Become educated on what is means to be “skinny fat” and then choose to be healthy, not skinny.
By: Betsy Stevens NCCPT | Click Here to Find Me on Facebook
Have you ever seen someone that you envy, due to their size? I’m willing to bet you have at least once in your life. I know I have. However, things aren’t always as they seem. It may sound a little cliché, but it’s true!
I have had clients pull up pictures of their friends or point out people in the gym and say, “I just want to be skinny like them. They don’t even have to do anything and they stay so small.” Well, you may only be looking from the outward vanity perspective. Myself and other fitness professionals know to look at the bigger picture. We look at what that “skinny” person is made up of and what causes them to be “skinny”.
You see, there is something called “skinny fat” that is incredibly common, but most people aren’t educated on what exactly this means. So what is skinny fat? Well, it’s when a person looks thin and in shape by their outward appearance, but in reality, they aren’t healthy or fit at all. These people are normally the friends you have that eat really small amounts of food and don’t work out regularly. They may not even eat healthy foods. In your eyes, you see them as the person who can “eat just about anything” and stay small. You look at them and think, “Man, they aren’t fat. I wanna look like that!”
But do you really?
People who are “skinny fat” have a higher body fat percentage and really little muscle tone. Which can mean they have a small frame, but their body mass is mostly made up of fat that is stored by the little bits of bad-for-you foods that they eat. These people very commonly are weak and have super low energy levels. They may wear a smaller size shirt or shorts than you, but they also might not have the lower body fat percentage or the muscle tone that you do.
Individuals who are “skinny fat” are at risk for many unexpected health conditions. Because they think on the outside they look small or skinny, they don’t believe that they have anything that they need to worry about in terms of their health. When in reality, they are at risk for heart disease, heart attack and even high blood pressure. So, the next time you look at someone and start wishing that you had their body or looked like they do, stop and think about what you are wishing for. You actually may be the person that “skinny fat” person is dreaming of being.
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