Posted on Mar 11, 2014 in Nutrition

The low-carb diet has been around in the United States for decades now and has taken some hits from some celebrity doctors and then promoted by others, but has been a staple in many Asian countries for centuries. In many Asian countries the basic meals are made from a large quantity of vegetables, a few carbohydrates, and the meat or fish. And this is why, even after giving birth, many Asian women get right down to a size two within just a few months. Now, you may be thinking that the major part of the Asian diet is a giant pile of white rice, which is basically all carbohydrates. But the reality is that most Asian diets are not heavily laden with tons of carbohydrates and instead have a nearly perfectly balanced diet that helps rid a person of belly fat, plus it is also excellent for overall heart health as well.

First let’s look at the amount of protein in your diet. Protein usually comes from animals, chicken, meat, fish, eggs, and it’s extremely important if you’re trying to lose weight, to have more protein in your diet than you do carbohydrates. Proteins are extremely important because your body takes an extremely long time to break them down, and you continue to feel full longer after each meal. Also, when your body breaks down protein it consumes other types of energy in the process as well. And finally, when protein is broken down it’s rare that it’s turned in to stomach fat, your body has other more important uses for protein besides energy storage.

The other important thing to remember about the low-carb diet that many Asians eat on a daily basis, is that they eat a wide variety of vegetables in huge quantities for every meal. Vegetables have lots of soluble fiber that is very slow to digest, and helps carry with it some kinds of fat to be eliminated. Vegetables also have plenty of vitamins, minerals, and other micro-nutrients that help maintain your body in so many ways you can’t count, plus very few calories and they are cholesterol-free foods as stated in this article.

So if you’re trying to lose weight with a low-carb diet, look to Asian foods for an excellent low-carb, high vegetable, lean meat alternative to the standard Western diet of high-fat, high carb, high salt, and early death regimen.