Tried And True Health Tricks From Naturally Thin Chicks

February 12, 2013  |  
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You know that extreme diets and workout plans never pan out. What you don’t know is how those obnoxiously, naturally thin people who are telling you, “You know that extreme diets and workout plans never pan out, right?” do keep thin! They do it through small, easy habits practiced throughout the day.

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Work out and forget about it

It’s easy to think, “I can eat an extra cookie—I worked out today!” And then you end up eating more calories than you burned off in your workout. That’s why once you work out, you should forget about it. Pretend you didn’t, and eat as if you haven’t: cautiously.

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Work out in the morning

Most successful exercisers get in their workouts first thing in the morning, and that could be because it’s the easiest way to forget you worked out! If you workout in the evening, then what? You get home, turn on the TV, open up Facebook and essentially have nothing to do. Oh yeah, except eat! And that workout is so fresh in your memory, you feel entitled to half a bottle of wine. But if you work out in the morning, odds are when you’re done, you have to hit the ground running, getting ready for work, and going to work. Life forces you to forget the workout.

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Eat a big lunch

Thin people do not skimp on lunch, and that’s good! Because almost every calorie consumed at lunch gets burned simply fueling you throughout your day. Think about it: you have a good 8 to 10 hours until you go to sleep after lunch. That’s a lot of time you’ll be awake, thinking, working, walking. You need that fuel. And if you let yourself have a big lunch, you won’t graze on snacks void of nutrition throughout the day.

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Don’t go to bed full

Much of your weight loss success can be determined by your fullness each night when you go to bed. If you feel full, you have excess, unburned calories from the day still in your body, ready to turn into fat. But if you go to bed feeling simply satisfied, that means all excess calories were done away with in your daily activities. Being full during the day is smart. But being full to…sleep? That makes no sense.

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Plan an after dinner activity

This will motivate you to not fill up at night. Nobody likes to go on a date, go out with friends, attend a salsa dancing class or even clean the house on a full stomach. Give yourself a reason to remain digestively comfortable.

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Do eat starches

So you’re avoiding empty carbs like white bread and pasta: good. But you still need some form of starch for your brain. If you avoid starches all together your mind won’t function at full capacity, you’ll feel lethargic and you’ll crave sugar. So get friendly with brown rice, potatoes or whole-wheat pasta.

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If you need to snack, snack on protein

Protein packs the biggest bang for your buck. You can consume very few calories of protein, and still feel satisfied. So if you need to snack, grab a few slices of turkey, or some cheese, or a hard boiled egg.

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Walk away from your plate for 20 minutes

Slightly overweight people polish off their plates, worried about feeling hungry later. But try this: when you’re not sure if you’re full yet, walk away from your plate for twenty minutes. If you’re still hungry, the food will still be there. But you’ll be amazed at how often you’re not hungry any more. You just saved yourself useless calories!

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Eat whatever you want, in small doses

For the most part, losing weight isn’t about what you eat but how much you eat. Eating a smartly portioned steak is better than eating your weight in salad—enough salad will rack up the calories. Plus, depriving yourself of all the foods you love will only lead to binge eating. Eat what you want, but if it’s calorie-loaded and fatty, eat less of it. Eat half of a cheeseburger, make a pasta dish but portion it to 50 % pasta, 50% veggies. Eat what you love, just do it smartly.

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Eat the moment you wake up

And I mean the moment you wake up. Don’t shower, read the newspaper, get dressed and then eat. The more your metabolism works, the more it works, so make use of the hours you’re up and get it going first thing in the morning! If you eat breakfast too late, your metabolism isn’t prepared for your lunch.

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Walk to kill time

If you’re ten minutes early to meet someone, instead of sitting and waiting, walk around the block. If you’re in a car, park it far away so you have to walk to the destination. During a layover in an airport, walk all around the terminal. Why not burn calories when you can?

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Never let yourself get too hungry

If you wait to eat until you’re starving, you’ll overeat. So, even though we warned against snacks, if your friend can’t meet until 8 pm for dinner, but you feel a rumble in your tummy at 6:30, grab a small protein snack so you don’t arrive at dinner ravenous.

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Have open-faced sandwiches

Just remove the top bread on your sandwiches. It lets you enjoy the flavors on the inside more, and cuts your carbs and calories dramatically.

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Water down your juice

It’s hard to believe that refreshing, light-tasting glass of juice — so essential to enjoying your meal — is adding an extra 150 to 300 calories. But liquid contains calories too. Save money and calories by filling up a glass of water, and just adding a splash of juice. Or even mixing 50% water with 50% juice.

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