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.
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:
‘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.”