The Asian Diet follows the 4000-year old Chinese culture of maintaining a slim physique. Jason Bussell, the book’s author gets ideas from Asian cultures to finish the diet plan. However, the highlight of this program is not eating every Asian food available, but strictly following the 6 basic eating principles and patterns in Asian countries. These are:
- Incorporate a variety of different grains in your meal plan
- Cook vegetables instead of eating them raw
- Go for small, regular intakes of animal protein
- Say goodbye to dairy products
- Cleanse with green tea everyday
- Create a balanced lifestyle with a positive attitude
Food to Include in the Asian Diet
The Asian Diet believes that calories do not exactly add weight gain, as long as they come from natural resources. The following foods provide energy, while keeping your appetite satisfied as well as assisting with waste elimination.
- White rice
- Vegetables like broccoli, bok choy, mushrooms, zucchini, cauliflower, asparagus, onions and carrots
- Water chestnuts
- Beef, salmon, chicken
- Soy milk
- Sesame oil
- Almonds, walnuts and peanuts
- Green tea
Sample Meal Plan
The Asian Diet does not contain a meal plan, which is quite a downer since the package should include a thorough guide on how to eat like Asians. However, the program ensures that by zealously following the 6 principles enumerated above, a person won’t necessarily need a detailed guide to live a healthy and balanced life.
Exercise is great, but not necessary. The Asian Diet recommends maintaining a balanced lifestyle by getting enough rest or sleep, rather than being active all the time. The best form of exercise while doing the Asian Diet is Tai Chi, an internal Chinese martial art practice that reduces anxiety and stress.
- Maintains a balanced intake of varied healthy foods
- The diet plan includes an informative section that highlights the health effects of different foods
- Highlights the importance of being optimistic over balanced health
- Focuses on the high consumption of leafy greens
- No meal plan
- Features only a couple of recipes
- Not appealing to vegetarians
- Discourages intake of fruit and fresh salads, yet recommends consumption of white rice
- Some facts presented by the author are questionable
The Asian Diet is all about moderation and balance to maintain a healthy lifestyle. It has positive effects on wellbeing and body weight, provided that you consume the proper portions of the right foods.