How to eat (Way of intake)

What does it mean to eat relatively less?



  I always felt weird when I was having lunch with my coworker F who is about 80kg. He said “Mr. Watanabe, you have to eat more in order to gain weight...”  However, he was eating the same thing as  I was. It’s just that he had a little more rice than I.

  Why I felt weird was that “F was eating relatively less and that I was eating relatively more (quantitative/qualitative)”.


1. An example of Judo

  First, I’d like to explain using the Japanese sport “Judo”. There are usually wrestlers of 45kg, 60kg and up to 90kg mixed weight groups at a practice. The 45kg wrestler will work with those who are heavier than him so he will be practicing relatively hard.  Especially, if he practices with a 90kg wrestler, there is twice the difference of weight so it’s difficult to win with force.

  On the other hand, for the 90kg wrestler, it’s a practice which is relatively easy since there are only those who weigh less than him.

  Even if they do the same practice, the level of difficulty is different for each wrestler.


2. An example of delivery center

  Let’s see it again here using a “delivery center” example. A delivery center is a place where they sort packages and send them out everyday. There is a delivery center A with a capacity of 500 packages and
a delivery center B with a capacity of 800 packages.


  When there are 500 packages being processed, A will be at its limit, but B still has some room. When there are 700 packages being processed, A is over its capacity, so employees have to work over time, but B still has some room.

  That is to say, even if the quantity of packages is the same, the things happening inside differs by its capacity. If this is food, then the “package” is the “intake amount”.

3. An example of food

  I guess you already know what I want to say. Here again we have 3 ladies of different weights eating the same thing.

A: 90kg, B: 60kg, C: 45kg


  Let’s say all 3 had the “Hamburger lunch set”. In terms of the external intake amount, all of them have the same amount/ calories, but when we take their weight into account, C who is 45kg is eating relatively more. A who is 90kg has twice as a large body than C, with a thicker chest and bigger stomach, so she should have a higher digestive ability. As a result, A is eating relatively less and relatively (*qualitative) simple.

(* Qualitative means that those with higher digestive ability can digest the same amount of food faster. For example, Caucasians have stronger digestive enzymes for protein and fat, compared to Japanese.)


  Now, A orders a large bowl of rice. Regarding intake amount, you might think “she is fat because she eats a lot”. However, if we take their weight into account, since rice is a carbohydrates which is easy to digest, it can be said that A is still eating relatively less compared to B or C.

  So everything depends on the relation between the person’s “digestive ability” and “food type”. Those who feel hungry soon might be in “starvation status” more often than others, even if they take the same amount of food.

  It’s the stomach and intestines, especially small intestine that decides this. So those who are overweight or who have stronger stomachs tend to have “potential to get fat” even if they eat the same amount.