The Japanese Diet has been taken to the next level with the release of the book Japanese Women Don’t Get Old or Fat by Naomi Moriyama. The idea behind the diet is to teach Americans (and other cultures) to approach eating as the Japanese do. This means eating smaller portions and cutting out food groups like dairy and bread. Any proteins that are incorporated into the diet are done more so with the idea of them being a side dish and not the main course. The diet also calls for its participants to stop eating when they feel about 80% full, focus on the presentation of the food, and to slow down while chewing so that all flavors are enjoyed.
Additionally, the Japanese Diet focuses in on breakfast as being the most important, and largest, meal of the day. This is supposedly right in line with the traditional Japanese culture.
Do Dieters Lose Weight On The Japanese Diet?
The Japanese Diet is one that is great in theory but results are typically 50/50. Of those who lose weight on this diet it is usually weight loss that comes sooner and not later. Because the diet restricts whole food groups the tendency to cheat is very likely and when cheating occurs on a regular basis all weight loss success is lost. The Japanese Diet does encourage exercise citing the fact that Japanese women do a lot of walking. If incorporated with the diet then greater weight loss success can likely be expected. The ingredients in some of their main staple meals is not readily available at the grocery store, so get ready for a hunt when trying to follow this diet strictly. Many of the Asian Markets carry almost everything applicable.
Dieters who read the book, rated and reviewed the book and its effectiveness. See below:
Beverly Ann* said, “Japanese cooking, in the traditional manner, is extremely healthy as it focuses on fresh produce, rice (grains) and fish. Soy products are frequent ingredients. The style of cooking is lighter. Portions in Japan are small. This book validates key factors that health experts have advocated. To live healthy we need to include fresh veggies and fruit in our diet.”
Amanda* wished there were more recipes in the book so that she could actually try and implement the Japanese way of eating into her lifestyle. “This book as a lot of wonderful information and it's exciting to hear about Japan. but I kind of wish there were more recipes. A lot of it was stories about being in Japan. (which is great and all and fun to hear about), but I was hoping for more dinner ideas.”
Finally Constance* said, “I thought this book would share secrets to health & longevity by the practices of Japanese women. It is basically a cook book and not a good one at that. I couldn't even finish it. Mostly the author reminisces about her childhood diet.”
Is The Japanese Diet Easy To Follow?
The Japanese Diet is not as easy to follow as many think. Learning to portion is not always something that comes with ease. Neither is preparing so many fresh foods that can call for specialty items at times. Further hassles are realized if you like to eat out as there are few places that can accommodate the Japanese Diet. The tastes are also different, and many times dieters pallets are not used to the new flavors and neither are their stomachs. Ease into this diet, and keep an open mind when looking to try it out. Also, if you do not like seafood this diet is going to be nearly impossible for you to stick with long term. Fish in Japan is one of their main entrees, so avoiding it will come with repercussions like not getting enough calories and nutrients per day.
Although the Japanese Diet is a balanced diet it is not one that allows for a great deal of choices or flexibility with the choices you have. So, you have to be someone who can follow a diet with no regard to your cravings or the Japanese Diet will not likely come easily to you.
The Japanese Diet sounds great when looking it over. However, there are many things left to chance. For example, how are you supposed to know when you are 80% full? When you do stop at that 80% is that your new level of fullness? Are you then supposed to back off that by an additional 20%?
Also, the cost of the diet can be great. On top of the book, which costs around $13, you also have your food costs to consider. With many specialty foods and fresh foods to buy, the Japanese Diet is not one that is a bargain by any means. While it does teach good eating habits, you should already know that fresh foods and smaller portions are better for you without having to buy a book.
*Please keep in mind that with any diet or weight loss program, individual results will vary
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