Sushi and Weight Loss For most fitness enthusiasts, the rule of thumb is to watch what you eat because that determines whether you put on weight or not in the long run. Very simply, more calories means a greater chance to put on weight, and lesser the calories means staying within the recommended daily limit. However, when it comes to sushi, one does notice a trend of calories between Western and traditional sushi in its various forms, with the former containing more calories than the latter. And the primary reason for this to occur is largely due to the kind of ingredients, toppings and condiments in the Western version. Now, before one takes these figures in a literal sense, you must remember that each chef when preparing either type of sushi, usually adds his or own ‘special’ ingredients that can either add to the number of calories for the particular ‘sushi’ mentioned here, so these figures can swing in either direction, give or take a few calories. One trick to check the calorie value is to check the nutritional value of meals provided at the sushi bar or restaurant that you intend to visit. Although sushi was about just eating fish, not only has this changed but even the way it is prepared as well. And these distinctions stem from either the way it is eaten, the kind of ingredients that are added and even the way it is assembled and arranged, with each region of Japan creating their unique style of the popular sushi types. Here are the eight types of sushi, right from its origin, and that is in existence today: 1) Nigirizushi – an oblong mound of sushi rice to which wasabi is added along with a topping that is wrapped around it. 2) Makizushi – this is a type of sushi roll that is wrapped in nori, while specific toppings are selected for their distinct flavor and taste. 3) Oshizushi – Known to be a pressed sushi made by an oshibako making a rectangular block. 4) Inarizushi – Stuffed sushi that consists of a pouch made from tofu and filled with sushi rice. 5) Sukeroku – Prepared as a combination of Makizushi and Inarizushi, it can be called ‘fast food’ sushi. 6) Chirashizushi – Known as scattered sushi, it consists of a bowl of rice with ingredients mixed in it. 7) Narezushi – Earliest form of sushi, where the ingredients consisted of rice and fish, and after preparation, only the fish was eaten. For example, the Shrimp Tempura Roll is around 500 calories while the Kappa Maki Roll is about 130 calories, with fat content being ranging from zero to about 21 g. If you compared these figures with almost every form of traditional sushi, the calorie value range between 40 to 65 calories per serving. What a difference! However, in the larger scheme of things, sushi (whether Western of traditional) can be considered a healthy food as compared to most junk foods that hit the roof in terms of calories and does nothing but make you eat more so that you can put on weight.

By Laura