The Japan Diet: Eating Right, Losing Weight

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The-Japan-DietIronic but true; food is the key to weight loss. Well, to be exact; the right kind of food is the key to a safe weight loss. This is very true most especially with the women in Japan.

The Wrong Kind of Food Leads To Weight Gain

Here’s a good example of how Japanese women are able to stay in shape. The video tells us about a Japanese lady that had never had a weight problem until she lived in the United States.

Naomi Moryama is a 45-year old Japanese woman living in New York. She’s never had a weight problem except when she gained 25 lbs in just two months while living in the U.S. during college.”

The reason for her weight gain was traced to her changed eating habits.

 “Burgers, pizza, banana splits … you name it.”

Unfortunately, that’s the diet that most folks are accustomed to.

A Look At How Japanese Women Eat

According to Naomi, she was only able to lose the excess weight when she went back home to Japan.

 “All I did was I went back to my mother’s Tokyo kitchen.”

She didn’t have to undergo some kind of diet. Dropping 25 lbs without having to reduce food intake is simply amazing. There must be something about her mother’s Tokyo cooking.

“Turns out that the Japanese women’s secret to staying thin and living longer is all about food.”

Naomi shares this secret.

“I think the secret is Japanese women eat very, very differently from the rest of the world.”

Come to think of it and looking closely at what the Japanese eat, that is very true. Aside from the fact that Japanese food is well arranged and colorful, it’s also very fresh.

“It seems to be working for them. Japanese women have one of the world’s lowest obesity rates. Only three percent. Thirty-four percent of American women are considered obese.”

Thirty-four percent is a far cry from the three percent rate.

“According to Naomi’s new book, Japanese women don’t get old or fat; food is key.”

Japanese Women Eat The Right Kind Of Foods

The kind of food the Japanese women prepare and eat is mostly fresh and most of the time, is devoid of meat.

“ … instead there’s lots of fish … It can be served raw like sushi or sashimi or grilled. The Japanese also eat lots of fresh vegetables prepared in either Canola Oil or Rice Bran Oil. By cooking the vegetables lightly, both the colors and the nutrients are more intense.”

Here’s an eye-opener. The main dish is focused more on the vegetables. Naomi explains this very well.

“We think of them as a main course rather than … like a side thing that accompanies a big chunk of meat.”

In addition, Japanese women ate more of rice than bread. And that’s in spite of the fact that the breads in Japan are very delicious. Another staple ingredient of  their food is soy.

Instead of drinking soda, the Japanese women drink green tea. This is plain and simple green teal, without cream and sugar.

A typical Japanese meal is served in small portions. Arranged carefully in small plates, the Japanese women partake of their food slowly. They savor each bite, eating only when their eighty percent full.

Looking closely at how the Japanese women eat confirms the fact that there is no need to starve to lose weight. Eating the right kind of food is the key to lose weight and stay in shape.