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Part Two: 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 Realize Hunger Isn't An Emergency: Most of us who struggle with extra pounds tend to view hunger as a condition that needs to be cured--and fast, says Judith S. Beck, PhD, author of the new Beck Diet Solution. "If you fear hunger, you might routinely overeat to avoid it," she says. Thin people tolerate it because they know hunger pangs always come and go, buying them some time.

    Emulate the Naturally Thin: Pick a busy day to purposely delay lunch by an hour or two. Or try skipping an afternoon snack one day. You'll see that you can still function just fine. Then next time you feel those grumbles, you'll hold off before making a beeline for the fridge.

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lisa2510 lisa2510 8 years
ok now this is sooo wrong i am naturally thin and when your hungry u should eat straight away also some peope dont understand what naturally thin means naturaly thin does not mean we can eat garbge and not put on any weight it means that we need to eat more than a normal person for example if a person ate 6 packets of crisps an put on half a pound we would need to eat like 12 packets to put on the same amount of weight
lady-T lady-T 10 years
sometimes its impossible to hold off the hunger.i had 5 hours of lectures with only a ten minute break this week.we were all munching on food when the lecturers back was turned...its not healthy and it perks me up when i feel that i have eaten somehting.
rubialala rubialala 10 years
I disagree with this, for the same as other comments above, i.e., tendency to overeat, etc. ALSO, though, if I don't eat when I'm hungry, my blood sugar drops really low and I get super shaky and sometimes pass out. That is dangerous, I would not recommend that people follow this advice. If you're body is telling you that it is hungry, then you need to listen to it.
amandasunly amandasunly 10 years
But we're so hungry in school... Usually we run to the canteen for recess. It's impossible not to eat - where do we get the energy for staying awake? This is practically like giving yourself gastric.
isabellemybelle isabellemybelle 10 years
I agree: bad advice! My weight has yo yo'd for years due to skipping meals and snacks. I always gained it right back. I finally learned how to eat healthy snacks to avoid hunger, and lost 30 pounds last year and have kept it off permanetly.
krisua krisua 10 years
This is very reverse to what they normally say, that don't skip your meals etc...
girlfriday girlfriday 10 years
Ok I just looked up this Judith Beck, PhD, and apparently she is a psychiatrist with her own psychiatric institute. That is SCARY! I can't believe this woman is treating patients. Her advice to someone with an eating disorder - even compulsive overeating - would be so dangerous. I think what a lot of people don't realize about eating disorders is that they often go back and forth - people are super thin, maybe, anorexic for years, or work out really intensely, and then sometimes (not always!) they go to the other extreme for a few years and overeat, and the cycle repeats again. I just can't believe this woman treats anyone.
girlfriday girlfriday 10 years
This advice also really bothers me. This is not healthy behavior. The healthy thing to do is to feed your body when it is hungry. Your body shows pains of hunger because it needs sustencence. For people who need to get to a healthy weight by losing some pounds, it might be better to place the emphasis on not eating when you're not hungry.
maisaacs25 maisaacs25 10 years
i could not disagree more with the idea of ignoring hunger and denying ones body what it needs. i have never posted before but this comment made me want to. when one is hungry, listen and eat mindfully, do not wait, delay lunch two hours or skip a snack. that's painful and on your way to an eating disorder. i've been recovering from one for 14 years, it doesn't go away over night like your celebrity sight implies. i have seen ads on your sights, banners on the side, for the NEDA, why don't you give them a buzz and run this idea by them. i don't think you'll like what they tell you. the title of this segment and everything about it is wrong. we all have different bodies and need to learn to accept them and not try to change them to being "thin", like our society dictates. do you think there are better things to write about than this? i do.
Artemis Artemis 10 years
I completely disagree with this advice. I am naturally thin, and I behave in the exact opposite way - I always make sure I eat BEFORE I get really hungry, precisely to avoid overeating, and to have time to think about what I eat. Delaying your lunch is going to make you eat more. Instead, always carry fresh fruits, low fat youghurt and fiber-rich oats, to snack on as soon as you feel hungry. 4-6 small meals a day is the best way to stay thin AND healthy.
Phil Phil 10 years
when I'm not at home, I never have any time to eat a full meal or lightly gnosh. It's probably terrible for me, but I only eat one huge meal a day, and every now and again throw in a 200 calorie snack some time mid-day.
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