Need To Lose Weight? Use These Tips From Around The World



Written by: Lindsay Sibson

Need To Lose Weight? Use These Tips From Around The World

I love to travel.

And I love to eat.

Luckily the two go hand-in-hand rather nicely!

I’ve been trekking around different countries for the better part of 3 years and I always find it interesting to learn about a country’s approach to “diet” and what a healthy lifestyle means to them.

Where I’m currently at in Sicily, I feel like everyone eats everything ALL-THE-TIME! I was in a gelateria (ice cream shop) at 11:35 on a Sunday night and it was teeming with people chowing down on huge bowls of treats. They ENJOY their food and for the most part are a very healthy looking society!

It got me to thinking… how do people around the globe approach weight loss? What are their tips?

Check out these 10 weight loss tips from around the world.  

Mexico Honey & Cinnamon Tea
  • Drink 2 cups of honey and cinnamon a day
    • First cup a half hour before breakfast
    • Second cup a half hour before bed
  • Promotes weight loss
    • Prevents fat from accumulating in your body
  • To make it yourself: add half a teaspoon of cinnamon into boiled water. Allow to cool. Add 1 teaspoon of raw honey
France “Le Forking”
  • Basic rule: eat whatever you want, as long as you can do it with a fork ONLY
    • No fingers
  • Sound crazy?
    • Eliminates spreads, nuts, soups, sandwiches, pizza, steaks, etc.
  • Hardcore fans also cut out utensils even while cooking!
Russia Buckwheat
  • Prized for its ability to lower high blood pressure
    • Rich source of flavonoids
  • For weight loss, use a mono-diet:
    • Eat buckwheat for every meal
  • High fiber content will keep you feeling satisfied and promotes healthy bowel movements
India Fire, Air, Space
  • Ayurvedic philosophy states that water and earth are the heaviest elements
    • Avoid foods that are high in both, such as: coconut, olives, hard cheeses, puddings, nuts, avocado and cold beverages
  • INSTEAD embrace fire, air and space ingredients like:
    • Mildly sweet fruit (figs, cherries, apples)
    • Bitter and pungent vegetables (artichokes, broccoli, beets)
    • Light grains (buckwheat, barley, amaranth)
    • Legumes (lentils, beans)
Japan Confucius
  • Hara Hachi Bu: a Confucian philosophy behind weight control which instructs:
  • Tip: Use chopsticks to help slow down your eating, which allows your brain to “catch up” to your stomach (which is usually 10-20 minutes behind)
Estonia Salt & Honey
  • Massage a 50-50 mixture of salt and honey onto your skin
    • Focus on “trouble zones”
    • After, head into the sauna
  • Salt and honey increase cleansing and sweating
    • Helps drop extra water weight
    • Honey has skin-improving effects, which are easily absorbed into your pores
    • Salt helps remove dead skin cells
Turkey Parsley
  • Make parsley tea for an effective weight loss drink:
    • Chop ½ cup per mug into boiling water
    • Allow to steep for 5-10 minutes
    • Strain and drink
  • Provides a healthy dose of vitamins  A, K and calcium
  • Is a natural diuretic
    • Helps your body excrete excess water and fluid
    • Reduces bloating
  • Helps balance the hormones that contribute to weight gain
Brazil Tapioca
  • Made from the cassava root
  • Low in sodium and is gluten-free
  • Takes longer to digest, which helps you feel full for longer
  • Tapioca flour can be used to make pancakes and much more!
South Africa Rooibos Tea
China Witch Soup (Diet Vegetable Soup)
  • Put tomatoes, green pepper, cabbage, small onions and celery into a big pot filled with water
    • Simmer for 3 hours
    • Add salt, pepper and parsley to taste
  • Eat for 7 days to slim down!

Which one will you try out first?

Furthermore, do you have an international tip to add to the list?

Please SHARE with us in the comments below!



Lindsay Sibson

Lindsay Sibson

Lindsay Sibson turned her lifelong dream of traveling the world into a reality when she first stepped on a plan in April of 2014. With the simple intention of learning more about this beautiful world, she stepped away from corporate America to explore an alternative lifestyle of long term international travel, volunteering, blogging and pursuing a blissfully happy and fulfilling way of life.

Lindsay documents her journey in hopes of empowering others to find their passion, reignite their spark and freshen their outlook on life. Connect with her on her website and follow her travels on Instagram (

Through her blog, Lindsay documents her journey in hopes of empowering others to find their passion, reignite their spark and freshen their outlook on life.
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