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Part Three: 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 Don't Use Food To Cure The Blues: It's not that thin women are immune to emotional eating, says Kara Gallagher, PhD, a weight loss expert based in Louisville. But they tend to recognize when they're doing it and stop.

    Emulate the Naturally thin: Add the word 'Halt' to your vocabulary, says Gallagher. More than just a command (as in stop eating that entire sleeve of cookies), 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 (even if you don't bump into anyone you know). If you're tired, for heaven's sake, sleep!

More secrets revealed this week. Did you miss any? You can see secrets one and two here.


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rubialala rubialala 10 years
I totally do this. I eat according to my emotions - eat when I'm happy, eat when I'm sad, eat when I'm angry.
SU3 SU3 10 years
I've used almonds. I snack on a couple of them when I start to get hungry and I know my next meal is a couple of hours away. Definitely helps and it's true that it curbs your appetite.
amandasunly amandasunly 10 years
Emotional eating's a huge problem for me. However, I don't think this qualifies people for "naturally thin". Isn't naturally thin just genes?
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