I think genetics and heritage lead to tendencies - see the lactase enzyme expression data - but yes we have to be careful not to confuse genetics with e.g. poverty or cultural issues
Another Filipino here on the primal diet. Been primal since Feb 14 and have lost 55 lbs. I missed rice at the beginning, but not anymore.
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SAD weight: 250
Current Primal weight: 183.2
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South Korean here!!!
I lost a considerable amount of weight last summer. However, due to stress-related problems I gained it all back and now I'm restarting primal. I found that it is quite easy to have meals without rice. I eat a lot of kimchi, meat, fish, and those wrapped in lettuce. I feel a lot more energized from eating primal than high-carb, for sure.
Starting Weight: 165
Current Weight: 155
Goal Weight: 130
Filipino here! I've used Miracle Rice for a little while until I no longer missed white or brown rice altogether, and I've been much better for it. People proclaim to be addicted to rice, but I know of very few people who would eat it by itself--i.e. no condiments, butter, seasonings, or mixing with other foods.
Weight: 350/200 (within 16 months)/205
Body Fat: 50%/12%/10%
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I know it's only my casual observation of course, but I have always found the differences interesting and frustrating.
Very glad to see so many Asians achieving success living Primal. Super motivating.
another half south korean checking in. As for people above talking about race not being an issue and that genetics are genetics, I completely agree. However from a cultural standpoint, rice has been a huge staple in my life...my earliest memories are my mom standing over her rice cooker, making sure it was working hard while she prepared the afternoon meal.
That being said, going paleo was easy for me. On the instances I go home to visit, I just skip the rice. Kimchee and most korean dishes and sides are very compliant (except the ones that have soy sauce). I do "cheat" for kim bap though (korean sushi). No way I'm turning that down!