10 Ways to Make the French Diet Work for You
How to fit French diet strategies into an American lifestyle
8. Don't Go by the Numbers.
Pay attention to how you feel and how you look; use the zipper test instead
of the scale. Find a favorite pair of pants that fits snugly. If you feel the
zipper getting tight, it's time to reevaluate what you're eating, how much
you're eating, or whether you've been moving enough each day.
How to Americanize this suggestion: If you're number-oriented, move
your scale out of clear sight so you aren't tempted to weigh yourself too
often. Shift your focus from numbers on the scale to the numbers on your
pedometer. And shop at clothing stores where you usually have a good
"sizing" experience. My favorite store doesn't have the usual sizes; it
just has 0, 1, 2, and 3.
9. Use Your Head (or When All Else Fails, There Are Always Trade-Offs).
If you eat a heavy lunch, enjoy a lighter dinner or make it a point to take
a longer walk. We all occasionally have days when we don't eat as well or
exercise as much as we should have -- just don't make it a routine.
How to Americanize this suggestion: I hate to say it but, "Don't
worry, be happy." Don't beat yourself up about a heavy meal or a day
without exercise. Just do your best to compensate for it that day (eating light
at the next meal or walking after dinner). But don't get obsessed about this,
either. If you are hungry, eat. If you haven't exercised yet, try to fit in
some type of movement later. Don't make it a big deal.
10. H2O Therapy.
Often, when we think we're hungry, we're really just thirsty. Try drinking a
large glass of water before eating a snack and between meals.
How to Americanize this suggestion: Fortunately, Americans generally
love water! We like it from the spring, or bottled with bubbles, or with
essence of lime or lemon. The best way to drink more water is to set up your
life so it's convenient. Keep herb tea bags at work for an early-morning cup of
tea. Keep your favorite mineral waters in the refrigerator for a cold treat
when you get home. Pack your car with water bottles so you can enjoy water
every time you step in the car.