Why Asians Are Slimmer (9 Weight Loss Tips) | Joanna Soh

By Jean Laguerre | Health & Fitness

SUBSCRIBE for new videos every week! "You're Asian, that's why you're skinny." I get that a lot! So I thought I'd look into the CORE PRINCIPLES of an ASIAN DIET to learn WHY we are "naturally" slimmer.

Of course, NOT all Asians are slim. I believe that it truly comes down to our lifestyle and also food intake. Watch this video through. I hope you'll find the tips here useful and you can start to implement some of these tips into your life. What are tips do you practice to stay healthy? Let me know in the comments below.

Joanna Soh is a certified Personal Trainer (ACE), Women’s Fitness Specialist (NASM) and Nutrition Coach (VN).


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9 Reasons Why Asians Are Slimmer
1) We choose tea or water over soft drinks
2) We eat smaller portions and we use chopsticks
3) We enjoy REAL food, not processed food
4) We eat on time
5) We take our meal time seriously
6) We enjoy soups
7) We enjoy more fermented food
8) Our desserts are nutritious
9) We use food as medicine

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About the Author

Hello there! I'm Jean Laguerre, a free-spirited soul who's overcome challenges. I'm here to share tips on weight loss, staying healthy, and living a fulfilling life. Let's connect with those seeking inner peace and a healthier life.

  • K R. says:

    This makes me want to go live in Asia for a while and pick up these food customs lol

  • Tele Tuifao says:

    I’m already feeling skinnier just looking at this

  • kesh 108 says:

    You are absolutely correct, the western diet is processed and mass production, chemical filled and unhealthy.

  • Jenneke says:

    1. Drink tea or water, not soda
    2. Smaller portions, and use chopsticks to grab smaller portions of food
    3. No frozen ready meals / fast food – eat freshly cooked food
    4. No snacks, eat three wholesome meals
    5. Mealtime is mealtime, focus on the food, without distractions to avoid overeating
    6. Eating soups is common, fills you up quickly and has less calories
    7. Eat fermented foods
    8. Desserts are nutricious, like fruits, or soup…no chocolate or icecream
    9. Fruit, herbs and spices are used as medicine

  • Sveva says:

    *Pizza! Is! Not! Junk! Food!*
    I’m Italian and I hate it when people put Pizza in the same category of burgers or hotdogs
    Most diets (advised from professional dietitians) state that it is completely fine to have a pizza once per week.
    Maybe it’s the way it’s made traditionally in Italy (not precooked but freshly made with quality ingredients) but it’s not empty calories nor junk food!

  • Billie Bat says:

    Lady: don’t eat your meals in front of the tv or the computer
    *me literally eating breakfast while watching this video*

  • igot7-lu says:

    sucks being an asian living in a western country…so much junk food everywhere! i didn’t grow up as skinny as most asians but i was also born with bigger bones too so i’d look “bigger” even when i was average
    tho western food is taking over in asia too and asians aren’t as slim as they used to be

  • Goddess shepherd says:

    nothing in america is close enough to walk or bike, the proportions here are HUGE , fast food places are everywhere (and cheap) there isn’t enough access to healthy foods for people on poorer areas… ALSO no offense , but you sound like ZECORA from MLP, i like it

  • Becky says:

    FACTS… I need to move to Asia

  • Cat DeNova says:

    I lived in Japan for two years, and the locals always told me that they ate using the 80% rule. eat until you feel 80% full, and stop. you will feel full later, without feeling stuffed.

  • ruby says:

    I think Asians tend to look skinnier because of their average narrower frame

  • li xikan says:

    If you didn’t realize in the video she said, “East Asian.”

    Just wanted to point that out for people that missed it 🙂

  • Selena Buras says:

    Lol, when I’m watching television I forget about my food and tend to eat slower

  • quekhi says:

    well, i usually like to stop eating before i feel full, but that means that I’ll leave at least some food and my parents

    *do not agree to leaving food left on your plate*

  • Mel Marshmellow aka Suga's Fresh Salad says:

    The thing is, if you go up to a white American School and then pull Chopsticks out of your lunch box people are going to call you a weeaboo

    • Poet Victoria Hunter says:

      Eat with a teaspoon, or buy kids size spoons. Every notice how small some little kids are when they eat using kid size eating tools?

  • jeongin dolphin scream says:

    not all asian use chopsticks 😂 we use spoon or sometimes hand. I’m a Filipino

  • Bee Smart says:

    Great wisdom from Asia which has developed over thousands of years. The American diet is terrible with so much fat, sodium and sugar. We’re all learning. I have terrible cravings for ice cream and burgers all the time. Asians are more disciplined with their food. Yes, food should be like medicine.

    • Hi? says:

      Yeah, I’m an asian living in the US, but I’ve always lived in an asian household with asian food so my weight is in check

      I like asian food, that’s all..

  • Danny Peltier says:

    I don’t think genetics have anything to do with Asians being slimmer. It’s all diet; Live by the cheese burger, die by the cheese burger.

  • jae B says:

    *me watching this as a 12 year old*
    Hmmmm so how am I gonna convince my parents…….

  • cloudy skies says:

    *I like water*
    *A lot of water*
    *My zodiac sign is in the water group*

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