The Most International Ways To Lose Weight

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The CDC points out that adults in the US are, on average, 26 pounds heavier than they were in the 1950s. The solutions to our unhealthy lifestyles are out there — we just have to be willing to experiment with what works well in other parts of the world.

Ride off those extra pounds: When was the last time you rode your bike to work? Or maybe a better question to ask is, have you ever commuted to work on a bicycle? For many other countries, bicycle commuting is a regular part of their day-to-day lives. And no other country does this quite like the Netherlands.

Avoid ingredients other cultures have banned: While the United States has its fair share of health care legislation designed to keep us healthy, we’ve missed the mark in terms of laws designed to keep dangerous foods out of diets.

The foods and additives listed have been banned in hundreds of countries around the globe. Sure, US health agencies have developed some laws designed to protect public well-being, but there needs to be more emphasis on banning foods that are toxic and harmful to consume over time. We should follow the lead of European Union on this food issue.

Give your water a makeover: Aguas frescas is extremely popular in Mexico. These homemade flavored waters not only taste fresh and delicious, they are a natural way to promote staying hydrated. It’s much easier to get your daily two liters when the water is flavored with fruits and herbs such as cucumber, lemon and hibiscus.

Thankfully, people in the U.S. are already taking note of this healthy water trend and cutting out the sodas and sugary drinks. Sassy water, the United States equivalent, has proven to help flatten tummies and keep bodies properly hydrated.

Rethink your utensils: Kimiko Barber, author of the Chopsticks Diet, swears by the diet, saying, “In Japan, food is served in smaller portions and is designed to be eaten with chopsticks which slow you down, so you eat less.”

Studies have shown that eating with chopsticks can help you consume less food. If you can learn to master this skill, you’ll not only look like a professional the next time you go on a sushi date, you’ll lose pounds by slowing down.

Research other cultures’ superfoods: If you’ve never tried Ethiopian food before, do yourself a favor and search for Ethiopian places near you.  When you scout out and try Ethiopian food, you’ll open up your mind to a new way of eating and your tastebuds will experience a new form of savory bliss.

The staple of this type of African food is a thin, handmade bread called injera, which is made of the superfood flour known as teff. Vegetables, lentils and beans, rice and minimal amounts of meat are served on top of injera.