Here's a quick primer in how other cultures stay thin. This comes from the book30 Secrets of the World's Healthiest Cuisines bySteven Jonas and Sandra Gordon:

  • In SCANDINAVIAN COUNTRIES - people don't snack. That protects them from high-fat, empty-calorie foods.
  • In ASIA - meat is used as a spice. Vegetables are the main ingredient in most dishes with a small amount of meat added for flavor. And don't be afraid of carbs. Veggie-rich meals served with steamed rice or brown rice will slim you down.
  • People in MEDITERRANEAN COUNTRIES eat whole foods. Using olive oil is great, but eating olives is better. Grapes are a favorite dessert in Greece and France. By eating whole foods, you'll get more nutrition and feel fuller faster.
  • And one last weight loss tip is from AFRICA - Add more nuts to your diet. We think of nuts as diet 'no-nos' - but in many countries, they make up the bulk of a meal. African countries that use nuts as a staple have the lowest cancer rates in the world.
    Want to learn more? Check out 30 Secrets of the World's Healthiest Cuisines by Steven Jonas and Sandra Gordon.