Wisdom from the French & those successful in weight loss
When the words “chocolate cake” are mentioned to the French, most of them respond with connotations that describe celebrations. Conversely, Americans most frequently respond with words like “guilt” and “bad”. Although the US is the most educated country in the world when it comes to nutrition, we tend to be some of the unhealthiest eaters. When I asked a few people successful in weight loss what nutrition meant to them, I found they thought more like the French. Specifically, I asked what nutrition means to them and what has helped them keep the weight off.
“Focusing on the nutritional quality of food, as opposed to calories or "points” & eating simple, unprocessed, natural foods has been the only way that I lose weight, feel better, and keep it off.” – Elizabeth W
“Fad diets don’t work. A person has to significantly alter his/her eating and exercise habits in order to make a long-term difference.” – Peter C.
“In its purest form, nutrition means what your body needs to function at its best. When you ask yourself what value or nutrition the food has to offer, it feels less restrictive, because you're doing something for your body. Of course, you have to have some flexibility and give way at times to what you want, regardless of if it is something you need.” – Jennifer R.
Rather than associating nutrition with dieting and deprivation, you can see that those successful in long-term weight loss understand that nutrition means feeding your body well. Just as the French know, proper nutrition means celebrating with chocolate cake, not eating it daily.
Source: Club One and JCC Association