“French Women Don’t Get Fat” by Mireille Guiliano

by Jasmine Turner on April 26, 2009

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a thin French woman in Paris

a thin French woman in Paris

The secret of eating for Pleasure is what this book is all about. Mireille Guiliano has an envious position as CEO of Veuve Clicquot champagne which allows her to drink the bubbly every day, but also gives her a bird’s eye view on the culture of French dining and weight control. Just like the title, the book describes how French women avoid getting fat. Guiliano describes her personal experience with weight; she gained gobs of it as an exchange student in America then managed to lose it with the French methods she enumerates. She offers specifics about what exactly the French do to stay naturally thin. Having just gone to Paris for a short trip I could really see the magically thin, pretty women everywhere. Yet they seemed to eat pastries, cheese and drink wine constantly. She attributes this ability to the passion that the French feel for their food, a passion not shared by Americans. For instance, there’s a reference to bakers who would compete fierily in Paris just to make the best chocolate covered macaroon cookie! Beyond passion, there are some practical steps that she suggests to achieve a desirable French thinness. Stabilization is recommended for maintaining equilibrium and keeping slim while aging. Drinking more water is emphasized as an important key to keeping svelte and ample consumption is apparently learned at a very young age in France . Eating nutritious broth-type soups are part of the whole regime. Recasting is the term used for getting started in the “school of proportions” and using more food variety. She repeatedly focuses on “offenders,” those foods you are bound to overindulge on. She recommends not keeping “offenders” in the home. There are fabulous recipes in the book about how to bake French bread, make croissants and yes, prepare chocolate mousse! At any age, there is joy to be found in living more French, eating more French, and breathing more French! Check it out and see if you can make your life skinnier by taking breaths between bites, taking those stairs, along with going for that walk with your posture in check! This is more than some step by step diet book, it’s a charmingly written message to enjoy life and in the process keep slim on the journey.

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Marko April 26, 2009 at 1:35 am

Do you think that these same methods would work for men, too?

xanthe Asher May 3, 2009 at 11:21 pm

Yes these methods would work for Men too. The concepts are all about enjoying the best life has to offer! Water good food and good air to breathe along with talking walks etc etc…
Men women and children could all do better with this way of life.

Jacqueline May 9, 2009 at 1:56 pm

French people eat small portions, walk a lot and I noticed on my past trip, lots of bicycles on the streets of Paris. This blog is great!

KrisBelucci June 1, 2009 at 10:04 pm

Great post! Just wanted to let you know you have a new subscriber- me!

Kirk July 20, 2009 at 10:28 am

I’ve just finished “French Women…” on your advice, Jasmine, and I loved the book! I do think that Mirielle recommends eating a lot less than the typical American might as a way to control weight, which you sort of minimized in your glowing review of this book. I was excited by the various ways she found to make food and life generally more sensational. I liked her advice about not giving up anything in particular but just using problem foods in moderation. Her stories about life in France make this book worth reading just for that!

And Marko, I do think that this could apply to men with the possible exception of not going to the gym. Guys simply look better with a bit of muscle tone and less flabby arms and shoulders, if you ask me! Otherwise, her advice would work perfectly well. Actually, I’ve lost a lot of weight in the past two years more or less doing these things that she speaks about without even realizing. Wow! I’m more French than I thought!

Thanks for the great book recommendation!

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