Want to Lose Weight? Do as the French Do!
- Get Fat
For many Australians, losing weight and eating a more nutritious meal is important to overall longevity and reduced risk for progressive and chronic disease. Using weight loss programs such as Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig and even the Aitkin’s Diet, weight loss has become a popular business. In some successful weight loss programs, however, the loss of weight has been attributed to a simple change in diet following the dietary programs of the French. Yes, that’s right, the French. With a love for cream-based sauces, butter and even wine, the French have managed to avoid an obesity epidemic. And, so, many Australian dieters and weight loss gurus are now turning to the same dietary programs as the French.
One key area of focus for the French is the notation that mealtime, and eating, is a leisurely activity. Sitting down and enjoying the ambience of the setting, taking the time to cook and relax, is half of the eating process for the French. When dining out, the French tend to take longer periods to engage others in conversation and browse the menu before ordering food. In support of this process, studies have shown that if we eat slower and engage our senses, enjoy the process of getting to the food, i.e. cooking and ordering, we tend to eat less and, ultimately, may lose weight.
Eating slowly is a key component of the French. In fact, setting the fork down between bites is quite common with many French diners enjoying their environment while the fork is at rest. You can apply these same principles to your eating habits by not only resting the fork but also taking time to breathe between bites, pray or meditate before eating and even try taking smaller bites of food. In doing so, your mealtime will be far more relaxing and enjoyable and you should, ultimately, feel satisfied long before your plate of food is gone.
In the minds of many French consumers, the notion of dieting is not something considered to be healthy. In fact, eating nutrition bars or smoothie drinks is often deemed to be an insult to the tradition of eating. Because these “on-the-go” food products take away from half of the joy of eating, i.e. conversation, ambience, preparation and relaxation, many French consumers avoid these products. When considering a diet program, follow these same thoughts as eating “on the go” will only provide temporary satisfaction, with increased caloric intake, and, ultimately, will not prove effective in your weight loss strategy.
As with any dieting or weight loss program, the key to your success lies in the commitment to make the program work. With many programs focused on caloric intake, fat content and low carbohydrates, taking a more psychological approach to food may, ultimately, be the key to opening the door to weight loss. Following these simple eating habits of the French, you may find meal time is far more enjoyable and the excess kilos will melt away.