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Skinny people don't do this

Every notice how skinny people don't count calories, make sure they drink "X" amount of water a day, exercise "X" amount of times a week, avoid certain foods, worry about their body "starving", insure they eat enough protien, etc, etc, etc, the way overweight people do? I know so many thin people who do none of the above and yet manage to stay "naturally" thin. Fair?

Mon. Aug 27, 6:20pm

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I do not think this is true at all!

Monday, August 27, 2007, 6:28 PM

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It could be that they just naturally have a high motabolism.

Monday, August 27, 2007, 6:29 PM

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I have a friend who has always been slim, and she doesn't conciously count calories etc. as you described. However, she was taught good eating habits and appropriate portion sizes when she was growing up; not really as a big deal, but just "this is what we eat". She always complained when we were in high school about how her mom made her eat all this healthy stuff and wouldn't let her drink pop except on the weekends. I think now that her mom played a big part in her weight. I, on the other hand, had a mom that was always overweight and taught me poor eating habits (unconciously of course). As an adult, I now have to relearn how to eat properly, which for me means learning what correct portion sizes and good food choices are.

So I think a lot of skinny people learned good eating habits when they were young, and so they don't have to necessarily count calories. And of course some skinny people DO count calories etc!

Monday, August 27, 2007, 6:38 PM

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They may worry about this stuff in their head and calculate without you knowing it.

Also, naturally thin people are often that way because they don't have the screwed up relationship with food that many overweight people have. They eat when they're hungry and that's all.

Monday, August 27, 2007, 9:33 PM

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I totally agree. My BF eats really well and doesn't limit himself--- and because he doesn't he also doesn't "crave" sweets every night, he just eats a bit when he wants it or at parties and lets it go at that.
I bought him a slice of pound cake and a small ice cream 3 days ago and he's still working on it and putting it back in the fridge when he's had another bite.
Me? It prob. would have been gone in 10 mins, but I've been getting better. :)
He also eats a very healthy breakfast like it's his JOB, and also stops eating when he's no longer hungry.
Totally fair, I hate to say, but def. hard to learn as an adult.
Bon chance!

Monday, August 27, 2007, 10:58 PM

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Hmm. Well, I know a bunch of skinny people who do watch what they eat, make a conscious effort to drink water, etc. And if their pants start to feel tight around the waist, they cut back for a couple of weeks. They just don't feel the need to TALK about it all the time.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007, 9:22 AM

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I know a lot of skinny people who don't care about food. I've actually known a woman who doesn't eat any solid foods when she is on her own. She only eats when she is in company, and then she eats a lot. Once she told me she didn't eat anything on the weekend so she could have a pizza on Monday when she goes out with her cooworkers. Some skinny people may have fast metabolisms but that is so rare, most just have certain habits, some healthy or some unhealthy like this friend I mentioned.
Btw, I also had a friend who fainted because she "forgot to eat." But anyway, don't compare yourself to people, especially if you don't know them very well....

Tuesday, August 28, 2007, 9:36 AM

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I used to BE one of those skinny girls!! And the reason I was skinny was because I did make a conscious effort to count my calories and exercise and drink my water. But something happened and everything changed where I didn't care anymore. So I think it's fair to say that skinny people DO watch what they put in their mouths and exercise.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007, 9:40 AM

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forgetting to eat

When I was a teenager I read a biography of Marie Curie that recounted a story in which she became so involved in her work that she forgot to eat and finally fainted on the steps to her apartment. I thought, "How stupid can a smart person be, to forget to eat?"

Later in life, I became a scientist and sure enough, one week got so involved in working toward a deadline that I forgot to eat. I was running up the stairs at work and almost fainted -- caught myself, sat down, put my head between my knees, and the story about Marie Curie came flooding back to me. And I thought to myself, "Honey, you are NO Marie Curie. So you'd better just eat something!"

Tuesday, August 28, 2007, 10:02 AM

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I am thin only because I work my butt off to stay that way. I count calories, work out like a fiend, mconsume water, debate supplements, calories, nutrition just like others. Diabetes and morbid obesity run in my family, and I am determined not to keel over at 53.
Sweeping generalizations often miss their mark.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007, 10:04 AM

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