The Daily Habits of the Naturally Slim
Do you have the friend who always appears to be ‘naturally’ slim, who can eat almost anything because they have a ‘fast metabolism’? You might think they are so lucky and that it all comes down to their genetics.
While genetics might play a small role, most of it comes down to their daily habits around eating and keeping fit. The good news is that you can do this too if you just follow these following tips:
1 - Slim people choose to be satisfied rather than full
Thin people often stop short of feeling full when eating a meal. They distinguish between the feelings of fullness with the feelings of being satisfied. By being more aware of whether you are satisfied you can help reduce the amount of calories you intake on daily basis.
2 - Slim people eat foods that aren’t calorie dense
Foods that are ‘bulky’ but low in calories help you feel full and satiated. These are often foods that have a high level of water content such as vegetables, fruits, water-based soups and stews and whole grains that are cooked. They also tend to be high in fibre content which also help you feel full.
3 - Slim people are conscious about portion sizes
This doesn’t mean that they go to the extremes of measuring devices such as measuring cups or food scales. But they are aware of what they are eating without making it an obsession. They focus on keeping to the principles of lean protein, vegetables and fruits.
They also use simple strategies such as ordering a single serve of food, eating ready-made meals that are portion controlled, avoiding the ‘family size’ restaurants and using plates that are slightly smaller.
4 - Slim people make themselves their number one priority
Often individuals who are unhealthy and overweight may be putting other people before themselves leaving no time to look after their health and well being.
Slim people make it a priority to eat right, exercise on a regular basis and take time out to relax from stress.
5 - Slim people have active lifestyles
Taking the stairs, walking from place to place or even working at a standing desk adds up over the day. In a study at Mayo Clinic, Minnesota participants who were self-proclaimed couch potatoes were divided into obese and lean individuals. The study found that the leaner individuals spent a lot of time standing and fidgeting in comparison the the obese individuals who sat on average an extra two hours per day. As a result, if the obese individuals simply stood for an extra 2 hours per day they would burn an extra 350 calories without even working out.
As you can see the daily habits of slim people are no ‘magic secret’. They simply involve lifestyle changes which will add up over time to become slim.