Why Being Naturally Thin Is Not a Free Pass to Overindulge on Food
If you’re naturally thin, then you certainly have the advantage over many of us who need to make a conscious effort to keep our weight under control. That said, just because your waistline and weight are where they should be, it is not a free pass to overindulge on food.
After all, controlling what you eat isn’t just something you do to keep your weight under control. Certainly, it plays an important role in your weight management. However, nutrition isn’t something your body needs only during bathing suit season. When you overindulge on food, you’re not treating your body the way it needs to be treated in order to be healthy.
Therefore, choosing to overindulge on food can place you at risk of certain conditions, illnesses and symptoms you don’t want, even if a struggle with weight isn’t among them.
Poor eating habits, regardless of your waistline can affect your health overall. Here are a few important reasons to eat primarily nutritious foods, and in the right quantities, too.
• Healthier skin – Your cleansing, moisturizing and UV protection all play a very important role in the look and health of your skin. That said, eating the right foods is also critical to that process. Your skin is an organ and, like the other organs in your body, it requires water and the right nutrients to function at its best. When your skin organ is functioning efficiently, it looks better. It reduces sagging, infection (which includes pimples), inflammation, dryness, excess oiliness and a dull overall complexion. This leaves you with brighter, plumper and clearer skin overall.
• Sleep quality – Your sleep is affected by many of the things you do while you’re awake, including what you eat. If you’re not getting a great sleep, there are several habits you should build for yourself, including eating nutritious foods and avoiding overeating – particularly closer to bedtime. This will help you to keep your natural hormone, energy levels and even body temperature where they should be so you can get the rest you need. This can result in better alertness, mood, overall health, and a reduction in stress as well as depression and anxiety risks.
• Intelligence – Eating right is one of the best ways to support brain health. In fact, some studies suggest that it can even make you smarter. This isn’t just the case while you’re a kid. It affects adults, too. Good nutrition in the right quantities of food, combined with regular exercise, can help you to protect your brain cells. In fact, it may even help you to create new brain cells regardless of how old (or young) you may be.