THEY EAT BREAKFAST: A whopping 96 per cent of study participants reported eating breakfast nearly every day. While it’s up for debate whether breakfast is the most important meal of the day, there’s no denying it’s significant. Research finds that those who forgo a morning meal tend to consume more calories at lunchtime. Skipping breakfast is also associated with increased weight and increased weight gain over time. This doesn’t necessarily mean that pushing past those scrambled eggs causes people to gain; eating breakfast could, instead, really be a sign of living healthfully. It’s routine, people.
THEY EXERCISE: Forty-two per cent of study participants reported exercising five or more times a week. Exercise does so much for our bodies and brains, including reducing stress and depression symptoms as well as the risk of diabetes and a host of other conditions. One more really cool side effect of habitual exercise is that it’ll make you crave a healthier diet. That’s a win-win for weight loss . The endorphin rush you get from a sprint around the neighbourhood might help you resist temptation, whether that’s alcohol or a big slice of chocolate cake.
THEY HAVE A SCALE: The people of the slim group check in with them selves, including the use of weekly weigh-ins. About 50 per cent said they weighed themselves at least once a week. New research finds that weighing yourself daily is a good practice for losing weight and maintaining a healthy size. “Stepping on the scales should be like brushing your teeth,” David Levitsky, a professor of nutrition and psychology said.
While the number on a scale is only one measure, it can be indicative of progress toward a healthier lifestyle. That said, weighing habits can be problematic for certain individuals. For some, what they see on the scale can trigger feelings of depression and stress and even counterproductive behaviour like emotional eating. The feeling of defeat when reading a number may also override successes. If you sense that the scale does you more harm than good, trust your gut and skip this tip.
THEY EAT MINDFULLY: People who look and feel good generally don’t put themselves on restrictive diets. Instead, they think about what they’re putting in their bodies. While 74 per cent said they never or rarely diet, 92 per cent reported being conscious of what they ate. This number suggests that effortlessly slim people don’t engage in mindless eating -eating out of boredom or with a purpose beyond addressing hunger.