When it comes to health tips, who is better to turn to than the country with the longest life expectancy and one of the lowest obesity rates on the planet?

While in the rest of the world, 15-30% of the population is severely overweight, Japan government has managed to keep that number at just 3.6 percent. Read on to find out why are Japanese people so thin and how had they managed to stay so effortlessly fit?

10 secrets why are Japanese people so thin

Healthy diet

Japan's fitness secret starts with their diet, which is carb-heavy (in small portions) and low in saturated fats. Their main dishes include vegetables, grains, fish, and meat. Dairy products and fruits are consumed in moderation.

They tend to stay away from salty and sugary foods like burgers and soda. They prefer cooking at home, and this gives them a genuine desire to eat real healthy foods versus processed stuff like pizza, hot dogs, and frozen ready meals.

No snacking

Although Japan has the most vending machines per capita, their people don't snack all that much. Instead, they stick to three wholesome meals a day that don't leave them hungry or dealing with sudden cravings.

  No fast food

A lot of Japanese people have a hectic schedule that doesn't leave a lot of time to prepare a home-cooked meal. However, rather than sticking to American fast-food chains like McDonald's, Burger King, and Pizza Hut, they turn to a healthier version of fast food, which is a resemble of homestyle cooking.