The diet industry is a multi-billion dollar industry full of programs, books, products, and gimmicks that target our desire to be thin. But have you ever noticed that plenty of thin people are not obsessed with dieting? It turns out that thin people might have a few simple habits that help them stay slender. Sure, exercise and a healthy diet are important, but if you eat well and get plenty of exercise and still don’t see that scale budge, you may want to pay attention to what your thin counterparts are doing.
Weigh in: Individuals who weigh themselves on a weekly basis are more likely to maintain their weight (or lose weight if dieting) because of a heightened level of awareness about their weight. If the number on the scale creeps up one week, they are likely to take action in the following week. As a result, they don’t see large weight gain over time, which can be daunting to address.
Hydrate: Not only is it vital to our health, water is filling. Individuals who drink water prior to a meal typically eat less. Furthermore, as a culture, we tend to be chronically dehydrated and we often mistake hunger for thirst.
Become a morning exerciser. There will always be debate about the best time to exercise, but if weight loss is your goal, there is no debate—exercise in the morning. Raising your heart rate and metabolism first thing in the morning will help you burn more calories throughout the day. Furthermore, morning exercisers tend to be more consistent.
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Eat breakfast. It’s no myth—breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. It revs your metabolism and provides valuable energy. To top it off, people who eat breakfast tend to be thinner than those who do not. Skipping breakfast can increase your body’s insulin response, which leads to fat storage and weight gain. Furthermore, people who skip breakfast tend to be less active throughout the day than their breakfast-eating counterparts.
Slow down. Individuals who sit down and take their time to eat a meal tend to eat less and feel more satisfied than those who mindlessly inhale food on the go. So, set the table, turn off distractions, sit down, take a few deep breaths, and savor your food. When we eat slowly, the hormones indicating fullness kick in and we tend to feel satisfied and nourished.