7 Healthy Habits of Thin People
Some say its genes, others say its luck, and while ‘some’ of that may be true, science shows that thin people behave similarly, which can be several reasons why they are successful at maintaining their weight.
Sometimes when nothing is working for us, we have to look at what is working for others. These seven tips might help you step back, regroup and re-devise a strategy for your plans to lose weight and keep it off.
How do we know about these things? There is an actual center called the National Weight Control Registry, whose sole job since 1994 is to investigate people and long-term successful weight loss.
Here’s what some of their research has unveiled about healthy habits of thin people:
1. Healthy Thin People Eat Breakfast
While we debunked the theory that breakfast ‘increases’ your metabolism, we did find agreement in this habit: thinner people eat breakfast. It’s a habit that actually shows a healthier ‘profile’ such as blood sugar levels, heart profiles and blood pressure.
Not everyone is a morning person, but those who are—might be thinner.
2. Thin People Exercise an Hour Per Day
Don’t stop reading! *sang in the tune of Don’t Stop Believing*
90 percent of them WALK. They don’t go training for the Ironman. They walk an hour a day to stay healthy. So, if your routine has you in the gym for 30 minutes, or 3-4 times a week—increase your activity. A walk after dinner or before work will get you to your hour a day and you’ll develop a healthy lifestyle rather than a to-do list.
3. Thin Healthy People Weight Themselves Weekly
While we aren’t huge fans of the scale, the point of this habit is that they are AWARE of where they are in their weight maintenance. Thin, healthy people can establish a baseline and use that as an indicator of issues. What this does is makes you accountable—if you put on 3 pounds in a week and it’s not typical or related to something like Aunt Flo…then you need to pull in the reigns and gain control before your weight gets out of control.
It’s easy for 10 pounds to sneak up on you if you’re not measuring your body in some way. Whether it’s a scale, measuring tape or those pair of jeans that literally fit perfectly. Make sure you’re aware.
4. Thin People Modify Their Diets as Needed
Piggybacking on the above tip, thin, healthy people are proactive. If they see an increase in weight, they modify their diets so they stay in the know and in control. As such, it’s a lifestyle rather than just a diet with an end date.
5. Slim, Healthy People Drink Water
No, thin people don’t need to carry around a gallon of water with them to force themselves to drink it. It’s a preferred choice. They typically limit or do not drink soda and they choose water over other options. Work more water into your daily intake and make it a habit.
6. Slim People Watch Less Than 10 Hours of TV
Interestingly, slim people don’t watch a ton of television. 10 hours per week is actually not a bad goal. That’s around 90 minutes a night. That’s plenty. If you’re watching more than that per week—think about what else you could be doing with your time. Walking…..for instance?
7. Healthy People Don’t Internalize Weight Issues
Finally, slim people who have lost weight successfully—they don’t internalize weight issues. It doesn’t rule their world. Sure, it’s a nice thought but it’s hard not to feel like weight is the center of attention when it’s ruining your health and happiness. But, commit to changing your life and commit to having patience. It will take time to lose weight—it should. Maybe it takes a while so you can learn to live a lifestyle rather than go through a diet plan? Start by making small changes in your life and you’ll see the weight slowly come off. The good part is—if you keep it up—it should stay off.
There you have it: seven habits of healthy, thin people. Ready to change up your life? It’s not that hard. Look at that list. You can do this.
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