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Old 05-10-2012, 04:46 PM   #1
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I love sushi and I'm wondering can I eat sushi and still lose weight? Any sushi lovers out there? Any advice?
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It depends. What is your definition of Sushi?

I lived in Japan, and I'll tell you right now... it's quite difficult to find anything I consider to be Sushi, in America.

Sashimi is great for you! The American version with crunchies and mayo, not so much.

I lost 30 lbs in Japan eating plain Sashimi with wasabi and soy sauce; and veggies for lunch every day.
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Well sushi has carbs....If you work out enough it wont effect you but carbs can slow down your weight loss.
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I never heard of Sashimi. I"ll have to see if any restaurants around her serve that.
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Sashimi is just straight up raw fish. No rice, no extras.
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I never liked fish but I eat veggie sushi, usually with brown rice. I've never had sushi with mayo (sounds gross?) or crunchies. I usually buy it from Whole Foods these days.
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The question "is sushi healthy?" is a bit like asking "are sandwiches healthy?"

It really depends on what's on the sandwhich/what's in the sushi, and it also depends on your current health and health goals.

I love sushi (and some sashimi), but I'm also very carb-sensitive. I use an exchange plan to count and control my calories and my carbs, so I can incorporate most of my favorite sushi into my plan.

Now my hubby only likes the tempura rolls (where the whole sushi roll has been deep-fried so that the rice becomes so creamy that its almost the texture of mashed potato). Those, definitely not so good.

There are a lot of online resources for the nutrition, calorie or exchange values of common sushi types. So before I go for sushi, I generally google "sushi diabetic exchanges" or "sushi nutrition information" and then take a few notes before going out for sushi. Then I decide what to order based on my notes.
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I miss real Japanese food

I agree it depends on what is in it. You can do a lot worse than sushi.
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Agh man I miss Japanese food too. ValRock you ate sashimi every day?! That's mega yens going on right there.

Sushi can totally be part of a healthy and balanced diet but I wouldn't say it's "healthy" in and of itself. Nigiri style sushi, which is just fish and seaweed stuck to the top of rice, is probably a better bet than the Philadelphia cream cheese rolls if you're looking to keep it simple.

Basically, sushi is fine, but figure somewhere between 50-100 calories for each piece you eat.
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Agh man I miss Japanese food too. ValRock you ate sashimi every day?! That's mega yens going on right there.

Sushi can totally be part of a healthy and balanced diet but I wouldn't say it's "healthy" in and of itself. Nigiri style sushi, which is just fish and seaweed stuck to the top of rice, is probably a better bet than the Philadelphia cream cheese rolls if you're looking to keep it simple.

Basically, sushi is fine, but figure somewhere between 50-100 calories for each piece you eat.
Cream cheese in sushi is sooooo wrong! I had never heard of it until moving to the US, so weird!

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Agh man I miss Japanese food too. ValRock you ate sashimi every day?! That's mega yens going on right there.

Sushi can totally be part of a healthy and balanced diet but I wouldn't say it's "healthy" in and of itself. Nigiri style sushi, which is just fish and seaweed stuck to the top of rice, is probably a better bet than the Philadelphia cream cheese rolls if you're looking to keep it simple.

Basically, sushi is fine, but figure somewhere between 50-100 calories for each piece you eat.
Well... It was mostly veggies. But, the grocery store near my house sold pretty good sashimi packs for 500 Y and I could stretch them out for a couple days. They also had a go-round upstairs with 100Y Nigiri plates. My kids could do some major damage...but I regularly saw salarymen with stacks of empties higher than them. I wonder where they put it all?!

Cream cheese on it just freaks me out!!!

Oh man, I could seriously go for a big piece of sushi grade Ahi, right now! I had a slice at the Tsukiji Market, in Tokyo that literally blew my mind. *sigh*
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They put cream cheese in sushi? I've never seen that or the tempura sushi. I guess I'm sheltered.
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They put cream cheese in sushi? I've never seen that or the tempura sushi. I guess I'm sheltered.
Around here they do!! And its eeeww!

I am from Australia where there are many Japanese immigrants so the Japanese food is very traditional. I have found most of the Japanese restaurants around here aren't even run by Japanese people.
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I generally don't go to Japanese restaurants because they are pretty pricey. If I get sushi, it is either from Whole Foods or the local Korean market. They have a sushi chef on site at both places. I guess I went to one in California a long time ago though, we used to go for lunch at work. They'd have this cute bento lunches. That was a long time ago though.
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OP, you might find this link helpful: http://www.sushifaq.com/sushi-health/calories-in-sushi/

I love sushi and sashimi, and have still had it here and there during my weight loss. If I get rolls I stick to the plainer ones (no extra sauces, nothing fried, etc.), and either ask for them to be made with less rice or - if I'm dining with someone who I know won't be embarrassed by it - I scrape some of the extra rice off.
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