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Since you came to Taiwan...

I have lost weight
22
40%
I have gained weight
24
44%
I have stayed the same weight
9
16%
 
Total votes : 55

You don't 'love' the food when you first get to Taiwan.

Postby Kick-Stand » 15 Jul 2004, 10:53

When I first arrived in Taiwan, I dropped huge, HUGE amounts of weight. But I wasn't eating that much....it was Kaohsiung 1997 so Western food was only avail. in certain districts, and I only liked certain local dishes. I remember the very first meal I ever had in Kaohsiung was fried shrimp with garlic and I hated it; couldn't even finish the meal.....slowly....gradually...I started getting onto more and more local foods until I was craving all the local delicacies, esp. chou tofu, 7 spices corn, etc. and a lot of the weight came back.

Now I'm back in Canada and I'm a fat bastard. Too many carbs.
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Postby Southpaw » 15 Jul 2004, 10:54

"1) Taiwanese food is generally alot healther than UK food (but then again - what isn't?)
2) Fruit and veg can be found anywhere, and again, is alot cheaper than in the UK. "

These statements are just so far of the mark I just lept out of my seat and yelled NO!

The first one is way too general and sweeping- What is Taiwanese food? Is it Chicken steaks that have been deep fried several times before you get them? Is it vegetarian buddhist stuff (soaked in oil)?
The same goes for the food in the uk..Greasy English breakfast..or a healthy meat and several veg?

I need to go and take a dump now so I'll be quick.

fruit and veg are WAY MORE EXPENSIVE here than in the uk- Jesus! It is ridiculous what you will pay for an apple or a few cherries or even the local produce. The UK still benefits from its colonial history and get really cheap imports from africa and lord knows where else- a log of vegetables are domestically grown and as such are fairly cheap.
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Postby Mucha Man » 15 Jul 2004, 13:07

I arrived here 8 years ago weighing 76 kilos. I now weigh 75.5 kilos as of this morning's weighing in. Help me I'm melting. :help:
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Postby Bu Lai En » 15 Jul 2004, 14:25

fruit and veg are WAY MORE EXPENSIVE here than in the uk- Jesus! It is ridiculous what you will pay for an apple or a few cherries or even the local produce.


Veggies seemed very expensive in London.

Only some fruit, such as apples, is expensive here. Stuff like bananas, watermelons and guavas is incredibly cheap.

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Postby the bear » 15 Jul 2004, 14:44

sandman wrote:I was about 70kg when I arrived here in 1988, stayed the same until... er... circumstances took me down to less than 50kg for a few years. Now I'm back to about 75kg. Unfortunately, that additional 5kg is IN MAH BELLY!


:wink: I'm not saying a word....I've gained a kilo a year over 13 years...67 when i came 80 now tho' I'm trying hard to get that down to 78. was 79 today...my downfall is simple; paigu fan, jitwiefan, sanbao fan... :help:
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Postby ImaniOU » 15 Jul 2004, 15:49

I think I did pretty good considering that while I was in university, I had four months of very intensive exercise outdoors during the hot Ohio summers and autumns guaranteed every year and then lighter exercise the rest of the year with my phys ed filler courses like figure skating, bowling, and swimming. My senior year was when I put on weight because I was a manager in the dining halls 28 hours a week and didn't have space to squeeze in phys ed courses because I was taking 21 credit hours to finish both my majors on time. I have lost a lot of that weight, but not nearly enough. I was just looking at my pictures from France in 1999 and have set my goal so that I look like that again by this time next year, minus the facial piercing :wink:. It'll involve losing another 20 kilos.
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Postby wolf_reinhold » 15 Jul 2004, 16:31

Tetsuo:
I lost about 25 kg (55 lbs)

Jinete Mortal:
I lost about a good 30 lbs (13.6 kg)

Kahna:
I have lost about ten kg (22 lbs)

Ophion:
I was up to 193 pounds
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Postby ImaniOU » 15 Jul 2004, 17:15

The next Happy Hour that you and I can both make it to, I'll show you photos of what I looked like when I first came to Taiwan in 2001 and we'll see if you think I'm being honest. Besides, 20 kg in 3 years is only 1-1/4 pounds a month. Just moving to Taiwan changed two factors that contributed greatly to my weight gain: being inert and being around food for 5+ hours a day.

These are HUGE amounts to lose unless you are obese to begin with. Twenty kilos is almost half the weight of many Chinese women I know.


Eighty-eight pounds for a grown, healthy woman is not normal no matter what her body build or ethnicity. :roll:

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Postby Vannyel » 15 Jul 2004, 17:27

ImaniOU...doesn't it have something to do with height as well...my sisters and my mom are under five feet tall... :wink:
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Postby wolf_reinhold » 15 Jul 2004, 17:35

....sigh....
I said almost half .
20 kg is almost half of, say, 50 kg.
My point was that for an average person, losing 20 kg would be a huge amount. If I were to lose that amount, and I have my little beer belly (worth every inch), I would look like someone just freed from a concentration camp.
The people that dropped these large amounts of weigh must have been whales to begin with.
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