I’ve found that if you cut out a couple of things in your life, you can keep your weight down.
And those things are different for everyone.
Maybe it’s soda or beer or chocolate or pizza.
The possibilities are endless…
And today we’re gonna hear from folks on AskReddit about how they stay skinny so maybe we’ll all learn a few things.
1. Track it!
“I track my calories on my fitness pal. I’m 5’4” and went from 160 to 130 and still losing weight. I never drink my calories unless it’s a once a week low calorie coffee creamer in my coffee.
I eat meals with foods that will fill me up and not leave me hungry. (Oatmeal, eggs, lean meats) I set up rewards like a cheat meal at every weight loss milestone so I have something to look forward too.”
2. Eat light.
“I just don’t eat that much.
A day’s worth of food for me is a few spoonfuls of yogurt and oats over a banana, a low-carb muffin I make myself, an apple, a little lunch entree that is usually some bean and rice combo, some broccoli and carrot sticks with dip, and another little entree that is usually made of beans somehow.
Most days I also eat a few crackers or a piece of cheese or some other small snack. I also move a lot due to an active job and a lot of gardening, bike riding and exercising my dog.”
3. This is good.
“There is no such thing as a diet. The instant you say I am on a “diet” then what you are saying is you are only doing something temporarily, meaning you will lose weight and then gain it back.
If you do that consistently you are training your body to be more efficient at storing fat, so “diets” are the biggest scam in history. If you notice closely the people that use the term “diet” are the people who are the least in shape.
Lift heavy weights, do cardio twice a week, don’t overeat, sacrifice your dessert. If you want to have beer then don’t eat cake etc…”
4. Go slow.
“I’ve always been a slow eater and skinny.
Also, I think taking time to enjoy things makes you satisfied with less. If I’m eating e.a chocolate or ice cream, I take a small bite and let it melt in my mouth before swallowing.
After a few bites, I often feel like I’ve had enough and I stop eating. I’ve seen people shove their food, snacks or sweets in, and I think they need more of it to feel like it’s enough.”
5. No sweets.
“My secret is that I do not like sweets. I do not enjoy the taste of tons of sugar.
I don’t remember the last time I ate ice cream. Instead of eating sweets, I eat healthy because that is what I enjoy eating for taste.”
6. Eat at home.
“Don’t eat out at restaurants multiple times a week.
My family goes out to eat what feels like 4-5 times a week, whether it be Taco Bell or some fancy place.
It’s much easier to eat healthier and track your calories if you make your meals yourself. Plus you save a ton of money.”
7. Pretty simple.
“I don’t have a sweet tooth and enjoy cooking. My diet is diverse and has a little of everything in it.
I also live fairly sedentary with a desk job and hobbies like writing and gaming (both kinds). So really there is no secret. It’s really what’s behind all weight loss. Calories in vs calories out. If you just get good food that tastes good and isn’t secretly loaded with sugar that you don’t feel that hungry after eating it.
Also people, especially Americans, mainly over estimate what they need to eat to survive. Most people’s coffee that they’ll grab in the morning has more calories than my entire breakfast.”
8. Be active.
I’ve always played sports and I’m really competitive, so I like to do whatever it takes to be as good as I can be at them. That means that when I say I play rugby, that doesn’t just mean I go to practice twice a week, it means I’m running and lifting on the days I don’t have practice, too.
I also went through a phase in my 30’s when I was really into running marathons. I’ve always got some athletic hobby, and I have to eat like 3000 calories a day in order to keep weight on, but it’s so worth it.”
“All about portion sizes.
You can finish your plate if you don’t take a lot.
Eat til you’re full, not til you’re done.”
10. Good for you.
“Massive physical exertion as a firefighter. I can burn through 10000 calories in a day on the bad days.
On the good days I can coast by on around 4000.
I guess I’m not ‘skinny’ but It doesn’t take a lot of effort for me to be ‘very lean man beef’ according to my wife.”
11. Cut ’em down.
“The secret is there is no secret. The “secrets” are marketing ploys.
When you caloric intake is less than your caloric expenditure you lose weight, when your caloric intake is more than your caloric expenditure you gain weight.
Count the calories that come in and cut them down.”
12. Try it out!
“Eat in moderation, stick to water and coffee/tea (without sugar and cream).
Exercise a few times a week.
Easy as that.”
Do you have any tips on how to stay skinny?
Let us know in the comments.
Thanks a lot!