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Top 10 Reasons Japanese Women Stay Slim and Don’t Look Old

Here we will discuss Ancient Japanese secrets to stay slim and younger-looking! If you ever visit Japan or meet Japanese people you will definitely notice one thing that Japanese women look and young a stay slim. So what is it the reason behind Japanese women’s health and beauty? It is definitely the cuisine and lifestyle.

In fact, the highest number of people who live above a hundred are in Japan. Here are the top 10 reasons Japanese women stay slim and don’t look old.

Top 10 Reasons Japanese Women Stay Slim and Don’t Look Old:

1. Consumption of Green Tea:

One of the most admired drinks of Japan in Green Tea. This green tea is prepared with good quality tea leaves. These leaves are dried and then powdered. This powder is called Matcha.

This powdered is mixed with water to prepare green tea. Preparing this tea is a cultural activity in Japan and it is a kind of ceremony that is performed in their social gathering.

Green tea is loaded with health benefits. It is rich in antioxidants which protect our bodies from the harm done by free radicals. Free radicals attack healthy cells of our body and also make our immune system weak. Antioxidants are good for the skin and facilitate weight loss.

A study from JAMA published in 2006 found that adults from Japan who consumed higher amounts of green tea than they usually do managed to decrease their risk of death.

Japanese people who took 5 cups of green tea every day decreased their mortality rates by 26%. Thus green tea offers various health benefits that lead to healthier life.

2. Consumption of Fermented food:

Japanese diet is full of fermented food like they have foods like kefir, kombucha, sauerkraut, miso, tempeh and kimchi.

The process of Lacto fermentation is an association with fomented food. In this process, friendly bacteria break down the sugar and starch of the food into lactic acid.

Along with this fermentation process produces enzymes, B vitamins, omega-3 fatty acids as well as various strains of Probiotic.

This process makes food easily digestible and also preserves all the nutrition in the food. As the food gets properly digested it does not accumulate in our body in the form of fats and thus prevents weight gain. In addition to this fermentation process helps in removing harmful toxins from our body.

3. Preference of seafood:

Japanese people eat a lot of seafood and prefer it over red meat. Red meat leads to various cardio vascular and inflammatory diseases.

The most common form of food taken by Japanese includes rice and noodles with wide variety of Seafood. As Japan is surrounded by sea variety of fishes are readily available to them.

Therefore fishes like tuna, salmon, mackerel, and shrimp are a very popular part of Japanese cuisine.

As fish is loaded with high-quality proteins it extremely good for our health. It is good for brain development, keeps heart and other organs in our body healthy.

It is loaded with omega-3 fatty acids which are efficient in reducing body fat, particularly abdominal fat.

Omega-3 fatty acids is also good for skin and help in prevention of skin-related issues like dermatitis, psoriasis, acne vulgaris, non-melanoma skin cancer and melanoma.

4. Eating Smaller Portions:

Serving food in small portions is a part of Japanese culture. Food, when served in small portions, make you eat less thus prevents you from gaining extra weight.

Additionally, food in Japan is served in smaller plates. This makes the food looks larger. Another aspect of Japanese food culture is that manner in which food is being served should showcase the natural beauty of food.

5. Walking is a Ritual:

Japanese people walk a lot. Be it men or women walking in Japan is a part of daily routine. Japanese people do not park their vehicles in their door step they leave the vehicle away from their home and walk the rest of the distance towards home. Walking is a good form of exercise that makes you fit and slim.

Walking also reduces stress thus increases the happiness level that leads to longetivity. In Japan school children as well walk to school.

6. Do not Eat in Hurry and Mix Eating with other Activities:

Japanese culture gives a lot of importance to their meal. They do not mix their eating with anything like, working walking or watching television.

They consider eating meal as sacred and in the process of eating you energize your body. Eating while you are walking is considered at bad gesture and goes against Japanese good etiquette habits.

They keep the eating area clean and eat slowly. According to Japanese people eating slowly gives more time for your stomach to digest food. Japanese uses chopstick as a part of cutlery which helps in taking small bites and also controls the speed of eating food.

Eating slow is good for the stomach as the stomach gets sufficient time to send the signal to your brain that it is full. If you eat fast by the time your stomach gives a signal to your brain you have already eaten more portion.

7. Healthy Cooking Methods:

In Japan people not only eat healthy food but also use healthy cooking methods. They usually simmer, grill or eat their food raw.

This way all the good ingredients of the food and it natural taste is preserved and excess of oil in the food is also avoided.

Japanese cuisine rarely has deep fried food one of the exceptions is tempura which is seafood that is battered and fried. However this is added to other dishes to balance the meal.

8. Practicing Martial Arts:

Martial arts are Japan is extremely popular and is practiced by both men and women. These martial arts come in various forms like judo, aikido karate etc.

These exercises require higher level of energy and help to maintain agility and health. Martial arts help in making the muscle more flexible, strengthen muscle and also improve their cardiovascular fitness and endurance.

As muscles mass increases the fat mass goes down thus it helps in maintaining healthy weight and also the pace of ageing also slows.

Martial art also increases the fitness level. Even women who are in the period before their menopause, as well as overweight women, can make use of martial arts to improve their fitness level and weight loss.

9. Hot Spring Baths:

Japan has many active volcanoes in their country. Therefore they have hot springs in abundance. They called this hot spring ‘onsen’. According to Japanese taking a hot spring bath prolongs life. Hot spring baths are loaded with healing power.

Not only they soothe the body with their warms but they are full of minerals like calcium, niacin, silica and magnesium in its natural form. Skin absorbs these minerals while taking bath in “onsen” and increases hydrostatic pressure.

Thus the blood circulation in the body is increased which supplies more oxygen to your body organs and keep them healthy. Additionally taking hot spring bath reduces stress, improves your sleep and overall health.

Japanese women take these spring bath atleast two times in a month this is one of the reason why they look good and remain fit.

10. Healthy Desserts:

Eating sweets and desserts are not part of Japanese cuisine .Japanese women do not indulge in eating sweets and that is why they do not gain weight and remain slim.

Japanese give preference to fresh fruits after they finish their meal. Sweets in Japan do not have a lot of caramel, refined flour or artificial colours. Their sweet dishes are made out of fresh fruits, buckwheat flour and sweet potatoes.

Even if they eat sweet dishes made in a western-style they take it in small portions. Less sweet means fewer calories thus this leads to no weight gain.


As obvious from above discussion the culture of Japan values the importance of food. They give importance to food and having meal is considered sacred activity in their culture. They eat slowly, eat healthy and cook healthy.

Japanese also exercise regularly and their consumption of sugar too is low. This clearly suggests that eating healthy food in moderation couples with good exercise regime is the secret behind good and young looks and longer life too.

Dr Maria

MD. Board Certified physician. Fellowship In Family Medicine UK. 8 years of medical experience in Lifestyle-related health disorders. Graduated from AIIMS – All India Institute Of Medical Science, INDIA

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