j0438867If you are a “gourmet” and want to lose a few pounds, why not try my new “Boquete Gourmet Diet”. I’m a gourmet and I’ve lost lots of pounds by using ten simple steps, usually during times when I’m feeling like eating “gourmet-style”. The ten steps are easy, enjoyable and you won’t be hungry.

If you’re not sure if you are a “gourmet”, take my 10-question test on my recent blog, “Are You a Gourmet? - Take This Test”, at “www.boquetegourmet.com. If you score high enough on this test, congratulations, you’re a “gourmet” and this diet is for you!

j0439402Folks ask me how I lose weight so easily. Upon reflection, I have found it a pleasure to lose weight by following a few tips that are familiar to everyone who has been on strict diets before. But true “gourmets” do it a little differently.

“Gourmets” are too busy enjoying their meal, too busy to count points or grams, because they’re savoring every bite.  They’re cleansing their palates with fine wine, they’re enjoying pleasant conversation, and they’re too busy to think about such tedious details as calorie-counting.  They’re having fun with their friends and anticipating their “gourmet” meal.

This diet is totally unscientific, although I’m thinking of having it reviewed by a nutrition specialist for a professional opinion as to its healthfulness. I’ve lost weight by using it and I feel good when I’m on this diet. Sometimes, I go on the “Boquete Gourmet Diet” just for the enjoyment of it, not especially to lose weight.

OK, here is my ten-step diet:
1. Drink a full 8 oz glass of water before every meal.
2. Cook and serve only “beautiful” foods, and present them in the most appealing way possible using garnishes, variety of colors, lovely table settings, etc.
3. Arrange plates using “small” portions, like in an expensive “gourmet” restaurant, not “family-style” and no second helpings.
4. Enjoy a glass of fine wine with dinner each day, very popular in France where everyone is a “gourmet”.
5. Eat only those dishes you love, not something just to get “filled up”.
6. Have lots of apples, pears, oranges, raisins and nuts on hand for times when you feel like a snack.
7. While dining out, order the “specialty of the house”, it’s fresh and prepared especially to make an impression on the guest.
8. Use a sugar substitute (carry it with you) and eat only sugar-free foods.
9.  After every bite, put down your spoon or fork and don’t pick it up until after you’ve contributed to the pleasant conversation.
10. Take time to observe your surroundings and walk away from the table feeling satisfied, healthy and happy with your progress!

That’s eating “gourmet-style,” I guarantee you’ll love it!