Sushi is truly a versatile delicacy. It can be enjoyed in a number of different ways such as nigiri, rolls, or even sashimi. Choosing one of the three forms of sushi usually comes down to personal preference. However, if you are on a diet for weight loss (or even weight gain!), sushi may be a viable, delicious choice for you. Let’s go over why you should incorporate sushi into your meals.
Firstly, sushi is an excellent source for omega-3 fatty acids, which is essential for inflammation, bone & joint health, stamina, skin & more. Despite the choice of fish, you will receive an ample amount of protein from sushi sources.
Chances are you’ve heard of this rather popular diet that has been catching steam on social media. The keto diet has been adopted by many dieters because of its effectiveness for weight loss. The keto diet requires one to consume a very low amount of carbohydrates, generally less than 50 grams, and a high amount of fat. By doing so the body produces ketones, which substitutes fat as an energy source, including body fat. When the body is in this ketonic state, it is called ketosis.
How is this relevant to sushi? Well, sashimi is an excellent source of protein and healthy fats. Eating sashimi will certainly not kick your body out of ketosis. Not a fan of sashimi? At Osaka Japanese Bistro, there are other keto options such as fried shrimp, chicken, beef, and more. Delicious!
Are you watching your calories? One piece of sushi nigiri generally has 60-70 calories. You can minimize the number of calories you are consuming by substituting white rice for brown rice. Of course, you can lower your calories by ordering sashimi instead of nigiri and rolls. Osaka Japanese Bistro also has many soup and salad options that are low in calories but equally delicious.
For those that are dieting “for the gains”, sushi is also an excellent choice. Although gaining weight is the main purpose, not all calories are created equal. Sushi provides complex carbs as opposed to simple carbs found in junk food and fast food joints. The fats in sushi are also essential for health and contain no saturated or trans fat. If you can be liberal with your calorie consumption, go for our delicious rolls!
There is no need to slave through your diet! At Osaka Japanese Bistro, we offer plenty of different selections that adhere to any diet. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.