7 Secrets Of Naturally Thin
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You know the type... the ones who never bat
an eyelash when it comes time to order lunch or dinner. Ask them their weight
and they probably cant even tell you -- they dont know it. Question
them about calorie count and youre likely to be answered with a blank
THEY are the men and women who don't give
weight watching a second thought. And that's the very reason theyre at a happy,
healthy weight. They are naturally thin people -- the enemy to anyone whos ever
battled extra poundage.
But please don't dislike them. You too can
be one of them, says Dr. Dorie McCubbrey, author of How Much Does Your Soul
Weigh?: Diet-Free Solutions to Your Food, Weight, and Body Worries
(HarperCollins). The weight issues specialist and licensed professional
counselor has spent the last 15 years helping people explore their weight woes.
Dr. Dorie, the Dont Diet doctor, has made it her mission to take the focus off
the scale and put it on what she calls intuitive self-care. Its that kind of
treatment that the Colorado counselor encourages. She tries to steer her
clients away from regimented and overly restrictive diets.
The idea, according to Dr. Dorie, is to
emulate the way a naturally thin person thinks. For starters, the world doesnt
revolve around the number on the scale.
Sometimes we think, when
Im thin enough, Ill be happy, says Dr. Dorie, who
describes herself as someone who was the wrong kind of dieter for 15 years.
A naturally thin person knows how to be happy first, beyond weight
success. Its freedom to enjoy your life. Its about healthier
relationships and being able to achieve the goals you want for yourself
professionally. Its finding the time to enjoy some pleasures in life,
like the vacations you always wanted to take or the personal goals you always
wanted to achieve. Its having the energy and desire and ability to follow
through on these things. Its a fuller, richer life.
What it isnt is obsessing over every
pound shed, minute spent exercising, calorie eaten, etc. Somewhere there has to
be a happy medium between the apathy and the obsession. Thats where the
seven secrets of naturally thin people come in. According to Dr. Dorie,
were all born naturally thin; however, its the way we think that
takes away this mentality. It all begins when we go on our first diet, she
Dr. Dorie is quick to point out
theres a big difference between being thin and being a naturally thin
person. There are those who struggle with anorexia or rely on starvation to
avoid weight gain. These people are engaging in unhealthy physical and mental
behaviors. When it comes to weight loss, one size does not fit all, she says.
Theres no one diet or meal plan
or exercise plan thats right for everybody. Thats what is great
about eDiets -- it customizes thin. My approach supports that. You have to find
a customized approach unique to your own needs.
Before you can even get started on a
healthy approach to dealing with your weight, its important to get in the
right state of mind. Dr. Dorie has the 7 healthy secrets of naturally thin
people that can help you get one step closer.
Secret #1: Practice Intuitive Weight
Naturally thin people have a stable weight and dont worry
what it is. Naturally thin people dont weigh, measure or otherwise keep track
of their bodies dimensions. You wont even find a bathroom scale at the
naturally thin persons house. They dont need to weigh themselves, because they
trust their bodies to regulate their own weight. Sure, it is easy for people
not to worry about their weight when it never changes. But does their weight
not change because they dont worry about it? What if constant worries make your
weight fluctuate? What if you tried to think like naturally thin people
instead, with an inner knowledge that your weight would stay stable?
Secret #2: Apply An Intuitive
Naturally thin people have a positive view of themselves and
their lives. People who have never had a weight problem know that the key to
happiness is in how they perceive themselves and their lives. They have a
wonderful self-image, because they have not allowed societys pressure to
influence them. Besides appearance, some people criticize themselves for their
thoughts, feelings, behaviors -- everything. How they see their bodies is a
reflection of how they tend to see their entire lives. Have you been putting
thinness before happiness? What kind of criticism have you been carrying with
you in your bag of manure? What positive thought can you carry with you
Secret #3: Know Intuitively Why To Eat
Naturally thin people eat when they are hungry, but for other reasons
as well. They eat because their bodies need fuel, but they also eat sometimes
even if they are nut hungry. People eat to fulfill physical need (75 to 100
percent of the time), physical desire (0 to 25 percent of the time) and
emotional desire (0 to 10 percent of the time). The key is proportion: to be
attuned to the bodys signals of what it needs, but also to eat once in a while
out of desire. This involves using the bodys inner wisdom. Its fine to eat
something because you want to, or occasionally because youre having a bad day.
Enjoy that piece of cheesecake from the dessert tray, simply because it looks
so good and you want to taste it. Have a custard-doughnut, because its your
favorite comfort food and youre feeling really stressed. Just be aware of what
you are doing. Pay attention to why you are eating and make your choices in a
conscious, proportioned way.
Secret #4: Know Intuitively What To
Naturally thin people eat exactly what they are hungry for. They
seem to have an inherent sense of what they really need. Theyll go out of their
way to get what they are hungry for, even if it means making a shopping trip.
If thats not feasible, then they substitute another similar food. While eating,
they are in tune with whether or not the food is satisfying their need, and
they make adjustments in their intake accordingly. What happens when you make
your food choices based on what you think you should eat? What are some of your
forbidden foods, and what would it be like to let this label go? How do you
feel after eating your current food choices? What foods would you like to try
adding to your intake?
Secret #5: Know Intuitively How Much To
Naturally thin people stop eating before they get too full. They
often leave food on their plates when dining out, because the typical
restaurant portion is more than a body needs. When dining at home, they often
finished what is on their plates if they served themselves, because they are in
tune with how much food their bodies will need and only put that much on their
plates. A naturally thin person can even take a spoon and eat right from the
container -- then put the container away when theyve had enough. Eat slowly,
pay attention to how you feel as you get full and learn hot to recognize
Secret #6: Exercise With
Naturally thin people enjoy a variety of fitness activities
in reasonable amounts. They exercise on a regular basis without going
overboard. There is consistency without compulsivity. They use exercise
guidelines, but in a way that honors their bodies needs. Some exercise for
longer durations than others, and some work out at more advanced levels than
others. Their bodies just seem to know how much exercise is right for them.
Regardless of their level of conditioning, they all have some level of
commitment to making fitness a part of their lives. They focus on what they
really enjoy: running, biking, swimming or aerobics.
Secret #7: Live An Intuitive Life
Naturally thin people have truly fulfilling lives (and its not because
they are thin). Thinness is part of their experience, but it is not the source
of their fulfillment. They have meaningful relationships with others. They
enjoy significant experiences in both their professional and personal lives.
They focus far beyond the number on the scale. Their focus is on enjoying life,
exactly as it is, and making the best of things, exactly as they are. With this
attitude of gratitude, they seem to attract more good into their lives
automatically, without having to chase after it.