Getting healthy means adopting new and different lifestyle habits compared to the daily habits that have gotten you where you currently are.
Learning to embody a naturally thin person, by adopting their way of thinking, moving and coping with stress is a key ingredient in permanent change.
When you are trying to make changes intially, it really feels like temptation is everywhere. However, people who don't struggle with food or weight use their natural cues of hunger and fullness to guide their eating. In other words, there possess an inherent internal compass that guides their eating, and they remain finely attuned to it, often unconsciously.
Because of this, they don't need to think about food all the time because they trust their bodies to let them know what, when and how much to eat. Equilibrium comes naturally to them, so for most naturally slim people, when asked "How do you stay so slim?" they honestly struggle to articulate why and often put it down to genetics or luck.
These thin people traits are qualities that we can learn too, with mindfulness and active awareness. Granted, it will take conscious effort initially, but only until it gradually becomes so easy that you do it almost without effort and almost without thinking.
As someone who comes from a family of obesity and as someone who has struggled with my weight, I can honestly say maintaining a healthy weight is not so much genetics as it is environment and embodying the habits of the naturally slim. When we learn to tune into huner and fullness cues and shrink our stomachs back down to their natural size, body changes do and will happen. If you don't believe me, just look at the way stomach banding has such a success rate, at least initially. This is because the reduced size of the stomach pouch literally forces us to honor the fullness signal.
Also, being naturally slim is not necessarily about money, either. In fact, I know of a few billionaires who, even with all the money in the world to be able to eat the best food and have the best personal trainers, still struggle with their weight.
Therefore, in my honest opinion, weight management is not as simple or one dimensional as genetics, money or even the right exercise plan. We've all known exercise fanatics who still struggle with their weight. Simply put, we can't outrun a bad diet and overeating.
There is no secret to thinking, eating and moving like a naturally thin person, but there is a natural process to relearn how to do it.
With that said, one trait I have observed in all naturally thin eaters is that they never feel guilty about eating. Their body trust is so great, that they are able to fully savor and derive maaximum pleasure out of eat bite. And because of this permission that they naturally give themselves, they are easily able to either stop when they've had enough, or, when they do overeat because the food tasted amazing, they will naturally recalibrate by eating lighter the next day or meal.
What qualities have you observed about naturally thin eaters? Let me know in the comments!
G'day. Welcome to my blog, where I write about mindful eating. My name is Sally Asher and I'm a wellness author of three books. I hold a Health Science degree and have a passion for behavioral change. I live between South Florida and Melbourne with my husband and two teenagers. My husband and I run a real estate investment company. I love to help people eat mindfully and reconnect with the innate, intuitive sense of eating that we are all born with.