We all know that person who is thin no matter what. You know, the person who eats whatever they want, whenever they want and doesn’t gain a single pound?
They’re like an anomaly that is out of everyone’s reach, and we’re over here slaving away trying to lose weight.
I see these girls and think, I wish I could be like them. I want to eat a pound of goldfish crackers for dinner and still be a size zero. Well, maybe that’s a little excessive, but you get the point.
It’s important to be aware that health is more important than being thin.
To fully understand this, you first need to be aware of the effects of food quality on body fat and how metabolism works.
Unfortunately, I have some bad news for our friend. Science has proven that health is more important than being thin and regardless of your weight and body shape, eating a pound of gold fish crackers for dinner will have some serious consequences.
“How is she that thin, anyway?”
She’s thin because of metabolism and calorie intake! Metabolism is a misunderstood subject in our society. Everyone’s knowledge of metabolism stems from the thought that the higher a person’s metabolism is, the thinner they must be.
This is quite wrong actually.
When looking at a person who is thin and a person who is obese, most would assume that the thinner person has the higher metabolism, because how else would they be thin? Right? Wrong.
Metabolism is as simple as this: it is the amount of calories your body uses to maintain your current weight.
Here’s an example.
Let’s say you have two houses. One is a giant mansion, the other a small one bedroom house. Which would need a bigger furnace to heat up the house? The bigger house needs the bigger furnace. The smaller house needs a smaller furnace. This is parallel with metabolism. The bigger the person, the more energy they need to maintain their weight; the smaller the person, the less energy they need to maintain their weight.
So, when we see these people who never gain weight and eat whatever they want, they are simply consuming the amount of calories that their body needs to maintain their weight.
This also explains that weird thing that happens when a person begins their weight loss journey and they melt off like 10 lbs immediately. Their body still needs more calories and their metabolism is still working at an accelerated rate, but they are reducing their calories. So there is a bigger deficit in their consumption of calories.
Hitting a wall and not seeing more results is also common because your body’s metabolism slows down and doesn’t need as much energy. If this happens, you’ll need to change things up!
Ways to change it up are:
- Increasing calories
- Decreasing calores
- Change the foods you’re eating
- Add intensity to exercise
- Decrease intensity
- If you do cardio only, lift more weights
- If you lift weights more often, do more cardio
Now let’s talk about the quality of the food you are eating.
You are what you eat
Your body composition is a direct reflection of the types of food that you are consuming. If you eat pizza, you’re going to turn out looking like a pizza. Big and round. Just kidding. Seriously though, we don’t follow these people around and track how much of everything that they eat. They could eat a massive amount of goldfish but it could also be the only thing they eat for the day. Heck, some people even eat solely ice cream for 2 weeks and lose weight! The answer to this is energy intake, or the amount of calories you consume. Remember: Overconsumption = weight gain.
If our thin counterparts eat enough to maintain a “healthy” weight but only eat junk food like Goldfish, Oreos, and Spicy Sweet Chili Doritos, they may possibly fall into this category of Normal-weight obesity.
You probably haven’t heard of Normal-Weight Obesity. Yes, that is a real thing. Yes you can be considered obese but still look skinny. It is all based on your body fat percentage and the amount of muscle that you have.
Normal-weight obesity is when a person’s body mass index (BMI) calculated from weight and height is normal (18.5-24.9, calculate your BMI here), but their body fat percentage falls into the obese category:
- Men: greater than 25% body fat
- Women: greater than 32% body fat
Normal weight obesity has many health factors associated with it, including Cardiovascular disease or heart disease, atherosclerosis (the hardening of artery walls), and an even higher incidence of mortality. These are some serious problems!
It’s so easy to get sucked into feeling envious of other people’s seemingly perfect bodies.
I’ve had to work to stay in okay shape and sometimes even on my best days it doesn’t feel good enough. You just have to remember that you probably aren’t doing as bad as you think that you are, and when you admire these people who can eat anything and stay thin, they aren’t some sort of genetic anomaly where it is impossible for them to gain weight. Genetics can play a role and they can gain weight, but the main reason is because they just don’t eat as much as others who are a bit more endowed.
Check to see the amount of calories you need to lose weight or maintain weight here.
The bottom line is that when you see someone who has your goal body but eats all of the junk food that you do or the food that you try to avoid, remember this:
A person’s body doesn’t reflect their health. A person who appears thin may be very sick or have a very unhealthy life style. I am certainly not inferring that all people who are thin are unhealthy. That is not true at all.
What I’m saying is that when you look at a person, you cannot tell what is truly going on underneath. So, rather than having a goal appearance and envying a person for their body and freedom to eat all of the food, remember that being healthy is the most important.
Don’t make being thin your goal. Make being healthy your goal. “Your Health Is Far more Important than Your WaistLine.”