At least once in their life almost every woman has tried some kind of diet. Diets range from extreme to normal, have different foods and different effects. Advice on nutrition is rarely applied in full because the effects that it has to offer are instantaneous, but results are noticeable after a while.
There are nations that simply don’t have fat people because over the years they have learned what is good for their body and mind. There, we offer you 5 Japanese secrets that will help you change your bad eating habits and lose weight without any rigorous diets.
1. Eat with your eyes: Japanese food isn’t served in small bowls with decorations for no reason. With beautiful presentation and decorations you first arrange a feast for your eyes and then slowly start to enjoy every bite. By doing this you are giving your brain time to recognize when you are full so it prevents you from overeating. When food is served in large bowls, people eat 45% more than they really need to.
2. 80% satiety: This means that you should eat until you achieve 80% satiety. This phenomenon is called Hara Hachibunme and is one of the best ways to control the amount of food you consume. If you eat slowly, the brain has a change to remind you that the stomach is full, so don’t forget and chew slowly!
3. More than 5 times daily: A Japanese diet mainly consists of vegetables; they serve 4-5 pieces of vegetables in one meal. Sure their vegetables are more specific, but they can be found everywhere: shitake mushrooms, white radish, seaweed and even soy. These vegetables are cooked without the use of oil, which is great for your body. The Japanese eat about 100 different types of vegetables per week, as opposed to 35-40 vegetables types in Western cultures. Include a variety of vegetables in every meal and you will be 100% healthier and slimmer in a short time.
4. Fresh fish: The beneficial omega-3 fatty acids are talked about a lot, but the Japanese are proof that it’s nutritional. Eat different types of fish like salmon, tuna, trout and sardines, which are included in Japanese cuisine. Fish helps keep your heartbeat at a steady rhythm.
5. Alternative protein: Today there are a lot of products that serve as a substitute for meat. Soy and soy products like tofu (soy cheese), nato (fermented soy beans) and edamame (immature soy beans) that are prepared in a special way in Japanese cuisine, are a good substitute for meat because they don’t contain saturated fats. The Japanese make at least no meal from soy beans, while soy sauce is almost always available. If you are concerned about excessive intake of salt, you can use soy sauce that contains a minimum amount of salt in it.