The Japanese Diet - A Diet To Lose Weight, Remain Slim And Be Healthy!
For no people on earth is it more true than the Japanese, when
you say, "you are what you eat". The Japanese are, by
all accounts, the people with the least obesity problem, the highest
longevity rate, and best health record. What are they eating?
The importance of rice
Rice is the main carbohydrate food in Japan, consumed with every
meal. However, the real basis of the Japanese diet is not rice
but fish, consumed at more than 70 kilos per person per year-which
means 190 grams daily. This combination of rice and fish, as their
staple food is far superior to the American meat and potato, the
European little of this, little of that diets, and light years
ahead of the Russian pork, potato and mayonnaise daily fare.
Let's see what else they eat. Miso and other soy products! Miso
is a fermented soy product, and a soup is made from it that is
light tasting and easy to digest. One gets all the benefits of
soy from it. Also, the famous soy sauce. Japanese people, on the
average consume about 200 grams of soy products daily.
So why are they so thin and so healthy?
There are a few very good reasons. One is their sparingly consumption
Low in sugar
Japanese consume only 20 kilos of sugar per year (compared to
the American 71 kilos per year). Another is the Japanese consumption
of cereals (which obviously includes rice) to be 105 kilos per
year (compared to the American 68 kilos per year).
The human body appears to be doing much better with natural cereals
and less sugar than fried potatoes and 'sugar in everything you
eat' diets. The Japanese have far less incidence of heart disease
and cancer than Americans. As they eat as much meat as the Americans
do (or more), and smoke more, the theory is refined sugar and
stress are the two biggest contributors to destroying one's health.
Another important factor in the Japanese diet is portion size.
The portions are small.
This means they savor their food; eat slowly and enjoy it. No
"scarfing" down hamburgers and fries here, and king
size cola drinks.
Eating with chop sticks help, as you eat more slowly, take smaller
bites and are able to appreciate what you are eating. This aids
in digestion, and that is a proven fact.
There are two more factors which must be mentioned that make
the Japanese diet so successful.
The first is breakfast.
The typical Japanese breakfast can (and usually includes) green
tea, steamed rice, miso soup with tofu, spring onions and omelet
and both raw and grilled fish.
This gives your body all it needs to start your day well. You
will feel better, and such food does not add weight to your body
at all. In fact, it stimulates the metabolism mechanism. You will
not gain weight, and if overweight, will lose weight.
Variety Never be bored
The second factor is variety.
A typical American will have about 30 varieties of food per week.
A typical European (especially southern European) will have about
45. The typical Japanese will have about 100 varieties of food
per week, and will include lots of fresh fish, vegetables, fruit
and a variety of meats.
There is one over-riding element here as well; the Japanese cook
their foods lightly and thus are never feeling stuffed and stuffy
As you can see the diet is great and its healthy and is perfect
for those wanting to lose weight and avoid illness.
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