Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Why Lean People Don't Diet...And Don't Gain Weight

how to get naturally slim, mindlessly slim

Want to stay lean and healthy? Don't diet.

Severely restricting your calories isn't a longterm weight loss solution. You absolutely cannot stay sane or fueled on 1200 calories a day or on some wacky diet that only includes bacon and beef.

Restrictive diets don't work.

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Cornell University's Food and Brand Lab recently concluded that people who have maintained a healthy weight throughout their lives (not gaining more than 10 pounds over the course of their lives) didn't diet. 74% of them reported that they never or rarely dieted. 92% DID say the were conscious about what they ate. 

Think about that distinction for a moment? It's not about dieting. It's about being conscious of what you consume: ensuring your diet is full of quality foods.

Mindlessly Slim, Cornell Food & Brand Lab infographic
Courtesy: Cornell Food & Brand Lab

What are some of the tricks to being conscious about eating well and living a lean life? Well, according to the 147 people in the study it means the following:
  • 96% of them ate breakfast regularly
  • 42% of them exercised at least five times per week 
  • Half of them weighed themselves every week

They also incorporated simple, smart strategies into their daily diets such as cooking meals at home, practicing mindful eating and eating high-quality, non-processed foods.

These, at heart, aren't diet strategies. These are habits that lead to healthier and, generally, leaner lifestyles. Cornell calls it "Mindlessly Slim" and I think that's the perfect description.

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My experience going from a fat-arse to losing weight and keeping it off more than a decade. 

I was a fat ass. A big one. The funny thing was that I was always dieting. Whether it was eating just turkey breast or consuming nothing but diet bars and shakes all day, I wasn't fulfilled from a food standpoint. I was hungry and felt deprived. In turn, I would get frustrated and binge. It was a vicious cycle that made me tip the scales at more than 200 pounds.

Once I started eating real food and substantial meals featuring protein and produce, the weight dropped. The funny thing is that I don't feel deprived at all. I enjoy my favorite indulgences, such as cookies, ice cream and chocolate, weekly. I don't indulge every day...okay maybe I do have some chocolate every day. But the key is enjoying and savoring your favorite treats so that you don't feel deprived.

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Happiness and sanity are critical components of a healthful diet. Once you adopt these habits, they truly become second nature, making longterm leanness easier than you think.

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