Comment: In most of Asia sweet dishes

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In most of Asia sweet dishes

In most of Asia sweet dishes and desserts are not very common and their portions are pretty small so you have to account for that.

My flatmate in college was a South Korean and though he ate mountains of rice, he did not touch anything sweet and had six packs for most of the time.

I used to jump from diet to diet and though Atkins (extreme low carb) got me abs. I used to suffer from a lot of lethargy. The three months I was on it, my productivity really went down.

Now I eat a traditional diet of rice, chapatis (wheat flatbread) and lentils with cooked vegetables. Now I have plenty of energy but I have to do intense calisthenics everyday to maintain my weight. On Atkins, even after giving up exercise I lost weight without suffering muscle loss.

Atkins was expensive though. I don't have time to cook so I was spending around $20 a day on food. In comparison I now spend around $4 a day which includes the cost of hiring a cook to make breakfast, lunch and dinner.

So weighing up all the options I'd say a traditional diet is cheaper, you are more adapted for it and is readily available so that might be best for most people.

For short term weight loss, I found Atkins very good.

A rice based diet seems to suit my stomach more than wheat based which causes a bit of bloating.

Fruit-sometimes, sugar- social occasions, alcohol- social occasions, and with soda.

Ok, one weird fact. Under Atkins I felt much more hydrated without increasing my water intake. My mouth always felt fresh even when I woke up from a daytime nap. I even forgot to brush one night and still my mouth smelled and felt fresh. No easy carbs for bacteria to break down in the mouth. I didn't get ketosis breath either which was awesome.