Secrets From a Skinny Girl – 5 Tips for Losing 20 Pounds

These secrets from a skinny girl aren’t from me; I worked hard to lose those last 20 pounds! These weight loss tips are from a magazine article — and the skinny secrets they shared were so suprising, I just had to write about them. They changed how I view exercise and food.

Before the tips, a quip from Ellen Degeneres:

“You have to stay in shape,” said Degeneres. “My grandmother, she started walking five miles a day when she was 60. She’s 97 today and we don’t know where the hell she is.”

That’s funny — but it turns out that exercising doesn’t always lead to weight loss, no matter how far you walk, jog, or run! Achieving your weight loss goals is more about what you eat than how much exercise you do.

To learn more, read Skinny B***h. And, check out these weight loss tips from Allure magazine…

Secrets From a Skinny Girl – 5 Tips for Losing 20 Pounds

1. Exercise is important – but doesn’t significantly affect weight loss. “Exercise has many health and emotional benefits, but it doesn’t make a huge difference when it comes to weight loss,” says James Hill, the director of the Center for Human Nutrition at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver. “You can restrict your food intake by 500 to 1,000 calories starting tomorrow, but you have to work out for a long time, or at a very high intensity, to burn as many calories.” That doesn’t mean you can stop working out — you have to keep working out to boost  your metabolism.

2. Successful dieters have found their individual preferences. Hill says that no particular diet is more effective than any other healthy eating plan…which means that Jenny Craig may not work for you, but calorie restriction or TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) may. An effective weight loss goal or “skinny secret” is to find a healthy eating plan that you can stick with long-term, or that you can incorporate into your lifestyle. And don’t forget about your personality traits when you’re working towards your fitness goals — especially if you’re prone to mindless munching.

3. Weigh yourself regularly. “Successful dieters tend to weight themselves regularly to stay on track. The scale has been vilified, but it helps you stay focused,” says Hill. “Successful dieters also keep food diaries or count calories. And they are seven-day-a-week breakfast eaters. Eating a meal first thing in the day seems to help people manage hunger better.” Since there has been some debate on this, I found it surprising that weighing yourself motivates you to lose that last 20 pounds…but different strokes work for different folks…

4. Ditch an unsuccessful weight loss plan after six months. “After six months, if you get there, you’re a success story,” says Hill. “If you haven’t lost all the weight you want to lose in that time, you’re probably not going to do it. If you still have a lot of weight to lose at that point, its best to take several months to maintain the weight you’ve shed, then try another six-month diet.”

If you tend to eat because of your emotions, read How to Stop Compulsive Eating – Get to the Root of the Problem.

5. Celebrate after 3 years — you’ve cleared the hurdle — you’re a skinny girl! This “skinny secret” may seem daunting, but Hill says that “after three years, you’ll know whether you’ve settled into a routine that allows you to maintain the weight loss.” After three years, most people feel sure they won’t regain the weight they’ve lost.

By the way, the way I lost those last 20 pounds was with the 10 Minute Solutions Pilates DVDs — they’re excellent.

If you have any thoughts on these secrets from a skinny girl, please comment below…

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3 thoughts on “Secrets From a Skinny Girl – 5 Tips for Losing 20 Pounds”

  1. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen

    Thanks for your comment, Ruth. The 6 month thing surprised me too, but more because I thought people would give up after 6 months if they haven’t lost anything!

    I agree that a more integrative approach (diet and exercise) seems healthier and more effective. I also definitely think each person needs to find what works for him or her — and that takes trial and error.

  2. Wow. Those are definitely interesting tips. And not ones I’d necessarily agree with, especially the six month thing. That seems like a pretty short time to work at a weight loss plan, especially if you’re significantly overweight and have a lot of pounds to lose. I’d much prefer a balanced plan such as the APO E Gene Diet that includes both eating changes and exercise, and takes a much more integrative approach to weight loss than many of the best seller diet theories out there.