French Diet

For those of you looking for new diets and interested in trying something different there’s a good chance you have run across the French Diet. If this is the case you will likely want to learn more about what it entails to figure out if it’s something that is right for you or not.

What is the French Diet

The premise behind the French Diet is that the French don’t consume processed foods or avoid any carbs. In addition, they don’t avoid fat or take any supplements for their diet. They often lounge over long meals and enjoy wine frequently. It is these habits that are claimed to be behind the fact they are slimmer and generally healthier than most Americans.

How the French Diet Works

While on the diet you aren’t restricted in any traditional sense. You are encouraged to eat slowly and only enjoy real foods in moderation. This means highly processed foods like those at most fast food chains are off limits. However butter, cheese, bread and even cream are fine on the French diet. You can even enjoy bites of rich, dark chocolate and wash it down with delicious wine. There are two phases of the diet. The first phase doesn’t change the quantity but does change the types of food you are eating so you have a better balance of real foods and you must avoid high glycemic foods. It’s considered the phase of rapid weight loss. In phase two you’ll be maintaining your weight by learning to eat a variety and enjoying some high-glycemic foods in moderation.

What Experts Say about the French Diet

Many experts are hesitant to condone all parts of the diet because there are studies showing that the French will end up being obese as those in America by the year 2020. This means they aren’t sure if people should be jumping on board for this diet or trying more traditional eating plans.

Pros and Cons to the French Diet

Because of the freedom of the diet some will go overboard and may see a weight gain in the initial period. This can lead many dieters to quickly fall off the plan and spiral back into packing on the pounds. It can also be fairly hard to eat unprocessed foods in America as well as costly.

One of the best bonuses about the diet is the freedom of eating foods that you normally don’t get while on the diet. Because there isn’t a need for calorie counting, dieters find it to be a much easier plan to follow than many that are available. The addition of treats keeps many on the diet without problems.

Sample French Diet Meal Plan

This is one of the easier diets to get started  on because it’s not a plan you usually have to go out and buy special food for, unless you have a home full of food that are processed and sugary. Take a look at a day with this diet.


Rich yogurt with fresh fruit and chased with coffee is a perfect breakfast on this diet.


Lunch on The French Diet is usually soup, such as French onion, fresh baked bread and a piece of rich cheese. Of course don’t forget your glass of wine and large glass of water.


Dinner is grilled salmon or other fresh fish and baby red skins with rosemary. Fresh veggies with garlic and lemon and another glass (small) of red wine is a side dish with this diet. Another delicious part of this diet is dessert, generally something low in flour such as puddings, creams, ice creams


Snacks on this diet can be any fresh fruits and veggies or nuts. Baguettes are also a great thing to snack on as long as they are fresh.

Last Updated: Tuesday, February 5, 2013