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“Don’t Be Stoic! Eat!”

Svelty, the “even happier diet” for those who want to pig out at the all-you-can-eat Mongolian BBQ joint, but not pay the piper the next day.

Saw this ad on the subway yesterday, but had to ferret around to find out just how it claims to deliver pound-down-the-burgers-like-a-sumo wrestler but look-like-a-model. Apparently,  drinking a carton of this $38 diet supplement will keep half the calories you eat from being absorbed. Scary, or what? Apparently it’s quite popular among young women, who down it before going to mandatory after-work office drinking parties.

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Jonelle Patrick View All

Writing mystery books set in Tokyo is mostly what I do, but I also blog about the odd stuff I see every day in Japan. I'm a graduate of Stanford University and the Sendagaya Japanese Institute in Tokyo, and a member of the International Thriller Writers, the Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters In Crime. When I'm not in Tokyo, I live in San Francisco. I also host a travel site called The Tokyo Guide I Wish I'd Had, so if you're headed to Japan and want to check out the places I take my friends when they're in town, take a look!

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