Only Eat Until You’re 80% Full
A principle of the Okinawan diet, which overlaps with the traditional Japanese diet, is hara hachi bu, which loosely translates to “eat until you are 80 percent full.” This concept is traced back to the island city of Okinawa, which boasts the highest number of people over the age of 100 worldwide. Traditional wisdom taught that eating just until you are no longer hungry, rather than until you are full, can cut down on overeating and digestion issues and reduce calorie intake. Okinawans have long life expectancies and some of the lower rates of heart disease, stroke, dementia, and cancer in the world. It’s unlikely that their diet is the sole reason for this, as genetics, lifestyle, and other risk factors contribute to these conditions. However, it stands to reason that a philosophy that promotes healthier eating would naturally lead to a healthier, longer-living population.