Last Reflections on Okinawa Weight Loss Diet

by Maria on March 26, 2013

Having shared with you some facts about the amazing health and weight loss benefits of herbs and spices, I am devoting this post to my final thoughts on the fascinating Okinawa weight loss diet.

Here is what the advocates of this healthy weight loss diet suggest you do in order to burn fat and live a long and healthy life:

  • Eat 6 small meals a day instead of 3 large ones to lower blood sugar levels.
  • Try not to skip breakfast.
  • Choose a breakfast cereal that gives you at least 5 grams of fiber per serving, use 2% milk, and add apples, strawberries, peaches or any other fruit of your choice.
  • You don’t have to give up all your favorite foods to lose weight. Try to cut your portion size by half, instead. For example, one serving of meat, poultry, and fish is the size of a deck of cards, while one serving of rice, pasta, cereal, and cooked vegetable is ½ cup, and salad greens, and fruit – 1 cup. After the first half of your meal, sip on a cup of green, jasmine or black tea for a few minutes and allow yourself up to 20 minutes to feel full. As a result, you just may find you are too full to eat the other half!
  • A good weight loss approach is not to cut alcohol and sweets altogether, but rather to be smart about them. Why?
  1. Well, research has found that moderate alcohol consumption is associated with longer life expectancy. Red wine is said to contain flavonoids that act as antioxidants in the body and help protect the heart and possibly do much more than that. However, more than one drink per day for women, and two drinks per day for men, may increase the risk for cardiovascular disease or cancer. And more to the point – experts suggest that our body uses the calories from alcohol first. As a result, dietary fat is stored as body fat when you eat a meal containing fat while drinking alcohol.  And remember –  every gram of alcohol contains 7 calories, a glass of wine or ½ pint of beer provide on average about 100 calories, while 30 ml. of whiskey and spirits – about 70 calories. In fact, if you were to reduce the wine to two glasses on three nights per week, you would save an extra 1500 calories in a week, which equals about ½ pound of body fat! Also, it is equally important to drink water between alcoholic drinks and to use low calorie mixers.
  2. It’s a fact that it is too difficult to cut out sweets all together. So, why not try to have just a hard candy, which has only 24 calories and lasts a long time? It may help you curb your craving. Also, you can snack on fresh fruit such as apples, oranges and grapes to this end. For example, half a pound of grapes has fewer than 150 calories. And did you know that lower-fat desserts can be delicious? How about passing on the pastry and trying to bake an apple or berry crisp instead of a fruit pie? Plus, why not try a hot chocolate drink instead of a chocolate bar to curb those cravings?

And last, but not least, the Okinawa weight loss diet advocates suggest that you eat as if your food had healing power!

With this in mind, in addition to the treasured sweet potato, the Okinawan elders’ diet is filled with all kinds of antioxidant-rich vegetables, grains, flavonoid- rich soy products, fruit, omega-3 rich fish, and minimal meat and dairy products – exactly the type of diet that gives protection against most diseases associated with premature aging and gives us the best shot at remaining slim, healthy and attractive for life! Win-win!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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