How to Diet like French Women
The cliché understanding of a French woman’s figure is slim, slightly boyish, with skinny legs and rather small breasts. It is probably the opposite of another European female stereotype, the Italian one, in which women are perceived as usually lush and very sexy in an obvious manner. Nevertheless, we are somewhat in a controversial historical moment where the two colliding concepts of female beauty are both kind of trendy and are in a constant battle in our own minds. It is hard to love yourself first sometimes, so we try to set an appearance goal that often involves diets and workouts on the way to achieving it.
So let’s take a few tips from the skinny, stylish French women and see how they keep their figures slim while being healthy!
- Eat real food: In order to achieve something, it is better to forget about processed foods, or at least take them down to a minimum. Processed and fast food does not contain the nutrients needed for you to be healthy and feel full at the same time. The calories in them have no nutritional value. If you are really craving a burger and fries, have one at home or in a fancy restaurant, not at McDonalds! You do not need to give up your favorite meals, just make sure they are cooked in the right way.
- Fruit and vegetables are absolutely compulsory: You may have heard about the great benefits of protein, but the truth is that fruit and vegetables are the best! They actually can fill you up quite well, if you have some every two or three hours. Besides, the vitamins in them are perfect for your health!
- Drink tons of water: You have probably been hearing this one everywhere, but there is a reason why there is such an emphasis on hydration. We drink lots of coffee and energy drinks to keep ourselves energetic during the day, while it is water that can do that while helping us to maintain a healthy weight. The multiple benefits of drinking about two liters of water a day include high energy levels, hydrated and clear skin and moisturized and soft hair, better digestion, etc. Try to have a bottle or a glass around you at all times, and remember to drink a glass of water before every meal to enhance digestion.
- Spread out your meals into small portions: It is a lot better to eat frequently, but a little during the day, as opposed to have once giant meal at lunch or dinner. Do not save on calories earlier during the day in order to indulge in enormous amounts of food later. Portion control is the key to a well-working digestive system!
- Whole grains are your friend: You do not need to give up on bread. Simply go for whole-grained and fresh bread. To be honest, the ones found in supermarkets may not always be a good idea: look for a nearby bakery, for instance. Choose whole grain bread, pasta, rice and other starch products since they contain plenty of fiber.
- Fat is not your enemy: Consuming moderate amounts of fat are not dangerous! Do not put too much while cooking, but a little olive oil will cause no real harm. Avocados, nuts and flax seeds contain healthy types of fat that you can consume without being scared of any weight gain!