Monday, September 10, 2007

Eat Like You're In France

In France the obesity rate is nearly 1/3 of that in the USA. Some dietary differences are present, but both diets are very similar. Researchers believe the obesity rate lies in two areas: Serving size and the length of time allowed for the meal.

French servings are 25% smaller on the average from North American serving size. This includes restaurants and recipes. There are a number of studies that show that when we're served less food, we eat less.

The French eat at a much slower rate, making it an enjoyable and leisurely process. We eat in half the time. Evidence also shows that eating a meal over a longer period of time leads to a more full and satisfied feeling with the smaller portions.

These factors could make a big difference in your creating a healthier lifestyle.

Studies by Cornell University, Penn State University and the University of Pennsylvania

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