Reasons Why Japanese Stay Slim


In Japan, only 3% of people suffer from obesity. Yes, that’s true they don’t have to rely on green coffee beans or any other fat loss supplement. Their nutrition plays a significant role in the nation’s high life expectancy rate. Do you know that the government has recommended a special nutrition system in Japan? Yes, you read that right! Read on to know how you can also structure your diet like Japanese people.

  • The Japanese diet is dominated by complex carbohydrates over low amounts of fat. They use less salt, consume less processed foods, drinks and suites containing a lot of sugar.
  • The basis of the diet is grains and cereals, which are followed by fresh vegetables, soup, fish and meat dishes. They are suggested to take two portions of fruits and dairy per day.
  • Just gulping down the food is not important, but how you also eat matters. Japanese enjoy their meals. Next time when you sit to have a meal, take two mindful breaths and enjoy your meal.
  • Their diet is focused on seasonal and local products like fish or rice. No matter where you live, have local and seasonal fruits, vegetables, and other food items instead of processed and imported food items.
  • They eat balanced meals and include products from various food groups. For instance, a typical Japanese school lunch consists of rice, fish, or meat, miso soup, a fruit, and a glass of milk.
  • Japanese people have a very conscious attitude towards nutrition, and they form it during elementary school. They take lunch as the main part of their education and not just a break. During lunchtime kids let everyone in the class finish their lunch and then clean themselves.
  • They eat moderate meals and keep a balance between the food they eat and calories spent.
  • The Japanese focus on fresh products, they don’t prefer cooking in advance or keeping the readymade for a longer period.
  • Japanese not only curtail the size of the food servings but also their size of plates. As eating in smaller plates makes you eat less and smaller portion sizes.
  • Fermented foods like soy, miso, kimchi, sauerkraut etc. are the main part of the Japanese diet. Fermented foods provide various health benefits such as strengthening the immune system and aids digestion.
  • Japan is one of the top nations that consume green tea. Green tea or green coffee beans contain antioxidants that offer various health benefits such as reducing the risk of heart disease, cognitive function etc.
  • Seaweed is the staple food of the Japanese diet. According to a study, the Japanese consume 1,00,000 tons of seaweed in a year. A cup of seaweed provides 2 to 9 grams of protein and more potassium than a single banana. It is also a natural source of Iodine.

So, the nutrition system of Japan is not only transparent but understandable too. By making small changes in your diet, you can do wonders for your health. For instance, give preference to fresh and local products and dishes of your local cuisine, limit the amount of sweets and fats and eat consciously.

What types of food do you consume to stay in good shape? What do you think about the Japanese diet structure? Please share your secrets in the comments!