"How can she eat all of that and still be skinny?!"
Has this thought crossed your mind when thinking of your skinny friend?
Did you justify it afterwards with: "It's because she has a fast metabolism. I wish I was that lucky."
Your skinny friend is lucky. But not because she has a fast metabolism. It's because she has better habits.
Here are some common tendencies among people who don't seem to put on weight, despite all the food they seem to be eating:
- They rarely go back for second servings.
- They feel full quick and find it hard to eat everything on their plate. They often have leftovers remaining.
- Their regular meals are light, minimally processed and may often seem to be too little for people used to eating massive meals.
- They move more without even thinking about it. You'd find them animated and walking all over the place while speaking on the phone, they'd prefer to walk short distances over taking the car, and may even have active hobbies.
- They don't have unresolved emotional eating habits.
- They can stop eating at one cookie or half a packet of chips.
- They rarely drink high calorie beverages like smoothies. And even when they do, they usually split it with someone else.
It's easy for people to dismiss skinny people for having a fast metabolism and being able to eat whatever they want.
However the truth is they just have habits which are conducive to keeping them at a lower body weight. This is influenced by genetic factors as well as environmental factors like their upbringing.
Instead of blaming your skinny friends. Try to observe their food and activity patterns when you hang out together. You'll see how different they are from your overweight friends.
Weight loss is a process of becoming aware of your own behaviour. It's a continuous process but you must take initiative if it's important to you.
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