Wouldn’t you rather savor a buttery croissant instead of inhaling an artificially flavored diet shake? Isn’t taking a relaxing stroll preferable to pounding out early morning miles on the treadmill? The French live this way, yet stay thin and healthy. Now, with The French Don’t Diet Plan, you can, too!
In his groundbreaking book, The Fat Fallacy, Dr. Will Clower was the first to present a theory of how the French maintain low obesity and heart disease rates despite their seemingly “unhealthy” lifestyle. Dr. Clower learned that the French don’t worry about dieting but rather are more concerned with how they eat. That means paying attention to the taste, pacing, and enjoyment of meals, instead of counting calories, cutting fat and carbs, or taking guilt trips to the gym.
With The PATH, his revolutionary weight-loss plan, Dr. Clower has helped thousands of people lose weight, lower cholesterol, and increase energy. Now, in The French Don’t Diet Plan, Dr. Clower shows how easy it is to incorporate his remarkably effective techniques and the French lifestyle into a busy American day.
Dr. Clower has found that natural foods have overwhelmingly been pushed out of the American diet by what he calls “faux foods”: processed, additive-filled convenience products, often marketed as healthy with buzzwords like low fat and low carb. In addition, mealtimes should be a slow, sensual break for the body and mind—not a face-stuffing frenzy while standing up in the kitchen or sitting behind the wheel. As a result of such habits, Dr. Clower says, we are not eating what our bodies need, and we’re eating in a way that is not conducive to proper digestion. Science shows this precise combination of factors causes weight gain.
The French approach is about taking the time to enjoy real food without guilt or deprivation. Not only a successful path to becoming thin for life, The French Don’t Diet Plan will help you put joie de vivre back into your relationship with food.
The Most Delicious and Decadent Way to Lose Weight
• Formerly forbidden foods, welcome back! Learn why butter, cheese, bread, and chocolate are health foods that keep hunger at bay. . . . See Step 2.
• Spend more time eating! Discover why you should plan on having seconds and make meals last longer. . . . See Step 5.
• Hate to work out? Find out why you don’t have to exercise to lose pounds—and how relaxation can help keep weight off for good. . . . See Step 10.
• Now you’re cooking. Enjoy dozens of easy recipes for satisfying comfort foods, from Hot Artichoke-Cheese Dip to Creamy Alfredo Sauce, and Double-Almond Biscotti to Practically Flourless Chocolate Cake. . . . See Easy Recipes for Fabulous Foods.
From the Hardcover edition.
This is a sensible diet for life, it seems. So simple, like the ‘olden days’ – just eat food! When we were growing up, things like “sodas” were a rare treat, we didn’t eat lollies and biscuits every day like a lot of people do these days, and we ate butter ( my Mum said they used to eat “dripping” sandwiches – that’s the fat from cooking roasts, etc.,- set aside to cool & harden.( My mum lived to 96!) We ate fresh vegs. and fruit, bread, butter, home made sweets and sometimes homemade cakes, drank water, milk, tea and later, coffee. We walked to school and the shops, played out in the fresh air and rode our bikes around the town. People used to grow some vegetables and fruit and when they were plentiful, they were often shared with relatives and friends.What happened?? I have been eating ‘French’ for five days now, and not drinking sodas – I’ve lost about 3kgs already! I’ve even had some (dark)bitter-sweet chocolate & a couple of friands. I think I’ll stick with it now because I only have around 5-6kg more to lose. I have been walking (with the dog) for some time now, so I’m used to that. (I’m almost 70 yrs. old & I used to be quite slim).Thanks for the book!
Once upon a time, here in the USA, there weren’t any processed foods. Food was what people pulled out of their gardens, what they hunted, fished for, and baked from milled grains. This era was pre-type 2 diabetes being rampant as well as obesity, coronary artery disease, and cardiologists were unheard of. This book shows us how to bring that level of health back. Obviously nowadays we get food from a market, but as of 2013 there is still fresh real whole food to be found in the markets. That’s the key. I just got this book yesterday, and it clicked with me. That has never happened with any other book about health or diet. A simple lunch of steamed green beans, chilled and tossed with a vinaigrette, roast chicken with a lemon sauce and piece of a homemade roll to clean the plate, a simple salad of mixed greens with more vinaigrette, a bit of brie, and almost too full, seven hours later, to eat dinner. I’m sharing this as my personal experience with the advice in this book. I had a big lunch to “test” his theory and had zero urge to snack. I also had zero craving for diet soda. I sipped at water all day. I’m sold, I’ve drank the proverbial koolaid on this one. (I couldn’t resist 🙂 )
It would be easy to dismiss this book as yet another incarnation of the “eat like a French person and get thin” genre. However in doing so, one would miss a gem of a book. Yes, we hear about how the French eat, what the French eat, and other aspects of French culture. If you’re a Francophile like I am, you welcome these vignettes. If you’re not a Francophile, well, bear with Dr. Clower anyway and he will show you how to develop good habits that will definitely help you to enjoy your life and might even help you to drop a couple of pounds. Dr. Clower starts by examining what to eat – in sum, eat real food. Next he moves on to how to eat – slowly, enjoying every bite. Finally he addresses lifestyle factors that affect not only weight but overall health, such as stress and exercise. At the back of the book are some recipes that are not overly complicated and produce tasty food. If you enjoy this book, then you will also likely enjoy Dr. Clower’s first book, The Fat Fallacy: The French Diet Secrets to Permanent Weight Loss . I highly recommend both books, for the Francophile and non-Francophile alike.
- Title: The French Don’t Diet Plan: 10 Simple Steps to Stay Thin for Life
- Autor: Dr. William Clower
- Publisher (Publication Date): Harmony; Reprint edition (December 26, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0307336514 | 0307336522
- ISBN-13: 978-0307336514 | 978-0307336521
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