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THE SECRET OF SLIM PEOPLE

Apply a few of the secrets that come naturally to thin people to help you lose or maintain your weight.

What if all you had to do to be a size smaller was "act" as if you already were a size smaller?   As strange as that may seem, it is one of many so-called secrets utilized by those who seem to make being thin an easy endeavor.   The reality is that thin people do have a different mindset than others.   T hin people have a more relaxed relationship with food as opposed to being preoccupied by it. They do not focus on how much or how often they eat, or attach labels like good and bad to certain foods.

Here are some of the choices from the mysterious minds of the "naturally" slim. Learn what they do, what they don't, and how you can act the part.

1.             Choose Satisfied Over Stuffed

On a fullness scale of 1 to 10, the slim stop eating at a level of 6 or 7. The rest of us may keep going to an 8 or 10.

Copy Them: 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.)

2.             Don't Use Food To Cure The Blues

No one is immune to emotional eating, but thin people they tend to recognize when they're doing it and stop.

Copy Them: Add the word 'Halt' to your vocabulary- 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, choose 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. If you're tired, sleep!

3.             Eat More Fruit

Lean people, on average, have one more serving of fruit and eat more fiber and less fat per day than overweight people.

Copy Them:   Examine your diet for ways to add whole fruits (not juices) to your meals and snacks. Aim for two or three servings per day. Sprinkle berries in your cereal or on your yogurt. Add sliced pears to your turkey sandwich.

4.             Sleep

Thin people average 2 more hours of sleep per week, compared with overweight people. 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.

Copy Them: 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.

These are just a few of the habits you can develop to help you get and stay on track with your goals and get that body you want.   For more suggestions check out this article