Today, the CM Journal is going to share 11 outstanding diet tips from around the Globe that will teach you the basics of healthy eating and might help you lose extra pounds.
1. The Copenhagen Diet
Denmark is known for their dieting plan called the Copenhagen Diet. This diet does not allow you to eat sugar, alcohol, or grains.
You are allowed to have coffee, eggs, spinach, lettuce, and lean beef. All foods that are high in fat must be eliminated.
Many people say this diet is extremely frustrating, and the results are not consistent, but some have taken it on as part of their daily life.
When starting the Copenhagen Diet, you are going to notice a dramatic decrease in weight thanks to the lower amounts of fats and carbohydrates being consumed. You will also be saying goodbye to fruit, potatoes, and pasta.
Many people report losing as much as 26 pounds within a matter of 13 days.
Some call this the Royal Danish Diet, although there is no evidence of Danish origins. For centuries, the Danes have eaten large portions of meat in order to survive the severe weather conditions of their country.
The cold, wet climate of Denmark requires a lot of nutritionally valuable foods containing many vitamins, minerals, and proteins.
Tip #1 from Denmark: Avoid as much sugar, alcohol, and grains as possible.
2. Canada is More Than Bacon and Syrup
When many people think of Canada, they imagine a bunch of people sitting around snacking on delicious bacon and maple syrup, but there is so much more to the country than that. Some of their most popular snacks are the Nanaimo bars and butter tarts. Depending on the area of Canada you visit, you will find influences from both England and France.
During the spring, Eastern Canadians visit wooded areas in order to harvest fiddleheads. These are the sprouts of woodland ferns and are picked before they can fully develop and are only available for a few weeks during the beginning of spring.
Canadians enjoy three meals a day. Their breakfast typically consists of cold cereals and pastries. Around noon, they generally will have a sandwich or some soup. For dinner, seafood is a big part of the meal, as are gravy and potatoes.
Fish and Brewis is a popular meal that is able to be stored throughout the cold winter months of the year.
By the way, in 2016, circa 30% of Canadians are considered overweight or obese.
Tip #2 from Canada: Don’t consume syrup or any other sugar too much. Better restrict at all.
3. Japan Loves Bananas
A few years ago, bananas began flying off the shelves because a pharmacist in Osaka by the name of Sumiko Watanabe claimed to have designed a diet in order to help her overweight spouse lose 40 pounds simply by eating a banana and a glass of water for breakfast each morning.
While this is just one diet that many people took part in, the Japanese diet commonly consists of the restriction of unhealthy foods and focuses on high protein and fatty acids. Japanese people tend to eat a lot of olive oil, lemon, romaine lettuce, carrots, tomatoes, fish, and chicken.
If you want to eat as they do in Japan, focus your meals on fish, vegetables, and fruit and greatly reduce portion sizes. The Japanese are known for their mindful and slow eating practices that allow the body to fully digest and recognize when it is full.
Tip #3 from Japan: Add more healthy oils and fats (fish, olive oil, flex seed oil) instead of fast carbs (pizza, pasta, wheat bread). Reduce your portion size and chew slower.
4. India Promotes Selective Eating
India is known for its low rate of adult obesity, which is due to the fact that they experience high levels of poverty.
The people of India understand that it’s important to pick the right calories and find a healthy daily balance of nutrients. They choose a 1,200 calorie diet with only the best foods available to them.
Many of India’s foods date all the way back 5,000 years. The Indus Valley people hunted turtles and alligators and ate many wild grains, herbs, and plants. Many of the foods from the Indus period (c. 3000-1500 B.C.) are still present today, which include wheat, barley, rice, eggplant, and cucumber.
The people of India have long cooked with oils, ginger, green peppers, and turmeric root. The Mughals began to view food as an art, and this is why some dishes will offer as many as 25 spices.
What Indians eat not only varies by region but also by religion. For example, Northern Indians eat a lot of flatbreads (Naan), while Southern India has a lot of focus on rice dishes. Their culture is very good at taking low-cost foods and turning them into beautiful, healthy meals.
Tip #4 from India: Add some spices. Control calorie intake. Learn how to fast. Go to India and live there.
5. Thailand Indulges in Spice
The people of Thailand eat a lot of spicy foods, and this naturally makes them eat slower. When you eat too fast, your body isn’t able to tell your brain that you are full quickly enough, and you end up eating much more than your body actually needs.
The Thai people migrated to their current homeland from Southern China around 2,000 years ago.
They brought some of the spicy cooking from their native Yunan province, as well as rice.
Thailand has long been influenced by China, which can be seen in their use of noodles, dumplings, and soy sauce.
Similar to the Chinese, they base their meals on five flavors: salty, sweet, sour, bitter, and hot. Cumin, cardamom, and coriander came from inspiration from India.
Tip #5 from Thailand: Eat slower. Spice up (cumin and cardamon are good for you). Don’t be afraid of experimenting with salty-sweet, sour, bitter, and hot flavors.
6. France Pretends to Eat
Many of the people in France have been known to take part in what is known as the air diet. In this diet, you actually pretend that you are eating in order to trick your body into thinking it is full.
France is able to indulge in some of the most delicious treats in the world, thanks to their self-control when it comes to their portions. They also eat yogurt a few times a day, which helps them to avoid craving other types of foods that may offer more calories and unnecessary sugars.
Thanks to the fertile soil of France, the country has access to fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs, grains, and meat throughout the entire year. The soil is great for growing grapes, which is why you will find that some of the finest wines come from France. In France, the way a person eats will reflect their heritage, region where they were born, social status, and health.
During the reign of Louis XIV during the 1600s-1700s, the upper-class people would hold twelve-hour feasts with as many as ten dishes being served.
This is where the presentation became just as important as the quality of the food. Foods such as the kumquat fruit and yellow saffron were brought from Africa and Asia and were incorporated into the French diet.
Tip #6 from France: Make your diet as colorful as possible (fruits, vegetables, herbs are to help you). Stay away from sugar. Yogurt is great for your stomach. A glass of wine (5 oz) during a meal is good for your heart. Sometimes it’s better to pretend that you eat (fasting). Self-restriction is the king.
7. Indonesia Holds Off On Eating
The Islamic religion is known for its partaking in fasting. This is where people will not eat for extended periods of time.
Health experts may not encourage this type of diet, but many say it has helped them to stop eating out of boredom or for sheer pleasure. Some people choose to half-fast, which means you simply eat half as much as you would have, which many feel is less harmful to your shape.
Much of the cuisine of the country was actually developed as a result of immigrants who were seeking spices such as coriander, which offers a faint orange flavor, cumin, and ginger.
These spices were not only valuable due to their flavor but also for their ability to disguise foods that had spoiled, to freshen breath naturally, and to assist with a variety of health problems.
Tip #7 from Indonesia: Eat half as much as you would have. Spice up your food with coriander.
8. Kangatarianism in Australia
Australians are known for their love of kangaroo meat. Kangaroos are very high in protein and low in fat, which makes them the perfect meat for a healthy lifestyle.
Serving up some kangaroo does not emit any greenhouse gas, does not require any additional resources, and kangaroos are much less damaging to the environment in comparison to cattle.
The Australian diet has been influenced by people all around the world. During times of crop failure, such as in 1788, when settlers who were not very experienced attempted to take on the jobs of farmers, they depended heavily upon foods from England, which included tea, flour, beef, and oatmeal in order to survive.
During the Potato Famine of the 1840s, many Irish people fled to the country, bringing foods such as Irish stew, which led to much gentler brewing of mutton and kangaroo meat instead of boiling. And, of course, during World War II, many Europeans and Asians came over in very large numbers, again expanding the cuisine with foods such as lamingtons.
Tip #8 from Australia: Try some kangaroo meat.
9. The Muesli Breakfast
A popular breakfast dish in Switzerland is known as the muesli. This meal is used to help maintain a healthy diet and contains a wonderful balance of nutrients. Due to the dish being so hearty, it leaves people feeling full much longer and helps to avoid those cravings for high-calorie snacks throughout the day.
The breakfast is said to have risen to fame after it was mentioned by Swiss nutritionist Dr. Bircher-Benner. The porridge-like dish is made up of freshly grated apple with oats and wheat grains. It is soaked in milk and topped with chopped nuts.
Tip #9 from Switzerland: Try muesli for your breakfast.
10. Sri Lanka: Home of Cinnamon and Spice
We can thank Sri Lanka for everything cinnamon. The people of this beautiful destination use this amazing spice in order to lose and maintain weight. Cinnamon can be added to foods, drinks, and can often take the place of sugar. Along with its natural weight loss characteristic is its fantastic healing properties.
Sri Lanka is known for its spicy culinary dishes, which vary significantly from one region to the next. Across the board, rice is a huge part of their diet, either being boiled or steamed and served with a variety of different curries.
While they have fast food readily available, the country as a whole chooses to prepare their meals at home and eats traditional dishes every single day. Fish and seafood are a large part of the country’s diet, as well as fruits and vegetables that are found directly on the island.
Tip #10 from Sri Lanka: Cinnamon can be a great substitute to sugar.
11. The Caveman Diet of Sweden
The people of Sweden know how to stick to their roots. Most of them take part in what is known as the Caveman Diet.
It is basically eating as we did before the food industry, and processed foods came to be.
You live on meats, raw veggies, roots, fruits, and nuts. There is controversy over whether or not this diet is sustainable, but we can all agree that the removal of things such as processed sugars and refined grains is beneficial to all.
The Swedish are known for using superfoods in their everyday diets. One of their most known foods is called Knäckebröd. This crispbread is made of rye flour in most instances and is full of lots of dietary fiber and very little fat.
In most instances, bread is created with four simple ingredients: rye flour, yeast, salt, and water. Swedes also eat a lot of black currants, which are better for the body than blueberries, containing more than 18 times the amount of vitamin C, 9 times the amount of calcium, and 4 times the amount of magnesium, vitamin A, potassium, and iron.
Final Tip from Sweden: Stick to your roots. Remove processed grains and refined sugars. Try black currants.
Turn Up the Heat
I like to provide readers with a bonus tip that comes from my own personal experience only.
When in hot weather, I find it difficult to eat, and when I do eat, I cannot eat as much.
I also noticed that in the winter, I tend to eat a lot more food, snack more often, and want to make something warm, often turning to calorie-rich drinks like hot chocolate, which can derail dieting goals.
By simply keeping yourself and your environment warmer, you may reduce the amount you eat. Make sure that it’s toasty warm sometimes to promote sweating, and you can actually cook the fat out of you.
This is one of the reasons saunas and steam rooms are so popular. If you like spicy foods, then add that into the mix, and you are bound to sweat out a lot of your toxins.