An article that catalogs weight loss "secrets" from around the globe. They include:
1) Brazil- beans and rice
"Brazilians know that beans alone are low in calories and fat, high in fiber and complex carbs, packed with antioxidants and can help stabilize blood sugar levels. Combine them with rice, which has some of the essential amino acids lacking in beans, and the pair becomes become a complete protein."
2) India- the spice tumeric
A recent study suggested that "curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, could inhibit the spread of fat tissue by inhibiting new blood vessel growth (called angiogenesis) necessary to build this type of tissue."
Yet another study "discussed evidence that curcumin may regulate lipid metabolism."
3) France- no limits on fresh, seasonal vegetables and fruit
"It is because they have been encouraged to try many varieties from a very young age and have developed a lifelong appreciation for naturally healthy food."
4) Thailand- chile pepers
Their heat can "slow you down just enough to recognize when you are getting full."
"Another way spicy food helps you eat less: It makes you crave water, which fills you up."
5) Japan- every food gets its own special dish
"Separating each component of your meal will help you not only appreciate each individual taste but also consume less overall."
6) Burma- meat is a side dish
"By returning to smaller portions of beef and pork, we can cut fat, cholesterol and calories."
So which "secret" do you subscribe to in your daily nutrition plan?
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Daniel I. Sheff, Certified Personal Fitness Trainer, Buffalo, NY.