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james1995

Do you lose weight when living in Thailand?

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I am currently in the US right now and I've gained a bunch of weight.  Too much fast food here.  To be honest, it's not a healthy diet here and I'm ready to go back.  I find that I lose a good deal of weight when I'm living in Isaan with my wife.  The food in Isaan is mostly sticky rice and noodle soups.  It's hard to get fat eating stuff like that, especially since our home is in a rural area with no 7/11 nearby.

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You don't have to eat fast food, just because it's there !! Sounds like you lack will power, rather than access to healthy foods...

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I put on weight in Thailand, beer every day. UK is usually spirits.

Fast food isn't a problem, I don't eat it anywhere.

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I'm not sure its possible to lose weight for 32 years!  I'm sure you can get fat here if you try, many locals have done so in the last 20 years, go look at any school in the city and see the fat 12 year-olds. Taking a m'bike for every journey to the market or shop even when its only 200 yards away must help. Just like anywhere choosing what you eat and not eating too much of it is the answer.

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i find eating out for food in Thailand is easy to do.  so many road side places, food stalls, etc.  Even the farang places are good.  I lose a little weight because I am more active as I walk a lot and swim a lot.  I love strolling around parks and places like Nong Nooch.  I do eat less american fast food while in Thailand that's for sure, and certainly drink more water due to the climate.  I can say that if in the USA there are some reasonably fast and easy and nutritious options in the USA.  While I like and have eaten way too many # 7 chicken sandwich combos with fries and a coke at Wendy's, there are other things out there.  Get a falafel sandwich with a greek salad or rice side from any of the middle eastern places around.  There are a couple of spaghetti ravioli drive throughs (fazolis?), plenty of rice bowl (even jack in the box has one.  Not great quality but sure is better than a double bacon burger!  And there are tons of frozen entries one can buy, that while not quite as tasty as fresh cooked fast food junk, certainly are decent.  Find some asian market and get any of dozens of stuffed dumpling frozen things.  Pop in microwave add some soy sauce and yippee.  So just look around, take a few minutes to survey where you live.  You might be surprised at what is out there.

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When I moved to Thailand I found a condo with a small gym and began working out. The changes in body composition over time encouraged me to start being more selective about the foods I was eating. Over the period of about a year I lost almost 25kg and got my body fat level around 10%. I'm 53 years old now, still in SE Asia and have retained most of the weight loss for the past 5 years.

 

I think it would be possible to do this anywhere in the world, but the close proximity of a simple gym, reasonable food (beware there is a tonne of sugar in most Thai cooking), lots of sun and time by the pool, all helped me to achieve the result. 

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i believe too much sticky rice with make you fat also. eat a healthy diet do some exercise and you wont be over weight too much.

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I lost some but it found me again many times over.

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When I moved to SE Asia years ago, I started to incrementally put on weight. I was never skinny but the large amounts of carbs in the form of rice and beer along with high amounts of sugar in surprising places (even on salads! in some places they rince salad in sugar water) I started putting on the pounds/kilos. It does not help that as you get older, you are inclined to put on more weight on the same amount of intake anyway.

 

The crisis came when I became immobile due to a medical condition and I could not take exercise. Before that, I played tennis a few times a week and that took care of the weight. Suddenly, you look at the scale and you are a very large person. Tried everything but only one diet worked, which was to cut out carbs and eat very little. No beer. No fruit (too much fructose in many fruits). This has taken me several years. It is truly amazing what little food I can eat and maintain my weight.

 

Thankfully I have become mobile again, mainly due to medication, and can cycle a little. This helps a lot. Because I eat so little, I have to supplement my diet with vitamins, especially Vitamin D because my condition depletes it. And I have finally have managed to lose a few pounds. But the temptations are everywhere. I manage to resist them because I know a few people who died here, mainly from weight related problems and diabetes, the latter resulted from obesity.

 

Yes, there are people who can drink beer every day and eat rice every day and maybe they have a slight belly but they are still 70 kg. There are other people who have exactly the same diet who are twice that weight! It depends on your genetic makup.

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You got fat because you chose too, with your food choices and exercise, so face up to that fact.

 

The good thing is that you can choose to reverse the trend. 

 

Good luck with the later

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30 minutes ago, Dazinoz said:

I lost some but it found me again many times over.

I need to go on your diet. It is nearly impossible for me to put on weight here even though I need to. Even several beers every day does not work.

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7 minutes ago, GreasyFingers said:

I need to go on your diet. It is nearly impossible for me to put on weight here even though I need to. Even several beers every day does not work.

Many Thais are amazed at how little I eat and still fat. It just I eat the wrong stuff.

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Have been here for 13 years. weighed 96 kilos, when i arrived, now 82 kilos. exercise and good diet, helped achieve, the weight loss.

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If on a strictly Thai diet, I experience no solid poops and weight loss. If eating a western diet (Foodland, 24 Food Mart, Villa Market), solid dependable poops and glad I have stretch pants.

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