50 Habits of ‘Naturally Thin’ People
This is not a diet—or a rigorous exercise programme. (Nobody can stick to those for long.) Instead, it’s a simple way to make weight loss a natural part of the life you already live. And guess what? It’s fun! You don’t have to give up the food you love or join a gym. It’s about balancing calories in tiny ways that add up to big benefits. You just adopt some tricks naturally lean people use. Pick the ones you like, stick with them and you’ll slim down and tone up—for good!
How to Get Started
Decide how much you want to lose and see how many calories a day it will take to make it happen by the year’s end. Then, work into your routines however many of these eating tweaks and exercises (it’s important to do both) you need to achieve your goal:
• Slash a total of 100 calories each day to lose about ten pounds in a year.
• Slash 250 calories a day to lose about two stone.
• Slash 500 calories a day to lose about four stone.
This is based on an 11-stone person; you may need to cut more or fewer calories, depending on your weight, age and gender. It also assumes your normal calorie intake essentially stays the same (you’re not overeating today, running a marathon tomorrow) and your weight is stable. For instance, a ten stone woman eats about 2,100 calories a day to maintain her current weight; a 15 stone man needs 3,150 daily to keep the scale steady. Now read on and start losing!