Japan is an amazing country. The nature is filled with green mountains, sky-blue seas, energix culture and mouth-watering cuisine.
If you are one of those who have been in Japan or maybe, met Japanese people, there is one thing you surely wondered: “Why does Japanese women look very slim and young?”
It is all about their cuisine and lifestyle that keeps their healthiness and beauty on a high level. We all know that Japanese food is based on keeping your life healthy and long. Japan is the country with the world’s highest percent of people who live longer than 100 years.
In this country, the food is not eaten for taste. They trust in extracting health benefits from the food they eat.
Now you can read 8 reasons why Japanese women look young and slim:
Drinking Green Tea
They enjoy drinking Green Tea.
The Matcha (that is powdered green tea) is made from the most highest quality leaves, that are dried and milled into a delicate powder. The powder is mixed with warm water. This kind of green tea take a place in the tea ceremony that is a Japanese cultural activity that include the ceremonial preparation and presentation of matcha.
Drinking green tea is amazing and beneficial. It has the place of the healthiest tea in the world, filled with antioxidants that fight against radicals and delay the aging process. Also, helps in losing weight.
Green tea is good for reducing the risk of cancer and heart diseases.
According to a study that as published in JAMA, 2006, adults in Japan who drink a lot of green tea had a lower risk of death, because of the lower risk of cardiovascular diseases and other diseases. This study said that people from Japan who drink 5 cups of green tea daily, have 26 percent lower mortality rates.
Consuming Fermented Foods
Japanese people usually at fermented foods, such as miso, michi, kefir, sauerkraut, kombucha and tempeh.
Fermented foods are actually foods that passed through a procedure like lacto fermentation. In this procedure, the natural bacteria feed on the starch and the sugar in that food and produce lactic acid. Fermentation is good for preserving the nutrients in food and produces heatlhy enzymes, omega-3 fatty acids, B vitamins and different strains of probiotics.
Not only fermentation promotes good intestinal bacteria, but also makes the food in better digestible form, helps in the digestion, losing weight and so on. Also, help in expelling bad toxins and heavy metals from the cell tissue.
One study that was published in the Journal of Physiological Anthropology said that there is a relation among fermented dairy output and the growth of healthy intestinal microbes.
This study highlight the consequences of findings that fermented non-diary foods and herbs have very big control and influence on intestinal microbiota, and also there might be a control and influence on longer-term stomach-brain relation.
Popularity of Seafood
The difference between Americans and Japanese people is that the Japanese people enjoy eating seafood rather than red meat that is connected with a lot of health diseases, like high level of cholesterol, obesity and inflammatory diseases.
Also, noodles or rice with different types of seafood are the most usual meals in Japan. This country is surrounded by sea, so because of that, fishes and shellfish, such as tuna, mackerel, salmon and shrimp are the most popular in Japan.
Fish is amazing food because of its high level of proteins, different essential nutrients and omega-3 fatty acids that are the best for your heart, organs and brain.
Omega-3 fatty acids are actually very good for reducing your body fat, or much better said, the abdominal fat. Seafood is good for decreasing inflammation in the body and is good for your nervous system.
Also, omega-3 fatty acids make your skin soft and smooth. This amazing fats help you in the war with many skin problems, like acne vulgaris, atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, skin cancer and melanoma.
Japanese people believe that is much better for you to eat healthier fish. This is the reason why fish is served in various ways, like raw, grilled, baked, fried, poached or steamed.
Eating Smaller Portions
Small portions is the basic reason for slim body.
They are good because they will make you eat less, which helps you to lose weight faster. This portions look big on small plate, so this helps you to eat less. It stops you from overeating and high calorie intake.
If you want to lose weight, than smaller portions are more important than the food you eat.
These are the elementary foundations of Japanese home-make food presentation:
- The plate must not be completely filled.
- Do not take a big portion of any food.
- Eat fresh food.
- It is important the food to be garnished and every piece has to be arranged correctly.
Walking is a Ritual
Men and women in Japan walk very often. Walking is the best form of exercise that keeps you slim and fit.
This kind of exercise not only helps you to lose weight, but also improves your cardiovascular health, increases your energy and reduce the stress.
Most of the people in Japan live in cities and that means they use train and subways for transport, so that is way they have to walk or bicycle to the station and of course, back.
Also, children spend their time on walking to the school, instead of driving with their parents with car.
Bicycles are also very popular in Japan. A lot of people ride bicycles and that is another amazing form of exercise.
Eating on the go is a Big No-No
In Japan meal time is very important and sacred, so there are no walking lunches. It is very impolite to eat while you are on the go and that is the reason why you won’t see people eating on the street or in public transport. Also you do nothing else while having a meal. No work or TV.
Japanese people eat slower and that is a great way to give your stomach time to process the food and signal your brain that it is full. Chopsticks have the role of hindering the amount and speed at which they eat their food.
When you eat slower, that means that you give a time to your stomach to say when it is enough, which is not the case if you eat faster like Americans do. If you eat faster, there is no time your stomach to send signals to your brain that it is full, and that brings you to the place of overeating.
Healthy Cooking Methods
Healthy ingredients are not the only thing Japanese people use, but also the secret is in their cooking methods.
Dominate methods are: raw, simmered and grilled techniques, that help you to not use excess oil. These methods are great for preserving the taste and nutrients of the food.
It is not often used deep frying food. If fried food is served, like tempura, then some piesces are enjoyed parallel with other dishes. That is how they balance their food.
Practicing Martial Arts
We know that martial arts are very popular in Japan, and also very practiced by men and women.
Karate, judo, aikido and other styles of martial arts have a big role in keeping you fit, healthy and strong.
Most of them improve your cardiovascular fitness, help you build muscle strength. Also, they help you in losing weight and slow your aging process.
A study that was published in Clinical Medical Insights said that martial art exercise improves women’s body composition, decreases inflammation in overweight or obese premenopausal women.