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The French Diet
It's no secret that France has created some of
the world's most talented artists, but they
apparently also know something the rest of us
don't about enjoying food and staying fit without
effort. The French Diet is not a fad diet like
Atkins or The Zone, but rather a balanced
lifestyle that has been developed and perfected
by a nation of food lovers.
Mireille Guiliano's latest book "The French
Women Don't Get Fat, The Secret Of Eating For
pleasure" reveals the reasons why French
woman can eat delicious foods, indulge in wine
and still stay trim and beautiful. Eating is one of
life's greatest pleasures - creating a healthy
relationship with food will do wonders for your
senses and your waistline. The French Diet is
very appealing as there are no restrictions on
carbs or fat and no calorie counting, just good
quality food eaten in moderation. The key here
really is quality not quantity.
The French Diet: Foundation
The French are very particular about what they
eat. Their diet contains all fresh whole foods and
avoids processed foods, junk foods, and sugary
drinks. Back-to-basics, natural food is the key.
When cooking for themselves or friends, the
French go to great lengths to seek out the best
produce and ingredients for their meal. This is
usually done on foot by walking around the
farmers' markets, boulangeries and fromageries,
burning calories and contributing even more to a
Importantly, French portions are a fraction of the
size of those in the United States. While a
French woman would be happy to savour a
small plate of delicious quality food, the rest of
us would rather wolf down a plate double the
size, and often of lesser quality. That means at
least double the calories.
Mireille Guiliano's advice is to sit down and eat
as if it is a ritual, avoiding distractions such as
TV, laptops and newspapers. Eat consciously
and slowly, make sure you savor each mouthful.
By stopping to enjoy your meal, you will feel
satisfied faster and not overeat. Relax while
eating and your body will metabolize food more
efficiently, whereas hurriedly wolfing down your
food will lead your body to secrete Cortisol and
store excess fat.
French woman drink plenty of water too. As well
as prolonging your life and keeping your internal
organs (liver, kidney etc) clean and healthy,
water speeds up your metabolism and aids
Another important philosophy of the French Diet
is to forgive your lapses. There will always be a
time when you lack willpower and indulge, but
the key is just to cut back on your next meal.
Don't feel guilty, don't return to your old eating
habits, just get back on track. If you do need a
snack, follow the French way and keep some low
fat yogurt in the fridge.
The French Diet: Which Foods are Allowed?
You can eat a huge variety of unprocessed
meat, fish, poultry, grains, bread, dairy, veggies
and fruit. A varied diet is essential, as each food
contains different vitamins and minerals
essential for long term health. It's really ALL
Keep in mind that your protein at each sitting
shouldn't be much larger than a deck of cards,
and should be eaten with salads and vegetables.
Desserts are allowed too. Instead of everybody
ordering an individual piece of cheese cake
though, order one for the table. Eat it slowly, let
it linger on your tongue and you will be satisfied
with less. Even better, opt for the fruit salad.
Croissants, pastries and even baguettes are
fine, but in very small portions. Croissants in
France are a mere 1 ounce! Not monster size as
they are in many countries.
Real cheese is certainly allowed - the French
love to go to the fromagerie. Eating a small
portion of cheese will keep you full and satisfied
and dissuade you from snacking. Processed
cheesed is the most consumed cheese in the
United States but is definitely NOT allowed.
Examples of what not to eat include Cheez Whiz
Red wine is packed with antioxidants and has
recently been proven to be heart healthy. The
French have a low incidence of heart disease
and many cite red wine as the reason. Just 1-2
glasses a day remember, not a whole bottle.
Lastly, the French eat a large proportion of
vegetables and fruits. These are low in calories
and nutritionally dense. They also use heart
healthy Olive Oil, rather than artery-clogging
hydrogenated cooking oils.
The French Diet: Which Foods are Not Allowed?
All processed snack food like potato or corn
chips, pork rinds and snack bars. All snacks are
out, besides perhaps a low calorie snack to get
you through to the next meal. If you have to, opt
for a bit of fruit or a low fat yogurt.
Soda and other sugary drinks, high calorie
cocktails, Frappucinos (a Starbucks 20-ounce
Frappuccino with added whipped contains a
whopping 650 calories and 25 grams of fat!).
Stay off the fast food and turn your back on
McDonalds and KFC. The French would turn
their nose up at this low quality junk food in a
second, and for good reason. Fast food is
unnatural and packed with preservatives. Not on
the French diet!
Pre-packaged meals and Frozen meals. The
French like to prepare their meals carefully from
only the freshest ingredients. You know the big
aisle with the frozen dinners in your local
market? That aisle is much, much smaller in a
The French Diet: Pros
• This diet is not really a diet but a healthy and
happy way of living. There is no deprivation,
calorie or carb counting.
• Adapting the French eating lifestyle makes you
really stop and smell the roses (or the red wine
for that matter!).
• This diet is exciting as it's full of lavish
wholesome diverse food.
The French Diet: Cons
• Time.. Set aside time to relax, eat slowly and
savor each bite. Eating under stress leads to
weight gain, so no more rushing down the street
eating your lunch on the go!
• Effort.. Frequent trips to the farmers' market,
fromagerie and boulangerie will take some time,
but you will burn calories and source the
• Money.. Fresh, high quality ingredients tend to
cost more money than convenience food. But
where's the sense in spending $150 dollars on a
gym membership and then eating McDonalds?
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