From Publishers Weekly
While it may have once been true that the French have no weight problems, that's no longer the case: at the current rate, the French could be as fat as Americans by 2020. Neurophysiologist Clower (The Fat Fallacy
) acknowledges only research supporting his premise, however, in this more pragmatic version of the bestselling French Women Don't Get Fat
. Clower picks apart our bad habits and replaces them with healthier (and, incidentally, "French" ones), pushing, for instance, the French habit of obtaining calcium from food rather than supplements, quoting data indicating supplements are linked to kidney stones. In another example, he pits the French practice of eating butter against the American penchant toward margarine, citing butter as healthier. He later admits this is only true if you eat a little butter (eat a little margarine and the results will be similar). And so it goes throughout this sentimental homage to the French. The advice is, at heart, sound: eat fresh foods and smaller portions, and exercise more. Readers who would like to accomplish this nibbling Camembert while walking along the Seine will be pleased, although a stroll through the American food pyramid will net similar, though admittedly less romantic, results. (On sale Apr. 11)
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Praise for Dr. Will Clower’s The Fat Fallacy
“How is it that the French eat better and stay thinner than Americans? This book is the most complete and convincing answer I’ve ever seen.” —Peter Mayle, author of A Year in Provence
“Times have changed and so has nutritional advice. . . . The Fat Fallacy
tells you how to eat delicious food again and still be healthy.” —Dean Edell, M.D., author of Eat, Drink, and Be Merry: America’s Doctor Tells You Why the Health Experts Are WrongFrom the Hardcover edition.