What is it?
The French Women Don’t Get Fat Diet is based on eating
high-quality foods in moderate portions. The creator, Mirielle Guiliano, claims
French women don't diet, and they don’t count calories, or skip meals. Instead,
French women develop a balanced relationship with food. This balanced
relationship is what Guiliano calls a "French Zen."
The diet focuses on eating a well-balanced group of foods
including lean meats, fresh fruit, vegetables, breads, olive oil, and plenty of
water. Anything goes, in moderation—even foods typically banned from diets, like
chocolate and wine. This isn’t a diet about counting calories, or cutting foods. It’s about savoring what you eat, and feeding your body what it needs to
Portion control is the key to this diet. Guiliano suggests
that eating slowly will help you to feel satisfied with smaller portions of
food. French women eat with all five senses, allowing them to eat less because
they are paying attention and savoring the taste of the food. Portion sizes in
America are out of control, Guiliano says—if you compare the size of a
croissant in France to one in the United States, it becomes immediately clear
why French women can typically eat pastry for breakfast and stay in shape while
American women can’t. According to Guiliano, Americans need to prioritize
quality over quantity and learn to slow down to really appreciate food.
Another essential aspect of the diet is taking in lots of
liquids by drinking plenty of water every day, and drinking herbal tea and
eating soup regularly.
Mirielle Guiliano claims that a Mediterranean-influenced
diet and a balanced relationship with food will lead to a healthy weight and
lifestyle. This isn’t a quick-fix weight loss plan; it’s a lifestyle change
that Guiliano describes as a "proper recasting and resetting of your body's
dials, and a three-month affair.”
Guiliano’s plan promises that you’ll be able to trim down
without having to give up on all the finer (and more decadent) things in life.
Pros & Cons
The French Women Don’t Get Fat Diet is a healthy approach to
weight loss, which aims to get rid of the guilt so often associated with food
and replace it with a healthy relationship to foods. Part of what’s great about
this diet is that it promotes eating high-quality foods—and really enjoying
them. Guiliano wants to make eating a special time. She asks readers to turn
off the television and pay attention to what they’re eating.
There’s nothing completely banned from the French Women
Don’t Get Fat Diet, except for processed foods. Anything fresh is fine—even
chocolate, pastries, and baguettes—as long as it’s consumed in moderation.
The flip side is that this diet may be difficult for those
without a lot of time and money. Sitting down to a slow, relaxing meal is a
luxury that many people with busy lives simply don’t have. In addition, getting
fresh, high-quality ingredients isn’t easy. They can be harder to find and
more costly to purchase.
This is a well-balanced diet that promotes quality over
quantity. Guiliano is passionate about fresh ingredients and celebrates the
enjoyment of food. There’s no calorie counting or regimented rules on this
diet, which helps to make this a realistic, long-term weight loss strategy. The
emphasis on taking in enough water is also great, as many adults do not drink
enough fluids every day.
While Guiliano does promote healthy foods such as fruit and
vegetables, she places more emphasis on the importance of taste and
appreciation of food. Guiliano suggests eating fruits and vegetables that are
in season and more flavorful than those that are not. Eating a piece of
quality chocolate as opposed to a run-of-the-mill candy bar is a tastier and healthier
choice every time. We couldn’t agree more!
According to Guiliano, the key to successfully losing and
maintaining a healthy weight is about eating smaller portions of high-quality
foods. She doesn’t believe it’s necessary to work out at the gym in order to
achieve a healthy weight. She writes that French women don't like the gym, and
get their exercise by walking everywhere.
Don’t stop your workout sessions at the gym yet! The typical American lifestyle is not one
that includes enough daily walking, so additional exercise is a necessity. We
agree that a run on the treadmill or a weekly spinning class won’t lead to
perfect health on its own. But exercise in any form, alongside a healthy diet,
is key to healthy weight loss and is definitely recommended.