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You Will Never Be "Naturally Thin"

Sunday, October 21, 2012

My missus is "naturally thin". These people have us completely fooled. They give you the illusion that they can eat anything and never gain weight. After years of observation, this is false. "Naturally thin" people generally do not have faster metabolisms than us fat folk. In my observation we've been fooled in two ways.

1) They hit the buffet with us and eat as much or even more as we do. However, after the buffet, they often do not eat for the rest of the day, maybe longer.

After years of her proclaiming that she could eat "anything" and never gain weight, I finally gathered enough evidence to prove that she could indeed eat anything, but one big meal could sustain her for a day or more, where I would have to eat again after the large meal. She conceded.

2) Their hunger mechanisms are different, weaker or non-existent.

Witness yesterday, missus had not eaten all day. Was she hungry? Nope, but around 2pm she said "woah, I'm lightheaded, I should probably eat something". And proceeded to eat enough (garbage) to make her lightheadedness disappear. For me, and other normal folks, lightheadedness comes LONG after hunger. I only get lightheaded when I'm on low calories and have fought through many bouts of perceived hunger.

Unfortunately, I see folks around here and encounter folks IRL that think they can "learn" this 'naturally thin' behavior. It's not learnable, it's wiring. So the trick here is learning to deal with hunger signals in a productive way. She possibly has a genetic advantage in that hunger does not hit her like it does us. Although in a feast or famine world, I'd be able to pack on some fat for leaner times.

So considering I can be fat or lean, my choice, who has the advantage now?
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    Great points. I've had the some of the same observations with my naturally thin friends. Although they occasionally overdo it, they do seem to be wired to compensate for those times by eating less afterwards to balance things out, whereas I seem to be wired to want to continually overdo it. I definitely chalk at least some of that up to my Viking stock. I'm wired to be a survivor, so I just need to learn to balance those urges out in a world where we're no longer perpetually in feast or famine mode. At least one other positive is that although I'm more prone to overeating, I've also got more natural muscle, much more so than my naturally thin friends, which really shows now that I'm at a healthy weight.
    1972 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/22/2012 5:07:56 AM
    Rather interesting look at things. I do think that, while someone who isn't "naturally thin" in that way may not have those as instinctive behaviors, it is possible for food attitudes and behavior to change over the very long term.
    1972 days ago
  • NWFL59
    Interesting observations. I think the 'naturally thin' people I have around me have different biofauna in their gut that processes food differently than my gut. emoticon
    1972 days ago
    My kid (19) is like this, and I can confirm that he was born like this. There seems to be no hunger signal, but also no emotional eating.
    He just gets really crabby and sometimes doesn't even recognize that as a signal unless somebody suggests he eat.

    Advantage? Disadvantage? Who knows?
    Just different.
    1972 days ago
    I have never known a "naturally thin" person, so I never have observed the sort of behavior you describe. I do know that the only time I ever get "light headed" is when I have six or seven beers in a reasonably short time. I do get "hunger pangs" where my guts hurt, but they go away after a few minutes if I don't eat, and the BW has never had such a thing. She just gets cranky if she's hungry.

    I have to work at it to control my eating - records and weighing.
    1972 days ago
    Really good observations. Yeah, if that famine hits, we're set, LOL.
    1972 days ago
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