50 Habits of Thin People: Morning Makeover
Posted by Katie Ostoich on April 25, 2012 at 12:35 PM
When you’re trying to lose weight, it’s so easy to look at naturally thin people and be super jealous. I mean, they have it so easy right?!? They can eat whatever they want and don’t have to workout…or can they? Chances are, those “naturally” thin people you envy actually do care about their health and wellness, and probably have little habits they follow each and everyday to keep themselves slim.
I rounded up the 50 habits of thin people from my favorite tumblrs so we can all benefit from their knowledge! Here’s the first 7 tips, all about how you kick-start your healthy day!
1. Wake-Up With Your Abs
When your eyes open, sit up slowly without using your hands and give your abs a good wake up call. While lying down with legs straight out and your arms out like a zombie, lean forward until you feel a gentle stretch in your back and hamstrings. Hold; then, using your abs, lower yourself flat. Rest and repeat two more times.
2. Go for the Gold…In Your Grains
You know you need to eat breakfast. But I get it, you’re not ready for a tasteless Twigs & Rocks cereal (you know the ones I mean…) Try pairing some Greek yogurt with a serving of low-fat granola, oatmeal, or low-sugar whole-grain cereal with at least three grams of fiber per serving. You’ll get the good grains you need without feeling like you’re eating your way through the forest.
3. Pile on the Protein
The more you eat earlier on, the less you eat as the day wears on, research has shown. And the more protein you eat, the better chance you have of making it from your 7am breakfast to your lunch at noon. So after your cereal, add a hard-boiled egg or some string cheese to keep you feeling full — and away from that pre-lunch donut.
4. Don’t Ban Your Bagel, Make It Better
You can walk a million steps (ok, just 10k) to justify your huge bagel with cream cheese, or try this: low-fat spreadable cheese like Laughing Cow Light on an English muffin. It’s the same flavor profile, but you’re making your brain and taste buds happy with a significantly lower amount of calories.
5. Balance While You Brush
While you brush your teeth, alternate standing on one leg every 30 seconds. Want to add a little more challenge? Try doing tree pose while you brush. You’ll be the star of your yoga class in no time! Balancing develops your core muscles and may even be good for your brain.
6. Be the Black Swan
Instead of staring blindly at your coffeemaker, stand sideways, put one hand on the counter, and lift the outside leg straight out in front of you, keeping it extended. With upper body straight, hold for a few seconds and move it to the side; hold and extend it behind you. Do five to ten times on each leg. You may look silly, but you’re toning outer thighs, hip flexors and quadriceps.
7. Substitute Your Coffee Fixings
Instead of pouring that 1/3 cup of half-and-half (a whopping 105 calories!) into your mug, replace it with the same amount of 2% milk. If you like your morning cup of joe a little sweet, try one of the fat or sugar free flavored creamers. While they might not be the healthiest option, you’re saving yourself calories and satisfying your sweet tooth.
Check back tomorrow when we go through change-ups you can make to keep your 9-to-5 on the right track.
Are you a morning exerciser or have a great breakfast tip? Share your stay-slim tricks for the morning!