French Women Don't Get Fat

  • by Mireille Guiliano
  • Narrated by Mireille Guiliano
  • 3 hrs and 22 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

French women don't get fat, but they do eat bread and pastry, drink wine, and regularly enjoy three-course meals. In her delightful tale, Mireille Guiliano unlocks the simple secrets of this "French paradox"; how to enjoy food and stay slim and healthy. Hers is a charming, sensible, and powerfully life-affirming view of health and eating for our times. As a typically slender French girl, Mireille (Meer-ray) went to America as an exchange student and came back fat. That shock sent her into an adolescent tailspin, until her kindly family physician, "Dr. Miracle", came to the rescue. Reintroducing her to classic principles of French gastronomy plus time-honored secrets of the local women, he helped her restore her shape and gave her a whole new understanding of food, drink, and life. The key? Not guilt or deprivation but learning to get the most from the things you most enjoy. Following her own version of this traditional wisdom, she has ever since relished a life of indulgence without bulge, satisfying yen without yo-yo on three meals a day.
Now in simple but potent strategies and dozens of recipes you'd swear were fattening, Mireille reveals the ingredients for a lifetime of weight control, from the emergency weekend remedy of Magical Leek Soup to everyday tricks like fooling yourself into contentment and painless new physical exertions to save you from the StairMaster. Emphasizing the virtues of freshness, variety, balance, and always pleasure, Mireille shows how virtually anyone can learn to eat, drink, and move like a French woman.
Here are a culture's most cherished and time-honored secrets recast for the 21st century. For anyone who has slipped out of her zone, missed the flight to South Beach, or accidentally let a carb pass her lips, here is a buoyant, positive way to stay trim. A life of wine, bread, even chocolate, without girth or guilt? Pourquoi pas?


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Enjoyable Listen

The content was enjoyable and uplifting, giving hope to the fantasy of living a healthy life without dieting. But what I enjoyed most about this book was listening to the author's delightful French accent. I never could have enjoyed this book as much just reading the words (I would have glazed over anything in French and not even tried to sound it out).
I do wish I had the recipes in print, this is the only drawback.
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- Melissa

Enjoyable, thought provoking

My family has changed their way of eating thanks to this timely book. The American way of eating has produced an epidemic of obesity but we still keep eating "low fat" in between super sizing our meals. Our family is now eating much smaller portions of more enjoyable food and we are losing weight and inches quickly. I heard about this book from a friend who was the only normal weight person at our college friend luncheon (we are all 60 yrs or older) I bought the book immediately after hearing this program and love them both!
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- Liz "Lizerator"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-22-2004
  • Publisher: Random House Audio