Some people stay slim because it’s in their genes. They just can’t help it, poor souls. Others seem to stay slim and it has nothing to do with genetics. What’s their secret?
They make healthy habits a daily routine, so maintaining a healthy weight is no big deal.
Researchers at the online Global Healthy Weight Registry discovered there are five basic lifestyle habits common to most people who seem to manage their weight and stay slim easily and effortlessly, without resorting to overly strict diet regimens.
Here are the five healthy habits most thin people make part of their daily lifestyle,
One – they eat breakfast. More than nine out of ten study participants eat breakfast most every day. How does this help? Skipping the morning meal has been linked to wolfing down more calories at lunch, leading to extra weight and weight gain over time. Breakfast may or may not be the most important meal of the day – that’s debatable – but it certainly plays a significant role in healthy weight management.
Two – they exercise on a regular basis. Most participants in the study make exercise part of their healthy lifestyle. In fact, over 40% report exercising five or more times a week. That burns a lot of calories. It also reduces your risk of stress and anxiety and helps prevent diabetes and other serious illnesses. Regular exercise encourages you to eat a healthier diet. Working out produces positive endorphins that help you resist indulging in that piece of pie or can of beer.
Three – they pretty much eat what they want. They just want to eat healthier foods. They cook most of their meals at home and when they leave home they take healthy snacks with them to eat on the go. It’s a great inexpensive way to limit calories. They also tend to eat to live rather than live to eat and it makes a big difference.
Four – they pay attention to what they eat. Eating mindlessly out of boredom or as a reaction to daily stress is a trap for anyone wanting to maintain a healthy weight. More than three quarters of the participants report they never or seldom ever diet, but 90% said they think twice about what they eat and how it makes them feel afterward. Rather than feeling guilty about their choices, they take pride in their self-control.
Five – They watch their weight. Around 50% get on a scale and weigh themselves about once a week. Weighing yourself on a daily basis has recently been found to be a very effective technique for losing weight and keeping it off, as long as you don’t let it depress you and that’s a choice you can make. If daily weighing, however, creates a problem, avoid the scale. Do what’s best for you and your wellbeing.
To stay slim and fit, make these five habits part of your healthy lifestyle.