Researchers looking for a magic weight loss formula have pondered why. Is it the green tea? Is it the soya? (Japanese people consume a great deal of both)
Others look at genes — perhaps Japanese people are naturally thin.
The fact is that Japanese people gain weight when they live overseas — so genes don't explain it. There also isn't a magic ingredient in Japanese food. The explanation is obvious to anyone who's lived in Japan:
1. Japanese portions are smallJapanese people don't eat as much as people in the west. Everything seems smaller in Japan. Western people living in Japan who live a Japanese lifestyle quickly adapt to eating less. Compare these two breakfasts.
2. Japanese consume less sugarJapanese sugar consumption is the lowest in the industrialized world. Japanese sweets are small and only moderately sweetened. In place of soft drinks and juices Japanese prefer zero calorie unsweetened tea.
It's as simple as that. Eat less and consume less sugar. There's no rocket science required to stay thin.
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