Five Fat-fighting Secrets From Around The World

April 25, 2012 by PrometheusPublish  
Published in Lifestyle

News flash: In a recent study, four out of five Americans who went to the mall this weekend were really concerned with how overweight everyone was.
So read for top five fat-figting secrets from around the world!

Okay, that’s not really a study, and honestly, it’s not really news. But you don’t need a Ph.D. in physics to see with your own eyes that our obesity crisis is spreading across the land like cream cheese on a hot bagel. In fact, more than one in three Americans is obese—not pudgy, not hefty, not “could lose a few pounds,” but clinically obese.

Or let me put it another way: Thirty-six percent of Americans have a food-related medical condition that is threatening their very lives.

Surely, food must be the enemy, yes? Well, perhaps, but there’s something very strange, and very telling, about that statistic. It’s 36 percent of Americans who are overweight. But in France, where they invented French fries, the obesity rate is less than half of what it is in the home of the brave. In Italy—land of the calzone and the meatball—the obesity rate is just 20 percent. And in Spain it’s just 23 percent, despite the fact that they’re all sitting down to multi-course dinners at 11 pm.

Oh, and one thing you won’t find in those countries? Health clubs sprouting up like mushrooms. In many of these countries, pulling a stubborn cork out of a bottle of Bourdeux counts as exercise.

Now compare those countries to America. The weight-loss market here is worth more than $60 billion, there’s a Gold’s Gym or Bally Total Fitness on just about every corner, and your Aunt Mathilde is on her 37th new diet of the past ten years. So what are we doing wrong? Or, more important: What are they doing right?

It’s simple. We fear food; they embrace it. We deprive and then reward ourselves; they simply indulge. We try to decide whether we deserve one more Low-Fat Oreo, while they chow down on delicious, rich, and flavorful four-course meals. But here’s the good news: By adopting traits from the most vibrant food cultures around the globe, we can begin to develop one of our own—and enjoy those same waist-whittling effects. Below are top weight-loss secrets from the world’s thinnest food-loving nations. 

In Spain . . . They eat slowly

A well-crafted meal takes time to appreciate. After all, the quicker you swallow, the less time food has to tantalize the tiny flavor receptors on your tongue. Spaniards know this—and they know that food is meant to bring together friends and family—which is why they pioneered the notion of tapas. Tapas are small dishes meant to be consumed slowly and conscientiously. When Spaniards eat tapas, they take breaks between bites. They chew slowly and break for conversation. And as it turns out, that helps them shed flab. Researchers at the University of Rhode Island recently found that the average BMI of slow eaters is markedly lower than that of fast eaters. The reason, most likely, is that eating slowly gives your stomach time to tell your brain that you’re full.

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