So I get comments from friends and family all the time about how lucky I am to be naturally slim. And, I couldn’t agree more so why not share my ‘secrets’ with you all?
- Takeaway once a week. I love currys and have to have 1 every week. Normally my partner and I actually share a portion of curry, naan and rice between us as they really are quite big.
- Eat big portions. I love to feel really satisfied after a meal so I always have ½ the plate piled high with vegetables – you should try this too as it increases the volume of what you are eating.
- Eat all the time. I have to eat 3 meals a day or I start feeling sick. I also eat 2-3 snacks a day because I work long hours and times between meals can be pretty lengthy. Try this approach.
- Go big on snacks. I aim for 50-100 calories for a snack BUT get as much volume as possible. For example 1/3 of a chocolate bar is really small but 1 banana is a lot larger and fills me up.
- I don’t ever use the gym. Gone are the days where I hang around the gym several nights a week feeling that I’ve done my bit. Nope, now I go to classes. In and out in 45- 60 minutes and much more of an effective work out.
- In fact, why even bother with a class? Sometimes classes aren’t on at a convenient time so I recently got a Garmin active watch which allows me to set daily targets. I aim for 10,000 steps a day and then 3 weekly 30 minute runs.
- I love a drink. That’s water – I aim to drink 2L a day +/- teas and coffees. This keeps me focused, hydrated and not looking for sugar. What about alcohol? Well the good thing about being ‘naturally slim’ is you are also a lightweight. But jokes aside, I rarely have more than 1-2 alcoholic drinks a week and generally go for a spirit with diet mixer (i.e. the lowest calorie option).
- I eat cake. Baking is a massive hobby of mine so I bake pretty much every Sunday. Baking is a great way to understand what foods are made from but also to make friends – I always take what is left over to work on the Monday.
So you see, there is no such thing as ‘naturally slim.’ Yes someone may have a different body shape but being overweight/underweight comes down to how many calories you consume e.g. the overall balance. So next time you see your slim friend eating the entire pizza on a night out you can now feel satisfied that they don’t get to eat like that very often.
If you would like advice around healthy eating, balancing your diet or losing weight please contact me.