With the holidays around the corner, we are all crafting our own stay-the-same-size plans. Prep the stomach for Grandma’s old-fashioned holiday dinner. Nibble on a couple of frosted cookies here and there. Sip something bubbly on New Year’s Eve night, and then pack in a hefty resolution to lose weight for the new year. Whether the plan is to shave off a couple of pounds or fit back into that cute dress from your college days, the secrets of healthy people can help you get back on track.
Portion control is a healthy girl’s best friend.
Learn the power of a single-serving. It’s easy to want to chomp down a whole bag of Hot Cheetoes without realizing that there are 2.5 servings in the bag (2.5 times the 200mg of sodium, 16g of fat—you get the math). Unlike Hot Cheetoes that tell you that 21 of those hot and spicy critters are 1 serving size, several food products leave you to figure out that information on your own. The first way to start is to get educated about how Nutrition Facts and labels really work.
According to the National Weight Control Registry (NWCR), an ongoing study of 5,000 individuals revealed that successful weight loss maintainers tend to eat five small meals a day rather than three large meals a day. This process makes it easier for those who are trying to lose weight to scale down on their portion sizes, so that eating one serving size becomes normal.
Healthy girls make themselves their top priority.
One of the main reasons why thin girls are thin is because they are obsessed with themselves. Not in a narcissist way, but they love their bodies as they would love their significant other, and treat them well. To stay slim, they prioritize exercising regularly, eating right, and reducing stress through manicures, massages, reading, or a hobby. Understanding that you have only one body, one vessel, to commit to your life’s mission, is important, and a positive mindset in treating oneself well is beneficial maintaining or losing weight.
Anne Fletcher, a registered dietitian who works in an obesity clinic and author of Thin For Life, said that the biggest issue with weight control is people not treating themselves like they are the one.
“So often the women I saw were people who refused to take time for themselves,” she said. “Their whole lives were spent giving, giving, giving―which women tend to do anyway, but it was really to a fault. Sometimes you need to put yourself first.”
Healthy girls are always hungry—so they never skip meals.
It’s a common misconception. How do you stay so thin? You must never eat. But quite the contrary—slender girls may not run to the vending machine to grab a Twinkie as soon as their stomachs start to rumble, but they don’t starve themselves either. Skipping meals and weight loss according to psychologist Stephen Gullo, just don’t mix.
“In my work with over 15,000 patients, the number one behavior that leads people to lose control is skipping meals,” psychologist Stephen Gullo said.
The problem with the don’t-eat method is that it’s unhealthy and makes you lose control over your weight loss system. Impulses to eat control you and you’re more likely to overeat. To keep yourself from packing on 5 extra pounds from a late night snack of binging, keep healthy snacks with you throughout the day.
Orange juice? Eggs? Healthy girls love breakfast.
Sure it’s cliché, but it’s true. Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day. In 2002, the NWCR found that in a study of nearly 3,000 participants, 78 percent ate breakfast every day and 4 percent said they never ate breakfast. Research also showed that people who didn’t eat breakfast didn’t lose extra weight for doing so; they had the same caloric intake which meant that packed on more calories by the end of the day.
Not only does eating breakfast serve as a healthy jumpstart to your day, but it sets your balance for eating so that at lunch time you aren’t ordering two Chinese food plates instead of one.