Mireille Guiliano

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 wowowow.com titled “Eat, Drink and Be Merry—Without the Guilt!” summarizes it beautifully. Here’s what I believe worked for me. Read more