The 80% Rule of not Overeating

The 80% rule is not only about eating to be slimmer and fitter, but for being healthier and more agile.

There is an old Japanese saying which goes: Hara hachi bu de, issha irazu! (80%-full, no need for doctors.)

It is a scientific fact that it takes the human nervous system about 20 minutes to process the information coming from the stomach. In other words, our brain is late recognizing that we have had enough to eat.

If we keep eating until our brain recognizes that we are full, we are overeating for 20 minutes.

There is even a national association of all-natural farm-fresh egg producers called Shizen Tamago (nature’s eggs) whose members apply the rule to their chickens, which they claim are by far healthier, and produce better tasting eggs than chickens who overeat!

No Sacrifice

The 80% rule is not only about being slimmer and fitter, but being healthier and more agile. It makes sense, since there is no sacrifice in consuming the amount of calories the body needs. Nor is there a sensation of not having eaten enough.

Life Changing Rule, Body & Soul

Save money, enjoy what you have, save our planetThe 80% rule is not just about overeating. Japanese take it to an altogether higher, philosophical level. When you consume less, you leave more for others. When you teach yourself how to stop, you can apply the discipline to other things in life. You waste less, you want less and you are more content.

Waste is bad; self-control is good. Period. These are universal values, and every culture has its own way of expressing them. Over the centuries, Japanese have learned to adopt these values in their own unique way.

Try It

Stop overeating by stopping to eat just before you feel completely full. You will feel full in about 20 minutes, having eaten 20% less.

You will be healthier and more agile, both physically and mentally. And the bonus is that you might learn the discipline of becoming a better, happier person.

Yoshi

Yoshi is a contributing editor for Miyazaki Whispers. She holds a 5-dan rank in Japanese Kyudo Archery, and has lived and worked in Japan, UK and US in global marketing and as an IT localization professional. Yoshi's interests are Japanese and western cuisine and kimono art.
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Yoshi is a contributing editor for Miyazaki Whispers. She holds a 5-dan rank in Japanese Kyudo Archery, and has lived and worked in Japan, UK and US in global marketing and as an IT localization professional. Yoshi's interests are Japanese and western cuisine and kimono art.
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One Response to The 80% Rule of not Overeating

  1. Avatar Manishak says:

    Great post!!! It is so true. I have lost 43 pounds in 2 years and one of the biggest factor was portion control and stopping to eat before getting completely full. Thank you for putting it so elegantly!

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