Posted by: 4pack | August 17, 2008

French Paradox Or Phelps Complex: Portion Control Is Far Superior To Excessive Exercise For Ideal Weight

THE AFTERSHOCKS FROM THE BEJING OLYMPICS WILL BE: HOW TO OBTAIN AND MAINTAIN AN IDEAL WEIGHT AND WAIST SIZE AND LOOK GREAT. HEALTH ASPECTS CAN BE DEBATED BY THE MEDICAL AND SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY FOREVER BUT OGGIES WILL KNOW WHEN THEY LOOK GOOD…THE MIRROR DOESN’T LIE.

"I always criticize myself. I always think about what I can change to get better." Michael Phelps

PORTION CONTROL OR  CALORIE RESTRICTION…SAME END RESULT IF YOU MAINTAIN DISCIPLINE….WEIGHT LOSS, FAT LOSS AND LEAN MUSCLE RATIO INCREASE…THE FRENCH PARADOX (GREAT FOOD AND A LOVE OF EATING) IS EXPLAINED IN AN ARTICLE FROM THE GUARDIAN IN BRITAIN:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2004/nov/07/foodanddrink.features11

‘I suspect that the French paradox has something to do with our differing core attitudes to food and eating. French food is real food – prepared in the kitchen, with time taken to choose, buy and prepare meals. In other words, there’s space for food in the daily routine.

Eating in France is a social activity. There are several but small courses, with plenty of time between courses for the physiological feedback to kick in.  French people, it seems, naturally exercise strict portion control. In their study of why the French remain so much slimmer than Americans, the researchers from the University of Pennsylvania came to the remarkable conclusion that it was because the French ate less. ‘Based on observation in Paris and Philadelphia,’ they wrote, ‘we document that the French portion sizes are smaller in comparable restaurants, in the sizes of individual portions in supermarkets, individual portions specified in cookbooks, and in the prominence of “all-you-can-eat” restaurants in dining guides.’

The figures – both physically and statistically – back this up. Mean portion size in Philadelphia was about 25 per cent greater than in Paris. Philadelphia’s Chinese restaurants served 72 per cent more than the Parisian ones. A supermarket soft drink in the US was 52 per cent larger, a hotdog 63 per cent larger, a carton of yoghurt 82 per cent larger.”

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  1. This is so true, and taking all that into account with peoples lack of interest in good food you can see the magnitude of the problem, especially in the lower socioeconomic groups of both nations.

    Over the last few decades we have neglected to teach children about the benefits of good nutrition at home and in school. Both parents need to work to maintain a decent lifestyle and survive the cost of living, and supermarkets respond to our busy lifestyles with processed food in abundance.

    The family hardly eats together anymore, teenagers favour eating in their rooms while playing on their computers. The French cherish their mealtimes together and they enjoy real food and cooking from scratch. They take hours over a meal, which allows their bodies to respond to the “Full Signal” so they naturally eat less and probably talk a lot more. Are they a happier nation? Probably.

    If you want to cook what you love and lose weight, I invented the diet plate, http://www.thedietplate.com for those interested. The portion sizes afford a natural weight loss of 2-3lbs a week, it has been clinically proven to control type 2 diabetes a medical condition set to cull the next generations!

    If we don’t start to take responsibility for our own health and that of our children’s, we are missing the biggest window of opportunity. With all the products now available on the market and good advice given on the internet, TV and media people should take note.

    So take control back, insist on family meal times, stop buying junk and processed food, get a decent recipe book and give yourself the gift of good health with a diet plate or even the full family set. Empower yourself and your children to live full and fit lives and stop hiding behind the TV, Playstation and no time excuse – make time for you and your family, because if you don’t do it then nobody else will do it for you and you will just become another medical statistic with a comorbity caused by being too fat.

  2. The French Paradox is a term that intends to explain why the French people are at lower risks for heart disease, because of the red wine they drink. It was discovered that Resveratrol is a key ingredient responsible for the Cellular anti-aging process in the red wine. Wouldn’t you love a product that gives 98% pure Resveratrol without the alcohol? Take a look here http://www.completeproductline.com/itempage-21000-445-446-1860.html


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