The Thin Test is designed with one thing in mind: To determine whether you think and operate like a thin person, or if you think and operate like an overweight person.
The test is surprisingly revealing.
The higher your score, the less you think like a thin person. The result is not only is it difficult to lose weight, it’s very difficult to keep it off.
If you’re visiting the Thin Classroom website and have NOT yet taken The Thin Test, we suggest you do it. It serves as a launching pad to start and continue your journey to get thin and stay thin. Forever.
If you’ve already taken the Thin Test, the following explains the questions, and the differences in answers more thoroughly.
Questions 1 and 7 (how much you sit or are sedentary) both have to do with how much you move. Did you know that simply moving more every day can take a pound or more off each week without changing what you eat at all? See our article on Moving More.
1. You look for shortcuts when walking (elevators, park close, etc.).
7. Outside of work (9 hours) and sleep (8 hours), you spend five or more hours per day sitting or being sedentary.
As a general rule, thin people move more than overweight people. Size matters in movement, so that alone is a hindrance when you carry extra pounds. The heavier you are, the less likely you are to move.
Questions 3, 5, and 12 all have to do with not being able to walk away from food. In short, if the food is there or readily available, if you’re overweight you will eat it and you will usually eat too much of it.
3. If the food is there you will eat it.
5. You clean your plate, or get seconds.
12. Thinking about how full you feel when you eat, on a scale of 1 to 10, you generally stop eating at a 9 or 10, not 6 or 7.
Thin people stop before they’re full. They don’t always clean their plate. They take and eat less.
Questions 4, 6, and 8 are about your awareness of how much food you eat in a day.
4. Getting on a scale is how you know if you’ve gained two or three pounds.
6. If you’re trying to figure something out, are bored, or have a problem you need to work out, you think about eating before you put your mind to it.
8. You conveniently don’t keep track of, or are not honest with yourself about how much you are eating in a day.
People who are thin are acutely aware of gaining weight, and they move quickly (no pun intended) to get extra pounds off. A general rule seems to be no more than five pounds.
They also know what they’re putting into their body each day. Often, overweight people don’t want to know what and how much they’ve eaten – and as a result, they really don’t know what they’ve consumed in a day, much less what the calories of the food, with the result being weight gain.
When someone thin is going out to dinner, or a party or event where they know they will eat weight-gaining food, they pay it forward. Either they cut back on their food consumption beforehand, or they move more either before or after.
Questions 2, 9, 10, and 14 all refer to how heavily preoccupied with food you are.
In many ways, food is the best friend of an overweight person. You think ahead about when and what and where you will eat. But in addition, someone carrying too much weight also eats for every emotion they feel, whether it be happiness or sadness, or boredom.
2. You have food someplace other than the kitchen (car, desk, purse, etc.).
9. You plan ahead with your eating – when, where, what, etc. so you’re sure not to be hungry.
10. You want to eat for every emotion – when you’re upset, depressed, feeling sad, or happy, excited…
14. You read about food, look for recipes, experiment with different ways of cooking – food is an “experience”, one that you enjoy very much.
Thin people have trained themselves to not care that much about food. At times it may be more than survival, but for the most part, they are not holding hands with food. Food is not their best friend.
Question 11 and 15 are about how much you feel you have to justify your eating.
11. You have difficulty missing a meal, and if you do, you feel you have negative physical symptoms.
15. The words “one” and “little” are a big part of your spoken or unspoken vocabulary: One “little” bite. One “little” xyz food. One “little” snack…
Thin people don’t say things to justify or rationalize overeating. For instance, you won’t hear them say “I just ate a “little” hamburger” – unless it is a term used to describe the physical size of the hamburger. (Not the case when you’re overweight.)
And thin people often work or play or do whatever they’re doing right through a meal without feeling like they are literally going to die. Not so for overweight people. It’s amazing how many overweight people have low blood sugar and have to eat often!
Question 13 is an interesting one.
13. You resent people who you think are “naturally” thin.
Just as some overweight people want to believe that they must have some sort of physical issue that prevents them from losing weight, so do they also think that thin people are just “naturally” thin.
A majority of people who are thin, THINK thin. They have trained themselves to do the things (often the very opposite of an overweight person as seen above) that keep them thin. It’s that important to them.
Here are some final questions for you:
- What if, during the day, the only time you really thought about food itself was when it was a mealtime, and maybe a couple of snacks (but not necessary?)
- How would it feel to not be obsessed about your inability to lose weight? What if you didn’t constantly have inner battles about eating?
- Even if you don’t think your life depends on it, is your best friend (food) worth the preoccupation morning, noon, and night?
- The big question: How about feeling like a success about your weight instead of a failure?
If you want to get thin and stay thin forever, you first have to be trained to THINK thin.