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We all know at least one girl who never gains weight. It doesn’t matter how much they eat, or how many babies they’ve had. They always seem to stay the same while your weight seems to always fluctuate. Though genes and body type can be factors, there are habits you can develop that can help you be your healthiest self. Keep reading for 12 things women do to keep the extra weight off.
1. They Give Themselves Grace
Don’t put too much pressure on yourself. Do your best to stay consistent, but don’t beat yourself up if you mess up every now and again. Weight loss comes down to consistent lifestyle changes over time. Your overall health is not going to change overnight, and your mental health will suffer if you put unrealistic expectations on yourself. That’s why they call it a weight loss journey! Not a sprint. Give yourself grace.
2. They Don’t Starve Themselves
Don’t make yourself go hungry. Consuming fewer calories and less food can help you lose weight, but you need to do it in a healthy way. You CAN lose weight without starving yourself. Try and find foods that will keep you fuller longer such as oatmeal, nuts, and eggs, or opt for several, smaller meals throughout the day if that’s easier for you.
3. They Learn Portion Control
While it won’t come as a surprise that in order to keep the weight off you need to cut out the junk food, you may be surprised to know that you can still indulge in some of your favorite foods such as chocolate, pasta, and ice cream! How? Portion sizes! Instead of eating enough pasta to feed an army, simply cut back on your portion. This way you can still enjoy your favorite treats and keep the weight off. Win-win!
4. They Drink Lots of Water
You probably hear this one all the time, but it’s true! Water plays a KEY part in your weight. Drinking lots of water will help you lose weight faster, and help you keep the weight off. Strive to get in at least 8 cups of water a day! 🙂 You can use a handy water bottle like this one to keep track and soon enough, drinking enough water will become second nature.
5. They Get Enough Exercise
We can’t talk about the habits of women who never seem to gain weight without talking about physical activity. Though this doesn’t mean you need to spend 1 hour at the gym every day running on the treadmill and lifting weights. If that’s something you enjoy, then go for it!
But exercising doesn’t need to be something you dread. If you work in an office or from home, it’s not hard to get stuck in a sedentary lifestyle. But an easy way to get in your regular exercise is to go for a walk around your neighborhood. Or if you are more adventurous, try going on a hike, or even kayaking- all great ways to get your body moving!
6. They Cut Out “Filler Foods”
How many times have you eaten foods that you don’t necessarily love, but you ate because it was in front of you? I do this ALL the time. Try to avoid eating foods just for the sake of eating them! They say that abs are made in the kitchen, meaning, your eating habits play a major role in keeping the weight off, so it’s very important to make sure that at least 80% of the food you consume is healthy eating!
7. They Build Muscle Mass
Did you know that building muscle mass actually helps you to lose weight? Research shows that increasing muscle increases your body’s ability to burn calories when you’re resting. In other words, if you have a lot of muscles, your body will be burning calories and fat all day to sustain it! You don’t have to be a “bodybuilder” either to benefit. Just start by incorporating some 5-pound weights and protein shakes into your fitness routine and you’ll start to feel and see a difference with time!
8. They Have a Consistent Bedtime Routine
When I think of having a routine and “bedtime”, I think of my kids. If my babies don’t get enough sleep at night, the whole next day of sleep deprivation is kind of a nightmare. Adults need sleep too! Your body needs proper time to rest and recharge. Not only will it help you de-stress, but science has shown that proper sleep can impact your fat cells, body fat, and overall body weight!
9. They Have a Healthy Relationship with Scales
A scale is a great way to track progress, but it’s also great at discouraging you when you don’t see the needle move. One of the top bad habits is getting too focused on a number. There’s nothing quite like discouragement to stop you from reaching your goals!
Go onto the scale knowing that it is normal for your weight to fluctuate a little bit from day to day, so don’t beat yourself up if it’s a little higher than the day before. If you’re using your scale consistently to track your progress, consider spreading your weigh-ins out to weekly or bi-weekly.
10. They Ditch The Bad Drinks
There is SO much hidden sugar in beverages. Things like soda, certain coffee drinks, and even alcohol have lots of hidden sugar that can hinder you from losing weight. If you need a vanilla latte from Starbucks, opt for sugar-free vanilla and skim milk instead of 2%.
11. They Limit Their Fast Food Intake
One of the top habits of women who never seem to gain weight is that they say no to fast food and unhealthy foods the majority (not all) of the time! These high-calorie foods may taste good for a few minutes, but then you’re stuck with the weight gain and feelings of sluggishness they leave behind. Watching the quality of your food intake is important, and sometimes the best way to do that is to go to the grocery store and get the supplies needed to make your own food!
12. They Find Replacements that Work for Them
Instead of fruit smoothies opt for fresh fruit. Say no to white pasta, white bread, and white rice, and instead, choose whole grains. It’s important to find replacements and healthier choices you actually enjoy so you’ll be less likely to slip up. It might not be perfect, but hopefully, it’ll help you stay on track!
Related: 13 Tips to a Healthy Lifestyle
So do you want to develop the habits of women who never seem to gain weight? Well, it comes down to a healthy diet, consistent exercise habits, getting the recommended hours of sleep, drinking more than enough water, making good choices on a daily basis, and knowing this is a long-term journey!
But just remember: your weight doesn’t define you. If you’re looking to lose a few pounds, you can absolutely try working these habits into your daily life! Chances are even if you don’t lose a drastic amount of weight, you’ll feel so much better – and more confident!
Looking for more ways to feel confident? Then check out this post on the top things that women do to look their best every day!