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Part One: 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 Choose Satisfied Instead of Stuffed: On a fullness scale of 1 to 10, the slim 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.

    Emulate The Naturally Thin: 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.)

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TessainLA TessainLA 10 years
Where's the secret about having if not one but two thin parents.
amandasunly amandasunly 10 years
I have a problem - whenever we go for buffet or steamboat, I always stuff myself. It's a problem, seeing all that food.
kehinde75 kehinde75 10 years
I agree with a lot of the other commentors - naturally thin people usually eat the same amount if not more than other people. I don't think naturally thin people have any "secrets" other than that they're lucky they don't have to worry about what they eat and how much they're eating. Some of my friends think that I am "naturally" thin but I am not. I work REALLY hard at maintaining my size.
Meearya Meearya 10 years
Perhaps I am just one of the lucky ones. I consider myself to be pretty naturally thin, although I do watch what I eat and exercise regularly. That being said, I am one of those people who truly enjoys eating healthy food. That's not to say I deprive myself from those really bad foods, I just limit them. I eat chocolate every day. But I also eat healthy salads, raw nuts, fruits and vegetables every day. Not to mention that I drink at least 2 liters of water each day. It's my experience that if you get so strict with yourself that you only eat the healthy, you are eventually going to crack. Eat chocolate, but eat one piece, not a whole bag!
museanima museanima 10 years
Yea really, "naturally" thin isn't the right words here. Maybe "accomplished" thin people? My "naturally" thin friends eat the same portions or more as me but don't have weight problems.
tifygodess24 tifygodess24 10 years
Well I dont know about all that , but in my experience most of my naturally skinny friends eat like cows, dont exercise and are still super skinny....(and dont have Eating disorders), not fair ;)
Phil Phil 10 years
I usually eat in terms of how far away my next meal is. I add a little under a hundred calories for each hour until the next meal. I don't know how healthy this is, but it works for me. One day I'll fall into a more regular meal schedule!
cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 years
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