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Podcast, Traveling Foodie, Weight Coaching | November 22, 2022  | by  Shari Broder | 0 COMMENT
San Gimignano Lunch

How do Italians eat pasta every day and not gain weight?

Why do they have the lowest obesity rate in Western Europe?

Why they don’t gain weight as easily as Americans do? 

In October, I was really fortunate to spend two weeks in northern Italy. I visited  Venice, Verona, Florence, and Tuscany, specifically the medieval walled hill towns of San Gimignano, Siena and Volterra. They were each wonderful in their own way. I had a fantastic time, and really loved it there. 

While I was there, I talked to a few American expats. One American woman in Florence told me, “I’ve been living here for a year and have lost 10 pounds without doing anything. I eat pasta every day. Plus I can eat dairy and gluten here with no digestive problems. Back in the States, I couldn’t tolerate those foods.”

At the Guardastelle Winery in San Gimignano.

At Guardastelle Vineyards, San Gimignano 

I can’t tell you how many people have told me stories like this.  Americans who visited Italy told me that they drank wine with one or two meals a day, ate pasta, desserts, not to mention those breakfast croissants, and did not get the indigestion they normally got back home, and did not gain weight.

The Italians are known for their fantastic cuisine. Italy was the EAT in Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat Pray Love.  And for good reason. 


Have you ever wondered why Italian cuisine is so delicious? And how do they eat that carb-heavy diet filled with pasta, bread, croissants (see typical Italian breakfast to the right) and other delicious things, and not have the obesity problem that much of the rest of the world is experiencing? 

Caffe Rosso, Campo Santa Margharita

Our first breakfast upon arriving at  Campo Santa Margharita, Venice.

Italy has approximately half the obesity rate as the United States. 


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Shari Broder

My mission is to help foodies ditch dieting and lose the weight for good. Discover what is really causing your weight issues (it isn't that you love food!), and learn how to stop obsessing about food and make peace with food and eating. Get off the diet hamster wheel once and for all and learn to eat consciously, stop emotional eating and enjoy the foods you love while permanently losing your desire to overeat.

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I am now retired from weight coaching, but hope you will enjoy the  blog posts and podcasts I created.