There was a time when I would eye up so called naturally slim men and women” and wonder what their secret was to stay slim. Just what did they know that I didn’t? What did they eat? Did they eat at all? Did they exercises endlessly? Now I’m one of those so called slim women (apparently!!!) and after observing them for many years, I totally understand where they come from. I’ve figured out that their mindset is totally different to those of their larger counterparts. I’ve eyed them up over the years and tried to figure out how they act, think and behave around food and exercise. So I thought I’d compile a short list of exactly what their behaviours consist of that the rest of us could adopt.
Eat until you’re satisfied
Naturally thin women tend to be really in tune with their bodies so when they eat their follow their bodd’s natural signal of fullness and put their fork down because it doesn’t feel good to feel over full. I can so relate to this one nowadays and really do stop eating the minute my stomach starts to feel full. Eating slowly, savouring your food and minimising distractions at meal times really helps you to tap into this power effectively.
Be Picky about what’s on your plate
They are very aware of their likes and dislikes and are unwilling to nibble on something just because it’s available. If they don’t like it or find it worthwhile they don’t touch it. They don’t look at that sad looking sandwich in the conference room “just because it’s there!”
Don’t deprive yourself
So many of us are stuck in the diet mentality where food becomes good and bad that we forget about food being about pleasure. I’ve noticed that slim women don’t think like that. They eat what they like at all times and keep their portion sizes small and not the mega portions everyone else has programmed themselves into eating.
Squeeze in exercise when you can
Regular workouts definitely keep you’re weight in check. But even a few simple routine tweaks like using the stairs rather than the lift, walking an extra bus stop, or parking your car further away from the shops can also help you whittle your middle. I see slim women doing this all the time and I do it too. So stop make excuses and do these simple everyday tasks to keep your weight in check. No one should make an excuse that they don’t have time for these simple steps!
Don’t eat your emotions
Naturally slim women have other outlets for stress that don’t involve food. It could be anything chewing on their friend’s ear to exercise or going on a shopping trip. Avoiding food as a way to deal with stress is good and research shows that people who are able to keep anxiety at bay tend to have lower levels of body fat.
Don’t be scared of the scales
Keeping an eye on the scales is one of the good ways of keeping your weight in check. It allows you to catch yourself if you go up a couple of pounds (and make changes right away to drop them) rather than letting it get to the point where suddenly your favourite jeans don’t fit But don’t obsess about them! Just limit your scale time to once a week, ideally at the same time of day, like in the morning, before breakfast.
Have quality sleep
There’s strong evidence to suggest that inadequate sleep boosts hunger and slows your metabolism which we know can have a huge impact on your weight. Remember being healthy is an all around business connecting the mind body and soul. So switch off and get at least eight hours of shut eye every night.
Don’t worry about your weight
Naturally slim gals don’t normally place any value on being slim. They don’t see it as any form of a solution — for, say, getting a boyfriend or being happier They don’t look at weight as being either a help or a hindrance. Success is all about intellect, having great friends, doing well in their career. It doesn’t come down to the size of their waist. You still have to go on living your life!
Now I’m not saying by any means that ALL slim people follow ALL these rules at ALL times. But its worth noting that theses slim people do do the above things MOST of the time and to be fair if it works for them why can’t it work for the rest of us? 🙂