How to Maintain a Thin Figure

A lean, fit figure takes hard work to achieve and even harder work to maintain. The benefits of maintaining the proper weight for your age and body type are more than cosmetic. People who maintain a trim figure often have stronger cardiovascular systems and are able to participate in more activities without excess weight putting a strain on healthy bones, joints and ligaments. Keeping a fit body requires understanding what makes up a healthy lifestyle.

Eat nutritious foods high in fiber, protein and vitamins such as fresh fruit, vegetables, whole wheat grains, low-fat dairy products, lean meats and seafood.

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Determine how many calories your body needs with a BMI calculator, and eat that amount. The Harris Benedict formula calculates how active you are and what your body mass index is along with your current height and weight. Free BMI calculators are available online.

Exercise at least five days weekly. On average, an adult needs 150 minutes of moderate cardiovascular exercise, or 75 minutes of vigorous cardiovascular exercise, per week, with strength training twice weekly, to maintain body weight.

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Stay active. Maintaining an active lifestyle instead of a sedentary one is one of the key factors to staying fit. Participate in sports, walking, swimming or cycling regularly.

Drink water. The average man needs to drink 3 liters of water per day, and the average woman needs 2.2 liters of water daily.


Replace high-fat meat with a variety of proteins that are lower in fat and cholesterol, including fish, eggs, low-fat dairy, soy, seeds and nuts.


Avoid or limit empty calories. Foods high in sugar, starch and salt will add weight and make you retain water. Sugary sodas and drinks, fried foods and processed foods will disturb the balance in your blood sugar and deplete your body of energy.