Here is an interesting article from Real Simple magazine last year called "The Secrets of Thin People."
I have mixed feelings about articles like this. On the one hand, there's some good (and possibly counterintuitive) information to be gleaned: how many of us lifelong dieters really believe in our hearts that skipping meals is bad?
On the other hand, the point that many thin people are just naturally, genetically thin is news to no one, and possibly disheartening to those of us who struggle with our weight. And it's all too easy to decide that since body type is to some extent genetic, some of us are naturally overweight and therefore there's nothing we can do about it.
As a Thin Club member, you've probably worked very hard to get to where you are now. And after all that hard work, it can be incredibly daunting to find that-- maybe even without realizing it-- you've put on a pound or two, or even ten. (I hope not!) Joining the Thin Club, though, means a permanent lifestyle change. That can be a real challenge, especially at first. But it's so important to stick with it.
I recommend treating articles like this as a "cheat sheet." What kinds of behaviors and techniques do "naturally" thin people seem to do automatically, and how can we make them part of our own, new, routines? How can we change our old ways for the better for good?
Here's the real money quote from the article:
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 from dozens of people. “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.”
That's good enough for me. How about you?