In the last 25 years, Japanese women hold the first place as the longest living population on earth, according to statistics. Namely, in average, they live 84 or more years of age, and as it seems, they seldom gain weight.
Naomi Moriyama, in her book Japanese Women Don’t Get Old or Fat, unveils the secrets of the healthy lifestyle and long lifespan of Japanese women, by leading the readers into the world of her mother’s kitchen in Japan. According to her, foods which promote weight loss are part of the everyday Japanese cuisine and Japanese people consume them regularly.
For example, they include fish, veggies, green tea, seaweed, rice- foods rich in anti-aging properties that encourage healthy weight loss. In general, Japanese women eat cooked meals on a daily basis comprised of grilled fish, bowl of rice, cooked veggies, green tea, fruits, and soup. Did you know that the Japanese consume around 10% of all the fish in the world, although they make up 2% of the world population?
As Moriyama claims, Japanese parents teach their children to always eat slowly and appreciate every single bite. What’s more, one of the main rules in Japanese nutrition is never filling the entire bowl and never eating big portions of food. Additionally, each food is served separately. In her book, Moriyama explains that Japanese cuisine is easy and practical because the food is prepared slowly and it is mostly grilled, cooked, or steamed.
She goes on to explain that instead of bread, the Japanese combine rice with almost every meal and this is the main difference between western and eastern cuisine. For breakfast, the Japanese usually consume green tea, steamed rice, tofu, soup, young garlic, scrambled eggs, or a piece of fish.
On the other hand, they rarely or never consume sweets. Those who eat sweets, serve them in small portions. This is not because they don’t like chocolate, ice cream, cookies, etc. but because they know that overconsumption of such products has negative side effects. Likewise, Moriyama emphasizes the importance of exercise among the Japanese population. Hence, women in Japan practice a lot of walking, hiking, and biking.