French Women Don’t Get Fat

Lose Weight in 2011, No Diets Allowed!

January 5, 2011 at 6:53 pm , by

Lose ten pounds in a flash! The weight-loss secret! Gluten-free is the way to be! Oh, if only it were that easy. It’s still week one of the New Year, which means you’re probably eating better and exercising more in honor of your it’s-really-going-to-happen-this-year resolution to shed some pounds.

The unfortunate truth is that most women who resolve to get healthier in January fall into the trap of the yo-yo diet only to find themselves back where they started by year’s end. With all the fads, gimmicks and “best-kept secrets” out there, looking for guidance in matters of the waistline can be tough.

But sometimes it just takes some digging. So, in search of some intelligent inspiration, we went through our (very large) pile of health and diet books to find some good tips for staying on track in 2011.

Remember the Pleasure Principle
From French Women Don’t Get Fat by Mireille Guiliano
Instead of denying yourself, celebrate and savor food, but pay attention to portion sizes. Guiliano says that by allowing yourself to indulge within reason, what you get “is a non-diet and a reset healthy lifestyle. That’s something you can stick with.

Eat Plenty of Whole Foods
From The Perfect 10 Diet by Michael Aziz, M.D.
If you can’t pronounce the things in the ingredients list, leave it on the shelf, writes Dr. Aziz. The best thing you can do for your body is eat a diet full of whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Those are the foods that have the nutrients your body needs without the additives that can leave you sluggish and mess with your metabolism.

Use the Web
From Lose It! by Charles Teague and Anahad O’Connor
Family and friends have always been important for losing weight, but now you are never more than an e-mail, text or Facebook status away from support. Take advantage of technology in every way you can—forums, recipe apps, blogs—to keep you motivated.

Be Kind
From The Self-Compassion Diet by Jean Fain
Beating yourself up for falling off the wagon is the worst thing you can do because it puts you in competition with yourself and creates so much negativity that it’s no wonder so many people give up. When you take a kinder view of yourself, you will struggle less, making it easier to make better choices, Fain writes.

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French Women Don’t Get Fat and Neither Did I

December 15, 2010 at 11:09 am , by

TarteI just spent a lovely week in Lyon, France, eating the famously rich and decadent foods this city is famous for, including sausages, duck, foie gras, pike quenelles in cream sauce, creamy cheeses, potatoes cooked in butter and cream, crème brûlée (notice the word “cream” appears frequently) and more.

And I lost three pounds.

I know, just hate me now. I was surprised, too. At first I thought it was a fluke; maybe I was dehydrated and the weight would come back quickly. But three days after my return, the pounds have stayed off.

When I really thought about it, I understood why. I pretty much follow the philosophy of Mireille Guiliano in her best-selling book French Women Don’t Get Fat. It’s not about “dieting.” It’s all about savoring and celebrating great food, rather than denying yourself—but also about balance and portion control. Guiliano’s recent blog on titled “Eat, Drink and Be Merry—Without the Guilt!” summarizes it beautifully. Here’s what I believe worked for me. Read more