Secrets of Skinny People

So I found a skinny shopping list

But by simply buying the food that skinny people eat, I cannot become skinny.

I need to know their secrets, and I know they have secrets. content editor Sarah Metzger knew they had secrets, too. She shared!

From a survey of Livestrong community members, she gathered the following Six Secrets of Skinny People.

Always Be Prepared – Plan breakfasts, lunches and dinners in advance. WAY in advance. This is why Husband cannot come with me to the grocery store. He doesn’t stick to the list!

Snack When You’re Hungry – Snacks are allowed! Opt for healthy, balanced snacks between meals. Avoid the vending machine at work or school.

Be Calorie Conscious – No! I hate counting calories. According to the survey results, however, it is essential to count calories to get where you want to be and maintain where you are.

Indulge, and then Get Back on Track – Even skinny people sneak a piece of chocolate. The article suggests treating yourself to something especially tasty when you feel the urge. The survey respondents said they made a point to eat even healthier post-indulgence.

Do Something Daily – Trying to meet impractical fitness goals might set you up for failure. Think of skinnyshae and Insanity. Didn’t go well. Instead, shoot for smaller, doable goals like my new running program. I hope.

Stay the Course – Don’t give up… like me. Keep on keepin’ on!

But I still have all that food…

Love because the website always has a way for me to find an answer, i.e., Skinny Girl Lunch Ideas by Katie Farmand.

According to Farmand, for many women, lunches surpass breakfasts as the most important meal. (Source)

Lunch is our midday refueling period during the work or school day. I know if I didn’t eat lunch, or if I forget like I often do, I feel like I don’t have energy to make dinner, and then it’s a bowl of cereal and snacking.

Again, the advice is to plan ahead. But, of course, there’s more.

Get Raw
According to the article, by eating a few uncooked lunches each week, you may feel more vibrant and energetic.

I believe that raw food diet is calling my name.

Slice red peppers, cucumbers, dried zucchini, cauliflower and green onions, which have marinated overnight in red-wine vinegar, chopped herbs, salt and pepper, and then add a drizzle of olive oil. Wrap up in Bibb lettuce leaves for a healthy, energy-filled lettuce wrap.

Four Snacks to Keep Your Day on Track
FOUR? That’s a lot of snacking!

At least snacking is allowed in a skinny girl meal plan. Try these: (Source)

Salty – Kale Chips
Spray kale leaves lightly with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add cayenne if you like spicy, and we all know I love spicy things. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes or until crispy. Homemade!

Salty – Baked Pita Chips and Creamy Curry Dip
Stir a teaspoon of curry powder and a pinch of salt into ¼ cup fat-free Greek yogurt. Use baked pita chips to dip.

Sweet – Berry Roll-Ups
Spread a small, whole grain tortilla with a thin layer of Neufchatel and sprinkle with just a pinch of sugar and a dash of cinnamon. Place raspberries, blueberries or sliced strawberries at the base and roll.

Sweet – Frozen Chocolate Banana Bites (I’ve seen these a million different ways.
Slice a banana in to 1” rounds. Press a single chocolate chips into each slice. Place the slices on a baking sheet and freeze overnight.

Keep It in the Bowl (This is a silly title.)
One-bowl salads, which could also be on a plate if you ask me, with a grain base, such as cooked brown rice, millet or quinoa, are good for on-the-go lunches.

Other featured salad recipes: (Source)

-1/2 a can of low-sodium black beans, rinsed

-1/2 red bell pepper, diced

-1/2 cup diced chicken breast (lean steak or shrimp)

-light sour cream, fresh lime juice, two finely minced green onions and a dash of hot sauce

Mix together! Munch!

Fruit and Nut
-handful each of dried cranberries, walnuts, sliced almonds and sliced grapes

-apple cider vinegar, extra-virgin olive oil and Dijon mustard

Mix together! Munch!

-1/4 cup shelled edamame

-shredded carrots

-1/2 cup chicken breast (lean steak or shrimp)

-1/2 cup avocado, diced

-soy sauce, sesame oil, lime juice and a dash of chili oil or hot sauce

Mix together! Munch!

Salads are awesome. Just mix. Easiest creations ever.

Use Your Leftovers
Husband and I do this every day/night.

I make dinner in a larger portion than both of us can eat in one setting, and then the rest goes with us to work for lunch.

Usually, we just shove the leftovers in a Tupperware container. However, the article provided more creative solutions. (Source)

For example, a dinner of roast chicken and vegetables with couscous can become a Moroccan-inspired wrap.

Combine the leftovers in a bowl with some chopped green olives, raisins and lemon zest; drizzle with olive oil and dust with a pinch of cinnamon and cumin. Wrap in a whole grain tortilla.

I make roast chicken thighs with vegetables all the time. Lately, though, the taste has been quite bland. I think I’ll try this little number without the wrap for dinner and with for lunch.

Leftover pasta, meat or veggies can be cooked into a frittata. (Awesome!) Chop the leftovers and place in a small, oven-proof skillet over medium heat. Pour two beaten eggs into the pan and cook until they are just firm. Place under the broiler until the top is golden brown. Refrigerate, then slice into wedges and serve over salad greens.

Flake leftover firm fish, such as salmon or swordfish (Yeah, right, swordfish.) in a bowl. Stir in a heaping teaspoon of prepared horseradish, a squeeze of lemon juice, sliced almonds, a small dollop of Dijon mustard and a scant teaspoon of light mayo. Eat with baked pita chips or flatbread crackers, or pile on half a toasted English muffin.

Women’s Health Magazine featured The Women’s Health Diet a while back, which included the Seven Secrets of Slim.

Unfortunately, we only get a sneak peek of three because the other four are in a book you actually have to purchase.

Who purchases anything nowadays? Not this chick!

Here are the three freebies:

Slim Secret #1: “I will eat protein with every meal and every snack.”

Eating just 10-15 grams of protein causes protein synthesis in the body; and when you eat 30 grams, that synthesis lasts about three hours, which lead to more muscle growth and fat burn.

A 140-pound woman needs to eat 76-100 grams of protein daily. I’m at 135, and I do not eat nearly enough protein.

Slim Secret #2: “I will never eat the world’s worst breakfast.”

No breakfast. Seems to be a running theme, huh?

According to the Women’s Health Diet, breakfast is the meal where –calories be damned –eating more is almost always better than eating less and eating little is almost always better than eating nothing.

Slim Secret #3: “I will eat before and after I exercise.”

According to the article, your body breaks down muscle during and after exercise to use as fuel, and it rebuilds muscles (bigger and better) using calories you’ve consumed. If you wait too long to eat after exercise, your body will continue to break muscle down instead of building new muscle.

(Research also shows that eating before and after a workout inhibits the storage of fat, inhibits muscle breakdown, reduces inflammation and helps your body recover more quickly.)

…and that’s all you get.

Skinny people have secrets. Secrets don’t make friends, girls. Secrets don’t make friends.