Thin People Share Their Secrets to Permanent Weight Loss

By: Jill Fleming, MS, RD

The latest reports indicate that 2 out of 3 Americans are overweight with 1 out of 3 classified as obese. Obesity puts individuals at risk for diabetes, heart disease, cancer, joint problems, depression and many other health problems. The most significant issue is that you just don't feel well. Life is too short to live in a body that you don't or can't enjoy. Follow any or all of the six simple strategies listed below to begin losing weight easily and permanently.

1. Eat something within the first hour of waking to start your metabolism and begin burning more calories all day long. This can be as simple as eating a banana or a few crackers. This fuel for your body fires up the furnace to burn more fat.

2. Eat one smoothie and one large salad every day. This will provide you with 8-10 combined servings (approximately ? cup each) of fruit and vegetables a day. Five servings a day will promote good health, whereas eight to ten will promote almost effortless weight loss.

3. Drink 8-10 cups of water a day. Water is needed to breakdown body fat and flush the toxins. To make this easy, use a 32oz sports bottle with a straw and drink two of these daily. You will know you are drinking enough when your urine is pale in color and clear (not cloudy)midday with the absence of smell.

4. Eat something every 3-4 hours. This will help stabilize blood sugars and prevent you from becoming over-hungry at your next meal. Ignoring true hunger will cause your body to increase its lipogenic, or fat storing enzymes. Always carry a snack with you so that you can respond to hunger signals quickly.

5. Never eat to the point of feeling uncomfortable, instead stop when your hunger has been satisfied. When you feel "full" after a meal, you are storing body fat.

6. Visualize yourself at your goal weight. Do this for at least 5 minutes every night before going to sleep. The mind is a powerful weight loss tool. By conditioning your mind to think that you are a thin person, you will find that making choices like a thin person come easily.

By implementing even a few of these simple lifestyle choices, you will begin to experience permanent weight loss without ever dieting again.

Jill Fleming, MS, RD is the author of Thin People
Don't Clean Their Plates: Simple Lifestyle Choices for Permanent Weight Loss. She has spent over 10,000 hours researching the lifestyle habits of thin people. Find more tips at ThinChoices.com.

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