used to be labelled chubby because I was no doubt a fat babe before [I don't see it as a problem being labelled chubby] but disliking a person because being chubby is just not right.

    " I used to not like her so much because Popteen magazine and all the other Popteen models kept gushing over how cute she was, and I could only see a chubby girl who seemed very much in her own world of cosplay. And, in previous months of Popteen, there was suddenly fashion of cosplay, punk and stuff like that, and I was horrified, because I was afraid Popteen would become like this. It’s not that I don’t like cosplay or punk fashion, but if I wanted to see those fashion, I would read a proper Japanese punk fashion magazine like Kera."

    Oh yes I would freak out if Kera styles are in Popteen because I already have a Kera mag and I wouldn't want to read Kera in Popteen. It just feels strange. I am on the same boat as you on that one Apple. ^^

    Anyway, I've just started her diet routine and I've been running up & down to the loo recently. LOL but drinking water does curb my horrible habits of unhealthy snacking in the afternoons.

    It's so inspiring how she could lose 7kg in 4 months! That's better than my previous weight loss attempt of losing 10kg in half than a year! 0.0 I used to be almost 70kg and now I'm 57kg, standing at 1.56m. Apparently a friend told me that a site[sad he didn't disclose it] that I would be better of at 47kg and yup it is within the healthy BMI. ^^

    Love this website always & I shall always come back here. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    ps. Apple, I'm not trying to bash you. I'm just telling my real thoughts about that thing. Sorry again if I sound like I'm telling you off. ^^__________________________^^ Thanks for writing this inspiring article Apple! Update more about gyaru fashion to do some justice, will you? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Apple October 30, 2011 at 2:24 pm #

      Hi! Thanks for reading and your comment! ^^

      I didn't dislike her because she was chubby. I just didn't see what the big hoo-ha over her was about. All the other Popteen models were gushing over how cute she was, and I just didn't see it. I also felt that she was acting overly cute for my liking. Like, she comes up with strange words and she says strange things…I don't know how to explain this. It was just a vibe I got from reading her interview.

      After she lost weight though, it wasn't only her looks that changed. She started sounding more mature too in Popteen. I was firstly impressed that, "Wow! Pikari wasn't 'just a cute girl' after all! She has real strength and willpower!" To me, anyone who loses weight successfully commands all my respect. It's not easy at all to just one day decide that you won't succumb to being chubby anymore and really do something about it. I like this gyaru spirit of always wanting to better oneself. ^^ She also impresses me because her diet was the most sensible one out of all other Popteen models' diets. You can see that she really did research about losing weight healthily and that she really tried hard, and I really like how she seemed so happy losing weight. That's the right way! She didn't say anything at all about suffering while going through this diet, as compared to other models who often said things like they had it so hard, trying to bear the hunger etc. They find it hard because their diets are absolute nonsense.

      After Pikari lost weight, she became prettier instead of cute, and I really think the way she spoke and everything else changed to a 'pretty' way too. I don't know how to explain this very well. But anyway, sometimes it's like this. As your appearance changes, your personality somehow modifies to suit your appearance too! Do you find that to be true?

      I shall give a personal example.

      I used to be classified under "Very Obese". I was fat and round and I had no neck at all! My thighs also often suffered abrasion. I had 4 rolls of tummy fat. I had a heart problem and high blood pressure. -___-" It was really terrible. I cared not at all about my appearance. I ate like there was no tomorrow. My normal meals consisted of like 3 bread rolls; 5 bowls of rice etc. I had low self-esteem because I was always someone else's joke. I hated exercise. I just liked to eat and lie around. I loved and hated pretty girls at the same time. I was secretly jealous of them and think that all pretty girls must be bitches. Haha! I also hated boys because they always laughed at how fat I was. My mother also seemed ashamed to say that I was her daughter, and I was very angry about that actually, but I acted all cool about it. Haha!

      See, when I was fat, I was full of dark thoughts. Not so nice.

      But when I successfully lost weight, I changed! My life changed. Everyone at first became surprised, then they started to encourage and motivate me a lot! Suddenly the world started to be so much better! I realised that even though these people laughed at me some point of time, they were really concerned about my well-being after all! After I lost weight, I started to grow conscious of my looks, and slowly I improved my dressing and hair…and the world just changed! People were nicer to me (sorry to say that we live in such a shallow world. Haha!); I started to have boys interested in me; pretty girls approaching me to be friends; random strangers telling me how I looked like a doll… The world just seemed so much nicer, and I could become a happier and positive person too. I became more outgoing. I started to love exercise. I ate like a normal person.

      In Pikari, I saw all successful girls who managed to lose weight. All their happiness; their joy; having their hard work paid off… This was largely what made me like and respect her after she lost weight.

      I got a lot of readers being disappointed and upset with me when they read this post. But I was obese before and I know how your life can change if you become healthier and prettier. You may think it's shallow…but I really believe that when your looks change for the better, your personality can change for the better too. That was why I decided to share this article. I expected readers to be upset with my honest thoughts about Pikari. I actually wrote a longer paragraph explaining why I like her better now, but I decided it was redundant and just summarised it, making it sound quite rude and crude.

    • Apple October 30, 2011 at 2:24 pm #

      Well, anyway, I was actually surprised that not as many people criticized me as I had thought I would be. Most of TKE readers – those who were seriously looking to lose weight and better themselves left really kind comments (like you) ^^ , so I'm really alright with some flak I've got. I wrote this for people who want to better themselves and just needed one more push, not for lazy people who are alright with being overweight as they are when they could easily change and improve themselves. I have to say that, I don't understand the Western culture of some really big women who think being fat is good, beautiful and perfectly alright. It's not alright. It's not beautiful. I wish they would stop deluding themselves. Being in a healthy weight if you can is the best.

      Girls be ambitious! Shining girls can change the world. ๐Ÿ™‚

      (Comment too long so I split it into 2 parts. ^^" )

      • kirin October 30, 2011 at 11:53 pm #

        Hi Apple,
        Thank you Apple, for sharing your own experience. ^ ^

        Even though you mentioned that you were fat before, I couldn't imagine how the world was different and what kind of physical and mental sufferings you had then. I cannot even imagine you were that fat before by reading what you just commented, because I know how you look now, but at the same time I respect that you succeeded in losing weight and changing your life to the better one as you enjoy today!

        I thought you could have written another article with your comment you just left here. ^ ^ haha, but anyhow thank you for taking time to write such a long comment.

        Kirin

      • Apple October 31, 2011 at 12:46 am #

        whahaa!

        In fact, many of my friends who have seen how fat I was before cannot remember how I looked in the past now. Hahahah! My secondary school friends who have seen me for 4 years also completely forget that I used to be a bespectacled girl and can't imagine me wearing specs. Hahaha!

        I always believe that, if you're going to change, do a complete one. I don't show my old pictures to anyone now. I don't want them to see…and then remember…or find that "Oh! I can see the resemblance!" HAHAHA! But maybe I'll show you next time… Sometimes I get a bit shocked when I chance upon them. I cannot imagine how I lived my life so grossly overweight. I cannot imagine why people would still be my friends. Hahahah! I'm very grateful towards them. hahahaha! And I totally forgive the boy whom I had a crush on, telling me as it was that he was not interested in me. XD

      • kirin October 31, 2011 at 11:48 am #

        Oh, Apple you don't have to show me your old picture. I don't want you to feel the bitterness of old days even for a second by finding yourself in that picture. I'm already happy for you! ^ ___ ^

  34. Punk Princess November 29, 2011 at 1:09 pm #

    ๐Ÿ˜‰ So inspiring to read this. Btw Apple, I’m very sorry that you suffered a lot before you lost weight. I’m proud of your success. Ganbatte!

  35. Rebekah December 18, 2011 at 11:49 pm #

    Even though many others were upset by this, I'm inspired! She did it in a healthy and dedicated way, which I don't think people appreciate enough. There know deep down self control, motivation and endurance isn't easy yet they still undermine it with phrases like "eating disorders" and "boney". If she thinks she looks better, good for her! I certainly think she does!
    I'm so going to take this diet on!
    Thank you for the article, it was lovely โค

    • kirin December 19, 2011 at 2:34 am #

      Glad the post inspired you too! ๐Ÿ˜€

  36. cat June 19, 2012 at 5:26 am #

    hello! I am a middle school girl who is 49kg and 162cm at the moment.

    I want to lose to 42kg before Dec this year but i want to be healthy at the same time. I hope to lose weight of my fats, not water and I don't really exercise. So, what do you suggest my daily diet to be like?

    I really need your help! Thank you!

    • Apple June 20, 2012 at 3:46 pm #

      Hi Cat!

      Kirin and I don't really want to give dieting advice since we are not professional doctors. Haha! But you know, just be sensible. You can eat, but choose the right foods to eat. Don't eat junk food. Just by cutting out sugar and refined carbs, you can start to see wonderful results quickly! Vegetables are great, they are so low in calories, you can eat so much of them and not feel sinful about it! Also, drink 2 litres of water a day.

      If you don't like to exercise, just make yourself move around more.

      It's a very basic thing actually. Just eat less and move more. Everyone who has successfully lost weight would tell you this I'm sure. ^^

      Actually you are not overweight at all, but I understand why you want to lose more weight…so…I will cheer you on, but actually i think, for you, 45kg would already be a very nice weight for your height! ^^

      IU (a cute korean singer) is 161cm and 44kg. just a gauge for you! ^^

  37. whatmakesuslive June 26, 2012 at 6:37 pm #

    honestly, i'm not sure if losing weight to 40 kilos and less at your height is healthy, even if you're japanese. also, 1200 kcal is your breadline. less than that is highly dangerous. please be careful!

  38. Kittilia August 8, 2012 at 10:15 am #

    I had to look up how much 39 kg was in pounds. WOW. They must be amazingly short because I'd be skin-and-bones at that weight ^_^ Yet again, the part of Europe I'm from is naturally bigger-boned. (That phrase, by the way. *shiver*. I mean, it's technically just like, taller with wider rib-cages, and a little heavier set, but it has such a bad connotation!) Anyways, I've tried staying at 1200 cal before, and it makes me crave food like crazy. It's like, always on my mind. I might not even necessarily be hungry, but the fact that I'm thinking about it makes me want to eat XD. I admire girls who are stubborn-minded enough to do that kind of thing. Maybe when moving out, which I'll be doing next week, I won't have as much to tempt me in the sweets department. Boy, this is really starting to sound like a rant ^_^'' This is a subject that makes girls very talkative, I guess.
    Anyways, I think it would be amazing to be so cute and small like the model featured, but somehow, it wouldn't feel very much like me. I'd like to lose 5 or 10 more pounds, but yet again, wouldn't everyone? I think I'd feel weak if I were that light. Like, vulnerable. I wouldn't be able to win a fight o_o; Is it weird to be concerned about that? There are so many horror stories of girls being taken advantage of!

    • kirin August 11, 2012 at 1:16 pm #

      Thank you for your comment.
      I've never experienced 39kg since I grew up so I have no idea if that feels weak or light. lol
      Wow, I don't think I can put up with under 1200 cal everyday. XD Craving for food all the time would make me feel so unstable, irritated, and I would not be able to focus on my work or study. XD

  39. bonbon August 29, 2012 at 3:10 pm #

    I came across this blog randomly.. thank-you for the motivational diet post and translation!! I am going to give this diet a try . FIGHTING!! * ( ^ 0 ^) /*

    • kirin August 30, 2012 at 10:55 am #

      Please be careful not to do it too much, because sometimes too harsh diet could eventually lose your health. ^ ^;;

  40. Miyu March 5, 2013 at 9:03 am #

    Hi, I know this is already from over 2 years, but I am really interested on how this diet worked out for you?
    I like Pikari too :3
    I am planing the be on a diet too and the Pikari diet sounds just perfect.
    The funny thing is I am also 153 cm (5.0 ft) and right now my weight is about 46 kg – 47 kg (I know my wieght is "normal" but I just want to look more petite, especially my arms which are 26 cm circumference)… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
    But my goal is not under 40 kg.
    I hope that I will be strong and successful this time, while I failed so many times ^^'
    So how has it been going for you??

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