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5 Secrets of Naturally Thin People

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Very interesting article, I am going to watch myself. Report
Drinking noncaloric drinks is my secret. Report
I am one of those "naturally thin" people. I have been thin my whole life as was my Daddy's side of the family. We all are constant movers and fidgeters. Later in years, after lots of fast food and junk food, I realized that you can eat whatever you want but you won't be a healthy thin. I believe that genes are a factor, but eating fruits and veggies and limited meats are a big part. Also lots of movement. After years of all that fast food I did gain weight, but it was all in my belly...(my cholesterol skyrocketed too) now I'm back to shunning fast foods and eating and enjoying my fruits and veggies. I walk about 3 miles every day and still keep moving around through the day (my body aches and gets stiff if I sit for long periods). Thank you for the article. Report
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I think the term naturally thin is a misnomer in this contex, I know quite a few people that are naturally thin, and they don't do any of these things, they are for the most part energetic people, but they eat what they want, overeat often and don't eat healthy, none of them are very good sleepers, but they do move a lot. I think the correct title for this is something to the effect of maintaining a thin lifestyle, you are not naturally thin if you have to work at it all the time. Report
I appreciate this article, however, I did all of these things consistently for 5 years and ended up 30lbs overweight :( Now I am trying to do what those people who are not so genetically blessed do. Deliberate portion control, cardio and strength exercises at least 200 minutes a week, enforcing a strict bedtime. I am finally seeing results. Some of us just have to be more deliberate about weight control, and that's okay too. Report
I was always frustrated with 'naturally thin' (term is used loosely) people, until I lost most of my weight. I observed thin people and what they did or didn't do. One of my discoveries was that they were just simply more balanced.

I am compulsive and do everything in extreme measures--including eating. I discovered my flaw in this aspect and am still struggling with my negative compulsiveness, only now I try to channel my compulsive tendencies into a better, healthy lifestyle. Report
I understand why people are angry. i know we can all change our habits, it's not all up to genes, but the term "naturally thin" in this type of article does annoy me, just like it does sassisprings. I have been overweight my whole life. everybody in my family is fat. We are not all huge people ,but we do come in our own shapes and sizes. if i were to be "naturally thin" trust me, i've tried. I wouldn't last long lol. I think this is great advice, but please don't use the term naturally thin people. they don't have to lose weight so they don't need to dish out advice. just say, here are some tips from healthy weight people, or something like that. :) Report
You can't bash these until you try. For years I was enabled by the "it's mostly genetics" argument, thinking that I was overweight because my parents were. Turns out we were all just living unhealthy lifestyles, and after taking advice like this to heart, I've discovered a completely different body type lying beneath my extra pounds. Report
These are all great habits, but let's be real, genetics play a big role. That is why those of us without these "lucky genes" have to make a point to follow healthy habits and make a healthy weight a priority in our lives. Not an excuse, a realization that can empower us against the marketing hype surrounding diet and exercise in the world we live in.
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My boyfriend is a 29 inch waist - 135 pounds. I was jealous that he ate what he wanted without issue but recently I noticed that he eats a ton when he eats but rarely eats because is he is up doing something. I am not saying starving is healthy but it put a different perspective on it. He may only be eating 2,000 calories, he just does it all at once! Report
I was like this for years when younger but I had a very active job. It was when I left it that I started to put on weight.

I was 9stn 8lbs at 27 and by the time I was 60+ near 14 stone when I started this. Now back to a healthy 10 stone +

Certain people in our lives are naturally thin, because that's just the way they are, and us trying to be like that really ain't in the cards. We have to nag and force ourselves to do those things, nothing "natural" about it. No different than the same old dieting strategy. Just easier to read about it than actually do it for ever and ever. That is the majority of weight issue people's problem. There must be a better solution, but it won't come forth until maybe another 30 yrs. of study. Report
The eating only when hungry thing works for me in the sense that I'm losing weight that way (and maintained fairly low weights that way in the past). I don't count calories or carbs or anything like that. I DO like to move also and am a natural fidgeter. It bothers my legs to sit still for to long these days too. Report
I have two naturally thin people as friends and coworkers. One eats oatmeal, pop tarts and general foods intl coffee chai tea for breakfast. The other will have a sandwich, chips, fruit and a soda for lunch. There is no way I could do the same and be thin. But that being said, I found I COULD address my emotional eating and cravings, so I don't always have a compulsion to eat pasta and other starchy foods all the time to comfort myself. Once I took a look at the emotions that were causing me to eat too much of the wrong foods, I was able to finally lose weight. Over 50 lbs in fact. Plus, once I released all the negative emotions, the rest of my life got better too. I think permanent weight loss starts from the inside out. It's all about the mindset that causes you to care more about yourself and your body than about food. Report

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