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Chinese Girl Shares Chinese Weight Loss Secrets

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Ever wonder why Chinese people generally weigh less? Until 25 years ago, before the advent of fast-food in China, Chinese people have the lowest obesity rate. What is their secret to maintaining a trim waistline given their great obsession with food? If you look at their way of life, it revolves around food. Their common traditional greeting, “Have you eaten?” (Ni chi bao le ma?) and the number of people in the family is defined by the number of mouths to feed (kuo-mouths) show the emphasis on food. They even qualify the ability to eat as a blessing.

I was brought up on Chinese food (my grandparents were from China) and have always maintained a size 0 despite eating 5 meals (3 main meals, 2 snacks in between) a day. I analyze the way Chinese people eat and their whole approach to food and come up with some observations as to why they generally weigh a whole lot less. I have also incorporate some tips from Chinese food expert, Lorraire Clissford, author of the book, Why the Chinese Don’t Count Calories.

Forget Calories

To the ruler, people are heaven; to the people, food is heaven ~ ancient Chinese proverb.

A gourmet who thinks of calories is like a tart who looks at her watch ~ James A. Beard (I know he’s not Chinese but who can resist such wisdom?)

Calories? What calories? Chinese people don’t have a word for “calories.” Surprising? Not really, they don’t map out their meals in terms of how many fat calories—in fact a 1990 survey found that Chinese people actually consumed 30 percent more calories than Americans, and they are not necessarily more active. If you do the Math, that spells disaster with the “FAT” word. So, where did the Math go wrong by all reasoning? Chinese people view food as nourishment and enjoyment, they tend to eat a more balanced meal—a little meat, some vegetables and always, rice or noodles. And that’s the way to go when eating. Western nutrition expert, Patrick Holford has this to say, “The latest research into weight loss shows that calorie-controlled, low-fat diets are less effective than low glycemic load diets, which is exactly what a traditional Chinese diet is.”

Verdict: Eat a well-rounded meal with the 3 main groups of foods—some carbs, some proteins and lots  of  vitamins and minerals (i.e. vegetables and fruits). Avoid waist-enhancing sugary, nutrient-deficient foods.

Portion Proposition

The way you cut your meat reflects the way you live ~ Confucius

If you eat at a Chinese restaurant, the chances are that they don’t serve huge chunks of protein. They cut their meat up into bite-sizes and they like to toss them with other ingredients such as vegetables or an assortment of spices. Vegetables, as you know, are low in fat calories and high in vitamins and minerals. Spices offer huge favor benefits (some even burn fat like chili pepper, ginger, garlic) without unnecessary calories. If you put all the tiny pieces of meat together—they don’t add to much meat intake. Again, using your Math skill, less meat consumed makes for good dieting, even without you knowing it.

Verdict: Instead of eating huge slabs of steak or preparing hunks of meat, opt for the leaner version—slice them up and you’ll be surprised how little meat you need for a dish. Cost effective and very good for the waistline.

A Toast to Tea

Better to be deprived of food for three days, than tea for one ~ Ancient Chinese proverb.

Chinese’s love affair with tea is a well-known secret and they’re not bashful about it. Since the chance discovery of tea by Emperor Shen Nung back in 2700 B.C. when some leaves fell into his cup of hot water, tea is almost always serve with food. Growing up, the pot of tea was always near, in the kitchen, and instead of soda or juice with a meal, hot tea is often the beverage of choice (actually the only choice with the exception of water in my house).

So, what’s so good about drinking tea? A whole slew of researches have shown health benefits of tea—it eliminates toxin, aids digestion (that’s why it is often consumed at meal times), fights damaging free radicals (because of its potent supply of catechins—powerful antioxidants) and reduces risks of cancer and cardiovascular diseases. Tea, especially green tea is a fat burner and it can also freshens breath (another fringe benefit). A recent study in Geneva showed that tea’s catechins and its naturally occurring caffeine help to reduce weight. The study shows that both catechins and caffeine increase metabolic rate and rev up the body’s ability to burn fat.

Verdict: X-out soda and juices or fancy drinks to go with your meal. Elect to drink tea (black, green, white or red) for that extra fat-burning boost.


He that takes medicine and neglects diet, wastes the skills of the physician ~ Chinese proverb.

Chinese people love soups—in the morning, noon and night. Not the creamy, heavy version of most western diet but light, liquid based soup with an assortment of vegetables, meat and often, herbs. For instance, they use goji berries, dates, ginseng, galangal, lemon grass and ginger—among others, to flavor their soups. They generally don’t add up to many calories, since water has zero calories and they fill you up to induce a feeling of satiety. Chinese herbs used when preparing soups have various health benefits—from improving immune system, detoxifying toxins to maintaining good eye-sight (see goji berries health benefits).

Another western nutrition expert, Ian Marber says, “I’m a great believer in soups before food. Miso soup, for instance, or anything fermented—these are probiotics, which help release nutrients from the food you are about to eat.”

Verdict: Enjoy soups with your meal. Make it light, make it healthful to enrich health without taking a whole bunch of supplements to make up for nutritional lack.

This is the traditional symbol for the opposing, yet complimentary forces of yin and yang, sometimes described as 2 fishes swimming head to tail.

This is the traditional symbol for the opposing, yet complimentary forces of yin and yang, sometimes described as 2 fishes swimming head to tail.

Yin and Yang

Yin and Yang are synonymous with the Chinese take on life—they believe in balance—even in their food preparation. Yin “cools” the body whereas Yang “heats” it up. In their food preparation, they often use yin (wet and moist) to balance yang (dry and crispy). A popular dish comes to mind—Szechwan beef—strips of crispy beef stir-fried with cooling celeries and carrots.

Some restaurants (common in Asia) even employ this concept when serving their foods. They actually do a thorough examination (by means of questioning and taking pulses) to determine your yin-and-yang status and then they proceed to prepare a meal for you based on their findings to restore the balance of yin and yang in your body. What a way to dine!

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Why the emphasis on balance? According to Holford, it makes good health sense: “Most protein foods are seen as yang, carbohydrates as yin. The combination of these two helps stabilize blood sugar, which is key to good energy (chi) and minimizing weight gain.”

Verdict: Balance is key—as in a well-balanced diet, so utilize this concept in your food preparation.

Stir-fry Crazy

Sincerely full, the epicure would say, Fate cannot harm me; I have dined to-day ~ Sdyney Smith “Recipe for Salad.”

Sure salads are healthy and rightly so, if they are prepared with nutrient-rich fresh vegetables and healthy dressings. But fortunately, or unfortunately, Chinese people don’t like raw vegetables for the most part. They like to rock their woks with their stir-fries—lightly cooking their vegetables with intense heat. Is it healthier? While it may not necessarily be so, Lorraine Clissford says that sautéing vegetables can make the nutrients easier for the body to take on. She goes on to amplify a Chinese concept regarding raw food: the stomach finds it hard to digest too much raw food and this can lead to bloating and weight gain.

Verdict: Try lightly sautéing your vegetables instead—one more creative way to eat your vegetables and you may be doing your body a great service—since lightly cooking vegetables make nutrients more bio-available.

Red Bean Soup

Red Bean Soup

Tofu-like almond jelly with lychees

Tofu-like almond jelly with lychees

Sweet Sesame buns

Sweet Sesame buns

What’s for desserts?

Eat first, talk later ~ common Chinese saying

Chinese people love desserts too. But desserts is often looked upon as a side, an after-thought kind of arrangement unlike Westerners who view desserts as the grand finale to their meal. For most part, they like to end their meal with a plate of fruits.  And if you ever look at their selection of desserts, you may be tempted to say, “You call this dessert?” Their selection?—red beans soup, mung beans with sliced dough sticks, almond jelly with lychees, banana fritters, glutinuous rice balls with sesame paste,  and mango pudding—to mention a few—they don’t sound too appealing but maybe that’s a good thing for the waistline. With the exceptions of some, most Chinese desserts are not terribly sweet and some desserts are made with medicinal value in mind—Ginseng sweet soup with red dates and eggs, bird’s nest soup, for examples. They are not piled up with heavy cream or loaded with icing.

Verdict: Short of skipping dessert, why not opt for a very healthy alternative—eat fruits as desserts.

Guilty  Pleasure?

Well, a full belly conquers all ~ From the film Saving Face

Talk doesn’t cook rice ~ Chinese saying (meaning  talk means nothing, if there’s no action)

The rice is cooked ~ another Chinese saying  (It’s too late to change, or to regret something. The English equivalent—don’t’ cry over spilled milk)

Chinese people love their rice, especially white, fluffy rice. In fact, if a woman cannot cook good fluffy rice, her culinary skills are often called to question. They also love noodles—oodles of them—they carry auspicious meaning: eating noodles on your birthday ensures a long life. Now, this love for simple carbohydrates doesn’t sound like a good diet plan. Not so, says Clissold-- although rice is high in carbohydrates, it is also low in fat and high in nutrients and it fills you up quickly, so you are not snacking on low-carb and high fat foods, which can translate to weight gain in the long run.

Verdict: So white rice and noodles may not be the best thing about the Chinese diet but if you watch the portion size (should be no more than a quarter of your plate or no more than a small bowl of rice), it can actually fill you up, thereby preventing unnecessary snacking later to quell hunger pangs. Another good alternative is to replace rice and noodles with brown rice or the healthier whole-grain version.

So there, you have it—secrets from an insider, who still retains her Chinese way of eating food, despite the fact that she’s surrounded with fast food restaurants and hamburger joints.

Other Chinese quotes about food I can’t pass up, because they’re so darn good:

  • I just love Chinese food. My favorite dish is number 27 ~ Clement Atlee, former British Prime Minister
  • Tea tempers the spirit, harmonizes the mind, dispels lassitude, relieves fatigue, awakens thoughts and prevents drowsiness ~ The Classic Art of Tea, by Lu Lu
  • We think fast food is equivalent to pornography, nutritionally speaking ~ Steve Elbert
  • There is one thing more exasperating than a wife who can cook and won’t, and that’s a wife who can’t cook and will ~ Robert Frost
  • And I find chopsticks frankly distressing. Am I alone in thinking it odd that a people ingenious enough to invent paper, gunpowder, kites and any number of useful objects, and who have a noble history extending back 3,000 years haven’t yet worked out that a pair of knitting needles is no way to capture food? ~ Bill Bryson

Well, actually they have. Chopsticks is their ultimate diet control solution—how much food can you pick up with a pair of skinny bamboo contraption, that takes even greater effort to maneuver?

Agree, readers? Now, run out and buy yourself some good-looking chopsticks and half of the weight battle may be won, just like that.

Other interesting related reads:

Why are Thai People So Skinny? :

How to trim the waistline without going on a diet:

Whittle away belly fat:

How to build dieting success into your daily life:

© 2009 anglnwu


Mohan Babu from Chennai, India on December 28, 2018:

I like your easy approach to diet and not to get too regimental. I agree totally on the need to avoid sugary stuff.

cakesaredelish on December 26, 2016:

All of this comes from India. This is all Indian knowledge, taken by the chinese, of course, so they can pretend it's theirs. All of this is correct, but comes from India, not China. Those 'spices' are all Indian - ginger, garlic, red chilli, etc., that is used in Indian diet and has been for millions of years. Ancient India is way older than the chinese civilization and all this 'chi', meaning energy, and 'yinyang', meaning balance, etc., is basically just copied from Indian concepts.

And noodles are harmful junk, as is caffeine. You can claim that.

anglnwu (author) on July 17, 2012:

wangchun, if you read carefully, the chopstick comment was made in response to a quote about how difficult it's to pick up food (for people not familiar with this implement). If you're not familiar with using the chopstick, why, you may be eating less (by reasoning). If this hub is entirely on using chopstick to lose weight, yes, it's crackpot but it's not. Also, if you can to pick chopsticks to prove your case, in a recent study in Japan, they find that people who use chopsticks to eat and put them down in between mouthfuls of food actually lost weight. OK, let's call truce--I appreciate your comments any way and welcome to HP.

wangchun on July 16, 2012:

Dude how westernized are you? Chopsticks are a DIET SOLUTION? LOL I can eat more with my pair of "skinny bamboo sticks" than with a crude fork. If you or anybody thinks that using chopsticks will make you lose weight well you're either too dumb to use them or you're in for a surprise.

Chinese eat healthy, don't eat too much, and understand that weight gain isn't just about what or how you eat. Some of it has to do with how you sleep and what you do during the day. Read up on some Chinese medicine before coming up with these crackpot theories like chopstick diets! lol

anglnwu (author) on March 21, 2012:

tyra, haha, no more guilt--pure enjoyment. I think that Chinese food gets a bad rap because it can be unhealthy depending on how it's prepared. If it is deep fried and cooked with lots of oil (of course, any food like that) is unhealthy. I usually stay away from such dishes. On the whole, if you eat moderately...drink hot tea with's generally not that bad. I've been eating that way for as long as I can remember. Thanks for dropping by to comment.

tyra marieza from Atlanta Georgia on March 20, 2012:

You really gave me something to think about, especially since I've been feeling guilty about craving Chinese style food. I thought, "this can't be healthy wanting something with rice or noodles everyday." Now, I can eat what I've been wanting without the guilt trip. Thank you.

anglnwu (author) on March 04, 2012:

Lady E, thanks for reading and commenting. I had great fun putting this hub together, as I recall. Thanks for your kind comments and enjoy your stir-fries.

Elena from London, UK on March 03, 2012:

This is very useful to me. I like the way HP always change the Hubs on our profiles, otherwise I would never have seen this Hub. I have noted that Obesity / over weight is not an issue common with Asians and have often wondered how they keep so slim.

The chinese have a healthy attitude towards food. Even I don't really like raw/boiled Veg, but love stir frying them. I am definitely book marking this.

Excellent Hub. :)

anglnwu (author) on January 31, 2012:

Cristal, thanks for dropping by to comment. Eating healthy--for example eating complex carbohydrate like whole grains, lots of vegetables, lean meat, beans are good ways of stabilizing blood glucose levels. Exericse is essential too. It's important to follow doctor's advice. I wish you well and you must be commended for taking care of your health and wanting the best for your kids. If you check back in a couple of weeks, I may just do an article on your suggestion--eating to keep diabetes in check. Take care and all the best.

Cristal on January 30, 2012:

I really enjoyed reading your article,I am a diabetic and on insulin and I can't get my blood sugars down. I have been a diabetic for 20 years,I am 36 at the moment,I would really appreciate if you gave me some advice.See I am a single parent of 3 children and I know I have to maintain myself healthy since I am the only support for my children.

anglnwu (author) on November 29, 2011:

Berlin, first of all, congratulations on your coming wedding. I believe you can still enjoy food and keep weight under control. The trick is in the food choices--choicing the right kinds of food will ensure that you're healthy and fit, without unwanted unsaturated fats. Thanks for adding to this hub with your own personal take. My warmest regards and best wishes for your coming wedding. If you're interested, I've a wedding floral arrangment hub--you can check using my profile.

Berlin on November 28, 2011:

Hi. I really liked this information. I am American and I am trying to change my whole mentality with how I eat and what I eat. I recently set a date for my wedding and really want to shed about 60 pounds but I don’t want to do it unhealthy! So I hope that by focusing on the beauty of healthy food and not treating it as an enemy my body will respond mercifully. I really appreciate your insight and thank you for sharing the information! Hope everyone has a great holiday season! ?

anglnwu (author) on October 11, 2011:

KoffeeKlatch Gals, always good to see you. Glad you enjyed the information. I had fun putting this together.

Susan Hazelton from Northern New York on October 10, 2011:

How wonderful your hub is. I was fascinated by the way you put together your information and common sense. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. Up and others, and of course, shared.

anglnwu (author) on October 04, 2011:

Thanks, Ron, appreciate your visit.

Ron on October 04, 2011:

Fantastic hub!

Ron from

anglnwu (author) on June 27, 2011:

Stephen, thanks for dropping by. This is a Chinese proverb meaning that empty talk is not going to get the work done.

Stephen on June 23, 2011:

Hi, question for you: Do you know the original Chinese for the expression "Talk doesn't cook rice?"


anglnwu (author) on May 30, 2011:

Aisha, thanks for commenting. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, drinking red tea with food can interfere with nutrients absorption, particularly zinc and iron due to the acidic content. However, there are other tea that you can drink with your food..Chrysanthemum tea being one of them. Hope that helps and thanks again for dropping by.

Aisha on May 29, 2011:

Thanks for sharing :D really love the info.

But I'm wondering.. I always hear doctors say that don't drink while eating especially the red tea should be after 2 hr. !!

really wanna know,What do u think !!

anglnwu (author) on May 18, 2011:

Thanks, bernieadkins, glad you like the article.

bernieadkins from Virginia on May 17, 2011:

I loved this article. Very well written and informative. Thank you for the great information!

anglnwu (author) on April 19, 2011:

ChinaFan, I'm glad you enjoyed reading this. I've other weight loss articles too. Just to my profile page and you'll find other articles on this topic. Thanks for commenting.

ChinaFan on April 18, 2011:

I love this article, will you be doing another article relating to weight loss in China? I sure hope so, because boy, I sure enjoyed reading this!

Well done, and thank you, like so so much!


anglnwu (author) on March 07, 2011:

Hi Joseph, how was the Shaomai? Glad you enjoyed the read. Checked out your site--looks cool.

Teenage Diet on March 07, 2011:

It is such a coincident that I landed at your Hub, I live in china-town Chicago and it was just this morning that my friend Anthony had asked if I can go for some Chinese food.

We had the usual Shaomai, which is a part of the traditional Dim Sum.


P.S. I enjoyed this hub very much.

anglnwu (author) on March 07, 2011:

Katie, it's cool that your daughters were given the unique experience of experiencing other cultures at a young age. I'm sure they're more adventurous with foods as a result of that. Thanks, again, for your visit--your words of encouragement meant a lot.

Katie McMurray from Ohio on March 05, 2011:

I love this hub, my daughters went to a World Cultures Elementary school and studied China and Japan for two years each, we had so many wonderful ceremonies with amazing foods, I recognize many I will once again be enjoying thanks to your wonderful diet tips.

I love your Chinese Girl Shares Chinese Weight Loss Secrets as they are also good food and healthy foods!

:) Katie

anglnwu (author) on February 17, 2011:

Thanks, shan, for dropping by. Traditionally, Chinese people drink their tea without sugar. Sometimes, they sweeten it lightly with rock sugar especially for Chrysanthemum tea.

shan on February 16, 2011:

very nice info.

i just have one question

do chinese drink their tea sweetened or unsweetened?

anglnwu (author) on November 03, 2010:

ashatt, I agree with you--food choices can determine our weight. Picking the right kinds of food to eat can help us keep our weight down. Thanks for dropping by and commenting.

ashatt from GA on November 02, 2010:

This was great! I lost a lot of weight once I moved a block from not only my favorite chinese restaurant, but also my favorite sushi bar. I thought I was going to gain weight because I felt like I was eating so much more. I feel better, and I know I am doing much better than if I went to Mcdonalds for a Mcdouble. I love oriental food and now, I have a wonderful excuse to always eat it! Thanks :P

anglnwu (author) on October 03, 2010:

Haha--so Chinese--guess I can't run away from my upbringing. Glad you like it. Thanks, Ingenira!

Ingenira on October 03, 2010:

the way you presented the hub... started with proverbs... is so Chinese. I like it!

anglnwu (author) on September 24, 2010:

Chinesecrossstitch, thanks for dropping by. Love your website.

ChineseCrossStitch on September 23, 2010:

It will be very helpful for me since I've gained over 20 pounds after graduation.

anglnwu (author) on August 29, 2010:

weight loss tipster, thank you for tweeting it and yeah to green tea.

weight loss tipster on August 29, 2010:

Great hub.. I personally love tea and especially green tea. Have tweeted your page and added you.

anglnwu (author) on August 23, 2010:

Thanks, nikitha!

nikitha p from India on August 23, 2010:

nice hub,

anglnwu (author) on August 01, 2010:

Sofia Cruz, thanks for dropping by with your comments. Enjoy your food:))

Sofia Cruz on July 31, 2010:

thank you so much for those secrets about the Chinese diet. Now I know what to eat all the time... (:

anglnwu (author) on June 29, 2010:

Thanks, Habbee!

Holle Abee from Georgia on June 27, 2010:

Great read! Thanks for sharing those tips!

anglnwu (author) on May 20, 2010:

Mia, love your comments. Good luck on the green tea.

Mia on May 20, 2010:

Thanks a lot for this post. I gain weight quite easily and my chinese friends stay slim no matter how much we frequent Mc D but now i know why, gonna try green tea :)

anglnwu (author) on May 06, 2010:

Thanks, for dropping by, Amin.

MD AL-AMIN on May 06, 2010:

Hi this is amin from U A E ..........................................................................................................................................................

anglnwu (author) on March 28, 2010:

Maita, I know you and I know both of us would say,"Let's eat first and talk later." Right? Love green tea too. So when are you coming over for tea? Thanks for dropping by.

prettydarkhorse from US on March 28, 2010:

angel, I like tea, green tea and i like the sayings you put in every capsule, eat first talk later hehe, not guilty, hehe, Maita

anglnwu (author) on January 18, 2010:

Ghostwhisper--wow--6 glasses of green tea?--you had me beat. Just read your happy confession of being a chocolate lover. So herein lies your secret--eat as much chocolate as you want, just wash it down with a hot cup of green tea. You know, I think you really have a point.

Always a pleasure to hear from you and totally love your sense of humor.

JG the IGNITER from The U.S. Government protects Nazi War Criminals on January 18, 2010:

Loved this hub! I love greentea and drink about 6 glasses a day-hot tea! sometimes more! I am still trim and not overweight-though I do indulge in certain things like chocolate goodies-I am able to keep my figure!

I learned much from this Hub!

anglnwu (author) on January 09, 2010:

Nice to hear from you, tim-tim and appreciate your comments. LOL--we can all blame fast food for weight gain and it's mostly true. Recently, I read an article about how thin in synonymous with good health--well--that's a misconception. However, staying thin has a few pluses--like being able to get into skinny jeans and looking fab. in that super body-hugging dress.

That said, if you go back to your roots of eating--you may find yourself dropping sizes--maybe not drastic but enough to bring a smile. Have a good day.

Priscilla Chan from Normal, Illinois on January 09, 2010:

Interesting and informative! Although it is in general true about the thin Chinese people, I was one of them too till I am an American, LOL. I onced was a size 3 now times 4? I have gained so much...So much that it is hard to become average anymore. Forget about being thin. I would be happy to take off about 30 lbs. and become that thin Chinese woman again. Thanks for the hub!

anglnwu (author) on December 27, 2009:

compromiseadvise, appreciate your comments. Yes, in everything, we should practice moderation. Too much of a good thing can be a bad thing.

compromiseadvice on December 27, 2009:

Green tea is the way forward. I have replaced coffee in the office with it and it's been fantastic for weight loss. You have to be careful, because if you drink too much of it this can have undesirable effects. Drink in moderation only =)

anglnwu (author) on December 26, 2009:

Good for you, Amberheart--green tea is definitely a wonderful healthy alternative to juices and sodas. Thanks for visiting.

Amberheart from Everywhere GREAT! on December 26, 2009:

I love this hub. I have recently started drinking green tea and other teas and i love it.

ReuVera from USA on December 26, 2009:

I miss you too. Actually, I eat too much vegetables (I love them), so may be, as you wrote, "the stomach finds it hard to digest too much raw food"..... I will try softening my veggies now.

Happy New Year to you and your family.

anglnwu (author) on December 26, 2009:

RueVera, really miss u. Glad you drop by and contributed some great comments. Wonder why your stomach doesn't agree with vegetables? That may make a good hub topic?

Have a Happy New Year and Shalom to you and your son.

ReuVera from USA on December 26, 2009:

Oh, so many comments! It's a very interesting topic and you did a good job! I love tea and always opt for it, but I drink juices too. I should cut on them, as they are loaded with sugar too. I will start sautéing my vegetables, I love vegetables and eat them a lot, but I really noticed that my stomach doesn't agree on this one. LOL.

Great hub! Thank you.

anglnwu (author) on December 26, 2009:

annette, appreciate your comments. Yes, Chinese people have a long history of eating rice and I suppose, they are genetically more programmed to handle this form of starch. Not all carbs are bad. Researches have found that certain types of carbs--especially resistant starch can actually help to control weight.

My another hub talks a little about resistant starch:

Thanks again for dropping by.

annette on December 26, 2009:

I like your hub about Chinese foods. I agree with the portion control idea and am interested in the ideas you share about eating more carbs. Interesting!since we in USA are all about carb lowering diets. I wonder what part genetics plays into this weight thing. I think many Chinese people are genetically slight in stature.

thanks for the information.

anglnwu (author) on December 23, 2009:

thanks, wsp2469--let me know when you find it--I'll be happy to look at it and may get a kick out of it?

wsp2469 from Alta Loma, Ca on December 23, 2009:

No, I'm not skeptical. I just really thought about that old commercial the minute I saw your hub. If I remember the product I'll look for it on YouTube. I think you'll find it funny and then you'll understand what I meant. Mind you, I probably am talking about a commerical that could have been before your time as I am 48. I'll let you know if I find it!

anglnwu (author) on December 23, 2009:

Nick, appreciate your comments. You definitely have a point.

wsp246, I know you're skeptical and that's OK. We're all entitled to our opinions. Thanks for dropping by.

wsp2469 from Alta Loma, Ca on December 23, 2009:

It's just funny to me.

It reminds me of that old TV commercial:

"Ancient Chinese secret, huh?"

I just had to comment because that commercial just popped into my head. I couldn't remember the product though . . . still can't.

Think they took it off the air because it wasn't "PC".

Nicks on December 23, 2009:

Maybe the answer is to think much less about what you eat than about the amount of disciplined exercise that you take?

anglnwu (author) on December 23, 2009:

mochachina, we've got great chopsticks skill. Thanks for dropping by and welcome to HP.

mochachino from Hong Kong on December 22, 2009:

Nice hub and i really enjoyed reading it!

I learned to eat with chopsticks before learning to use a fork...haha,i guess i just have to work extra hard to win the other half of the weight battle~

anglnwu (author) on December 22, 2009:

wsp2469, appreciate your comments. These are not sweeping statements but observations from a Chinese perpective. I'm analizing the way we eat and if you read carefully, the Western experts are making some of the same observations.

wsp2469 from Alta Loma, Ca on December 22, 2009:

I think it's funny how you can make sweeping generalizations about a group of people but in other uhbs people get sh*t if they do it.

anglnwu (author) on December 22, 2009:

mmmaamrishaikh, thanks for visitng. I will be glad to help you in any way I can. Let me know how I can help you. I'm not very technically savvy but I enjoy writing.

mmmaamirshaikh on December 22, 2009:


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anglnwu (author) on December 22, 2009:

apricotmousse, thanks for your comments--yes--the kinds of food we eat and the way we prepare it--we also steam a lot of our foods and our desserts are not loaded with butter or cream. Merry Christmas to you too.

apricotmousse on December 21, 2009:

I always wonder how Chinese girls maintained their skinny figure. The foods you eat must be the biggest reason for this. Very well presented. Merry Christmas!

anglnwu (author) on December 21, 2009:

Appreciate your comments, becccas90. China is facing this "fast-food" induced obesity now. If they stick to their traditional way of eating, they would be in good shape.

top stuff--xia xia--thanks for dropping by and I agree with you--fast food is loaded with saturated fats and all kinds of chemicals to make it tasty.

topstuff on December 21, 2009:

Fei zhang hao.

topstuff on December 21, 2009:

I lived in china for 4 years.its right no of people who like fast food is increasing rapidly there .

beccas90 from New York on December 20, 2009:

Excellent information and hub - sort of makes you understand why the western world is dealing with so much rampant obesity.

anglnwu (author) on December 20, 2009:

I'm glad you enjoyed this hub, Mrs Obvious. You're right in shying away from fad diets--may produce immediate results but rarely in the long run. Thank you for visiting my hub.

Willow Mattox from Northern California on December 20, 2009:

I really enjoyed this hub. So nice of you to share your eating philosophy with those of us less fortunate who grew up with terrible western diets. I have always shyed away from crazy fad diets because of their lack of balance. I really like what you wrote about balance and portion control. Thank you!

anglnwu (author) on December 19, 2009:

Melody, it's good to hear from you. Truly appreciate your comments and LOL on your chopsticks exercise.

jill of alltrades, I'm glad you like it. As you know, I'm a great fan of your amazing photography skills.

I totally agree with you, Webmatron--glad that we're like-minded. Food is meant to be enjoyed, we just need to practice moderation, as in everything else. Thanks for dropping by.

Webmatron from Haifa, Israel on December 19, 2009:

This is one of the best hubs I've read so far. I'm definitely linking. You're right that folks need to get back to their roots. Food is not the enemy of good health or a nice figure.

jill of alltrades from Philippines on December 19, 2009:

I really enjoyed reading this anglnwu! It's so full of info with some humor thrown in. I love it!

Melody Lagrimas from Philippines on December 19, 2009:

Oh, I truly enjoyed reading this. Have been practicing my chopsticks too.

anglnwu (author) on December 18, 2009:

Joe Boxer, thanks for dropping by. Yes, tea is definitely good. As for dairy products, there are arguments on both sides--some think it's can actually help weight loss but Chinese people are not big on dairy.

Thank you for your kind comments, cameron eslin--glad you enjoy Chinese dishes. I do have some recipe hubs if you like to check it out.

chesapeake, thanks for dropping by.

cameron eslin on December 18, 2009:

This has to be one of my favorites hubs. Thank you for sharing, I love trying to cook Chinese dish, and always get crazy with rice and vegetables and I never eat vegetables usually. So delicious *o*

Joe Boxer on December 18, 2009:

Tea and a lot of tea. Forget dairy products.

Nice hub.

anglnwu (author) on December 17, 2009:

Patti Ann, nice to see u again. Good observation.

midnightbliss, appreciate your comments. I agree food choices are play a big part in this whole dieting game.

Haydee Anderson from Hermosa Beach on December 17, 2009:

nice hub, the kinds of food being eaten is a big factor, I think chinese people have a better choice of food, which are healthier.

Patti Ann from Florida on December 17, 2009:

Excellent - you have made me rethink my eating habits.

anglnwu (author) on December 16, 2009:

Apprecite your comments, goldenpath. Good observation on your part.

goldenpath from Shenandoah, Iowa, USA on December 16, 2009:

This is great counsel for all of us, especially us Americans, who wish to live a little longer. Perhaps we would feel better after eating a well balanced meal as you have described instead of bloated and tired from our usual intake. Thanks again!

anglnwu (author) on December 16, 2009:

Tony, good to see u again. You're just the right size! I know you enjoy cooking, so you must be healthy. I would hope that I can cook good rice--my mom would be disappointed otherwise.

Once again, truly appreciate your comments and your continual support.

Thanks, sunesra, for dropping by.

tony0724 from san diego calif on December 15, 2009:

anglnwu , fortunately I am not morbidly obese or anything like that but the tips on a good well rounded diet are just excellent . I am also happy that I am a fan of Chinese food big time !And with all the great recipes that you put down here I have no doubt you can cook good rice, correct ?

In any event good hub here. I also like those little Chinese sayings too. Good job my friend

anglnwu (author) on December 15, 2009:

Thanks for dropping by, 4verfitness. It's hard to change eating habits but thankfully, everyone can adopt healthy eating lifestyles.

4everfitness on December 15, 2009:

Completely agree with eating healthy alternatives. Wish that there more who able to exercise their options.

anglnwu (author) on December 15, 2009:

It's good to see you again, Tom. Always remember you as the "poetry" guy. Thanks for dropping by and I appreciate your comments.

Tom rubenoff from United States on December 15, 2009:

There is a lot to learn, here. I especially love the quotes. I will return to reread this again :)

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