How to live longer? According to the World Health Organization, Japanese people have the highest life expectancy in the world: 83.7 years. They also have one of the lowest obesity rates. In Japan, only 3.8% of men and 3.4% of women are obese compared to the United States where it’s 37.9% of men and 41.5% of women. A huge part of why Japanese people live so long and why they beat most countries with regards to health is their diet. So keep watching to learn how to slim down like the Japanese.
Anyone can follow the nutritional system of Japanese people. If you do, and you pair it with a good level of daily physical activity, you’ll see numerous positive results in your health. Around a decade after the food guidelines were introduced to the Japanese public, researchers from the National Centre of Global Health and Medicine in Tokyo ran tests to see if the guidelines were successful. Their results showed that the mortality rate for people who followed the guidelines was 15% lower than those who didn’t pay attention to the recommendations.
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Portion control 2:04
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A focus on fresh products 4:20
Balanced meals 5:07
Educating children 6:57
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– The Japanese diet is low in saturated fats and salt, processed foods, sweets, and drinks that contain a lot of sugar.
– On a regular day, a person should consume 5 to 7 grain dishes (like rice, bread, noodles, and pasta), 5 to 6 vegetable dishes of different varieties, 3 to 5 fish and meat dishes, 2 milk products (like milk and cheese), and 2 fruits.
– In Japan, people sit down at a dining table because eating is an experience that they believe should have their full attention. As such, it’s traditional for the Japanese to enjoy their meals.
– The Japanese diet places a focus on buying locally sourced foods. People are advised to pay attention to seasonal foods and incorporate those ingredients.
– Every meal in Japan should be well-balanced and contain products from several food groups. For example, a typical school lunch in Japan consists of rice, meat or fish, miso soup, a glass of milk, and a piece of fruit.
– The Japanese diet might sound restrictive to a foreigner — but not to a Japanese person. For them, variety is key! In terms of fish, they eat shrimp, trout, salmon, and tuna.
– n Japan, a conscious attitude toward nutrition is formed in elementary school. According to Masahiro Oji, a government director of school health education, “Japan’s standpoint is that school lunches are a part of education.”
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