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French Women Do Get Fat, So How Do They Maintain A Great Body Image?

French Women Do Get Fat, So How Do They Maintain A Great Body Image?

Let's face it, anyone will gain weight when large amounts of foods are consumed.  It is a fact that continuous overindulgence will result in weight gain.  French women are known to have great genes, but they can put on weight like any woman from other countries.  They also have brilliant rules they abide by, especially when it comes to indulgences.

Even Mireille Guiliano, author of "French Women Don't Get Fat - The Secret of Eating For Pleasure" put on weight in her teens until she learn't the art of dining.

According to news.com.au, in a 40 year period, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Singapore and Japan had virtually no increase in the average BMI over a 40 year period.  Now considering some of these countries are best known for their wine, cheese, chocolate and pastries, that is extraordinary, especially when 38 per cent of Australians are set to be obese by the year 2025 alone.

They also suffer less from dietary related illnesses, including heart disease and diabetes.

So how do they stay so slim?  What is their secret?

There is no secret involved.  It is a simple fact that when you eat more than you burn off, you will put on weight.  French people consume a wide range of food, including butter, meat, cheese, wine, desserts and pâtisseries, but they don't eat this on a daily basis.

They eat great quality foods, mainly fresh fruit and vegetables, yogurt, fish and meat in small portions.  They very rarely rely on fast or convenient foods, opting to cook at home, or eat at a valued restaurant.  Seasonings and variety are key elements of keeping meals tasty and satisfying.

They eat slowly, taking their time to enjoy their food, embracing the art of a great conversation and exceptional wine.

They also only consume small amounts of wine, and drink a lot of water.  They walk often, and shop at markets daily, sourcing great produce.

Food is one of the best pleasures in life. We should not eat like we’re robots or on autopilot
— Mireille Guiliano

So next time you feel like chomping on a huge hamburger, or eat an enormous meal from the local pub, think of the French.  A little indulgence is ok for weight maintenance, like a delicious piece of dark chocolate and a glass or two of wine.  The secret is not to eat the whole block, or to drink the whole bottle.  Eat and drink slowly, enjoying your dining experiences.  

Indulgence v's Overindulgence

The secret of the French is to indulge on beautiful food, but don't overindulge regularly.  Stick to a healthy diet and include a few luxury items, but not many.

Secret Diet Tips From The French:

  • There is no need to deprive yourself of something you want to eat if you want to stay slim.
  • The key is portion control
  • Sit at a table to enjoy and respect your food, rather than eating on the go.
  • Chew, chew and chew your food.
  • Eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, including spinach, and organic where possible.
  • Slow down when eating, placing your knife and fork on your plate between bites.
  • Enjoy the art of conversation when dining.  
  • No snacking, especially sugary products that will give you an instant hit, but leave you feeling hungry in an hour or two.
  • Add side salads to your meals, so your main portion is smaller to keep calories down.
  • Eat carbs to prevent binge eating and boost your energy.  But only the good ones, including whole grains, oats, beans, veggies, nuts.
  • Eat good fats to lose fat.  
  • Ditch anything low fat, it is full of weight gaining sugar.
  • Remove sugar from your diet where possible, especially sugary drinks.
  • Give your skin a treat by eating fresh berries and a touch of dark chocolate, full of antioxidants.
  • Hydrate, Hydrate and Hydrate.  Your skin and body will love you for it.  
  • Switch a few coffees to herbal teas.
  • Try to drink short black coffees like French women.
  • Present your food beautifully to respect what you have created.
  • Walk and exercise for great energy, healthy and weight loss.


As you can see, there is no magic pill, no special diets to go on.  We need to learn to only overindulge occasionally, and stick to the guidelines of the French to remain or become healthy.

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