If there is something that we should copy from the neighboring country, it is their diet, especially that of girls and women
If we think of a French woman, the typical slim female comes to mind eating a croissant or cheese. But the truth is that it is not the reality of your diet.
France has an obesity rate among its population well below that of neighboring countries, 16%, according to a report published last year by Inserm, the National Institute of Health and Medical Research, lower than that of Spain (23.8%), according to data from the Spanish Society of Cardiology.
Although it is true that the population is more and more obese - because of the processed and ultra-processed that make us eat more and worse - in France there are still many who follow dietary guidelines that keep them in good physical condition. We tell you what they are.
Why French women are always so thin: this is their diet
The French girls (and boys) give much importance, as a rule, to the physical. In fact, there is even talk of 'gordofobia' in the neighboring country. At least that's what Gabrielle Deydier says in her memoirs, in which she tells what it's like to grow up overweight in France.
"To be fat in France is to be a loser," says Deydier in On Ne Naît Pas Grosse (One is not born fat), which was and continues to be a media sensation in the country. And it may be true, because unlike the United States, where people are encouraged to respect themselves and continue eating (consuming), in France the extra kilos are not celebrated people, rather the opposite.
Perhaps that is why French girls and women are more aware of their eating habits, which are basically the following:
1) They make up for meals
French girls are assiduous to the practice of restraint and the theory of compensation. If they drink wine at night or eat a large meal, the next day they reduce their dishes and eat fresh juices, fruits and vegetables. And yes, they do eat cheese, but little and from time to time.
2) They eat real food
In France, although less and less, eating 'junk food' is not normalized or viewed well. The majority of the population prioritizes natural foods over processed ones. In this way, there is less trans-fat and refined sugars, which provide many calories and few nutrients.
3) They eat dinner very soon
One of the reasons why we are so overweight in Spain is our meal schedule. We eat a lot of dinner very late, so we save these extra calories in our body by not spending them completely while we sleep.
In France, on the other hand, a light dish and a dessert - and eventually a starter (soup or crudités) - are eaten around 7-20 pm.
4) they walk a lot
The saying that Parisians walk everywhere is true. You will see a few French women in gyms, but you will see many walking. They prioritize moving when they can spend an hour sweating in a closed space with strangers.
5) They have good habits since they were little
In the neighboring country, great importance is given to elegance and image, which is why French women, since they are little, learn routines of both beauty and food. This is why you are more likely to see a Parisian girl having an apple in the afternoon than a bag of potato chips.
In France, in fact, people often go to the markets to buy in search of fresh seasonal products. They are good customs, however, that are being lost, also in Spain, where fewer and fewer people follow the Mediterranean diet.
6) They give another value to food
The esteem that the French give to food is different from that of other countries. Branavie Ranjithakumaran, an Australian nutritionist, assures that they are well aware of the damage that certain foods can cause to the body and health: "In France, emphasis is placed on the social and psychological aspects that accompany food. You know what you eat in each moment, it is enjoyed sitting down and for a longer period of time. "
7) eat seasonal foods
"The French eat lamb and asparagus in spring, mushrooms in autumn, and stone fruits in summer, for example," says French-Australian chef Guillaume Brahimi. They eat, therefore, in a natural and conscious way, and flee from products prepared in factories. Undiagnosed or untreated type 1 diabetes can cause weight loss. Glucose builds up in the bloodstream if insulin isn't available to move it into the body's cells. When glucose levels become high, the kidneys work to get rid of unused sugar through urine (pee). This causes weight loss due to dehydration and loss of calories from the sugar that wasn't used as energy.