Docteur Jean-Philippe Zermati, French nutritionist.
The Zermati Diet was created by the French nutritionist Doctor Jean-Philippe Zermati. This is a non-restrictive weight management program that reduces your calorie intake, essentially by eating only in response to hunger signals. Here are some of the principles of this life-long weight-management program.
Write down your dietary habits in detail for a ten-day period. Analyze your detailed answers to questions such as What, when, and with whom am I eating?. Eat when you are hungry, and eat according to your hunger. As soon as you start to feel full, stop eating. Now take notes for a fifteen-day period on your eating habits. Eat slowly and don’t eat if you aren’t hungry. There are no forbidden foods. According to Zermati, it’s not what you eat but how much you eat that influences your weight. Forbidding a given food might lead to dieters gorging themselves on that food. This diet only works if you know when you are full so perform the following exercise to develop this valuable skill: Don’t eat breakfast for at least four days but replace it by eating cake until you feel full. If you are hungry eat more cake in the afternoon. Adjust your supper to meet your hunger level. Weigh yourself on the first day and the final day of this exercise. Theoretically you will not have gained weight.
This book hasn't yet been published in English.
The major advantage of the Zermati diet is its extreme flexibility. Dieters may learn to recognize the feelings of hunger and fullness. Disadvantages include its lack of focus on food quality or variation. The cake-eating may dissuade people from following this diet. Furthermore, eating only when hungry can be very inconvenient.
Here are two sample menus:
Menu 1 Breakfast: Fruit salad. A yogurt. Green tea. Lunch: Rib steak. Green beans. Apple sauce. Supper: Mussels provençales. French fries.
Menu 2 Breakfast: Two slices of whole grain bread with peanut butter. Tea. Orange juice. Lunch: Leeks with cheese. Fruit yogurt. The mid-afternoon snack is a glass of milk. Supper: Spaghetti with meat sauce. Fruit salad.
Some of the information in this article comes from a fascinating new book, La Bible des Régimes, written by Jenny de Jonquières and published by Amérik Media. Her book describes more than 80 diets and weight reduction programs. Each diet is presented with 5 menu plans, a detailed discussion of its advantages and disadvantages, and lots more. This information-packed book is presently available only in French. For more information consult the publisher’s website www.amerik-media.com.