Have you ever known a person that just seems to be blessed with one of those metabolisms that they can eat whatever they want whenever they want and never gain an ounce? Sure you do, we all do! And, I get it, sometimes you feel like you just want to smack them! But before you do – here is a better idea. Did you know you could actually train your body to “think” like them?
That’s right, there are many things that all skinny people have in common, but one of the most frustrating things for the rest of us, is that they seem to have a remarkable ability to resist the kinds of cravings that overweight people and dieters constantly struggle with.
According to Michelle May, MD, author of “Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat, — it’s not some kind of super-power, it’s more a state of mind. Skinny people just seem to know how to “Think Thin.” Dr. May says, “People who don’t struggle with food or weight use their natural signals of hunger and fullness to guide their eating … There’s no secret to thinking skinny, but there is a natural process to relearn how to do it.”
Thin Thinking Tips
- Eat Breakfast for Weight Loss — Thin people just seem to know that you have to start the day with a good breakfast. According to Dr. May, the best breakfasts consist of a good mix of protein and carbohydrates, like whole-grain oatmeal, yogurt, fruit, plus egg whites and mixed veggies. Now if you think breakfast has to be a chocolate doughnut or a cinnamon roll – that’s a real no-no, but if it’s sweets that you crave, according to recent research from Tel Aviv University, you might be able to get away with just a touch of chocolate or a small pastry in the morning, as long as you make it part of an overall balanced breakfast.
- Build Exercise Into Your Day — If you want to think thin, you need to think exercise. But that does not mean you have to hit the gym. Walking the dog, cleaning house, washing the car, do some gardening, people who are naturally thin just naturally do not sit still. So make it a point to get moving after your breakfast. Try for at least a total of one hour a day, even if you accomplish it only 10 minutes at a time.
- Be Restless for Weight Loss — A Mayo Clinic study found that just fidgeting around, and changing your position often could be the difference between those who stay thin and those who do not. So even if you have a desk job, try to get up and move around a bit throughout the day. Take a brisk walk around the office when you hit that afternoon slump instead of heading for the vending machine.
- Reach for Fiber When Hunger Strikes — Research has shown over and over again, that people who choose a high fiber fruit such as an apple for between meal snacks, consumed on average 15 percent fewer calories when they ate their next meal. Besides curbing your appetite, there are many other health benefits of high- fiber foods as regular readers of my blogs well know!
Other ways to “think thin” throughout your day include: take a brisk walk after dinner, avoid snacking in front of the TV of course, and try to turn in early and get a good night’s sleep.