Salmon, seaweed, rice, ginger.... Is your mouth watering yet? There’s nothing like an all-you-can-eat sushi night! You stuff yourself till you drop… and then a couple of hours later, you are ready to chow down some more.
But what’s a sushi lover to do if a weight loss plan is in full effect? Do you have to give up sushi completely? Well, we’ve got some good news for you. You can have your sushi… and eat it too, with a little bit of know-how.
Let’s be honest; eating sushi without counting calories can totally ruin your diet AND waste all the efforts you spent controlling your food portions and sweating yourself thin all week long. So, the next time you go to a sushi restaurant (which is hopefully not more than once every other week), write down all the kinds you like from the menu as a start.
Next, all you have to do is start eliminating till you end up with no more than 8-10 average sized pieces. The elimination process needs to be based on the following tips:
1. Sashimi ranks first, and then comes sushi, as the latter has rice in it.
2. If you want to choose maki, priority is to choose hoso maki over ura maki, as the latter has a combination of ingredients.
3. Limit choices that contain mayonnaise (such as the crazy choices), crispy, and avocado.
4. Avoid tempura choices, as they are breaded and fried.
5. If you want a salad, choose a small one with dressing on the side. Dilute the dressing (half-half) in water and consume half of it. Note that if you choose a salad, you need to limit your sushi pieces to 7.
6. If you like soy sauce, choose low sodium and do not consume more than 3 Tbsp. of it, as the rice and sodium cause bloating.
So as you can see, you don’t have to give up sushi all together on your quest for a slim waistline; you simply have to choose the right combinations and be sure to count those oh-so important calories. And a final piece of advice? Skip the all-you-can-eat sushi evenings for the sake of your sanity!