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Why We Hate the French

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss at 2:41 pm | By: Susan Coyle, Senior Editor
FranceOkay, so the French have more sex than us. We can cope with that. In fact, it kind of makes sense. They have easy access to the salacious wines of Bordeaux, an unlimited number of aphrodisiac desserts and one of the most provocative languages of all time. Besides, they live in France, the land of fairy-tale country sides, cobblestone walkways and arcing moonlit bridges. How could we blame them for having sex? It would be crazy not to. But that doesn’t mean we can’t hate them for other reasons, like their waists, which are illogically thin. Their diet is filled with buttery croissants, dripping chocolate and 400 varieties of cheese (That’s right 400!), and yet they are skinnier than us, healthier than us. It’s unfair, and it’s all for one reason:

They stop eating when they’re full.

I know, I know. It sounds strange, but it’s true. When the French feel like they’ve had enough, notice that the food no longer tastes as appealing or think ahead to dessert, they put down their forks, and their spoons, and their knives.  We, on the other hand, stop eating when the plate is clean, when our fellow diners are finished or when the TV show we’re watching ends. God help our stomachs if it’s a miniseries.

The key to maintaining a healthy weight is knowing when to stop, and that means listening to internal cues. Rather than waiting for the credits to roll, we should push aside our plates when we feel satisfied. We should stop eating when we are full. Our portions will become smaller and eventually so will our waists. We’ll have the enviable French physique, and once we have that, the next step is the bedroom.

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