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10 Secrets Of Skinny Women Who Never Diet
Yes they live among us and we have known or know at least one of them. They love fast food and never say no to cake. How do they look this good? How do the thin women you know do it?
We did some recon and gathered the secrets of slim women. Here’s what these ladies do to keep it off, all the time. And guess what? There’s no fasting involved. Keep reading to get the scoop.
#1. Remove Guilt-Association From Food
Did you have an extra slice of pumpkin pie over the weekend? Or, an extra brownie? An extra scoop of ice cream? If instead of truly and mindfully enjoying your indulgence, that extra piece of pie is weighing heavy on your mind, then you are suffering from food-guilt.
Many popular ways of eating (diets, for lack of a better term) are constructed around avoiding indulgence altogether and foods are labeled as either ‘good’ or ‘bad’. We’re taught/conditioned/told to avoid ‘bad’ foods, and feel bad about ourselves when we give in to temptation.
All food is inherently good, and we should be thankful for it. Rather than looking at certain foods through the lens of good or bad, focus on balancing your week. A weekend afternoon indulgence of pizza and beer doesn’t look so bad when you look at it in the context of an entire week of mostly balanced healthy eating.
#2. Don't Deny Yourself Anything But Monitor Your Portions
If you really love chocolate, then reward yourself with a little piece every once in a while. This way you have something to look forward to. If you completely deny yourself something, chances are that at some point you will crack and eat the whole chocolate bar. So don’t completely deny yourself anything, but simply limit it.
If we try to have an eating plan that cuts out all treats, we probably won’t stay with that plan. In fact, we’re more likely to go “off the wagon” and eat too much of those foods.
If you’re eating healthy and listening to your body signals, a piece of birthday cake or an occasional order of french fries can fit into your healthy eating plan. When the holidays come around, it’s okay to eat the traditional foods you love. Just keep listening to your body signals and eat only enough to reach that “satisfied” level.
#3. Walk, Most Of The Time
Walking can offer numerous health benefits to people of all ages and fitness levels. It may also help prevent certain diseases and even prolong your life. Physical activity doesn’t need to be complicated. Something as simple as a daily brisk walk can help you live a healthier life.
Several studies have found that women who walked had less body fat than those who didn’t walk. It also lowers the risk of blood clots, since the calf acts as a venous pump, contracting and pumping blood from the feet and legs back to the heart, reducing the load on the heart. Walking is good for you in so many other ways as well.
From helping you lose weight and de-stress to lowering your blood pressure and reducing your risk of many chronic diseases—going for regular walks is one of the best and easiest things you can do for your health.
#4. Avoid Sugary Treats On That Not So Special Occasion
Office doughnuts, a decadent restaurant meal, cake at a friend’s birthday party. These events happen so regularly that it’s easy to justify any day as splurge-worthy. While occasional treats are must-haves, your diet as a whole is what keeps your weight steady.
So choose your treats wisely and cut out the rest. Maybe split a dessert with a loved one sometime, but pass on the cookies at the office meeting. Or celebrate your birthday with cake, but not everyone’s.
#5. Don't Obsess Over Weight Gain/Loss
Living your life obsessed with weight and food is exhausting. It’s isolating. It’s painful. Think about how much more joy and in-the-moment experience we’d have in life were we not putting so much energy into planning meals, restricting, bingeing, beating ourselves up, and exercising from a place of anxiety.
You know the old saying “you can’t love someone else until you love yourself”? True, but if you’re waiting to love yourself before you find your partner, you’ll be waiting a long time — maybe forever — because learning self-compassion as we all know is hard to practice.
#6. Find A Way To Move That You Enjoy - Exercise Of Some Kind
We have all heard it many times before – regular exercise is good for you, and it can help you lose weight. But if you are like many Americans, you are busy, you have a sedentary job, and you haven’t yet changed your exercise habits.
The good news is that it’s never too late to start. You can start slowly, and find ways to fit more physical activity into your life. There are many types of physical activities that you can choose to do. From weight training, swimming, running, jogging, walking, dancing and so many more options to choose from.
To get the most benefit, you should try to get the recommended amount of exercise for your age. If you can do it, the payoff is that you will feel better, help prevent or control many diseases, and likely even live longer.
#7. Don't Waste Time & Money On Diet Foods
Our supermarket shelves are full of foods with low-fat or low-calorie labels, which sounds good only in theory. The problem is that they’re often heavily processed and high in carbs.
These carbs quickly convert to sugar in your body, potentially contributing to weight gain. Moreover, companies enhance these products after removing fat by pumping them with sugar, salt and other additives.
All you have to do is eat fresh and avoid food that comes processed in a packet.
#8. Use Smaller Plates
You’ll eat 30% fewer calories if you have your meals in a smaller plate, since a smaller plate gives you the illusion that you’re eating more food.
Whenever possible, choose the smaller salad plate (8-10 inches) instead of a tray-like one (12 inches or more). Using smaller plates can actually make us feel fuller with less food. The brain associates a big white space on the plate with less food and smaller plates generally require smaller portions.
#9. Keep Alcohol Consumption To Minimum
One or two wine glasses are fine but if you are serious about maintaining or losing weight then you have to drastically cut down on consuming empty calories from alcoholic beverages.
Alcohol can cause weight gain in four ways – it stops your body from burning fat, it’s high in energy, it can make you feel hungry , and it can lead to poor food choices.
Alcohol can cause weight gain simply because it has calories. Not only does the actual alcohol has calories, but additives and mixers that are included with many alcoholic beverages can be packed with calories as well as sugar.
The calories that come from alcohol are considered empty, meaning they can pack on the pounds, but they have no nutritional value.
Cutting down on alcohol consumption is one of the best things that you can do for yourself in order to lose belly fat naturally.
A 5-ounce glass of wine has around 150 calories, a 1.5-ounce shot of vodka or 12 ounces of light beer,100. It has been found that people eat about 30 percent more food when they consume alcohol, possibly because alcohol interferes with satiety or simply because it makes your judgment fuzzier about whether or not you should have a second helping of high calorie food.
#10. Avoid Sugary Drinks
Sugar is the Number 1 enemy of weight loss. Sugary treats, sweetened soda and other sweet high-calorie drinks can add inches to your waistline if you consume them regularly and they will not help in losing weight either.
An observational study suggested that among men and women with a genetic risk of obesity, those who drank at least one sugary drink a day were four times more likely to become obese than those who drank less than one sugary drink a month.
It’s not just soda but also sports drinks, lemonade, sweetened iced tea, and juices that can lead to weight gain and other health problems.
The average can of sugar-sweetened soda or fruit punch provides about 150 calories, almost all of them from added sugar. If you were to drink just one of these sugary drinks every day, and not cut back on calories elsewhere, you could gain up to 5 pounds in a year. Beyond weight gain, routinely drinking these sugar-loaded beverages can increase the risk of Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and other chronic diseases.
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