Sushi diet? Well certainly! If you already like sushi, and you can afford to dine out often, then you have a great restaurant option at your disposal that will help you lose some weight.
At it's basic form, sushi takes advantage of the "raw food diet", though still using cooked rice, giving you the full nutrient benefit of eating fish and vegetables.
And most sushi is very low in fat, and very low in sugar. But like with all foods, moderation is the key.
Here are some tips to maximize your sushi diet experience...
- Avoid all sushi that incorporates mayonnaise. Mayonnaise is used in certain sushi rolls to create a creamy filling. California rolls are typical.
- Avoid any sushi that uses cream cheese.
- Avoid any sushi that uses a creamy sauce or condiment.
- Avoid sushi containing any kind of sweetened ingredient, such as teriyaki sauce, or sweet bean paste (azuki).
- Avoid deep fried sushi, or tempura sushi.
- Focus on eating sushi with raw tuna or salmon. These fish are highest in omega-3 fatty acids. Better yet, order tuna or salmon sashimi, these are slices of raw fish without the rice.
- Focus on sushi containing only raw ingredients: raw fish, and raw vegetables. Pickled ingredients are fine, such as pickled eggplant, or pickled radish.
- Drink green tea with your sushi. Take a drink after eating each piece. Green tea raises your metabolism.
- Order nigiri style sushi. This is simply a slice of fish, shrimp, or other seafood, laid on top of a wad of rice. This allows you to avoid eating the rice, or control how much rice you want to eat.
- Order more tsukemono. This is just japanese style pickles, usually in the form of sliced cucumber. Eat a few slices after each piece of sushi. It'll help fill you up, it'll slow down your eating pace, and won't cost you anything extra.
- Soy sauce and wasabi are excellent condiments for the sushi diet.
- Always sit at the sushi bar. This allows you to talk to the sushi chef. Let him know that you want sushi without mayonnaise, without any kind of cream sauce, and without any sweet ingredients. Most sushi chefs have a wide variety of sushi recipes, beyond that which you can see on the menu, and are always happy to improvise something healthy.