Half of the company I work for are Koreans and so are the owners. When we go to Korean places for lunch they all eat tons of noodles and rice and the girls are all very skinny and the guys are fit. It amazes me because I know if I was eating that much starch it would make me gain weight.
It must be hard to be Asian and have all your friends eating that way and they're still thin. It's hard for me to watch them eat that way and I'm not Asian.
My best friend is Filipino and he says the same thing. He is quite lean and actually has a hard time putting on weight. He also can give himself an 8 pack with 2 P90x sessions. Not 2 weeks, 2, total. Anyway, I tell him "just eat white rice, it's pure starch you'll burn it off". There are plenty of paleo-ish folks like Perfect Health Diet who say white rice is fine. Take a look at Chris Kresser's Beyond Paleo: moving from a “paleo diet” to a “paleo template”
What I told him is that if doing without rice would be such a deal breaker that he ended up not sticking with it, he'd be better off just eating the rice. Now, his boyfriend IS trying to lose weight, and can take or leave rice. So what he'll do is make a meat and veggies meal and just add some rice to his only. If you don't have weight to lose then it probably won't hurt ya to keep eating some rice. The most important thing is you ditch the grain.
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Sometimes I eat the rice and sometimes I don't. What i do when I don't is I fill that spot on my plate with veg, lots of it.
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You think you'll miss rice? We were raised on pizza and ramen! Missing those has to be tougher than rice. It is possible. Add mountains of vegetable to your daily food. Helps a lot.
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1) ditch PUFAs
2) ditch grain
3) minimize added sugar
4) sunlight/vitamin D
If you take care of those and you're getting the results you're after then I wouldn't worry about rice. I would, however worry about the type of vegetable oil, amount of flour breading and amount of sugar I see in a lot of chinese dishes (both commercial and home made)
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I'd like to point out that, no matter how much rice a Chinese person might eat, I never see obese Chinese people.