French Women Don't Get Fat Diet Review
It's a diet based on eating for pleasure and portion control. Experts explain how it works
French Women Don’t Get Fat: What the Experts Say
First of all, let's get one thing straight, French women do get fat and the
obesity rate in France is growing quickly, says ADA spokeswoman Katherine
Tallmadge. "French Women Don't Get Fat, like many other diet books, is a
frustrating blend of real insight, shaky science, and sheer speculation."
Tallmadge, a weight loss counselor in Washington, D.C., points out that
Guiliano is not a nutrition or weight loss professional and even though she
doesn't claim to be, bases her advice on personal experiences and observations
of life in France.
Some recommendations in French Women Don't Get Fat are right on target, like
walking for exercise, weight training for women over 40, and eating vegetable
soup. "Eating soup with lots of vegetables has been found to help reduce
calorie intake naturally," says Tallmadge, author of the diet book Diet Simple.
However, Tallmadge notes scientific evidence does not support the author's
claim that leeks have a magical quality to cause weight loss, nor does
chocolate contain serotonin, the feel-good neurotransmitter.
"I disagree with the recommendation to start dieting through a semi-fast of
primarily leek soup because, while it will cause weight loss, it is not
nutritionally adequate and it is not a solution to help people learn about
habits that can be sustained long term," Tallmadge says.
Additionally, some experts suggest that the real reason many French women
may be thin is because they smoke cigarettes to curb their appetite.
French Women Don’t Get Fat: Food for Thought
French Women Don't Get Fat could be a helpful weight loss approach for women
who love fine food, wine, and chocolate and want the flexibility and options to
eat what they like.
With this plan, knowing that no food is off-limits could be very empowering
to some as long as they can control portion sizes and the majority of food they
choose is nutritionally sound, like vegetable soup and low-fat yogurt.
"People get bored on diets and go back to their eating habits, which are why
diets don't work" says Guiliano. Her approach is simple: don't deny yourself
favorite foods; simply learn -- over time -- to enjoy smaller portions.
Assuming that eating slower and more mindfully really will lead to
recognition of satiety, weight loss with the French Women Don't Get Fat plan
should occur slowly but surely. Becoming satisfied with smaller portions is the
trick to making this plan work.