The relatively healthier diet practiced by the Japanese have let them live longer than everyone else in the world. This statement had been proven in the previous article, Japanese Diet Can Let You Live Up To 100 years! where we specified the evidences on how the Japanese people are able to maintain a healthy lifestyle that helps them live longer than other races and be known as the number one country with the lowest obesity rate.
Most people say it is all in their genes, but this is widely argued by some. Why? When a Japanese person adopts and practices the diet of the westerns, he or she gains weight pretty much quickly as he/she should. Keep in mind that going for a Japanese diet does not necessarily mean you have to submit to Japanese-style meals. It only means to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables; to dive into seafood diet; to oblige to smaller portions; to consume mindfully; to savor every bite; and, to never forget to add some extra selections such as tofu and rice. There is much to be learned by eating, the Japanese Way!
Eat with your eyes
Not literally, of course. According to Moriyama, the secret to the Japanese’s healthy balance consumption is their satisfyingly delicious low-calorie foods that are served in controlled portions in small dishes and plates. This way of dining makes you ‘eat with your eyes’ by seeing how the food is presented. This will likely result to a slow paced dining, which probably means eating less, making plenty time to make your body realize that it has enough, and not needing anything more.
It has been the tradition of Japan to dine in smaller separate plates and bowls instead of bigger ones. Serving oneself in smaller portions is better than starving oneself. Study presents that people tend to eat more when we are served more – whether we want to, we are hungry, and even if not. A survey claims that Americans are accustomed to consume the amount of food served on their plate, so smaller servings means lower risk of eating more than what is needed.
As a low-fat, complex carbohydrate, rice helps the body to fill up much faster than a meal without it. This leaves about less room in the belly for fattening foods such as desserts, which have fats that can cause heart failures. The diet of the Japanese includes huge amounts of rice starting from breakfast until dinner, about six times more than the average western diet.
Japan can be considered as one of those countries that has this fetish for vegetables. Almost every Japanese meal consists of mixed veggies, which come up to as many as four or five selections served in a single meal. It is also typical for the Japanese people to have a salad or vegetable soup during breakfast.
The Japanese are fond of fishes, especially fatty ones that are great source of omega-3 fatty acids (known for being beneficial to the heart), like salmon, fresh tuna, mackerel, herrings and sardines. And although Japanese composes only 2% of the population worldwide, they are said to take the 10% stand of the world fish consumption.
Common Japanese desserts are assortment of fruits in season that are peeled, sliced and arranged on plates. They also enjoy desserts from other countries, such as cakes and ice creams, but on much smaller portions and with refined flavors unlike the Westerns. People of Japan are contented to end their meals with tea.
What can you say about this type of diet? Are you willing to give up some meat and sweet treats for fishes and fruits? If yes, then you are surely ready to be healthy!