While in the United States, mirror what the French do. That is the advice of author Mireille Guiliano. With one in three people in America overweight or obese, Guiliano suggests that readers take a cue from their thinner French counterparts. She is an opponent of diets, which she says only contribute to the yo-yo effect. To slim down, you will not need to count calories, cut carbs or go to many of the other extremes instead all that has to be done is the adoption of the highly-effective habits of the French.
Consume three meals a day, load up on fruits and veggies, swear off super-sizing, incorporate physical activity into your daily routine, drink water and eat your favorite snacks on occasion. It is common sense and it works. Just look at French women. The French diet is usually rich in butter, cream, cheese, meat and other gourmet delicacies, but they still manage to maintain their girlish figures.
Guiliano tells her followers to eat for pleasure. Instead of living by the scale, she suggests keeping tabs of weight using your zipper. When it begins to be tough to close your pants, it is time to get a handle on your habits. She also advocates the philosophy that less is more. Why eat 30 bites when the palate is satisfied after only a handful of that number?
Eat with your head and not leave the dinner table feeling like you have overdone it. Savor each morsel and do not rush. Consume foods that will leave you feeling satisfied. Add flavor into the diet using fresh herbs, fruits and vegetables. When following her approach, some of the recipes she provides include: salad of duck a l'orange, asparagus tart, a plum clafouti made without dough, and grilled peaches with lemon thyme.