Those who have lived in Asia are often astounded to see that there are very few obese people. The
reasons given for this vary, but anyone who wants to lose weight should start by taking a look at the
Asian inspired diet and exercise plan. This plan cannot only help you lose weight but also keep it off.
While it may take some time before you see quantifiable results, you can rest assured that this diet and
exercise plan is guaranteed to work.
The Asian Diet
You do not have to eat exotic food in order to lose weight, but you should note which foods Asians do
and do not eat. Surprisingly, Asians do not cut carbohydrates completely out of their diet. They eat
white rice for almost every meal, although Indians, Pakistanis and other Asians also eat Chapattis (a type
of flat bread) on a regular basis.
On the other hand, Asians traditionally do not eat processed foods or red meat. Many Asians are
vegetarians and they will eat legumes along with plenty of cooked vegetables. Other sources of protein
include homemade cheese, unsweetened yogurt and eggs. Some Asians do eat meat but only seafood,
fish and some poultry every once in awhile. These white meats are not only low fat but are also
excellent sources of protein, vitamins and minerals.
Many Asians also drink herbal tea on a regular basis. The Chinese and Japanese in particular have
numerous healthy herbal teas that are particularly good for those who want to lose weight. Asians
generally do not eat many sweets or buy junk foods such as chocolates, cake, donuts and soft drinks.
The Asian Exercise Program
The concept of going to a gym to exercise is becoming popular the world over. However, for many
years, most Asians did not set aside a specific time every day for exercise. Instead, they simple walked
wherever they needed to go. Walking in itself is an excellent form of exercise. Even people who cannot
lift weights or work out in a gym can walk from one place to another. Making walking a part of life is in
fact one of the best ways to lose weight.
If the weather is very hot or very cold where you live, then you should consider investing in an elliptical
trainer. These devices can be found for sale at a local store but online retail websites usually have the
best deals. There are a number of devices to choose from, so the following overview can help you get an
idea of what your options are and which trainer would best suit your needs and budget.
There are both manual and electronic trainers. Manual trainers are cheaper but do not have many
options. Electric elliptical trainers, on the other hand, will note how many calories you burned and how
far you walked. You can also set the trainer at an incline if you really want to get a good workout.
You will probably want to look at a number of elliptical trainers before choosing one that you feel is right
for you. Besides noting which features and amenities a trainer has, you should also check the weight
limit. Many trainers have a weight limit of 200 or 250 pounds, although some trainers have a limit of up
to 400 pounds. If you buy the trainer online, be sure to check the customer reviews to see if those who
have bought the trainer previously consider it to be good value for the money.
Asia is the world’s largest continent and each country in this continent has its own unique culture.
Different countries eat different foods but many Asians have many points in common when it comes
to eating habits. Asians do not eat much red meat or junk food, enabling them to stay slim while their
Western counterparts battle with obesity. Asians also walk regularly in order to get from one place to
another. While walking may not seem as effective as weight training or working out, it is one of the best
ways to shed pounds. If you cannot walk outside as often as you would like, then buying an elliptical
trainer can help you to get the workout you need. Exercise, along with a good diet plan, can enable you
to not only shed pounds but also keep them off permanently.
About the Authors:
Joyce G. DR and Princss Galsim are elliptical trainers and fitness ambassadors from Norditrack.
NordicTrack has come to symbolize the means for serious athletes and fitness-buffs alike to “get ready
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