Ooh la la! Parisian twist to shedding those unwanted kilos

The Parisian Diet acknowledges that one size does not fit all.
The Parisian Diet acknowledges that one size does not fit all.

MMM The Parisian Diet, hand me the plate of macaroons please.

Hang on, it's not about guilt-free indulgence in croissants, wine, cheese and other delicious, rich goodness?

The Parisian Diet has taken the world by storm, drawing from a European tradition of regularly spaced meals and healthy recipes.

Having waged his own war with weight loss, French diet and nutrition expert Dr Jean-Michel Cohen created the Parisian Diet to constrict our expanding waistlines.

He starts with the premise that one size does not fit all and explains the desire to shrink down to supermodel size is unrealistic.

Before beginning the Parisian Diet, Dr Cohen says it's important to calculate your right weight.

He's designed a formula based on your previous weight at different points in your life, to determine your right weight.

This gives you a realistic goal and one you should be able to maintain.

"A correctly followed diet will always produce results, not necessarily within two or three days, but certainly over the course of two weeks," Dr Cohen said.

"Weigh yourself regularly, but don't make an obsession of doing so. You should weigh yourself once a week.

"Also take four body measurements (thighs, hips, waist and bust) often. They give you another way to evaluate the effectiveness of your diet."

Modelled on healthy French eating habits, the diet is a three-phase solution.

The Cafe phase is an optional and brief kick-start where you lose up to 500g a day for up to 10 days.

The Bistro phase lasts for two to three weeks and will result in a weight loss of 3.5-5kg.

Finally, the Gourmet phase will see you comfortably lose another 3.5kg-5kg in the first month, followed by an additional 2.5-4kg every month after for at least three months.

Dr Cohen's diet also allows for flexibility and "taboo foods" including pasta, potatoes, bread and wine, and puts you back in control of your eating habits.

"Standard diets where everything is imposed are never effective over the long term," he said.

In his best-selling book, Dr Cohen provides a list of alternative sources of fibre, protein and sugar so you can alter meals to suit your mood and cravings.

There is also a list of food combinations and dining out suggestions, making it easier to achieve results, without compromising your favourite food or way of life.

"We are omnivores, so you should eat a bit of everything and enjoy a varied diet," he said.

"You will succeed in losing weight only if you respect your urges, cravings, and habits.

"Just remember that when you allow yourself to indulge in such cravings, you will need to compensate beforehand and/or afterward."

 

Dr Cohen's diet tips

  • Enjoy your meal and indulge yourself from time to time.
  • Space meals out regularly throughout the day.
  • Take a break to eat.
  • Focus on making each meal a pleasure.
  • Get back into the kitchen to prepare meals using fresh ingredients.
  • Reduce portion sizes.
  • Drink water throughout the day.

 

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Topics:  diet, france, health, lifestyle, nutrition



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