I hesitate also because there is the French and Italian cultural influence on how I eat and live and it may not be easy to translate my French lifestyle to other countries and lifestyles.
And lastly, I hesitate because one of the most challenging areas as a nutritionist is to help clients lose weight and keep this weight off for the long-term.
In last month’s newsletter (you can subscribe to our newsletter here) I promised you I would start this series on weight loss. What I expect from you is to be open within yourself, to make changes in your eating habits, lifestyle and exercise schedules. I will tell what I do to stay slim, and I do not promote any quick fix fad diets (although I do believe quick weight loss diets have their place to help adults loss weight under certain conditions. What you can expect from me is honesty and support and I hope to help you to reach your goals.
Most of you have heard of the best seller book “French Women Don’t Get Fat.” It is only half true. There are sacred eating and lifestyle habits in the French culture that help a person stay more weight stable than in other cultures.
And I will guide you on the tricks and cultural standards on what works here in France, along with a twist of how you can use these standards in your eating plan in another culture, particularly in America or the United Kingdom. If you have very little time free because of your current life situation, you are going to find that losing weight is an uphill battle. One difference I see in the French culture compared to the American culture is that French people have more leisure time. To give a ‘Vive La France’ example: I spend at least 6 hours a week exercising, 6 hours to plan meals and cook, 6 hours to relax. If you are looking for one to one counseling via Skype or telephone, I also counsel private clients.
Mary Brighton MS, RD is a registered dietitian nutritionist in America, France and United Kingdom.


Subscribe and get your Free E-Report on "10 Simple Ways to Eat Like the French Without Having a Food Snob Attitude." Your email will always remain private. This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information: verify here. Content written and approved by a dietitian nutritionist who grew up on the Jersey Shore, now lives in the South of France and eats as often as possible in Bella Italy. For every 100 clients I counsel on weight loss, only 3 of them have a chance to succeed in long-term weight loss. But that is because a person’s body weight is based on many factors; some that we have little control over, such as genetics. It is never too late to make small steps, even if our weight-loss goals might be too high and unreachable, it is never too late to begin.
French women do get fat, but less French people get less fat than other cultures in the world. Your free time and your time that is taken up at the moment but that you are willing to put towards losing weight. Where do you currently spend time working out, leisure time to relax, meal planning and preparation time? My example was when I worked full-time: I did a daily 45 minute power walk during lunch hours at work because I had no other time to exercise during the day. I would greatly appreciate you sharing this article to those who may benefit from the information. She received her Masters of Science in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology from Colorado State University.
I have lived here ten months and in the ten months I have lived here, I have gained weight like crazy.
I am so sorry that you are experiencing a lot of weight gain here in France because it is usually the opposite (gaining weight in America).


I finished my diploma in gastronomy, taste and fine dining program with the Hautes Etudes du Gout and Le Cordon Bleu. I hesitate because my personal health, eating and fitness plan helps me to stay the same weight year after year, but there is no guarantee that this will be the same for you.
I know the ways that you can feel emotionally detached from food and focus on enjoying what you are eating and feeling better on how you feel about your body. It may take some soul-searching, seeking help from other health professionals in the medical field and some real changes in your lifestyle. It is really difficult to focus on losing weight and staying healthy if you are just too busy.
She currently lives in France, is learning Italian and loves to travel, cook and spoil her kids with good food. I have put on 25 kilos since I have been here and it’s done nothing but stress me out! I come home from work crying, upset and disgusted with myself when I realize things I wore last year in the US no longer fit me. Spending a half-hour having a coffee or aperitif!  I believe that one reason French people (and Italians who have a similar lifestyle) have less weight problems is because they have more free and leisure time than in other cultures. Eaten a lot of the French rich foods (pate,cheese,saucission) that the French eat in smaller quantities?
That weight has become a burden between me and my husband because I just feel like my husband does not understand.



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