There’s one question I get asked more than any other.

How I stay thin

I’d like to tell you it’s something deep and meaningful, like maybe What do you think happens after death?

But the truth is, the number one question I get asked is How do you eat so much and stay thin?

Ignoring the fact that people make some rather disparaging observations about the size of my appetite, I can understand why they’re surprised. I’m pretty slim (I’ve included a picture in case you want to check for yourself) and I eat. a. lot.

The long answer (about 50,000 words long) is that after years of frustration, research, and trial and error, I’ve developed my own diet, exercise, and mindset strategies for weight loss.

But here’s a short answer.

You Can Be A Bit Slack About Diet Or Exercise. But Not Both.

I realized pretty quickly that I was never gonna be the girl who could follow conventional diet advice. Swap that afternoon chocolate bar for a carrot? Um, are you INSANE? Who writes this stuff?

But I could be the girl who exercised regularly. Although I had grown up hating exercise, I could find ways to make it work. I could see the gym as the way to pay for my chocolate habit.

On the other side of the weight-loss coin, I know slim people who struggle more with exercise. But they work harder to make peace with emotional eating. Or they put more effort into meal planning and weight-loss-friendly recipes.

You can be soft on yourself in one area if you’re prepared to be hard on yourself in another.

Compared to the average slim person, you can eat more or exercise less. But not both.

That’s my experience.

What’s yours?