Why Aren’t All Italians Obese?

It is indeed something you notice in Italy–the people are pretty fit and noticeably much less fat that we Americans are, and many a person on our tours has noticed that despite eating a ton of amazing food, by the end of the trip their jeans are loose.

Sure, it’s a walking culture (and all the tour walking is why you’re losing weight on a Sassi Italy Tour), but there’s more to it than that I think. Rather than obsessing about carb vs. fat vs. protein or whether cavemen ate it, Italians simple eat locally sourced non-processed foods in moderate amounts, lots of veggies and lean meats occasionally, and they stay active.

A good thing to emulate.

A while ago one of you noted in passing that

when I have been to Italy I did not see too many over weight people. And you eat pasta all the time […]

To Italian ears, the remark is of course a non sequitur, but in US culture it’s a genuine curiosity, worthy of some explanation.

The explanation is this: we are not too overweight (neither  we are too weight-concerned) because we do not really eat so much.

Point one: size

Many years ago, when I was young and wild, I was in San Antonio, Texas and, meat-eater that I am, I mistakenly ordered a large of baby ribs. The fact that the menu mentioned the word “bucket” as the serving container should have warned me, because I was actually served a bucketful of baby ribs. And although my personal meat-eating record is a 1,3kg fiorentina (bone included), I…

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