European Diet: lose weight today!

European Diet: lose weight today!

Are you sick of trying all those bull s***
diets that don’t work? Well if so, then I’ve got news for you! I lost weight on the European
Diet, and so can you. That’s right! You heard me. Eating like a European is all you need
to shed those pounds for good! Hey everyone. I’m Dana and you’re watching
Wanted an Adventure Living Abroad. And today, I’m gonna help you solve all your weight-loss
worries once and for all. Getting ready to go out? First of all, put those car keys down.
Cars are often nothing more than an inconvenience in many parts of Europe. So drop ’em and walk
your butt to the public transportation. No public transportation in your city? Good!
Walk the whole way then. No sidewalks either? Then ride a bike. It’s winter and there’s
a blizzard? Suck it up! The Europeans certainly do. Next let’s tackle grocery shopping. Make sure
you don’t buy too much because, remember, you don’t have a car. So whatever you buy,
you have to carry back home with you, like a Sherpa or a pack mule. And be prepared to make this trek several
times a week too because, anyway, your refrigerator is barely big enough to hold the ingredients
for one meal. And as for that frozen pizza for emergency
midnight snacks; yeah, you can forget about that because you don’t have a big enough freezer. So you’ve decided to go out to eat instead
of cook in your closet-sized kitchen? Well, good for you. Hope you feel like walking or
riding that bike. And when you get to the restaurant, have no
fear, because there’s probably not gonna be any bread on the table to tempt you. Order
a Coke? Great! That’s fine. No harm in a little treat. Want another one? Only if you’re ready
to shell out another 3 euros because there are no free refills in Europe. The dish arrives at your table, and, oh, I
hope you weren’t expecting a massive mountain of food because in Europe, you won’t get it. But that doesn’t mean it’ll be any less expensive.
Going out to eat ranges in price from country to country, but in Norway for example, a burger
and soda at TGI Fridays would cost you around 40 dollars. That’s right, 40 dollars. And now you want dessert? How about some ice
cream? Let’s just get one scoop. In Germany, when you order one scoop, you literally get
one ball of the ice cream scooper. Like I said, eating like a European worked
for me, and it can work for you too. So put that nasty green goo down, and start eating
like a European today. Plane ticket and visa not included. Offer
does not come with sexy French accent or Swiss yodeler. No guarantee of success, especially
if you discover the chocolate and cream covered waffles in Belgium, then all bets are off.

100 thoughts on “European Diet: lose weight today!

  1. (German speaking here: ) No free bread? I hardly know any (good) restaurant without free bread, at least every restaurant that is not Asian should serve free bread

  2. let's face it, US meal proportions got out of control a long time ago folks….there is no european diet, just appropriate servings here!

  3. Can I ask a question for someone? I want to go study abroad in Germany for a year of high school but I'm disabled & can't use my walker for long distances.. Should I ask my company about bringing my power chair over or getting one to use when I'm there?

  4. Please stop talking about Europe as if things were the same all over the place… It is one-sided of you and shows you hold little knowledge of what you are saying… If you refer to the actual country where you can find this or that, you will be more accurate and people will regard your opinion a lot more. In Germany portions are not small. And if you want bigger portions, try Spain or Portugal. In Andalucia you will get huge tapas dishes for each drink you order, for instance.

  5. How big is a portion of food in the US?! Every single time I visit Germany or Austria I am overwhelmed by the huge portions they serve at restaurants. I mean any restaurant, not only big tourist places in big cities. I've seen locals gobble all this food with no issues but for me those plates have way too much food.

  6. Your Americans are really fixed to amount of food, and not his quality. Do you know why is burger 'n fries so expensive? Cause it is not their USUAL food, so they do not eat tons of it as nation…

  7. I wish America would do something in between. $40 for a burger and fries would be insane but at the same time I hate going to a restaurant here and paying $18 for 2 pounds of potatoes and bread.

  8. Disclaimer: Some of these images are exaggerated for advertisment purposes. 🙂

    You can get happily fat on German (and other European) food. It's just more expensive.

  9. I think we get plenty of food at restaurants 😛 but when my boyfriend went to the US he told me how huge the portion where and thaz he could barealy eat all of it 😛 even the salads for starter where basicaly a bowl of greens and chicken and cheese and lots of thick saice xD

  10. No offense to Dana and her mother country…Americans eat the unhealthiest food in the world…. no wonder you find the most number of obese people in America.

  11. What Germany does not have a personal shopping cart?

  12. Belgian Waffles with cream and fresh strawberries. Belgium has a lot of good food, but I have to have some waffles every time I go there.

  13. That fridge looks tiny even by European standards. Even the small fridge/freezer combo I had as a student could hold 5 frozen pizzas in the freezer.
    A nice "European" thing to put in a freezer: A bottle of Limoncello.

  14. Who eats frozen pizza? There is pizzerias almost on every corner, or you can make it by yourself at home/apartment 100 times better than frozen.

  15. I don't understand free refills, why would the restaurant not charge you for taking more products that will cost them more?

  16. These videos keep poping up on my suggestions by youtube. I watch them from time to time. I am born and raised in wisconsin, probably the highest german population of any state per capita, and I am currently stationed on a small air base here in germany. I live off base, shop off base, eat off base and have a few good friends off base. I find MANY of my experiences to be very different from Wanted Adventure's. I have not noticed a difference in portions. I could be wrong, but I dont like how she labels her videos as how "europe" or "germany" is. Granted I live in farm country and she lives in munich. I am not surprised that her experience is different than mine, but that is like saying new yorkers or people from LA represent how "americans" are.

    Some of the few things I have seen a definite similarity with is how reserved germans can be, that americans will spark up a conversation with anyone even while in the grocery store line, and germans will give you a look like ummm why are you talking to me, go away. Totally agree on that. Also paying to use a bathroom in europe, agreed I know now if i have to pee I will be paying or finding a dark alley to pee in. I have been to Luxembourg, Belgium, Prauge in the Czech, and to a bunch of places around germany including cologne and trier to name some very close ones. I have NEVER sat down and thought "oh my this is a small meal". The portions have not changed at all since eating in the states. Everyone owns a car where I live and half the freezer section in our REWE and Lidl are pizzas, and YES I HAVE SEEN germans buying 4 pizzas at a time.

    I am not saying Wanted Adventure is WRONG in any way. I just dont like how she labels germany or europe as how Munich is. She states that "this is how things are" here in germany/europe and same for the states. I have eaten at restaurants in the US and felt like I got ripped off. Commonly I cant finish my plate of food here in germany, because the portions are as big if not bigger than in the states. Please people dont view as how "americans are". If you want to know what americans are like you are just going to have to go to america, talk to the farmers, the hunters, the steel workers, the accountants, the small business owners, the college students, the politicians and on and on. There is no one way america is. Are americans obese, yes i give you that, that there are many many lazy obese americans that take the easy way and care nothing for their health. But you will find just as many people on the running trails if not more in my home town in a city that is half farm land in my home city in wisconsin as you will find in my current home town in germany.

    My REWE (i dont know how popular REWE's are around germany but that is my grocery store for those of you who dont know) has grocery carts and is still half the size of what I consider to be a grocery store. My estimate would be that about 1 in 50 people leave there carrying a grocery bag out of the parking lot, and that is because they live within a block or 2.

    Sorry Wanted Adventure that I have made numerous comments like this, I dont mean to be a troll but I feel like your videos can be somewhat misinforming.

  17. One thing, I think in Europe (never having been there, but having spoken with people from there) they can often get away without a car because the general landscape is a lot more populated, and things tend to be a lot closer together. I know I've met people from Switzerland and the UK who come over here. . .and they have ZERO concept of the sheer distance we are dealing with here.

    I'm in Canada and while we live in town – its a small town. A couple gas stations, a couple small stores, post office, library, etc. Next town over is 3 kilometers – and the two towns share a number of resources. (Almost like one town with a break of the river valley in between) But then, to get anywhere of any significance. . .IE, to do your grocery shopping, you have to DRIVE 20 minutes in one of 2 directions. Either to the next large town – or to the edge of the city. Sure, you could walk. But it'd be a LONG way. Sure, you could ride your bike. . . but it'd probably take you all day long – and more once you bring whatever you brought back. And worse when its winter. And forget staying on the road when those cross-winds hit. For public transportation – we have. . .taxies. But we all know how expensive those are. 😛

    As far as the food – unfortunately, even for those of us trying to eat healthy, and sensibly (without going onto some 'diet'), it's REALLY hard to avoid all the really bad additives in food. Fructose, glucose, hydrogenated, msg – all stuff that'll make you fat and it is in almost EVERYTHING. My family has taken to making stuff by hand where we can, so we can sidestep as much as possible, but often even your base ingredients have stuff added! It's really – quite annoying.

  18. The small portions stem from the tradition of European cuisine to have a "set meal" (but may also be a la carte), so you will have a number of courses. Maybe a soup as a starter, then one or even two main courses (fish followed by meat or pasta and meat), sometimes accompanied by a salad, followed by some cheese and/or a sweet dessert – comparably tiny portions of each. This may also take several hours.
    Whereas in murica you order one meal, you eat it, you´re stuffed, and between entering and leaving the "restaurant" there is probably less than half an hour.

  19. Here in America it's the Food that make people fat these huge portions just started in the 80's when food stuffs here became super cheep and people started to add all you can drink pop and huge meals to draw in business before the 1980's few people were fat unless they were sick or something

  20. Don't forget that the EU alone comprises 28 nations. And then there are a number of non-members. So saying 'in Europe" is not a very good way to say anything (it's tantamount to Sarah Palin's assuming Africa is a country). You need to be country-specific, as local customs, infrastructure, prices and the like vary quite a bit from one country to another. Do comment on Germany, but do avoid generalizations about Europe.

  21. The small portions thing varies a lot, though. In Koblenz, I got an enormous schnitzel meal for about E7. In Bern, it was like you mention in Norway-paid around 30 CHF for a burger and fries. Got a good pizza in Heidelberg for about E10, but right across the square from the pizza place, a very small scoop of ice cream was E2.50, and they did not push any ice cream down into the cone, nor was there the big overhang on the sides, either. In London, I know places where you can pay GBP 50, or GBP 10 for pretty much the same thing, just have to know where to look. That no refills bit can hit the budget hard, like you said: I didn't know about it and paid GBP 10.50 (around 18.00 at the time) for iced tea, because I got two refills plus the first glass, at GBP 3.50 each.

  22. 3 euros for a glass of coke? Are you kidding me? Is that the norm in Germany? That's too much 😀

  23. geesh why waste money buying dumb soda at restaurants at those prices. If you have to pay by the glass, might as well order beer.

  24. no bread on the table in Germany? Do you live in another Germany than I do? You Order your drinks, and you get fresh bread. Why so? Because we don't like old bread.

  25. My refrigerator is the exact same as in the video! x) I live in sweden by the way, in a small apartment so most people have bigger, but not as big in the US i guess..

  26. It depends very much on the restaurant you go to. You can get plentiful portions for decent prices, you just need to know where to go. And obviously it is a matter of quality and "gastronomic level". A five star restaurants will obviously serve tiny portions, but you can get a huge 500 gram Schnitzel with lots of French fries and a glass of Coke for under 10 Euros as well.

  27. For all the Europeans down here who can't do this because they are already eating European: just eat like Norwegians, which means 'have two slices of bread with cheese over the day and in the evening share a meal, that, in the US, would count for one person easily, with at least four other persons' … When I was on an exchange to Norway I felt horrible because I was eating that much. I felt like everybody was watching me all the time while eating.

  28. Well, food is more expensive here, so the most logical conslusion was always to eat less. Not less as in starving, you still get full (without overeating), but that just has become our culture to eat less and enjoy the taste more. Also, fast food and pre-made, frozen meals are more expensive than just cooking yourself and yes, in big cities, using your car is extremely inconvinient, esspecially when it comes to parking somewhere. You pay almost everywhere, which is expensive, so it has become a 'norm' to just walk certain distances.

  29. was watching this video shaking my head. Eating European doesn't make you skinny! I'd be tiny if it did! Then I saw the end… I'm Belgian…
    Still, I have chocolate, waffles and beer which is better than the German stuff(a fact I'm sticking with), so I still win.

  30. And that's the reason i eat in Germany almost only in Burger King (Big King XXL), McDonalds (2*Big Mac) and Dunkin Donuts (some set).

    When i go to other type of restaurant, the size of food is much much too small for normal size person 😉

  31. Pretty funny – and true :D. The part about not having any bread etc. on the table and the tiny portions is not true though, but everything else pretty much nails it.

  32. Belgians don't put THAT much cream on waffles, however, if you come to Belgium: sure all bets are off. Our food is WAY too tasty!

  33. in the US, we typically don't say one scoop. we say one small cone. I haven't had ice cream in more than a year and am fine without it lol

  34. You know, you can get tap water for free in pretty much every restaurant you go, you just gotta ask (and maybe get a few weird looks)

  35. hehe 🙂 you look hungry. visit a brewery-restaurant! more food than you can eat in a week on just one plate. yep, plates are big in a brewery. let me invite you to "Maximilians". youĺl be full afterwards and probably you'll be glad to eat vegan the next days. 🙂

  36. Not quite ready for the European Diet? Try the New York Diet! New York is well known for just every kind of delicious food you could possibly imagine…and be prepared to walk off every calorie! Sure, you can drive, but be prepared to pay through the nose for parking. Sure, there's the subway, but it still might be a hike from the nearest stop to your destination, and even if it's not, it might not be on the correct line. Sure there are buses, too, but it's similarly difficult to predict where your particular bus will stop. Plus, in times of heavy traffic, sometimes it's just faster to walk. So move to New York, and experience for yourself why there aren't very many fat New Yorkers!

    Thanks, Dana! Hope I managed to capture your tone.

  37. What's the use of having a refrigerator and freezer if you can't store more than one meal's worth of food in them?

  38. Some of this doesn't apply to the uk 😂 maybe the driving one for cities and the free refil thing but other than that

  39. GREAT! i wish it was so easy… 🙂
    (OK, let's think the other way round: if i was an American, i'd probably be twice my size… :-))

  40. I've heard a lot of comments over the years about how visitors to the US are appalled by the size of American portions. I think they're secretly envious and wish it were that way back home. Doggy bags anyone?! Go to Lambert's restaurant in Sikeston, Missouri. It's the home of seconds,thirds, eat until your eyes fall out you head and it's really good too!

  41. "you won't get a massive amount of food in europe"?!?! where the fuck do you go out to eat??? in germany the portions are huge wherever i go, i live near belgium and the only places with medium sized portions are the super expensive fancy restaurants where the rich people go. everywhere else has huge portions, especially turkish, asian, german etc. they're massive. and i've had this experience in bavaria as well. you are confusing germany with france maybe? the french have pathetic little portions to go with their effeminate wines, which is why they are such weaklings compared to the muscular bratwurst-fed beer-swilling german. (i'm an immigrant btw, just poking fun at the stereotype here)

  42. Not true that you generally don't get big portions in European restaurants it depends on the restaurant and the country… For example I can't remember ever getting a small portion in the Czech Rebublic (I will never forget when I had half a duck on my plate ;D -> I mean literally ) and as a bonus it's farely cheap and assumed you like dumplings and lots of sauce with it you will get some great food there. For Germany it really depends on the restaurants I have gotten all kinds of sizes… As for the icecream… oh well I kind of expect to get "one scoop" if I order one ;D if I want more I'll order a sundae or a couple of scoops…. but most of the time the sugar of one scoop is plenty for me 😀 and I'll probably need some coffee with the ice.

  43. "First of all, put those car keys down. Cars are nothing more than an inconvenience in many parts of Europe."
    Increasingly, they are an inconvenience in many parts of the US, as well. A lot of us continue to use them out of habit and ignorance and because we have been sold on the notion that public transportation is a greater inconvenience.

  44. I once saw a Bizarro comic (that must have been based in Britain)_ that showed a flier stapled to a phone pole that said, "Lose 50 pounds instantly! Just send 50 pounds to this address!"

  45. In Mexico, where I live, everybody orders Coke (not any fizzy drink, it has to be Coke) while eating at a restaurant. It has reached this crazy point of people claiming that their food is tasteless without Coke. Whenever I say that I don't like fizzy drinks, I usually get these weird looks from other people questioning my nationality for disliking them, especially Coke. All I can say is that someone at a marketing company must be having a blast. I guess it is the same in the US, as our obesity problems are equally alarming.

  46. I find it a bit unfair to refer to Germany as "Europe". Europe is not just Germany! There are other countries too! And these things are definitely not true for some other European countries.

  47. i think the biggest difference between US food and European food is portion size. here in the states restaurants double and sometimes triple the portions we actually need and this has trained many americans myself included to eat much more tjan our bodies need. lord knows i eat too damn much all the time but ive noticed other countries don't do that for instance the sizes of cups and fries in the uk versus the usa. ii do wish the US had smaller portion sizes i think it would be healthier. A small soda here is considered large in a lot of countries. But its i guess not important in the grand scheme of things.

  48. I know Norway is expensive, but 40 dollar seemed a bit excessive. And it was. I just checked the menu burger with fries 149, soda 46, total 195 NOK or just under 23,50 USD. And the soda has free refills.

  49. Actually, from when I still could visit any restaurant (I have been diagnosed with coeliac disease in 2011) I allways thought the amount of food you'd get in most Dutch restaurants was way to much already, I could never finish it all to be honest.

  50. While today, Europeans are getting fatter. In Germany and Britain over half the people are overweight.

  51. This is some dumb shit. Are fridges are huge ngl some people can be very stupid. They think they are superior because of were they were born. Wait and why do we "not have cars" we live close to Germany (the highest producer of cars. We don't have American cars here because they break also…. The English created apple pies (just thought I would tell u all

  52. Also are kitchens are actually huge and i mean we'll. Who created a kitchen in the first place. I will let people look that up 😂

  53. A list of things created in Europe


    . Cars

    . Easter bunng

    . Asprin

    . X-ray

    . Kindergarten

    . Jeans

    . Mayonase

    . Coffee filters

    . Apple pies


    . Trains

    . Steam engine

    . Tooth brush

    . Skyscrapers

    . Telophines

    . Digital audio device

    . The light bulb

    . Figure of speach

    . Photographs /camera

    . Lasagne

    . Hula hoops

    . Balti curry

    . Wagon wells

    . Ryvita

    . Turkey dinosaurs

    . Golden syrop

    . Fizzy water

    . Kit kat

    . Quorn

    . Sandwiches

  54. I would generally lose about 20 lbs (10 kg for you Europeans out there) whenever I was living in Germany. Of course I would gain it all back again when I returned to Canada…

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