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Boot~ique: 8 things lean people do

Why is it that some women have all the luck?

From great, movie-star hair, to a naturally thin frame, some women just seem to have it all, effortlessly. Or, do they?

Can it really ever be effortless to maintain a lean body?

Can the rest of us -- the ones who sweat it out in boot camp and diet away to maintain our healthy frame -- learn the tricks of lean-ness that some women seem to naturally possess?

Or is it just a myth that certain habits can lead to a fitter, leaner body?

Indeed, there are a few things that can help us all get more out of our workouts and healthy eating habits.

In fact, there are eight specific things that, if done, can impact your body in such a way that you will see your body transform before you know it.

Here the ways to help you on your way to a leaner, more fit and trim body, direct from those who know!

1) Lean People Don't Diet

That's right. Lean people don't diet. They do, however, watch what they eat. You may wonder what the difference is between dieting and watching what you eat.

For starters, dieting usually involves some unnatural limiting of calories, certain fats, carbs, and proteins that can severely effect your body. By reducing calories drastically, or completely eliminating certain food groups from your diet (say, carbs), you run the risk of tricking your body into storing energy for later use.

Since most people don't tend to continuously diet, when they go back to eating normally, their bodies still store energy. Unless that excess energy is worked off, it will turn into pounds.

Those who watch what they eat don't limit themselves to restrictive amounts of foods and nutrients. Instead, they monitor the types of foods they consume and make adjustments when necessary.

That's one great way to stay lean, be satisfied with the amount and type of food consumed and keep your body from going into starvation mode.

2) Lean People Skip Fat-Free Foods

I absolutely abhor labels that read "fat free." Why? Because they are misleading.

First, consuming fat in foods doesn't lead to weight gain. Sure, too much fat consumption will lead to weight gain, but fats can be good for your diet. They help you feel fuller longer and help the absorption of vitamins A, D, and E.

Another reason I don't like labels that read "fat-free" is because the fats companies strip out of their products are usually replaced with sugar, sodium or another unhealthy substitute additive. Lean people skip the fat-free labels and again, monitor their eating habits.

3) Lean People Sit Down and Enjoy the Meal

Often our lives are so busy, we grab a meal here or there and eat in the car and we don't realize that sort of mindless eating can lead to weight gain.

By sitting down, enjoying your meal and taking the time to relax and eat, you will be more aware of what you are eating, will consume your food more slowly and have a better gauge of when you are no longer hungry.

If you wolf down McDonald's in your car from point A to point B, you're much more likely to be hungy again soon after eating and much more prone to overeating.

Take some time, enjoy your meal and give yourself permission to slow down!

4) Lean People Plan to Win!

If you're like me and love to think about your next meal soon after you've just eaten, don't beat yourself up over it. In fact, planning your meals ahead of time is a GOOD thing. Waiting until meal time to figure out what you will eat is a recipe to grab something quick, easy, and not necessarily all that nutritious.

Instead, plan your meals and snacks throughout the day to give yourself a better chance at maintaining a healthy eating plan.

5) Lean People Pack the Protein Power

Simply put, lean people eat more protein and you should, too. If you have a habit of waking up and consuming a sugary cereal, then you would be better off replacing that meal with a hard-boiled egg, apple slices with a tablespoon of peanut butter, and one piece of whole grain toast with a bit of Nutella spread.

You will not only have consumed more protein, but you will also have the additional nutrients of the fruit and whole grains, as well.

If you do a good job at breakfast, find little ways to sneak more protein into your diet. Add a diced egg to your salad, include nuts as a snack, and do other things that will increase your protein intake.

6) Lean People Get Moving

The more you move, the more chances you have to burn calories.

A sedentary lifestyle will ensure that you don't work off much of the calories that you put into your body. Boot camp class is an excellent way to burn calories, have fun and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

7) Lean People Turn Off the TV

I love a good television show. However, recently I cut my cable down to basic and watched my bill AND my waistline decline. I realized that I watched a lot of television and where a good show is, a comfy seat on the couch and snacks usually follow.

I can't suggest doing away with television altogether, but I can suggest that you cut back. In place of one show you like, read a good book, go for a walk, take the time to clean up your home, or catch up with a friend via phone.

You'll find that you will have increased the quality of your life and possibly saved yourself from some mindless snacking.

8) Lean People Make Working Out a Lifestyle

This is an easy one. Just find a workout program you enjoy and commit to it. Hundreds of women in San Diego have found Bootique Fitness to fulfill their workout needs and get the results they want.

Join us for two free workouts and find out how you can be a lean person too. Sign up for a free, no obligation pass to try San Diego Boot Camp.

Jaylin Allen is a local fitness expert in San Diego, known for getting her clients in shape in record time through her popular "Boot Camps For Women" and "Zumba" classes. For more information about Jaylin, fitness, or her classes, be sure to check out Bootique Fitness or call (619) 602-8087.