The magic of Japanese diets are all about balance!
A balance of delicious fairly lower-calorie foods, presented with portion control in beautiful pretty little dishes and plates.
Eat with your eyes
This way of eating and enjoying the beauty of your food results in wanting to savour every bite, which means eating less. This gives your brain time to realize your body is full. It takes approx 20min for satiety to kick in!
The number one thing that stood out to us in Japan was the size of their portions. They’re tiny. Your meal is just enough to fill you up no more no less!
The average Japanese eats about 25% fewer calories per day than the average American. Caloric restriction could explain their lengthy lifespan. Eating fewer calories per day, while increasing your activity level, may be enough to promote longer life.
Replace energy-dense foods
Cutting calories doesn’t have to be painful. Just replace energy-dense foods, like potato chips with fruits and vegetables. According to the principles of energy density Japanese are ending up eating an average of 800 calories less per day without missing out.
And YES, they do include sugars and salt in every dish, but regulate their daily caloric intake by lowering fat, using low-energy-dense foods and small portion sizes.
Red bell peppers, green beans, zucchini, eggplant, onions, burdock, tomatoes, green peppers, lettuce, carrots, spinach, bamboo shoots, beets, lotus root, turnips, mushrooms, sweet potatoes, and seaweed, such as kombu, nori, and wakame all have a place in the Japanese diet.
Enjoy your sushi!!