A habit of a thin person.
Tuesday, January 08, 2013
Perhaps nowhere does the frequently cited definition of insanity -- doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result -- apply more aptly than with weight loss. The math makes this clear: By one estimate, one-third of Americans are on a diet, but 64 percent of us remain overweight or obese. Something doesn't add up.
The biggest difference between the permanently thin and everyone else might very well be this: Those who don't gain (or regain) have come up with effective, specific, and often personal ways to keep their weight in check.
Thin people shave calories/carbs elsewhere or 'pay' for the indulgence with extra time or intensity at the gym. Thin people get out of the mind-set of being 'good' or 'bad'; it's about doing what works. And they never "let it slide"; it doesn't add up before it is dealt with.
This practice may account for the single most annoying trait of the always-thin: that their achievement seems effortless. But it's not. "People think you never have a fat day -- I do," Holly Johnson, age 45, a co-owner of a Sarasota, Florida based marketing and public-relations firm and the mother of an eight-year-old, says. "I have days when I feel awful. But I spend a lot of time and energy on fitness and cooking. And I have to work really hard, especially now that I'm over 40."
But when good habits are integrated into your life, something shifts. There's no need to count calories, agonize over an order of fries, track miles walked, or (worst of all) talk endlessly about what you're eating and not eating. For the thin, feeling strong, healthy, and, yes, slim are powerful rewards -- and their chief motivation to continue, as Anne Fletcher, a registered dietitian, has heard. More than 90 percent of those who have mastered weight maintenance feel like they're not dieting, she says."It becomes a way of life."
Got that? IT BECOMES A WAY OF LIFE. It applies to most of us equally IN REVERSE -- we are fat because it is our way of life! Want to be thin? CHANGE YOUR WAY OF LIFE.