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My Skinny Friend Taught Me How To Be Skinny

One of my “skinny” friends never seems to eat and when I do catch him eating on his portion sizes to be much smaller than anyone else’s. It got me thinking, as much as people use bad genetics as an excuse to why their overweight, I think that’s just a cop-out for a much simpler solution. My hypothesis is that skinny people are skinny because they epitomize behaviors that help them stay skinny naturally. Likewise, those that struggle with their weight (like me) have to work harder to make the same choices skinny people make naturally.

Heres my hypothesis…

Start Intermittent Fasting 
Intermittent Fasting (IF) is the most trendy weight loss topic in fitness. In the simplest terms IF is about meal skipping. Having been in the fitness industry for over 15 years I can’t help but laugh at how popular meal skipping has become for weight loss. I thought IF is what lazy people do when they don’t feel like cooking.

The reason any weight loss diet works, including intermittent fasting, is because it reduces ones total calorie intake. Intermittent Fasting is no exception, as studies continue to prove. Skinny people do this all the time without trying. With less hunger and greater self-awareness, they skip meals more often than not.

Stop Eating When Your Full
It doesn’t matter how much you serve yourself when you eat if you know how to stop eating when you’re full. Growing up in a Spanish household of seven children my mom didn’t let food go to waste. We were taught that whatever we were served must be eaten entirely, regardless of how full we were. Not to mention the language of love in a Spanish culture is, based on and surrounded by… food. The idea of ending a meal based on how full one feels is what scientist call satiety (even though Spanish moms think otherwise).

Systematic studies have shown that providing individuals with larger portions of foods and beverages leads to substantial increases in energy intake which leads to weight gain and obesity. My theory is because these individuals don’t know how to stop eating when they’re full. I’ve never seen my skinny friends plate ever completely empty. Which is also because he eats excruciatingly slow (which also leads to better weight management).

Given Two Meal Options,  Choose The Healthier Option 
Making sure I eat a salad and including vegetables in my diet is not natural for me. The inside joke in my family is that my vegetable of choice is rice. I can’t help it, its what I ate every single day of my life as a child.

My theory as to why skinny people stay skinny is they are always counterbalancing unhealthy meals with healthier meals loaded with vegetables. Thus indirectly reducing their net calories on a weekly basis. Whereas decision making is hard when starting a new diet, skinny people make quality food choices much easier. Even the idea if “dieting” is a foreign concept to thinner people.

Originally Written and Post By www.marioashley.com

Athlete Spotlight: Dan O.

Hometown: Naples, FL

Age: 33

Profession: Construction Manager

What did you do for fitness before CrossFit? Did you play any sports growing up?  I lifted and ran.  I did CrossFit for awhile in the military as well.  Since having kids, getting out of the military and essentially starting over with a new career, I haven’t been able to make the time or had the stability to exercise much but am working on getting back into it.  I gotta get rid of this “Dad Bod”. I played football, baseball and basketball growing up.

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit?  When I was in the military a lot of our punishments and group workouts were CrossFit based.

What was your first workout and how did it go? How did you feel after? First CrossFit workout was Fran.  I felt terrible after… Click Here To View Full Athlete Spotlight!

 

Coach Mario’s Top Three Favorite Health Apps

Coach Mario briefly describes the three apps he uses on a daily basis and their benefits.

MyFitnessPal
Logging your food on paper is a thing of the past. As a food journal and database, there isn’t a food or recipe you can’t log on MFP. Created in 2005 MFP has over 150 million active users. In a Consumer Reports diet rating, the free version of MyFitnessPal has been rated the best free program in overall satisfaction, “maintenance, calorie awareness, and food variety”.

If you can’t lose weight its simply because you are eating more than your body needs. MFP will keep you honest and accountable.

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Zero
Intermittent Fasting has gained a lot of popularity over the last few years. I thought fasting was what lazy people did in the morning because they were too lazy to cook breakfast! New research has come out to prove the effectiveness of IF for weight loss, gut health, and mental clarity.

This fasting app tracks how many hours you fast on a daily basis.

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Caffeine Zone
I’ve known for years that I drink too much caffeine but I’ve never tracked it consistently enough to see how it affects me. Although, the research proved caffeine acts as a performance enhancer. It has been shown to affect the quality of sleep.

This app tracks the amount of caffeine you zone in colored zones. Green means great for performance, red means will affect sleep quality.

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