You would think that people who eat healthy and stay slim would be the ones who spend a lot of time thinking about what they eat. After all, how else could they maintain a healthy weight unless they’re focusing on every bite? There are some clear differences in the way normal weight and overweight people approach food and eating. But what we’ve learned is that naturally trim people actually tend to think about food less than those who are watching their weight.
Naturally slim people have a relatively comfortable relationship with food, so they don’t really focus on it all that much. But for heavier people, the relationship is often more difficult and complex. Overweight people tend to be preoccupied with food—which foods are good or bad, how much or how little they should eat and when—to the point where they end up thinking about food all the time.
Want to behave more like a slender person? Try practicing some of their habits. In time, you may find yourself ‘doing what comes naturally,’ too.
Susan is the Sr. Director of Worldwide Nutrition Education and Training at Herbalife, where she is responsible for the development of nutrition education and training materials, and is one of the primary authors of the Herbalife-sponsored blog, www.discovergoodnutrition.com. She is a Registered Dietitian and holds two Board Certifications from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as a Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics, and a Certified Specialist in Obesity and Weight Management. Susan is also a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Susan graduated with distinction in biology from the University of Colorado, and received her master’s degree in Food Science and Nutrition from Colorado State University. She then completed her dietetic internship at the University of Kansas. Susan has taught extensively and developed educational programs targeted to individuals, groups and industry in her areas of expertise, including health promotion, weight management and sports nutrition.
Prior to her role at Herbalife, she was the assistant director of the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition, and has held appointments as adjunct professor in nutrition at Pepperdine University and as lecturer in nutrition in the Department of Food Science and Nutrition at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
Susan was a consultant to the (then) Los Angeles Raiders for six seasons, and was a contributing columnist for the Los Angeles Times Health Section for two years. She is a co-author of 23 research papers, 14 book chapters, and was a co-author of two books for the public: “What Color is Your Diet?” and “The L.A. Shape Diet” by Dr. David Heber, published by Harper Collins in 2001 and 2004, respectively.