For the last week I’ve been plodding through the best selling book Votre Santé sans Risque by Dr. Frédéric Saldmann. It’s not Dr. Saldmann’s fault that I’m plodding, it’s because it takes me longer to read and absorb in French. The book is fascinating.
Because I’m enjoying it so much, I thought it would be fun to share one of his tips in the chapter filled with tricks on how to lose weight. On page 35 there is a section subtitled: L’effect ‘Hug‘ or the “Hug Effect.”
He says that before a meal, if we want to suppress our appetite, we should hug someone for 20 seconds. (I suspect it would work equally well with a dog or a cat. I hug Charlotte every morning, plus a kiss for good measure.)
“Twenty seconds is the ideal amount of time for a hug to allow our bodies to release the hormone ‘oxytocin’ which acts as a natural hunger suppressant,” he said in his book. ” “Oxytocin reduces anxiety and provokes a serenity that allows us to control our appetite.”
If you want to learn more about oxytocin, click here.
He is very big on hugs in general. “Scientific studies have shown that hugs contribute to a reduction of stress, pulse rate, and blood pressure,” he added.
He even gave the United States a shout out for creating a national Hug Day. He thinks it would be a good idea if the French consider more hugs and fewer kisses on the cheeks. From listening to his interviews on the radio and watching him on television I have the distinct impression he is a germaphobe. He doesn’t like to shake hands and prefers the hug because hand-to-hand contact is a major vehicle for transmitting who-knows-what(?).
I am now about to hug My-Reason-For-Living-In-France and Charlotte (I’m an excessive) and have lunch. Whatever works. . .