A few years ago, the idea of “eating like a Frenchwoman” went viral. And occasionally today, we see this advice circulate on social media.
The French are somewhat famous for their cuisine, and more importantly, their love of good food! So it might surprise you to learn that some consider the French lifestyle to be healthy, and a good way to prevent obesity. But it bears out through statistics; their rates of obesity and related diseases are indeed lower than ours.
So what does it mean to “eat like a Frenchwoman”? And how does it help you drop pounds or maintain your weight?
Eat more fresh produce. The typical American diet is deficient in fruits and vegetables, but the French don’t have this problem. Since fresh produce is lower in calories and higher in nutrients, eating a more “French” diet can be much healthier for most of us.
Enjoy smaller portions. Yes, the French are passionate about their food, but they also eat smaller portions than we tend to. Maybe that’s a side effect of truly enjoying each dish.
Cook at home more. Due to their enjoyment of food, the French tend to cook at home more. We already know that this is generally a healthier option than relying upon fast food, as we tend to do here in the United States.
Eat more frequently. Whereas we tend to sit down for enormous meals at the end of the day, the French eat more snacks. Smaller, more frequent meals are often associated with lower-calorie eating plans. Plus, you feel more satisfied throughout the day.
Eat more slowly. Since the French enjoy their food so much, they tend to truly savor each bite. When you allow your stomach time to signal fullness to your brain, you’re less likely to over-indulge.
Have a little red wine. A compound in red wine, called resveratrol, is believed to increase your metabolic rate while converting brown fat into energy. Of course, you should definitely stick to just one glass; overdoing it won’t help!
If you decide to give it a try, let us know how a French diet plan works for you. Of course, you should still consider your total daily calories and nutrient balance. For more information on that part of your weight loss plan, give us a call and we’ll consult with you about a strategy for success.