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Part Eight: 8 Secrets of the Naturally Thin

We all want to know what those naturally thin people are doing to stay so um, naturally thin. Prevention has discovered that healthy thin people just don't think about food the same way as everyone else. In this 8 part series, I'll reveal Prevention's 8 secrets of naturally thin people one by one.

  • They Sleep--Well: They 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.

    Emulate 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.

More secrets revealed this week. Did you miss any? You can see all the secrets here.


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lintacious lintacious 9 years
okay, these 8 things do help you to stay thin and maintain your weight and are healthier for you than dieting. however, the headline is "naturally thin" as in the people who don't try to be thin, they just are. here is the true "secret of those why dont try to be thin": THEY DONT THINK ABOUT IT. i have always been skinny. not bony, i have curves, but thin. i dont do anything. i spent years and years eating whatever i wanted, my diet consisted of chocolate and water. i sat in front of my computer all day. My weight never changed ever. Now, i'd rather be healthy so I don't eat fast food and I run and do pilates a couple times a week. My weight still has not changed. And it won't! (at least not until im 30 :) ) I was born with my metabolism and this body and there is NO SECRET about it.
mandiesoh mandiesoh 10 years
yeah i DO need sleep desperately :(
cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 years
Well, in my experienc eI am not fat because I don't sleep enough, i don't slep well because i am least that is what reading and talking to doctors has led me to believe, so this is a double edged sword. HOWEVER...i have been dieting and exercising, and being healthy for about a week (you can read about my experiences in Fitsugars Dieter's Support Suite) and with the exception of last night (i woke up at 4am sick) I have been sleeping straight through till 6 every morning...i haven't done that in...a year. I think the two are linked!!! :-) _________________________________________________________ Why don't you wear the face you have when I am not around?
jendudley jendudley 10 years
AHA! I am fat because I don't get enough sleep. I knew there had to be a reason. HAHAHA. At any rate, after 6-7 hours, my body REFUSES to remain in bed. Or maybe it is my mind. I had recently been having problems sleeping through the night when my dr prescribed rozerem. Now, I try to be in bed by 11, but I wake up by 5 or 6 every day. BOO! Esp when I don't have to be at work until noon, I would like to at least sleep until 7 or 8!!!
amandasunly amandasunly 10 years
I really need to sleep more! Okay I'm setting a goal - to sleep at least 6 hours a night (not 6x7h a week) for next week. Which means I have to sleep before 11.30 on a school night.
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