The other day I came across a new diet fad (something that seems to happen every few days right?) called the “Parisian Diet.” So, as I normally do, I took a gander at the diet to see what outrageous take on dieting people were into now.
Well, what I found surprised me…very much so!
As you might have already noticed, this site is about not dieting! I’ve created this site to help people permanently change to a healthier way of life – to hopefully help people actually change their lifestyle. And, to successfully change one’s lifestyle,
that means NO DIETING…
and that is what the “Parisian Diet” is actually all about – not dieting.
Instead of dieting, i.e. restricting foods, the “Parisian Diet” is all about portion control.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?
It means that you CAN EAT WHAT YOU WANT…
You just need to eat a bit less of it.
You see, the “Parisian Diet” is really based off the simple fact that portions in Paris are about a third the size they are in America. So, if we eat like Parisians –
TWO-THIRDS THE CALORIES GONE!
It makes perfect since right?
Less food = less calories.
Is it really that easy?
I have been on a number of diets over the years and I can honestly say that your stomach can “expand” or “contract” in a matter of days – so this “diet”, or eating plan, can work for just about anyone who is willing to stay committed…for at least 5 days. Seriously, it is not that hard to “shrink” your stomach.
To start off you should try cutting back ½ your normal food intake per meal. It’s as simple as serving yourself your regular-size portion and then just eating half. Yeah, the first two days you might be left feeling a bit hungry, but by the 5th day or so you wont be noticing the difference.
FYI – This also works in the other direction – just ask Kobayashi.
I personally do not follow this eating style because it’s not the way I like to live my life….but IT DOES WORK…I mean less calories = weight loss.
Though I do not follow the “Parisian Diet”, my Uncle Norbert, a 70-year old man has been doing something similar to the “Parisian Diet” for years…AND HE HAS NOT GAINED MORE THAN 5 OR SO LBS. FOR NEARLY 50 YEARS.
Now, I think this is a HUGE DEAL because he has maintained pretty much the same weight for over 50 years while…
NEVER DIETING AND EATING DESSERT AFTER EVERY LUNCH AND DINNER!
HOW DOES HE DO IT?
Well, let me first stress one very important point before we continue. We all need to understand that our Tio Norbeto is married to Tia Mayi and has two awesome daughters (Christy and Karen). Well our Tia Mayi and our cousin Christy are two of the better cooks I know. Seriously, the two of them can cook anything spectacularly – ESPECIALLY DESSERTS.
Now, if Tio Norberto has lived with this type of food around the house for over 40 years and has maintained the same weight year in and year out, I’d say that is a pretty big deal!
So, how does he do it?
Well, well before I had ever heard of the “Parisian Diet,” Tio Norberto had introduced me to…
”THE NORBERT-O RULE OF THUMB!”
To be perfectly honest Tio Norbert has many a rule of thumb, but his rule of thumb for maintaining weight is of particular importance for this post.
WHAT’S THE SECRETE?
TIO NORBERTO EATS FROM A SPECIAL PLATE!
NOW, WHAT MAKES THE PLATE SPECIAL?
Nothing really…it’s just 1/3 the size of a normal dinner plate (i.e., the “Parisian Diet”)!
And there you have it – Tio Norberto staying ahead of the game…by about 50 years!
So, long story short, the “Parisian Diet” is in fact not a diet at all but a way of life…a lifestyle if you will…and I can support that 100%!
I can support it because if you want that Big Mac from Mickey-Dee’s I believe you should go ahead and have it…but throw in a salad instead of the fries if your rocking the Parisian Style…or, if your like me, stay American and get some small fries instead of the medium…or the large…or the SUPERSIZE…ohhhh, do you remember those days?!
***CREDITS: The two silhouettes in the image at the top of the page come from one of Cheeks sketches and can be found here…incase you’d like to checkout the dopeness. FYI – he also designed the characters for one of the best cartoons ever made – The Spectacular Spider-Man.***