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5 Essential Strategies Women Use To Stay Thin

Posted May 12 2009 5:52pm

You know that thin friend you have?

Who eats what she wants yet never seems to gain any weight?  How the heck does she stay so thin?!

Research shows that thin people have a different mindset when it comes to food.  They have a more “ down-to-earth ” relationship with their food.  Overweight people on the other hand, are too tied up and focused on how much or how often, and in the end food is on their mind 24/7.

With any strategy you gotta know what works and what doesn’t.  Here are a few strategies the “thin” women use to stay thin.  Learn them and put them into action today.

1. Eat to satisfy not to stuff. At the half way point when you’re eating your next meal, put your fork down and ask yourself how satisfied do you feel. Just because there’s still food on your plate doesn’t mean you have to eat it all.  Do this a couple more times while you eat. The purpose of this is to increase your understanding of how satisfied you feel during a meal.

2. They control their hunger. On one of your busy days intentionally postpone lunch by an hour or two. Or if that’s a little too challenging try skipping an afternoon snack one day.  You’ll see that even though your hungry you can still function just fine.  So the next time you feel those hunger grumbles, you’ll be able to hold off before sprinting for the fridge.

3. Have other outlets for their emotions. Emotional eating can really take a toll on your waistline. A good strategy to use is to think of the word “Halt”.  Other than using it to stop yourself from eating the whole bag of chips, it’s actually an acronym that stands for H ungry, A ngry, L onely and T ired, which are the top four triggers for emotional eating.  If you’re truly hungry, choose a healthy snack, such as a handful of trail mix. If you’re angry, lonely, or tired, find different calorie-free solutions to fit your emotional needs.

4. They have an eating routine. Having a variety of foods is great, however, having to much variety may cause you to overindulge.  Try and find your “food groove” which is basically being consistent with your major meals. Eat cereal for breakfast, a salad for lunch, and meat and vegetables for dinner.  It’s okay to add grilled chicken to your salad one day and tuna the next, but by sticking to a predictable meal schedule, you limit the risk to overindulge.

5. They don’t sit still. Typically, slim people are active an extra 2 1/2 hours per day–which can help burn off about 33 pounds a year.  Studies have shown that women often overestimate how active they really are. Most of them spend 16 to 20 hours a day just sitting! Strap on a pedometer on an average day, and see how close you get to the recommended 10,000 steps.  You should combine 30 minutes of structured exercise with a variety of healthy habits, such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator or washing the car as fast as you can.

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