The Parisian Diet was created by Dr. Jean-Michel Cohen, France’s leading nutrition and weight loss expert.
This program outlines a way of living that is based on healthy eating habits of the French people.
You will learn to eat with pleasure so you can lose weight without having to strictly avoid any particular food.
Cohen outlines the top ten Parisian weight loss secrets, highlighting some of the healthy eating habits of the French.
1. Enjoy Your Food
French people experience pleasure when they eat and savor every morsel, which helps you feel satisfied more quickly.
2. Take Time For Meals
Parisians devote at least 20 minutes and up to two hours to each meal.
3. Proper Portion Sizes
American portion sizes are much larger than those of the typical French meal.
4. Don’t Watch TV During Meals
Eating meals at the table reduces mindless eating that can occur when your attention is focused on the television while you eat.
5. Stay Physically Active
Parisians prefer to walk or cycle instead of driving. They will also use the stairs rather than waiting for an elevator.
6. Eat Fresh Foods
The Parisian diet emphasizes fresh, locally grown, high quality ingredients. Processed food is not a common feature in French diets.
7. Drink Water
French people don’t drink soda or juice during the day and generally prefer water when they are thirsty.
8. Compensate for Indulgences
The French are known for enjoying rich meals and drinking wine on occasion. But they make up for it by eating healthy, lower calorie foods the next day.
9. Prepare Meals at Home
Cooking meals with fresh ingredients is much better for health and weight loss than eating packaged foods or getting takeout.
10. Eat More Fruit
The French enjoy fruits in a variety of ways such as fruit salads, poached, baked or stewed.
Yogurt, skim milk, eggs, low-fat cheese, cod, salmon, halibut, scallops, chicken, veal, beef, lamb, lean ham, Portobello mushrooms, artichokes, arugula, beets, parnips, fennel, broccoli, cabbage, whole wheat bread, soy sauce, mustard, vinegar, olive oil, herbs and spices, chocolate, tea, coffee, wine, diet soda.
The following is the sample menu for the Bistro Phase.
Veal and Mozarella Melt
Cod Fillet with Julienned Vegetables
The Parisian Diet believes that regular exercise helps you lose weight, invigorates the body and increases metabolic rate. You should choose sports and activities that you enjoy and try to stay active for about 30 minutes a day.
The Parisian Diet: How to Reach Your Right Weight and Stay There retails at $26.
Also available is an online program that includes extra features such as 24/7 nutritional support, coaching videos and smart phone access. This is offered for $29 a month with a 6-month commitment.
The Parisian Diet will appeal to those who enjoy a structured meal plan and have the time to prepare meals.
The benefits of this program are largely associated with learning to reduce portion sizes and avoiding between meal snacks. Weight loss will also occur due to the low amounts of carbohydrates and calories in the menu plans.
Continued success is most likely when practicing the principles of the Parisian Diet after completing the three-phase program.