We all know women that seem to effortlessly maintain their skinny body without giving up their favorite foods, without leaving out dessert during dinner dates, or having to spend hours on the treadmill.
But there is a good chance that these women we all love to be are working harder than you think—behind the scenes to maintain a healthy balance.
“Naturally thin” people may not need to count calories or follow strict food rules, but they do share some universal habits that help them stay skinny year after year.
Here are our 5 favorites habits of the naturally skinny women:
1. Naturally thin women start the day with a satisfying breakfast
Eating early in the day has a meaningful impact, both among people who have consistently maintained a normal body mass index (BMI) as well as among heavier people who have successfully slimmed down.
My take is that making the effort to eat a balanced breakfast generates a ripple effect, priming you to make good choices throughout the rest of the day.
Starting the day on a healthy note can help to structure your eating routine and get you into a good food groove.
That said, grabbing a bagel or giant muffin just to check off the breakfast box isn’t likely to pay off, because refined carbohydrates don’t have much staying power.
You have to pack your breakfast with more filling foods including fiber-rich fruits and vegetables, and protein. A protein shake that includes fruits and vegetables is a sound compromise if you’re running late.
2. Naturally thin women eat whole, unprocessed foods
Processed foods — especially munchies like chips, cookies, and crackers — tend to be calorie-dense and easy to overeat.
Simply including more fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, beans, whole grains, and lean proteins in place of packaged items is a smart way to cut back on calories without micromanaging your diet.
An easy way to get started: At lunch and dinner, make half your plate non-starchy vegetables like leafy greens, salad, broccoli, green beans, carrots, and cauliflower.
3. Naturally thin women make time for physical activities
No, you don’t have to run full or even half marathons, struggle through sweat-drenching kickboxing classes, or log 90 minutes on a Spin bike every day to stay slim.
If you’re not a gym person, you don’t have to become one — going for regular walks is one of the simplest and most user-friendly ways to step up your physical activity.
4. Naturally thin women don’t deprive themselves, but they do eat mindfully
This doesn’t mean for you to eat whatever you want, whenever you want.
Naturally thin women have other non-restrictive strategies to keep their eating in check, such as staying in tune with their inner hunger and fullness cues.
Learning to use internal signals to guide when you start and stop eating rather than relying on external ones — like an empty dinner plate — takes practice, but it’s one of the most important steps to becoming a mindful eater.
By slowing down and savoring meals, you can feel more satisfied on smaller portions and avoid overindulging.
5. Naturally thin women don’t obsess over weight loss and always have a back-up plan
It used to always shock me to see my ‘skinny’ girlfriends wolf done a giant leg of lamb with mashed potatoes and saffron rice on the side —everyday whenever we’re on vacation—and all of them would be able to lose all the weight they’ve gained while on vacation—very quickly after.
I find out later after much prying and prodding that all my girlfriends have a back-up ‘diet’ system in place whenever they go off tangent with their usual eating habits—so that whatever weight they gain, they can easily lose it after.
So, don’t obsess over losing weight if you eat more than usual for many days at a time. Food binges (or foodie tours, I’d call them) do happen, even to the best of us. Sometimes you’re able to fight it off, sometimes you just give in and indulge.
But know that because you have a proven diet system that works, and one that you can always go back to whenever you gain some weight, you can rest assured eat like a champion on special (or many) occasions.
If you don’t know any proven diet system that can help you lose weight quickly, then I would strongly recommend you try what my girlfriends swear by—a strange “carb-pairing” trick.
Carly Donovan, a 40-year old overweight mother with pre-diabetes SHOCKED the medical
community by losing an unheard of 22 pounds in just 13 days with the same carb-pairing trick.
She went on to burn off 84 pounds in the next 3 months without starving herself or exercising.
Best of all, she eliminated all signs of diabetes and other life-ending diseases that was constantly threatening her.
The amazing thing is, all she did was this D.I.Y. “carb-pairing” trick that reconditions your 3 female
weight-loss hormones to drastically accelerate fat-burning while still eating the foods you love.
If you’re a woman over the age of 25 who wants to reclaim her life inside the body she DESERVES, you should check it out for yourself.