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12 Tips To Lose Weight Faster With The Real Chinese Diet

12 Tips To Lose Weight Faster With The Real Chinese Diet

Many people have often associated the Chinese with good food. This common perception is well founded based on the Chinese population’s love of a sumptuous meal. In contrast to western cultures, the Chinese are only concerned with one aspect of their food; the taste. As long as the food tastes good, it deserves its place on the dining table. They are not remotely concerned with other factors such as calorie intake and fat content. Surprisingly though, as much as the Chinese love their food, they don’t seem to be gaining excess weight. To help you understand the secrets of this phenomenon, highlighted below are 12 essential tips that the Chinese rely upon to lose weight.

1. Rice and noodles

Chinese people love their rice and noodles. They are not overly concerned with the calories and carbohydrates in them. However, their weight is not affected by it either. Why change a tradition when it is defying the odds?

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    2. Eat as a family

    Chinese restaurants are famous for their family styled serving. Instead of eating individual meals, try ordering dishes to be shared around the table. The unwritten rule is to have three separate dishes, one main dish, and two sides to accompany it. The only thing in front of you should be rice or noodles. By sharing dishes, you are consuming less, and it acts as a diet control mechanism.

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      3. Smaller bowls, smaller portions

      Chinese cutleries are known for their small sizes. Consuming meals in these bowls or plates can help to achieve weight loss as you are only presented with a couple of scoops of rice and small servings of dishes that you can squeeze into the bowl.

      You can help yourself to a second serving, but naturally, you will consciously refill smaller portions each time. In the long run, you would actually consume less than if you were to eat individual meals.

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        4. 3 meals a day

        This practice is drilled into the Chinese from young. In addition to eating together, their meal times are prefixed and split into breakfast, lunch and dinner. They strongly believe that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and strongly advise against skipping it. While it might be impossible to consume each meal together as a family, having a fixed meal schedule helps the body to regulate its energy levels which will aid in weight loss and healthy lifestyle.

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        3 meals a day

          5. Vegetables take center stage

          Most of the time, a Chinese meal revolves around vegetables as the main dish. This tradition is probably the most effective towards weight loss as vegetables are packed with nutrients and contain fewer calories. As western dishes mostly rely on vegetables for aesthetic purposes, their benefits are neglected.

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            6. Balance wet and dry dishes

            Chinese culture believes that it is essential to strike the perfect balance in everything, and this principle is heavily applied in their meals. For every moist dish, there must be a dry dish to provide balance. For every source of protein, a counter source of carbohydrates must be present. The Chinese firmly believe that achieving equilibrium in each meal helps to maintain good energy flow and prevents weight gain.

            7. Introduce soup

            Another dish to consider is soups. Most Chinese soups contain herbal ingredients that help to enhance body functions and improve health conditions. Alternatively, the Chinese also consume porridges regularly as it is essentially rice mixed with water, combining two benefits into one dish.

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              8. Steamed dishes

              A trademark of Chinese culinary is their preference for steamed dishes over other methods of cooking. Not only do they steam vegetables, but they are also known to steam meat and eggs. Steaming helps to retain the vital nutrients and minerals in the dish. In addition, it does not require the use of oil and other seasonings.

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                9. Green Tea

                The Chinese have been obsessed with green tea for many years. They firmly believe in its ability to cleanse the body of any toxins due to the high antioxidant content in each drink. Additionally, drinking a cup of green tea after each meal helps to eliminate the craving for other unhealthy alternatives such as soft drinks.

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                  10. Super Juices

                  One of the trends that originated from the Chinese is the reliance on super juices for weight loss. These super juices are concocted to act as a detox agent and cleanse the body of any toxins. By eradicating the harmful elements in the body, it helps to promote better functions of the internal systems that can effectively aid in achieving weight loss targets.

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                    11. Eat the leftovers

                    The Chinese are well known for being frugal and are strongly against wasting good food. For example, any leftover rice can be stored and used the following day to cook up a sumptuous meal of fried rice. As most of the dishes are prepared without the use of oils or grease, they can also be stored easily and heated up later for consumption. This practice of “recycling” food is a good way to ensure that no healthy food is wasted, and the body gets to experience the full range of its benefits.

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                      12. Lay off the snacks

                      The 3 meals a day rule is a strict principle in each Chinese household. They do not advocate the practice of eating snacks at odds hours. They treat the body as a sacred temple and offerings in the shape of meals should only be given at periodic times. This helps the body to function in a uniform manner and provide enhanced energy levels for daily activities.

                      In conclusion, the Chinese culture of preparing and consuming each meal is drastically different from the Western population. They firmly believe in the practice of eating standard meals together in a family setting and sharing their dishes with each other. Most of their dishes are prepared through the healthier way of steaming without the use of oils. In this way, the fundamental nutrients and vitamins are retained and absorbed by the body. Through these factors, the Chinese are able to indulge in delicious meals without the fear of gaining excessive weight.

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                      Last Updated on September 28, 2020

                      The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

                      The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

                      At the start of the year, if you had asked anyone if they could do their work from home, many would have said no. They would have cited the need for team meetings, a place to be able to sit down and get on with their work, the camaraderie of the office, and being able to meet customers and clients face to face.

                      Almost ten months later, most of us have learned that we can do our work from home and in many ways, we have discovered working from home is a lot better than doing our work in a busy, bustling office environment where we are inundated with distractions and noise.

                      One of the things the 2020 pandemic has reminded us is we humans are incredibly adaptable. It is one of the strengths of our kind. Yet we have been unknowingly practicing this for years. When we move house we go through enormous upheaval.

                      When we change jobs, we not only change our work environment but we also change the surrounding people. Humans are adaptable and this adaptability gives us strength.

                      So, what are the pros and cons of working from home? Below I will share some things I have discovered since I made the change to being predominantly a person who works from home.

                      Pro #1: A More Relaxed Start to the Day

                      This one I love. When I had to be at a place of work in the past, I would always set my alarm to give me just enough time to make coffee, take a shower, and change. Mornings always felt like a rush.

                      Now, I can wake up a little later, make coffee and instead of rushing to get out of the door at a specific time, I can spend ten minutes writing in my journal, reviewing my plan for the day, and start the day in a more relaxed frame of mind.

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                      When you start the day in a relaxed state, you begin more positively. You find you have more clarity and more focus and you are not wasting energy worrying about whether you will be late.

                      Pro #2: More Quiet, Focused Time = Increased Productivity

                      One of the biggest difficulties of working in an office is the noise and distractions. If a colleague or boss can see you sat at your desk, you are more approachable. It is easier for them to ask you questions or engage you in meaningless conversations.

                      Working from home allows you to shut the door and get on with an hour or two of quiet focused work. If you close down your Slack and Email, you avoid the risk of being disturbed and it is amazing how much work you can get done.

                      An experiment conducted in 2012 found that working from home increased a person’s productivity by 13%, and more recent studies also find significant increases in productivity.[1]

                      When our productivity increases, the amount of time we need to perform our work decreases, and this means we can spend more time on activities that can bring us closer to our family and friends as well as improve our mental health.

                      Pro #3: More Control Over Your Day

                      Without bosses and colleagues watching over us all day, we have a lot more control over what we do. While some work will inevitably be more urgent than others, we still get a lot more choice about what we work on.

                      We also get more control over where we work. I remember when working in an office, we were given a fixed workstation. Some of these workstations were pleasant with a lot of natural sunlight, but other areas were less pleasant. It was often the luck of the draw whether we find ourselves in a good place to work or not.

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                      By working from home we can choose what work to work on and whether we want to face a window or not. We can get up and move to another place, and we can move from room to room. And if you have a garden, on nice days you could spend a few hours working outside.

                      Pro #4: You Get to Choose Your Office Environment

                      While many companies will provide you with a laptop or other equipment to do your work, others will give you an allowance to purchase your equipment. But with furniture such as your chair and desk, you have a lot of freedom.

                      I have seen a lot of amazing home working spaces with wonderful sets up—better chairs, laptop stands that make working from a laptop much more ergonomic and therefore, better for your neck.

                      You can also choose your wall art and the little nick-nacks on your desk or table. With all this freedom, you can create a very personal and excellent working environment that is a pleasure to work in. When you are happy doing your work, you will inevitably do better work.

                      Con #1: We Move a Lot Less

                      When we commute to a place of work, there is movement involved. Many people commute using public transport, which means walking to the bus stop or train station. Then, there is the movement at lunchtime when we go out to buy our lunch. Working in a place of work requires us to move more.

                      Unfortunately, working from home naturally causes us to move less and this means we are not burning as many calories as we need to.

                      Moving is essential to our health and if you are working from home you need to become much more aware of your movement. To ensure you are moving enough, make sure you take your lunch breaks. Get up from your desk and move. Go outside, if you can, and take a walk. And, of course, refrain from regular trips to the refrigerator.

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                      Con #2: Less Human Interaction

                      One of the nicest things about bringing a group of people together to work is the camaraderie and relationships that are built over time. Working from home takes us away from that human interaction and for many, this can cause a feeling of loss.

                      Humans are a social species—we need to be with other people. Without that connection, we start to feel lonely and that can lead to mental health issues.

                      Zoom and Microsoft Teams meeting cannot replace that interaction. Often, the interactions we get at our workplaces are spontaneous. But with video calls, there is nothing spontaneous—most of these calls are prearranged and that’s not spontaneous.

                      This lack of spontaneous interaction can also reduce a team’s ability to develop creative solutions—there’s just something about a group of incredibly creative people coming together in a room to thrash out ideas together that lends itself to creativity.

                      While video calls can be useful, they don’t match the connection between a group of people working on a solution together.

                      Con #3: The Cost of Buying Home Office Equipment

                      Not all companies are going to provide you with a nice allowance to buy expensive home office equipment. 100% remote companies such as Doist (the creators of Todoist and Twist) provide a $2,000 allowance to all their staff every two years to buy office equipment. Others are not so generous.

                      This can prove to be expensive for many people to create their ideal work-from-home workspace. Many people must make do with what they already have, and that could mean unsuitable chairs that damage backs and necks.

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                      For a future that will likely involve more flexible working arrangements, companies will need to support their staff in ways that will add additional costs to an already reduced bottom line.

                      Con #4: Unique Distractions

                      Not all people have the benefit of being able to afford childcare for young children, and this means they need to balance working and taking care of their kids.

                      For many parents, being able to go to a workplace gives them time away from the noise and demands of a young family, so they could get on with their work. Working from home removes this and can make doing video calls almost impossible.

                      To overcome this, where possible, you need to set some boundaries. I know this is not always possible, but it is something you need to try. You should do whatever you can to make sure you have some boundaries between your work life and home life.

                      Final Thoughts

                      Working from home can be hugely beneficial for many people, but it can also bring serious challenges to others.

                      We are moving towards a new way of working. Therefore, companies need to look at both the pros and cons of working from home and be prepared to support their staff in making this transition. It will not be impossible, but a lot of thought will need to go into it.

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