Think Like A Skinny Lady: How to Lose Weight and Stay Slim

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I woke up early today, suddenly feeling energetic to do my routine weekend chores. By the time the day is almost noon, I try to get my afternoon nap, only to realize that I should share this interesting fact – how I stay slim all this while.

In our modern times, there have been countless type of diets – the Atkins Diet, Blood Type Diet, the Protein Diet, etc – you name it.

However, the truth is, I believe in moderation in everything. Allah has created food for us to enjoy but we can't have too much of everything. 

I mean, women in those days have never been educated about food, but how do they stay fit in their jeans?

I am not a nutritionist. I just share from what I have educated myself through loads of reading since my adolescence and what I have been practicing daily. 

For those people who knew me from my school days, my weight hasn’t changed since I was in my Form 5 – ranging from 49 to a mere 51kg (BMI less than normal 18.5 for my 1.69m height). 


BREAKFAST

Okay. Let’s begin with breakfast. I never skip breakfast, no matter how much I have eaten the night before. I eat basically depends on what my body tells me. If I think I need additional energy for the day, I would eat a large breakfast that contains protein and with a cup of drink that contains a source of Calcium. Why?

Firstly, breakfast fuels your calorie burning through out the day. I don’t know how, but, logically, the body only burns energy when your body has it. If you starve yourself while thinking that your body might burn those fat around your stomach or under your arms, you are seriously making a big mistake. 

Just like fasting, your body is switched into starvation mode. It is more about cleansing your system and getting rid of toxins. That is why, some people find it hard to lose weight during fasting month, unless they seriously cut down on their food intake. Once toxins are flushed out from your system, then only weight lost is easier.

Secondly, protein is the first source of energy that the body burns for energy as opposed to carbohydrate and fat. 

Proteins are also necessary in animals' diets, since animals cannot synthesize all the amino acids they need and must obtain essential amino acids from food. Through the process of digestion, animals break down ingested protein into free amino acids that are then used in metabolism (source: Wikipedia). 

Carbohydrate will only turn into fat when it’s not in use. On the other hand, fat doesn’t serve any purpose in our body only to provide heat. However, we do have problems when it comes to choosing protein-rich food. 

In Malaysia, we always find our protein cooked with so much oil and fat. How do we cope? Have you heard of protein powder? I pour them in my cereal or soups. Voila! 

Calcium, from what I’ve read, sends a signal to our body that we are full. It will help us to eat less. 

If you don’t believe me, try to increase your intake in calcium-rich food – skimmed milk, fat-free yogurt, low-fat cheese, etc. I always take anything laden with Calcium whenever I am hungry so that I’ll never leave my stomach empty crying for food.

However, too much of Calcium is dangerous to your body. It may contribute to the development of kidney stones. Therefore, it is important not to take supplements that only contain Calcium (like what we usually find in the pharmacies). 

You must ensure that you also take Vitamin D to absorb the excess Calcium (you may email me if you can't find one single Calcium supplement products that contain both Calcium and Vitamin D).


LUNCH

What about lunch? Well, usually, I drink at least a glass of plain water prior to any meal. This will help to make my body recognize whether I am really hungry or just plain thirsty. Then, during my meal, I would chew my food slowly. 

From what I’ve read, our body takes about 15-20 minutes to tell our brain that we are full. Therefore, no matter what your food portion is, we will know that we are full only after that.

In addition, sometimes, we can’t avoid taking oily or fattening food, especially when we usually dine out. So what do I do? I would take one tablet that contain Lecithin (from source of soy bean oil). 

Lecithin has been known for lowering cholesterol and triglycerides, while increasing HDL ("good cholesterol") levels in the blood. I also take another tablet that contains excess-carbohydrate-blocking properties.


However, the most important tip of all is that, the majority of your calorie intake must be taken before 3p.m. Otherwise, you might risk yourself to overeating later that night. 

Another thing is that you might need to sleep a bit late to make sure your body burn those extra calorie before you get to bed.


DINNER

Dinner. I learn from the Chinese when it comes about taking their dinner. They usually eat before 7pm. It gives our body ample time to burn the calories throughout the night before we go to bed. Sometimes, I would eat my dinner as early as 6:30pm just as I get home from work.


SLEEP

Sleep is important too. Do you realize that most skinny celebrities, when asked about their health and beauty tips, they would answer eight hours of sleep and drink eight glasses a day. This might sound cliche but I really believe in those two. 

The fact is, when you are tired and lack of rest, you have the tendency to overeat to compensate to your lack of energy. Drinking eight glasses a day daily will help you to feel full throughout the day and flush out those toxins from your body. The number eight is actually just a guideline. 

I’m sure, if you pay extra attention to what your body actually needs, you would know whether to drink less or more. If you do not drink enough water, you will feel thirsty and your urine will turn yellow.


EXERCISE

I think that’s all I have to share about how I maintain my weight and figure for years. It will help you more if make time to exercise as exercise increase your calorie burning capability as you have more protein in your body. 

As we all know, protein burns calories faster than fat can. Exercise doesn’t mean that we have to become slaves to the gym. 

It can be as simple as climbing the stairs instead of taking the elevator or walking instead of driving your car to a short distance. 

Or it can be just as simple as dancing to your favourite tunes when you are at home. So, let’s start changing our lifestyles and change our silhouette as well! Think like a skinny lady!

* Article originally written in 2010, but updated on 22/09/2017



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3 comments

  1. Thanks kak..Dulu sy ada belajar pasal benda ni dgn nutritionist sy =)

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  2. huhu.....nice...we are wut we think..:) Slm kenal..:)

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