Not only that Japanese women are well known for being fit, but on average, their lifespan is 84 and a half years. So what helps them live longest without gaining weight at the same time?
Naomi Moriyama is the author of “Japanese Women Don’t Get Old or Fat”, a book that leads you in the kitchen of her Japanese mother who reveals the secret to a healthy and long life. According to the author, the traditional Japanese cuisine incorporates foods that prevent weight gain and aging.
These foods, such as fish, seaweed, fruits, soy, rice, vegetables and green tea, are actually consumed on a regular daily basis and all of them provide anti-aging properties and contribute greatly to healthy weight loss and weight management.
According to Moriyama, the Japanese cuisine contains many foods that aid and help in weight loss, and also many ingredients such as fish, soy, fruits, green tea, seaweed and rice, all which result in a healthy and long life.
According to experts, these foods contain many anti-aging properties and aid in weight loss. Their meals consist of bowl of rice, grilled fish, green tea, fruits, and cooked vegetables and although they only take up 2% of the world population, they consume 10% of the entire world’s fish.
Moriyama also states that the Japanese parents teach their children while they are young to eat their food slowly, therefore appreciating every bite of it. They never fill up the whole bowl and never serve huge portions.
As Moriyama says, the Japanese cuisine is consisted of briefly grilled or cooked food, as well as of food cooked by steaming. It is a rather easy cuisine that involves slow preparation of the meals. One of the main differences in the eating habits between Eastern and Western people is eating rice with almost every meal, instead of bread. For Japanese, the breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Usually it includes rice cooked by steaming, tofu, soup, seaweed, young garlic, green tea, and a piece of fish or omelet.
The Japanese rarely eat sugary foods and even when they are served, they always come in small portions. Many think that the Japanese women don’t like chocolate, cookies, ice cream or cakes, but the truth is they’ve been taught the negative long-term implications these foods have on overall health.
At last, in the ending of his book, Moriyama stated that the whole Japanese culture revolves around exercise which is why they include walking, hiking and biking to maintain a healthy lifestyle.