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And The Headline Read: Lose Weight in 17 Minutes.

September 2, 2008

Yup. That is what it said. And me, being a fat-fearing, self-critical woman, I immediately said “WTF?”. And to quote:

“Here, weight loss experts explore the mysterious minds of “naturally” slim, and how to eat like skinny women. Learn what they do, what they don’t, and how you can act the part.”

Are you kidding me? “The mysterious minds of the’naturally’ slim”. Good lord. So of course, I continued to read. Here are several “tips” on how skinny bitches stay skinny – allegedly:

1. They Sleep — Well: Skinny women snooze 2 more hours per week, compared with overweight people, says a study from Eastern Virginia Medical School. Researchers theorize that a lack of shut-eye is linked to lower levels of appetite-suppressing hormones like leptin and higher levels of the appetite-boosting hormone ghrelin.

2. Copy Them: Break it down: Two extra hours of sleep a week is only 17 more minutes a day–a lot more manageable, even for the most packed of schedules. Start there and slowly work toward 8 hours of snooze time a night–the right amount for most adults. Quick Tip: Eat breakfast! 78% of successful dieters do it every day, according to the National Weight Control Registry, A database of more than 5,000 people who’ve lost more than 30 pounds and kept the weight off for at least a year.

3. They Choose Satisfied Over Stuffed: On a fullness scale of 1 to 10, skinny women stop eating at a level of 6 or 7, says Jill Fleming, RD, author of Thin People Don’t Clean Their Plates. The rest of us may keep going to an 8 or 10. Why? It may be because you mistakenly equate the sensation of fullness with satisfaction and feel deprived if you stop short, says Fleming. Or you may just be used to finishing what’s in front of you, regardless of whether you really need it.

4. Copy Them: To eat like skinny women, about halfway through your next meal, put your fork down and, using the 1 to 10 scale, rate your level of fullness. Do it again when you have about five bites left. The goal is to increase your awareness of how satisfied you feel during a meal. (Bonus: It also slows down your eating, which allows the sensation of fullness to settle in.)

5. They Realize Hunger Isn’t An Emergency: Most of us who struggle with extra pounds tend to view hunger as a condition that needs to be cured–and fast, says Judith S. Beck, PhD, author of the new Beck Diet Solution. “If you fear hunger, you might routinely overeat to avoid it,” she says. Thin people tolerate it because they know hunger pangs always come and go, buying them some time.

6. Copy Them: Pick a busy day to purposely delay lunch by an hour or two. Or try skipping an afternoon snack one day. You’ll see that you can still function just fine. Then next time you feel those grumbles, you’ll hold off before making a beeline for the fridge.

7. They Don’t Use Food To Cure The Blues: It’s not that skinny women are immune to emotional eating, says Kara Gallagher, PhD, a weight loss expert based in Louisville. But they tend to recognize when they’re doing it and stop.

8. Copy Them:  Add the word ‘Halt’ to your vocabulary, says Gallagher. More than just a command (as in stop eating that entire sleeve of cookies), it’s an acronym that stands for Hungry, Angry, Lonely, or Tired–the four most common triggers for emotional eating.  If you’re truly hungry, eat a balanced snack, such as a handful of nuts, to tide you over until your next meal. But if you’re angry, lonely, or tired, seek an alternative calorie-free solution to your emotional need. Blow off steam by going for a run or just jumping around–the heartbeat boost will help dissipate your anger. Lonely? Call a friend, e-mail your kid, or walk to the park or mall. Being around others will make you feel more connected to your community (even if you don’t bump into anyone you know). If you’re tired, for heaven’s sake, sleep!

9. They Eat More Fruit: Skinny women, on average, have one more serving of fruit and eat more fiber and less fat per day than overweight people, reports a 2006 study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association.

If you would like to read  the rest… here it is. But honestly people, this stuff is all common sense, not from the mind of some naturally skinny chick who was born with the metabolism of a hummingbird. Like most woman, I was the unfortunate enough to inherit both the slow metabolism of my father and the love of rich food from my mother. Needless to say, I was a definite fat kid for most of my life. Being 5′ 1″, I tipped the scale (at my heaviest) @ 180 lbs. Obese to the say the least. But after a year of common sense, a little boost from weight watchers, and very, very light exercise, I lost 65 lbs – now tipping the scale at a slimmer 115 for almost 2 years. I am not going to say it was easy, because it wasn’t. I love food. So I battle everyday with foods I try to avoid. I am a salty/fried food fantantic. It took me a good while to learn that portion control will still give me those things occasionally, but working on my self control is most important. I just find it funny how this was marketed. It is wording like this that makes it seem like there are tricks to getting around a healthy diet and getting off your butt – there isn’t. You can eat what you want (in moderation) and walk to the bank and loose weight. I have done it. Even without exercise, it is about portions – common sense. But ya. I just thought I would share.

Till Next Time.

Yes. Both of those are me.

Yes. Both of those are me.

UPDATE: I am entering a contest at Modcloth on your biggest transformation! A little blurb from their site:

Voila the Terrific Transformations Contest.  We want to hear about your biggest transformation to date – whatever that means to you.  Did you have an experience that altered your outlook?  Did you make a decision that made you a better person?  Did you meet someone who put your life on a different path?  Whatever your change may be, we want to hear about it.  Write about this personal metamorphosis on your blog.  Make sure to link to ModCloth and this Terrific Transformations Contest in your post. Then, comment on this post with a link to your blog, so we can identify your entry.  Entries are due by July 22nd!

Since I put so much hard work into deciding to be healthy, I wanted to show it to the world! Wish me luck!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 2, 2008 11:56 am

    WOW! That’s awesome. Great job! You look great!

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