The Parisian Diet - Before you begin

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The book/diet was written by Dr. Jean-Michel Cohen who is, among many things, a nutritionist in France. The first chapter of The Parisian Diet book is about how you got to the point where you want to lose a bit of weight. Dr Cohen believes you must understand the reasons behind why you struggle with weight loss before you can begin to adress and modify your behavior. He explains how numerous variables impact our eating habits from unrealistic messages in the media to the marketing tactics of the supermarkets and product manufacturers to physical and psychological factors. He gives many reasons for weight gain and I am sure everyone falls into at least one of the categories. Mine is Medication but he also mentions Menopause, Physical Activity Level, Quitting Smoking, Life Changes, Daily Temptations, Stress and Microstresses, Family Dynamics, and much more.

After that he gets right into the diet. There is a cute little calculation he has to find your "Right Weight":

A How much did you weigh when you were 18 w/o dieting?
B How much did you weigh at your heaviest not including pregnancy?
C How much did you weigh at your lightest after 18 diet or no diet?
D What is your current weight?

Add A+B and divide by 2 = Y
Add C+D and divide by 2 = Z
Add Y+Z and divide by 2 = Your Right Weight
Mine is 158

This is cute and fun but it is also a bunch of malarky to me. I don't want to be almost 160!! I am looking to be 140. That is what I am when I go to Hawaii every November. I do it every year so I am sure I can do it again soon. I believe age should be a factor somewhere in there as well but whatever. The number you get from his calculation is supposed to be your "stable weight" I have higher hopes is all.

Ground Rules

  • Remember this diet is about you. No one else can make it happen.
  • Start the diet at your own pace, free of guilt and frustration (haha good luck)
  • Accept that you must change your eating habits (duh)
  • Do not let yourself get discouraged. Take all the time you need. This isn't a race.
  • Focus on the positive, not the stumbles you may make along the way. YOU CAN DO THIS

  • Embrace your desire to lose weight - Write down your goals and revisit them often
  • Define realistic target weight - your Right Weight number should be a reasonable goal
  • Go at your own pace - You don't have to follow rigid guidelines, do what feels best
  • Allow yourself a treat - Keep away the frustration
  • Redefine your habits - This one is a tough one imo. Rediscover the taste of food.
  • Find a balance and manage hunger - Eat your proteins and veggies.
  • Own your diet - Manage food yourself
  • Keep it simple - Stick to the meals you really like.
  • Go easy on the eyes - Make the food more appealing
  • Make healthy choices - We are faced with multiple choices every day.
  • Set your own schedule - time your meals to your own rhythm 
  • Don't change your lifestyle - this book helps in situations like dining out
  • Track your food intake - Post your meal plans on your fridge
  • Weigh in and Measure up - Weigh yourself regularly, take body measurements 
  • Reward yourself!! - Give yourself a little treat every now and then.
More about the diet to come....

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