Have you ever wondered how people stay slim around the world? I have too, that is why I did a bit of a global snoop at the gastronomical secrets of our foreign neighbours …
Each country has its own foodie secrets that help the population stay slim and trim all year around.
We all love trying food from different countries, so what should you be looking out for when you next tuck into a spicy curry or sip of coconut water?
Thai food is among the spiciest in the world. Their love of hot peppers is ideal to raise your metabolism, but the real trick is that food with spice is going to slow down your eating.
People as a whole eat too quickly, so by the time your body signals that it is full, you have already overeaten. When you eat slower, you allow your body to register the food you are nourishing itself with (and savour the flavours).
This is also fantastic for weight loss, because you’re incapable of overeating when you savour your meals. So, add spice to your meals to see the number on the scale drop.
Okay, so perhaps Brazilian beans aren’t actually a thing, but Brazilians are big fans of eating rice and beans at every meal. Not only does this combination keep you feeling fuller for longer, but it also is highly nutritious and lowers your risk of becoming overweight by 14% compared to typical ‘Western’ meals.
This is due to beans being lower in fat and higher in fibre than most meals, which is also great for stabilising blood sugar levels.
While experts don’t recommend fasting for weigh control, it is encouraged in moderation for breaking patterns of mindless eating
Fasting in Indonesia
In Indonesia, the leading religion of Islam encourages periodic fasting – no food or drink from dawn to dusk. Others in Indonesia practice mutih, which only allows a meal of water and rice.
While experts don’t recommend fasting for weigh control, it is encouraged in moderation for breaking unhealthy patterns of mindless eating.
So many people don’t actually feel hunger anymore, because we reach for the next meal before we’ve even digested the last one. You don’t need to restrict your meals for days to get the physiological benefit of fasting, but rather try cutting your calories down by half for one day of each month or every couple of weeks.
Homemade like the Polish
Poles usually spend a mere 5% of their family budget on eating out. Rather than tucking into high-sugar, high-fat, high-salt-and-chemicals takeaways, they enjoy the majority of their meals at home, and we should too.
To save money and drop a few centimetres, start tracking how often you eat out and how much it costs you each time that you do.
When you realise how much you are spending on unhealthy food, you might start focusing on cooking your meals at home instead.
Post first appeared on All4Women.
Until next time.