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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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          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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                      20 Spaghetti Squash Recipes For Anyone Who Is Looking For Delicious, Healthy Comfort Food

                      20 Spaghetti Squash Recipes For Anyone Who Is Looking For Delicious, Healthy Comfort Food

                      Spaghetti squash is similar to cucumber. It has a shell which is difficult to pierce and this hard flesh surrounds a hollow cavity filled with seeds. When you cook this vegetable, the squash flesh falls away from the inner cavity and only the reminiscent of spaghetti remains. You can get surprised and delighted to see how this vegetable transforms with cooking.

                      It can act as a great substitute to pasta. It tastes as delicious as the traditional pasta and is equally satisfying but healthier. It is gluten free and contains many nutrients like vitamin A, potassium and folic acid.

                      This incredible vegetable can be boiled, baked or steamed. And, a lot of recipes can be prepared with spaghetti squash as the chief ingredient. I’m sure the following recipes will make your mouth water.

                      Breakfast

                      1. Spiced Coconut Squash Breakfast Porridge

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                        This unconventional porridge, prepared for breakfast, is a perfect dish to start your day. The ingredients include spaghetti squash, organic coconut milk, ginger, coconut flour, maple syrup, cinnamon, sea salt and vanilla extract. It has a comforting and creamy texture and is best served with fresh fruit topping. (Click here for recipe)

                        2. Egg and Avocado Spaghetti Squash Boats

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                          If you’re looking for a light, healthy, gluten free, vegetarian breakfast then avocado spaghetti squash boats is the best option. Besides chopping the squash, breaking the egg and slicing the avocado, this recipe doesn’t require much effort in its preparation. It tastes amazing with egg yolk and salsa and has a rich decadent texture. (Click here for recipe)

                          3. Spaghetti Squash Frittata for One

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                            This frittata, if prepared perfectly, can be an excellent choice for a healthy meal. It is a combination of lots of spaghetti squash, a few white eggs, some red pepper for color and texture, few onions and garlic for flavor, and some fresh herbs for brightness. This dish is usually served large in size and tastes great with tomato sauce and bean balls. (Click here for recipe)

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                            4. Ingredient Spaghetti Squash Brunch

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                              It’s a fast and easy breakfast that contains a poached egg and feta on a pre-roasted pile of spaghetti squash bed. The yolk from the egg floods through the scraps of squash underneath. It almost tastes like an Italian pasta and the light crumble of feta adds more calcium and protein. (Click here for recipe)

                              5. Spaghetti Squash Hash Browns

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                                A very healthy take on hash browns in which spaghetti squash is used in place of potatoes and coconut oil in place of butter. This reduces stress, inflammation and starch, making it healthier than traditional hash browns. It helps lose water weight as well which is helpful for weight loss. The final product is fluffy on the inside but crispy on the outside. It is best served alongside some dippy eggs. (Click here for recipe and image source)

                                Lunch

                                6. Spaghetti Squash Chow Mein

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                                  Spaghetti squash can not only replace Italian pasta but it can also replace the Chinese noodles. They are a delicious, satisfying dish, prepared by stirring and frying spaghetti squash with a rainbow of other vegetables along with a sweet smelling mixture of fish sauce, rice vinegar and soy. They are gluten free and grease free which makes them healthier. (Click here for recipe)

                                  7. Parmesan Zucchini and Spaghetti Squash with Pine Nuts

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                                    This dish is a marvelous combination of garlic, spaghetti squash, parmesan, toasted pine and zucchini nuts. It’s super healthy, gluten free, full of vegetables and delicious. Tossed with olive oil, this dish meets all the dietary needs and is perfect for light lunch. You can also add some chicken to increase protein.  (Click here for recipe)

                                     8. Spaghetti Squash with Mushrooms Parmesan

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                                      Though spaghetti squash provides low calories, you can add meaty mushroom and a good amount of parmesan cheese to increase the amount of calories. It’s a healthy, full of flavor, vegetarian dish, and has cheap and easy ingredients which you can find in market. The final product is yummy and satisfying and can make your lunch, perfect.  (Click here for recipe)

                                       9. Spaghetti Squash with Vegan Fire-Roasted Tomato Cream Sauce

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                                        A pile of roasted squash is flavored with a sauce made from five ingredients. The vegan fire-roasted tomato cream sauce is made from the mixture of tomatoes, cashews, basil, salt and water. This spicy sauce makes it more delicious and some small amount of basil adds fresh green color and flavor. (Click here for recipe)

                                         10. Thai Peanut Spaghetti Squash

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                                          Most of the dishes listed here are either Mexican or Italian. This recipe however will give you a fresh Asian feeling. To prepare this, all you need are spaghetti squash and peanut sauce, then by adding some ginger, lime and vinegar you’ll get one of the most delicious recipes. The texture of this dish reminds you of heavenly beaches in Thailand. (Click here for the recipe)

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                                          11. Spaghetti Squash Comfort Bowl

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                                            This is the perfect kind of bowl that you want to have on a cold evening, sitting on a couch and watching TV. You’ll enjoy its lightly steamed veggies, allspice beans, and the strands of squash as well. It feels creamy but doesn’t seem too heavy. It’s a great dish with intense indulgence, with our best spaghetti squash, the warm beans, and the comforting steamed veggies. (Click here for the recipe)

                                            12. Spaghetti Squash Crust Pizza

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                                              As you already know, spaghetti squash is a great substitute for pasta, but this dish here shows how these chewy shreds can make a great stand-in for pizza. You can add anything like meat or veggies to the base which is bound with egg whites and flour. The end product is a great gluten free dish. (Click here for the recipe)

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                                              13. Spaghetti Squash Fried Rice

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                                                Spaghetti squash works as a good substitute to the cauliflower as the base of a fried rice. This recipe includes almost all of the usual ingredients of a fried rice. With green onions, eggs, peanut oil, and some garlic, this dish gives a unique texture that you can never find in your local restaurants. (Click here for the recipe)

                                                 14. Roasted Garlic Spaghetti Squash Lasagna Boats

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                                                  If you’re looking for something delicious for the winter evenings, you’ll get fond of these cheesy spaghetti squash boats. To lighten it up, it is filled with tomato sauce, cheese, chicken sausage, parmesan and ricotta. You can easily complete its arrangement ahead of time and bake it before dinner. (Click here for the recipe)

                                                  15. Chicken Enchilada Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

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                                                    This Mexican inspired dish has spaghetti squash as a serving bowl and inside it goes enchilada sauce, chicken, cheese, black beans and other veggies wrapped inside a corn tortilla blanket. You can also use spinach in place of the corn and black beans. Topped with sauce galore, this dish can be served as a family fun meal.  (Click here for the recipe)

                                                    Dessert

                                                    16. Sweet Spaghetti Squash Kugel with Apples and Raisins

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                                                      If you can afford spaghetti squash, coconut sugar, some eggs and few other ingredients, then this dish must be your cheapest choice. This noodle is a delight in all seasons. The addition of some apples and raisins results in its fruity freshness. (Click here for the recipe)

                                                      17. Spaghetti Squash Coconut Custard Pie

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                                                        With the fine sweetness from vanilla extract and coconut, this dessert can be a great hit among guests. The spaghetti squash drowns in an egg batter to make it lighter than a cream pie. You can play and experiment with the ingredients and see surprising results.  (Click here for the recipe)

                                                         18. Spaghetti Squash Cake With Cream Cheese Glaze

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                                                          This desert will be a delicious treat to those who are a fan of carrot cake. Spaghetti squash is a vegetable with pleasant taste, lending fiber, potassium and vitamins. So, if you drape it in cream cheese frosting, you will end with this mouth- watering cake. This dessert has so many health benefits and is also great for a Thanksgiving dinner. (Click here for the recipe)

                                                           19. Spaghetti Squash Kheer

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                                                            Kheer is a rice pudding made by boiling rice with cow milk and sugar. But this type of kheer replaces boiling rice with noodles swapped out of spaghetti squash and cow milk with coconut milk. By pouring some ghee, you can add necessary richness in it. It is healthier than traditional kheer and can act as a great dessert for your evenings. (Click here for the recipe)

                                                             20. Cinnamon Spice Spaghetti Squash Cake

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                                                              By now, you must be surprised by the versatility of spaghetti squash. But your best surprise will probably come after you finish preparing this cake. This cake is a game changer. You’ll have the taste of lots of veggies like cinnamon, allspice maple syrup and ginger, all inside a single cake.  It’s a perfect treat for picky eaters. (Click here for the recipe)

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