Doctor Oz did a show on Japan’s Alternative Medicine Secrets and then went on to do this segment on the four biggest weight loss secrets from the thinnest nation in the world – Japan. The Japanese Diet has lots of fat fighting ingredients. Weight loss is not just in your genes, it is also in your diet. So when you consider Western Diets Vs Japanese Diets, what are the differences that make one nation overweight and one ultra-thin? Dr Oz brought William Doyle and Naomi Moriyama, authors of Japanese Women Don’t Get Old or Fat, on his show because they have such a telling story. Naomi came to the US from Japan for two months during a study abroad program, and she gained 25 pounds. As soon as she went back to Japan and ate her mother’s food, she lost all of the weight without even trying. Similarly, Doyle was obese and went from 213 pounds to 185 pounds on the Japanese diet. In Japan they don’t eat lots of meat, instead they fill up on fish and tons of vegetables, plus they finish their meals with a cup of tea. Naomi said there is a Japanese saying “Hara Hachi Bunme” that means eat until you are 80% full.
Dr Oz: Japanese Diet
1. Japanese Soup Recipe
You should eat a bowl of soup with every meal, because it helps you to feel fuller and to consumer fewer calories overall. Dashi Soup is easy to make, you just take some kelp seaweed and boil it, then add some bonito flakes. If you add miso paste, you will get a miso soup. You can add vegetables or seafood as well. Since there is no butter, oil or salt, this soup is very good for you. Naomi Moriyama said that you can get all of these ingredients on the Internet or in Asian markets.
2. Portion Distortion
In Japan, the meals are served in many separate small plates and dishes. You should eat with your eyes and not just your mouth, so putting together a meal is like creating a painting. Even if it is less food than you are used to, it is visually satisfying. Plus, Moriyama told Dr Oz that you can have seconds or thirds of these types of foods. I wish that they had given more examples of some of the dishes that go into a typical “healthy” Japanese meal! I will do some research and make a post about some ideas for us later. If you have any ideas or fabulous recipes, definitely share it with us!
By eating with chopsticks, you cannot scoop up large portions of your food, so it helps you to slow down and to eat in smaller bites. Dr Oz also said that chopsticks are good for your brain and eye-hand coordination… too bad that every time I try using chopsticks I fail! Any tips out there for beginner chopstick users? Dr Oz also said that if you absolutely cannot handle chopsticks, you can use a fork, but put it down between bites to slow down your eating.
William Doyle said that they eat short grain rice in Japan, which has a lower glycemic index than other white rice. Also, Japanese rice is served plain – no salt or cream or sauce added. In Japan, rice is eaten with most meals, including breakfast, so it helps you to feel full. Dr Oz questioned the idea of eating white rice, even if it was short grain rice, instead of brown rice. Doyle said that there is a trend in Japan to go back to brown rice because it has more fiber and is even better for you.