The beauty, grace, and most of all fitness of French women are the envy of females across the world. Their svelte forms are an absolute wonder considering that French food looks like this:
To say that they love their bread and cheese won’t be an overstatement:
And then there are the crème brûlées, tarte tatin, cherry clafoutis:
Not to mention their love for wine.
And this is what the French women look like:
You are left wondering:
When you ask them their secret, the typical response is:
You won’t get much more out of them.
And guess what? They do not work out- no sir, sweating it out just isn’t their thing.
It has even left the likes of Oprah digging into their secret. Who wouldn’t want to know how they can eat whatever they want and stay so fit?
Here’s the secret:
Putting together what experts like Dr Jean-Michel Cohen, Sally Asher and Mireille Guiliano, all of whom has done enormous amount of research on the subject, it basically boils down to the following three points:
They make the most of meal times
'Eating together at regular times is a priority in the Parisian's daily routine', Dr Cohen says. 'In France, mealtimes are considered a real and necessary ritual, even when they don't last for very long. In contrast, in many other countries, eating often is seen more as a mechanical act of 'refueling'; something that can be done at the same time as other activities.'
Sally Asher says, “French women inherently understand that satisfaction is qualitative not quantitative. Discerning palates are encouraged and cultivated. In France, there is an emphasis on eating a wide variety of foods—fruits, vegetables, beef, poultry, fish, bread and cheese—without overdoing any one thing. Food groups like beef, dairy, fat or carbs are not labeled “bad.” After all, a little baguette and brie won’t make you fat, but eating too much will.”
Same goes for the desserts and wine. The serving sizes are appropriately small, especially rich desserts, charcuterie and cheese. As for the drinks, they mostly consume them with their meals, so it is more of an accompaniment to the food rather than a drinking for the heck of it.
And they take their time eating- they take small bites; chew slowly and swirl the food around in their mouth and make the most of every morsel.
They keep it simple
They keep the food simple using herbs, spices and seasonings. They do experiment, but keep it a light affirm, leaving the heavy cooking to the gourmet chefs, whose creations they sample occasionally. See, they understand the wisdom of indulging themselves frequently, but not overdoing it.
They opt for real, high-quality fresh produce instead of synthetic and unsatisfying diet food. For example, they will simply replace commercial salad dressings with some olive oil and vinegar.
They eat instead of snacking
They consume more than 90 per cent of their daily calorie intake at meal times and avoid snacking as much as they can. Eating protein-rich meals leaves them satisfied with hardly a need to snack later on.
They do not skip lunch; in fact they make a conscious effort to eat it properly. A majority of French people eat lunch at home during the week compared to the US and UK, where people mostly spend their lunch hour on the desk.
Generally, this means a pastry and coffee in the morning; vegetables, meat and starch in the afternoon; and a light dinner. As an extra trick, at the end of each meal, many women will drink an espresso or eat yogurt, both of which are diuretics.