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Sushi Diet

The sushi diet takes advantage of many benefits of sushi and the fortunate people that can afford to eat sushi frequently often use it as a carefree weight loss or diet program. Depending on the types of sushi and the amount you eat, you can loose weight over a moderate period of time. Now it is very unrealistic for you to eat only sushi for several days, but let’s explain why eating sushi can help you loose weight and also, give you some advice to take into consideration.

Sushi consists of small portions of rice (carbohydrates) and pure protein packed with omega-3 oils. It consists of mostly protein, a little less than half the amount of carbohydrates (compared to protein in grams), and beneficial fat to lower your cholesterol. This is a golden ratio of food components when dieting. Bodybuilders use similar ratios of each of these components to drop their body fat. (Yes, they take unsaturated fat pills to melt away fat in difficult areas) Weight gain can result from an imbalance of carbohydrate, protein and unhealthy fat. In many cases, people eat foods that contain too many carbohydrates, and saturated fat compared to protein.  

Besides a good nutritional balance, sushi is often accompanied by many beneficial ingredients and condiments that can promote weight loss. One is vinegar and citrus. These acids promote fat loss during metabolism. Sushi rice is prepared with rice vinegar. Some white fishes are eaten with ponzu, or soy-citrus sauce. Then you have the gari to aid quick digestion for the body to quickly use up what you have eaten. Green tea is always served with sushi. Since green tea has many properties that burn fat it has its very own green tea diet system.     

While most sushi are not fattening, if you are concerned of  the calories in sushi, the optimal ingredient to have when doing the sushi diet are the ones that have close to 0 grams of fat. These sushi’s consist of tuna, albacore, halibut, red-snapper, and shellfish. While the oilier fishes such as toro, salmon, and mackerel will not make you gain weight, they may not make you loose significant weight depending on your current metabolism, but your cholesterol will drop significantly and melt away some fat in your internal organs, which are harder to get rid of. This goes along with other ingredients such as salmon roe and sea urchin.

Avoid eel, futomaki(excessive carbohydrates), tamago (sugar included), and especially rolls with mayonnaise or any other ingredient that includes saturated fat, such as Philadelphia rolls or tempura rolls. Avoid any sauces that are sweet, or creamy such as unagi sauce and spicy sauce. The key is to stick to the traditional Edo style sushi and moderately limit your carbohydrate intake by sticking to nigiri style. The smaller the rice, the better. Eat gari in between each sushi to cleanse your palate, use soy sauce sparingly to avoid excessive salt and drink a lot of hot green tea. Last but not least, eat in moderation. Enjoy each piece of sushi you eat, take your time, and remember that sushi is not really meant to be eaten in huge quantities (although you can if you want to). Each one of them, though very small are to be given some thought and appreciation to, while tasting them, which leads to a more satisfied stomach. The sushi diet has a lot to do with the attitude towards, or how to eat sushi as well.