What is The Parisian Diet?

While it’s not the most popular diet out there on the market, there is one thing you need to know about the Parisian Diet – it works. Built on the foundation of the French way of life and eating habits, the diet aims to detox the body before introducing protein and fat in the later stages.

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Created by Jean-Michel Cohen, the Parisian Diet was constructed mainly to cater to the eating habits and lifestyle traits of French locals – but you don’t need to be living in France for this to work!

The Parisian Diet is broken down into three main phases, which include the Café, Bistro, and finally the Gourmet.

Phase 1: Café

The first phase of the diet is based on eating mostly liquid foods to rid your body of harmful toxins. A daily meal could involve eating soups, smoothies, and shakes in place of large portions. This phase is also optional – if you don’t want to start your diet with just liquids, you don’t have to. It’s only in place to maximise your metabolism and weight loss journey.

Phase 2: Bistro

Bistro is normally a 2-3 week phase which reintroduces the body to protein and fibre.

Phase 3: Gourmet

The third and final phase is specifically designed to be enjoyed – you can eat from a variety of fruits, vegetables, lean meat, red meat, etc. Avoid eating frozen meals which are packed with sugar and sodium, and buy fresh if you can. If you do indulge in a big meal, there is a recovery plan in place so you don’t have to compromise your entire diet.

Extra tips

  • Perspective – The Parisian Diet is all about creating wholesome food which doesn’t rely on preservatives and fast food options. Be wise about your decisions, and think of their long term consequences before you take a bite of your food.
  • It isn’t strict – No one will slap you on the wrist if you decide to eat out once in a while – it’s all about creating a healthy balance between good and bad. While your main diet may consist of wholesome food, there is room to indulge in sweets and desserts.
  • Small portions – Finally the most important part of the Parisian Diet is the portion control. If you find it difficult to avoid filling up every inch of your plate with food, then it’s a good idea to invest in smaller plates and bowls. Since the Parisian Diet is heavily based on portion control it’s sometimes expected of you to clean up your plate before you can leave the table – you don’t have to.

Would you try the Parisian Diet?

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Broccoli Pesto and Sundried Tomato Pasta

Serves 4

Cooking Time 15 min


400g Vetta Smart High Fibre Corkscrew Pasta

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

2 cloves garlic, crushed

200g broccoli (approx. 1 head), roughly chopped

½ cup chicken stock

1 cup basil leaves, plus extra leaves to garnish

1 cup spinach leaves

½ cup low fat grated parmesan, plus extra to serve

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

½ cup sundried tomatoes, chopped

1/3 cup raw, toasted cashew nuts

Zest of one lemon


  1. Cook pasta according to packet direction in a large pan of salted, boiling water.
  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a small saucepan on medium heat. Cook garlic for 1 minute, add broccoli and stock and simmer for 3-4 minutes, or until just tender. Drain, reserving the stock and set aside.
  3. Drain pasta and reserve 1/3 cup cooking liquid.
  4. Place broccoli, reserved stock, basil, cashew nuts, spinach and parmesan in a food processor. Process until finely chopped. Season to taste. Add oil, cooking liquid and process until smooth.
  5. Return pasta to the pan and stir through the processed ingredients and sundried tomatoes. Serve garnished with lemon zest.