There’s a misconception in the Western World that Japanese women never gain weight and while this is untrue, Japanese citizens are well known for their good looks and longevity.
In the last 25 years, the Japanese have kept a hold on the world record for longest life spans. On average, the Japanese have a life expectancy of 84 years, which is about six years more than the average in North America.
So, what’s the secret to the longevity of the Japanese? Well, it’s all about cultures and customs, really!
In this article, we’ll list the twelve habits and customs that reportedly help Japanese women keep their slim figures and youthful appearance.
1. Food culture. The Japanese approach eating with a practiced respect that influences the way they eat as it is a ritual for them. Before every meal, the Japanese clap their hands and bow their head before exclaiming “itadakimasu!” (“ee-ta-da-key-mas”), which is a way of expressing their gratitude for the food.
2. Breakfast. For the Japanese, breakfast is the largest meal of the day. A traditional Japanese breakfast usually consists of steamed rice, tea, vegetables, miso soup, protein (eggs or fish), and a variety of side dishes like Umeboshi (pickled plum).
3. Bite sizes. Japanese food is typically served in a variety of dishes as opposed to one big meal. Essentially, the Japanese take “a little bit of everything” and have a tendency to stop eating before they’re full.
4. Rice. Rice is a staple in Japanese cuisine. Typically, rice is to be had with each meal (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) and is sometimes even eaten as a snack between meals. In Japan, rice is commonly cooked without any additions of salt or butter.