It’s pretty darn hard to stay trim as you get up there in years.
Your metabolism slows down, your schedule is so busy you can’t always hit the gym, and you don’t move around as much as you did when you were younger.
But today we’re gonna try to get some pro tips from skinny folks about how they keep the weight off.
“I have naps for dinner.
Lack of sleep will drive cravings for food.”
Laziness. to get food when I’m hungry, kinda like right now…”
“I can’t recommend the Crohn’s diet but hoo boy does it work.
All you have to do is have a bad flare so you spend a week where you consume nothing but sips of water while you do constantly s**t and vomit blood and the weight just falls off!”
“If you don’t buy it at the store, then you can’t eat it at home.
Not only are you removing the temptation, you’re likely saving money too.
I have to do this with al**hol.”
“I don’t get emotional eaters, my appetite shuts down if I’m preoccupied with pretty much anything.
If I’m sad I’ll go all day forgetting to eat.”
“I don’t eat after dinner.
This is a huge one.
After dinner snacks or drinking every night is what gets a lot of people.
Drinking often means 300+ empty calories. I limit drinking to once a week.”
You’d be surprised how you were actually full 15 bites ago. Your brain catches up with your stomach too late when you eat fast.
Contrary to popular belief you don’t have to finish what’s on your plate.”
“I figured that my best way of keeping my weight more maintainable was cutting out sugary drinks.”
“Me and my 3 siblings are all thin and within normal range for our heights.
We weren’t forced to eat our whole plate, just try one of each
We got vegetables daily (not drizzled with cheese)
McDonalds was a special and rare treat only
No sugary drinks or snacks unless special occasion. My mom took it a step further and didn’t give us any “fruity” baby food so we wouldn’t get addicted to sugar early
We LOVED apples as kids (when you don’t get a lot of sugary processed snacks, apples taste so sweet like heaven). Also great for fiber
We were always outside playing and running around, encouraged to skate, climb, swim, play games, etc
There’s probably more, but these habits just naturally carried over into adulthood and we’re all healthy with no diabetes. We also never got cavities.”
“You can’t out exercise a bad diet.
Exercise is important but just eating less and better makes all the difference weight wise.”
“I am skinny and I eat frequent but smaller meals throughout the day.
Drink plenty of water and drink an electrolyte replacer if you sweat a lot or do activity outside. Americans especially don’t drink enough water.”
“As someone who has probably lost about 300 lbs or more over the years through diet and exercise, I’ve learned exactly how skinny people stay skinny.
Answer: They don’t eat very much.
If you’re fat, overweight, obese, etc. Chances are that you’re eating too much. Even if you have some sort of medical condition, I would challenge you to record what you eat on a daily basis for about a week to see exactly what you’re consuming. I bet you’d be very surprised once you add up the calories.
It’s best if you record this on an App or Notebook so you don’t forget what you ate, because I guarantee you that some of the stuff people think is insignificant will slip their mind. Some days I would think, “Wow! Not bad, I ate cereal for breakfast, Sandwich for lunch, and a chicken salad for dinner!” but you forgot about the apple, snickers bar, ice cream cone, and the bag of chips between those meals. Trust me, you’ll forget about those, at least I always did.
If you do this, I bet you’ll find that you’re around or even exceeding your maintenance calories. Your maintenance calories are the amount of calories you need to eat to maintain your current weight. Google “Maintenance Calories Calculator” to figure yours out.
My recommendations for weight loss are to figure out what your maintenance calories are, and subtract between 500 to 1000 calories per day. Doing so may help you lose 1 to 2 lbs a week!
The easiest (and sometimes hardest, depending on who you ask.) way to reduce the calories is through your diet, meaning eating less calories to create a calorie deficit. You can also exercise and figure out how many calories you burned to create that deficit on a daily basis, but IMO, that’s way harder for weight loss.
I personally like to walk twice a day for 50 minutes, but I only do that as a way to suppliment my weight loss through dieting, in case I didn’t accurately calculate my calorie deficit, but personally, I feel that eating less is the easiest way to lose weight. It’s a lot easier to not eat 500 calories than to burn 500 calories by walking, running, etc. But I realize that may be easier said than done or otherwise everyone would easily lose weight.
Lastly, I recommend that you weight your food to accurately determine the calorie amounts. It’s easier to determine what 28 grams of shredded cheese is when you use a scale than measure a quarter cup. With time you’ll know how much food to use with your sight alone, but trust me, you’ll be surprised how little a serving actually is when you measure it.
I recommend that people just eat what they want, but determine what the best portion size is by weight or measurements, because it’s easier to stick to a diet sometimes when you get to eat what you want.
Like I mentioned earlier, you’ll be surprised by how many calories food has when you actually weight it or use measurements, especially foods like Pizza, where two slices can equal a third or more of your daily maintenance budget. You’ll eventually start looking for ways to feel full with the least amount of calories.
I know some nutritionists in here are probably rolling their eyes after I broke it all down to calorie amounts, but I feel it’s the best way to introduce inexperienced individuals into dieting who might otherwise find it too complicated and then give up.
As always, I’m not a nutritionist or health expert, I’m just a dude with a lot of experience in both gaining and losing weight, so please feel free to reach out to a professional before attempting to start a new diet plan. Good luck to those who are starting that weight-loss journey!”
Do you have any tips on how to stay thin?
Let us know in the comments.