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November 15, 2006

Skinny-Fat

By Sara
139 Comments

Ladies, I’m concerned about the skinny-fat among us. You know what I’m talking about. Skinny-fat women might look nice in a v-neck, but they’d sooner crawl into a hole than expose an upper arm or leg.

This is what happens when you become “skinny fat” instead of genuinely lean and fit (where the muscle and fat are fairly evenly distributed and you have a lot less cellulite). While you can’t fight your body’s natural shape, you can certainly maximize what you’ve got. What I’m talking about is the difference between curvy and super-fit Gabby Reece or Evangeline Lilly and certain starving-yet-sagging starlets (I won’t name names, mainly because there are too many these days and who can be bothered to keep track).

Skinny-fatness strikes women a lot more than men. I think this is mainly because men aren’t afraid of lifting weights to lose weight (and, to be fair, men naturally do have so much more muscle and far less fat). We women, on the other hand, evidently prefer inventing bizarre and complicated diet regimens revolving around arcane preparation rituals, subsistence on one food group or arbitrary calorie limits (whoever said women were bad at math has never met a woman 2 weeks before her high school reunion or 2 days before a date).

Simply dieting will eliminate weight, but it won’t tone anything. And because of our unique feminine physiology, the fat cells in our lower body are world-class clingers.

But before you get too depressed about the latest Kate Moss advertisement, consider this: I’m bringing this up because skinny-fatness is about a lot more than physical appearance. In fact, your dress size has nothing on the bigger issue – health. The good news: simply being skinny is not akin to being healthy. In fact, the skinnier you get, the more you’re at risk for things like osteoporosis! (There I go beating that llama again.)

The less muscle you have, the less work your bones have to do, and they begin to shed that incredibly valuable osseous material: your bones, which are, in fact, living tissues directly related to your blood, immune system, strength, longevity – even your mood. You know how coral reefs are actually living organisms that provide all sorts of vital and irreplaceable functions to the fish and plants and water surrounding them? Your bones are your body’s coral reef. You have to feed them, and weight-bearing activity = food for bones. In this country of aerobic fanatics and serial dieters, is it any wonder American women have such high rates of osteoporosis and a perpetual state of skinny-fatness? I watched my own mother live on Tab and jazzercise during the early 80s, and now, faced with bone trouble, she’ll be the first to tell you: lift something! Who wants to look like Nicole Ritchie, now seriously? I’d rather look like Evangeline!

There’s only ONE solution to the problems we women face: osteoporosis, beach season, and the belly that won’t budge. The solution is weight-bearing activity. Aerobics will get your heart pumping and burn some calories, but it won’t maximize your shape. Dieting will help you shed excess weight, which is great for increasing your energy and reducing chances of myriad health conditions and diseases. But neither will make you look toned and sleek, and neither will do much to put a dent in your osteoporosis risk.

Are you lifting some weights yet? Get to it!

Lift, girls!

[tags] Gabrielle Reece, Evangeline Lilly, skinny actresses, bones, osteoporosis, cellulite, women’s health, skinny fat, ideal women’s body, weight training, weight lifting, weight training myths, fitness [/tags]

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[…] Of those who had already been on the McDougall program for years, I had the following general observation: they don’t look too healthy. People who subsist on grains and simple carbs at the expense of quality protein for any length of time tend to lose muscle mass, regardless of their exercise regimen. They are what we call “skinny fat“. Essentially, they have no lean tissue and yet they have surprisingly high body fat levels, despite their loose “skin and bones” appearance. Lean body mass is a major defining criterion of good health; and these folks were sorely lacking. Excess… Read more »
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9 years 2 months ago

nice post

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[…] time tend to lose muscle mass, regardless of their exercise regimen. They are what we call “skinny fat“. Essentially, they have no lean tissue and yet they have surprisingly high body fat levels, […]

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Marilyn
8 years 2 months ago

I do lift weights and do situps but still have belly fat. I have muscular legs and arms, but the belly fat won’t seem to budge. Please help.

Roy J. Carr II
7 years 2 months ago

With my clients bodyfat measurements done a the intial consulation. If bodyfat is high, especially in the abdomen area we do not do any situps until we lose the fat in the abdomen area. This done through a high intensity exercise/cardio program and good nutritional plan reducing the carbs intake and increasing the water intake as well.

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11 months 21 days ago

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Kate Cotros
5 years 2 months ago

Lifting weights and doing sit-ups doesn’t actually reduce belly fat. In fact, exercise won’t lead to spot reduction; it will simply make your muscles stronger and bigger. Spot reduction is a myth. You will need to reduce your overall body fat by creating a calorie deficit, in order to lose fat in any particular area.

jen
jen
4 years 10 months ago

Actually, lifting weights will help because it boosts your metabolism, which in turn will burn more calories and fat.

Jo-Anne
Jo-Anne
4 years 5 months ago

I read somewhere that if your tummy pops out just under your belly button it may mean you are intolerant to gluten……as soon as I notice a I have a potty belly I reflect and realise I have been too ‘relaxed’ and the sugars and grains, sneaky buggers that they are, rather than the treat they should be are almost staples in my life again.

Becca
3 years 8 months ago

Oh wow! This sounds just like me. I am 5″4, 118 lbs, 20 BMI, but ALL of the fat is in my belly, which is why I took a pregnancy test this afternoon after noticing how much it’d grown lately. (negative!) I think it’s the chips, chocolate chips, and beer I’ve had too much of lately. It just bloats my belly so crazily. I swear I’ll never know if I’m actually pregnant. haha!

Reliance
Reliance
4 years 4 months ago
Hi, Im 5 “10” approx. 148pds, 15% bf., 3- years- in- the making- 52yr old bodybuilder who recently was training for a competition. Two weeks ago I left my trainer. I was on a strict cutting phase diet, complete with oats,rice,and (fruitless), and two hours of cardio per day, and 4 days of heavy lifting per wk. I was exhausted. Last week, I found the 4hour diet which brought me here. With that said, I’ve switched from wheat to legumes and from measuring to eyeballing. And, although, my energy has tripled, so won’t my fat cells, if i’m not careful!… Read more »
Paleo-Gal
Paleo-Gal
4 years 13 days ago

I have some belly fat too. Some of us keep it.
Different shapes of abdomen:
-six-pack
-four-pack and flat
-four-pack with a bit of fat underneath
-fat on tummy, line down the middle of abs
Any of those can still be healthy! I’m a size 12 and have 20-22% body fat (correct for my age), but I have soft tummy-fat with just a line down the centre and hard muscles underneath!
What is unhealthy is:
-beer-belly
-heavily protruding belly
-wheat belly
-fat on your sides
Those are signs of too much fat.

ashley
ashley
2 years 11 months ago
Clayton
Clayton
1 year 8 months ago

If you are on birth control, see if it contains levonorgesterel. If so, research the side effects.

3ller
3ller
8 years 2 months ago

Marilyn, nothing but a good diet and hardcore cardio can attack that area. Have you taken up Interval Training? Thats a great way to lose that stubborn belly fat.

Hope that helps

Fixed Gear
6 years 11 months ago

Marilyn…. it’s ALL diet. You don’t “Cardio” fat off, you diet it off. 100% diet. Stop doing situps and spend that time planning meals. Seriously! It’s diet, diet, diet. You don’t need to work harder, you need to eat in a way that will drop bodyfat. 😉

Matt
Matt
6 years 6 months ago

Dieting the way most people do doesn’t work. If you drop the calorie intake, your body adapts and you begin storing more fat because your body thinks you’re in a famine. So, unless Marilyn is morbidly obese, I wouldn’t reccomend dieting. It may drop you from say 280 to maybe 230 or even 220 in a few months, but in time you’ll be back up to 280 again unless you change your lifestyle (that was an example, I don’t know her weight).

Dana
Dana
6 years 5 months ago

I think Fixed Gear meant diet as a noun, not diet as a verb. Diet as a noun IS an important factor in weight and bodyfat distribution. She DOES need to pay attention to what she’s eating and frankly, it doesn’t matter whether she’s 10 pounds above her healthy weight or 100. You can be slender and still not be eating right. I should know, I did that.

Mike
Mike
8 years 1 month ago

About stubborn fat, it could be a sign of excess estrogen in your body. Intense exercise, as the guy above me said, will help remove it. As will keeping estrogenic foods (like soy) out of your diet.

Taylor
Taylor
8 years 1 month ago
I have been trying to lose my stubborn stomach fat for years–I am 5’4″, 125 pounds. I don’t get close to “flat” unless I can get my weight to 120 pounds, which I haven’t seen for about ten years. I exercise regularly (cross fit 3x/wk and weight lifting 2x/wk) and generally have a muscular body. I eat well–consistent with the philosophy promoted on this site, except for evening sweet attacks (probably responsible for an additional 500 calories on average two times/week). I haven’t given up but often wonder if this isn’t a losing battle. Will I only get to the… Read more »
Fixed Gear
6 years 11 months ago

“Will I only get to the magic 120 if I completely eliminate sweets?” Uh… HELLO! YES.

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GoDoctor
8 years 20 days ago
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Sweetpea
7 years 30 days ago
I’m 39, mother of 3 with twin boys on the way…my solution to always staying fit AND getting a flat tone tummy even at my age…CROSSFIT!!! It is functional fitness, fits any busy schedule, and can be modified to suit any beginners to any advanced athlete. My kids do it as well. Combine this regimen with a paleo/zone eating habit & you’ll be on the street of youthful energy & a very toned body. CrossFit combines that high intensity workouts, along with basic gymnastic (helps in flexibility), loads of cardio via jump rope/running/boxjumps, and most importantly weight lifting. I firmly… Read more »
Sarah
Sarah
6 months 20 days ago

Thank you for writing this! This is truly awesome. You have inspired me to try harder!! 🙂

Eva T.
7 years 29 days ago

good article, and true for men as well. As far as the belly fat goes, you need to stop eating glutens, those are what make your belly “swell” and don’t allow nutrient uptake. One last thing…there is no such thing as “toned”. You are either “strong” or “weak” it is that simple.

Fixed Gear
6 years 11 months ago
Let me throw in my 2 cents and tell you how men honestly feel about all this. I definitely prefer the Nicole ritchie and starving actress, skinny-fat woman over a fat-fat women. Almost all men do. Girls know this part of the equation, but what they seem to miss, is I’d much prefer a CURVY girl to that skinny-fat girl. And CURVES on a woman are built from 2 things: an underlying muscle mass and a healthy bodyfat. Too much bodyfat and you look fat, too little and you look manly and over muscular. But simply adding muscle mass won’t… Read more »
jv
jv
6 years 10 months ago

I finally understand now…thanks so much for writing this

Matt
Matt
6 years 6 months ago

Actually, they won’t even look manly unless they take roids. Here is an example picture of a beautiful woman who is not overly muscular, but lifts heavy (she can bench press 110 lbs and squat 180 lbs for a 1RM).

Dana
Dana
6 years 5 months ago
A WOMAN is not going to look manly at even 10 percent body fat unless she’s got no hips. That’s a big difference between us and you right there. But it’s not a good idea for a woman to go below 15 percent unless she’s done having kids (or doesn’t want any). Bottom line, we women should make decisions for OUR OWN health and not to make some guy happy. Personally I’m not interested in a guy who is *only* interested in my looks–that is, my *looks* are the deal-breaker in whether he gets or stays involved with me. There’s… Read more »
Frederica Bimble
Frederica Bimble
5 years 5 months ago
Applause, applause, applause! That is exactly what I say. I always question the motives of anyone who says they “like a certain” type or tell me, they like my hair long or like certain body parts or (the worst) mention breasts. I say that too, “would this guy stick around through breast cancer?” Anytime a woman’s weight is mentioned, someone will always throw in a comment about “what men like” when it doesn’t matter, really. Word to the men, women have certain “types” too and alot of times that type is someone who loves us for those things you can’t… Read more »
Tab
Tab
4 years 9 months ago

Here here!
I’d like to know exactly what Fixed Gear defines as “manly” and “unfeminine”. I’m a kickboxer – evidently, that means I’m a lesbian 😛

Kay
Kay
4 years 3 months ago

Here’s a little primal factoid, male penises have been getting bigger over human history because females have self-selected men with larger ones. So, it turns out that ladies have preferences in the makeup of male bodies, too. Now, women of the world, if this continues, then the male organ will be standardized to the perfect size, just the way FixedGear ‘s preferred female body is. UGH.

Celina Cool
Celina Cool
3 years 8 months ago

Thank you for writing this! AI only wish I could broadcast this to all the women that starve themselves to look good for men. Hello! Healthy is beautiful!

Mel
Mel
1 year 11 months ago

Fixed Gear,

Some women may have found themselves on this page for health reasons such as osteoporosis prevention, general strength etc.

‘Let me throw in my 2 cents and tell you how men honestly feel about all this…’
Uh, please don’t. We already know just by seeing covers of men’s mags etc. We are not here to be educated about your or other male’s preferences. It’s not always about you…..

Just let us be, just as we leave you be. Thanks.

cole
cole
6 years 11 months ago

Checkout Crossfit.com That will get you Primal. GROK ON!

Primal Toad
5 years 2 months ago

Lol. I haven’t done crossfit but I wouldn’t mind dating most cavewomen who do crossfit often.

Looks are important but personality crushes looks every second.

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Mark Martinez
6 years 8 months ago

“If bodyfat is high, especially in the abdomen area we do not do any situps…” I’ve seen these oh so many times, they start doing situps and more situps.. the underlying muscles get bigger and push the fatty tissue outside. Now a small problem just got bigger!
Mark Martinez,
Testing out hypergain like the energizer bunny

alexia
alexia
5 years 5 months ago

if ive been doing situps for a month would that have built alot of muscle by now :\

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Kelly Atkinson
Kelly Atkinson
6 years 7 months ago

Hi, I’m about 5’6 and weigh about 125. I do Jazzercise 2-3 times a week with light weight training to go with it. I eat normal healthy meals, but I love my junk food and cokes! My problem is that my stomach is flat, but I can’t get rid of the fat on my sides or hip area.Can I get rid of that fat and keep some of my junk food, or do I have to give it all up to get the body I want?

Thomas
Thomas
6 years 7 months ago

There is really no secret. Yes you have to give up junk food and eat healthy and stay very active if you want to look lean.

It’s simple, but it isn’t easy.

Claire
Claire
6 years 17 days ago

I am exactly the same as you, 5’6″ 125lbs and flat stomach and do dance throughout the week. I also like fizzy drinks and some junk food, so what I do is I have a cheat day; on Friday I’ll have a packet of sweets or a pizza and a fizzy drink. Cause lets face it cutting out all of it all together can be very difficult. But just be careful you don’t binge too much on your cheat day, make sure you have something healthy like a piece of fruit and a good breakfast.

britbrit05
britbrit05
2 years 9 months ago

Give up the junk food but do a “refeed” a couple of times a week to switch it up. Even cutting the carbs and junk food half the time would be better than nothing but you’re going to have to sacrifice something to get the body you want.

Matt
Matt
6 years 6 months ago
Also add that doing 100 reps with those 100 gram dumbbells isn’t going to get them in shape. Many women lift no heavier than 5 lbs because they’re afraid of bulking up like Arnold. They need to lift real weights if they really want to build muscle. Many women could use 15, 20, 25, even 30 lb dumbbells. I’m not saying that they need to do stuff like try to press a 100 lb dumbbell overhead with one hand or something like that, most won’t be able to and will get hurt trying to do something crazy like that. But… Read more »
Usman
6 years 5 months ago

Ahh the problems with skinny fat! I used to be in the same area before applying the primal ways.

Dana
Dana
6 years 4 months ago
Hi there! Thanks for this article. OK, I really am the epitome of “skinny fat”. I’m 29 years old, 5’11” and 138lbs. I realize that sounds low but I have a very small frame. I recently made some lifestyle changes and became a vegetarian 2 months ago. I would classify my diet now as pretty clean whereas prior to 2 months ago I was healthy about 5 days a week and ate junk on weekends. The past month I’ve been hitting the gym hard with approx 6 30-minute cardio & 6 toning exercises per week but I still look “skinny… Read more »
josephine
josephine
6 years 4 months ago

So, I just realized that I’m probably skinny fat. I’m 5’6” and 130 lbs and I’d like to lose some fat and gain some muscle. The main reason I want to lose fat is so that I can decrease my breast size (I know that sounds odd, but it is very annoying having large breasts). Does anyone know how much my breast size could decrease? Currently it’s a 34-D.

Lilly
Lilly
4 years 3 months ago

I know this is two years old, but Dana, 34D is not a large breast size. In fact, it’s pretty average. I’m a 36D (if I had a tiny rib rage like you I would be a 34DD) and my breasts aren’t too big for my frame. I’m 5’3 and 130 pounds so yeah…you are crazy.

Diane
Diane
3 years 11 months ago

I am 5’4′ 127lbs. I am 32dd. I was 167 post pregnancy.
I didnt lose any cup size, maybe alil volume I did however lose back fat.

If you find it annoying about your breast size is it due to pain in your back from carrying them.
Do back exercises. Bent over rows, One arm Dumbbell rows help alot. I am working on chinups and pullups unassisted.

I wouldnt trade my boobs for nothing.

goneprimal
goneprimal
6 years 4 months ago

@Dana, may I suggest,

1)Compound lifts. Grab some dumbells, lift off the floor, and raise above your head. Keep a straight back and extend your hips to avoid injuries.

2) Burpees. try sets of 10, fast:
Jump, crouch, shoot your legs back, land in a push up position, do a push up. stand up. Rinse and repeat.

Megan
Megan
6 years 3 months ago
I, too, am the epitome of “skinny fat.” At 6’1″ and 130-135 pounds (yes, I am very tall and thin), I’ve never felt the need to eat healthy or exercise regularly. Now I’m 22 and painfully out of shape. I’ve had a small amount of cellulite for 5+ years but I just went on vacation and now that I’m reviewing my photos, it’s clear that I need to get fit! W What’s the best way to start from scratch? And I do mean scratch. My diet is awful (I love junk food and am a student, so anything quick and… Read more »
Jillian
5 years 8 months ago

Hey Megan, I just graduated from college and was in the saaaame boat as you are but found some programs that worked for me that could help you too 🙂 Shoot me an e-mail, xcoachjillian@gmail.com

CrashDummy
CrashDummy
6 years 3 months ago
@ Megan: Its simple, follow the diet and exercise priciples that MDA is all about! Spend a good amount of time familiarizing yourself with the diet – no sugar, no junk food, no grains no “man-made” foods. And then read one of the many articles on fitness and workout plans such as this one on the basics: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-blueprint-workout-plan-basics/ You don’t need a gym membership or any special equipment to get into shape – just motivation! With enough research you can develop a plan that works for your budget and your schedule as a student. I speak from experience as a… Read more »
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tbird
tbird
6 years 27 days ago
I’m annoyed with the premise of this article and especially with a lot of the commentators who seem to think that a woman’s #1 goal in life is to impress a man with her physique. While the article eventually gets around to talking about bone health, the whole “which startlet would you rather look like shtick is off the mark.” I think if we can apply a critical lens to conventional wisdom about nutrition, we could also do so to conventional wisdom about women and beauty. Personally, I know so many amazing women with rich intellectual and spiritual lives, who… Read more »
Trav
Trav
5 years 8 months ago

I get annoyed with people who feel the need to voice their stupid opinions of others’ perceived shallowness on websites devoted to HEALTH. Not just looking good- HEALTH. Which is what this site is about. The underlying theme here is that if you’re healthy you’ll look healthy. Go to some other site that will tell you you’re just perfect the way you are even if you’re 500lbs. and continuing to eat an unhealthy diet that exacerbates your problems.

Frederica Bimble
Frederica Bimble
5 years 5 months ago
Very well said and I agree. That post just sounds like more of the “misery loves company.” The type of people who make excuses for looking after their health and blame everything else but themselves when their lives don’t turn out how they want or wanted them to. I stumbled upon this site and I’m glad I’ve taken the time to read more because I will definitely come back. I want to feel good in my body. I want to radiate health and vitality and no amount of me – or this person who wrote the above – trying to… Read more »
JPizzay
JPizzay
4 years 3 months ago

Magazines and TV, no matter how skewed their views of beauty are, still show what the large majority of men want to see and view as attractive or beautiful. Most people, including fat people, don’t think that other fat people are attractive. If they do, they’re lying to themselves and only do it because they’re ashamed that’s all they have available to them. *You thought it, I said it ;)* It’s in our very nature to want to be attractive so we can procreate.

sarah jane
sarah jane
3 years 9 months ago
Word@ Crash Dummy. You speak a volume of wisdom. Yo Mark, You need not be concerned about us Ladies. We need to listen to our bodies, our appetites, our desires, and live hard. THe plethora and diversity of replies on this subject amaze me. Cardio, no cardio, eat, dont eat, gain dont gain, weights yes of course weighhts. NONO all diet. jeez i am confused and i am skinny fat, thus the reasonn i got to this page via google in the first place. But half of me know its a temporary fixation on my body which distracts me from… Read more »
sarah
6 years 8 days ago

Anyhow, good article, Evangeline Lilly and Gabby Reese are indeed HOT. Twig-like women like Nicole Richie on the other hand are not.

**they all look skinny to me! I would say a curvy woman was eva mendes, scarlett johansson, kelly brook – those girls have killer curves**

Evangeline is extremely petite as far as I know…my body role models are more hourglass and taller…

but have to agree with tbird, really getting hung up on the looks is Conventional Wisdom in its finest form!

Nathan
Nathan
5 years 11 months ago

CrossFit women are hot. Go after the muscle!

natalie
natalie
5 years 11 months ago

lift and pilates if your skinny fat, honestly if you dont see change then get a trainer because your not doing it right. and eat…. eat all healthy and if you bindge one day make up for it with workout. yes you all might say you already know this… but how many have stuck to this for months on end? then when you get to your goal weight, have a cupcake 🙂 but dont forget to workout after you eat it! lol life sucks, peace!

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Polecatz
Polecatz
5 years 5 months ago

Most of the celebs who are pushed at us as having great bodies are skinny fat ie they dieted but didn’t do anything to build muscle. I am always disappointed when I see this. The physique I admire is the athletic one. I feel like screaming sometimes “I don’t want to be thin! I don’t want to have little stick legs!”. The exercise regime us girls get advised to do is cardio cardio cardio and oh don’t eat any fat. I love feeling like a rebel cos when I am squatting I am thinking I WANT CHUNKY STRONG THIGHS.

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Salem
Salem
5 years 3 months ago

I am 18 years old, 5’9, and 154 lbs. That sounds good yes, but i have a thin layer of fat that needs to go away before I get to college. I made the dance team and must lose the extra inches. My love handles are terrible, my thighs are huge, and my arms need some work! What so I do?? I have tried everything!

Dingo
Dingo
5 years 3 months ago

I was very surprised a girl I met that looked slim had a very flabby bottom. She looked fairly fit, but when I copped a feel, it was like jelly. I thought I’d been totally conned and lied to by her appearance. I work out and I look like I work out, I don’t like it when I have “surprises” like that. I had no idea skinny fat women were so prevalent. Next time I see trim gal, I’m going to be suspicious about the truth to the packaging.

claudia
claudia
5 years 2 months ago

Yes, Dingo, that’s exactly the point of this article. Women who are not 100% toned are deliberately lying to you, and you should go grope all thin-looking women to make sure they aren’t deceitful bitches! That’s exactly what the author meant.

dingo
dingo
5 years 2 months ago

100% toned? You sound big. Skinny fat is worse as far as I’m concerned, and my comments don’t depend on the author’s intentions. To be skinny fat, you usually diet and don’t exercise, or eat virtually 100% junk, but little enough you don’t gain weight. You’re sort of skinny, but have zero health to show for it. At least a fatty is better fed.

Annika
Annika
5 years 3 months ago
I’m female 5″10″ and was always proud to be a tall and slender girl. But as I got older I turned into a ‘not so skinny’-fat, had a hard time keeping that abdominal fat tucked in…and just ran out of energy to try. I’ve always used starvation as a way of staying lean and had no clue it actually hurts my body. I just wanted to keep that youthful body regardless of the cost…then I found MDA. Now I eat primal, feel naturally strong instead of fragile and lift weights 3x a week. My overall appearance has changed from weak… Read more »
claudia
claudia
5 years 2 months ago

Osteoporosis in the first world is often caused or exacerbated by eating too much red meat, which leaches calcium from the body during the digestive process. Areas such as India where complete proteins are created through beans/legumes/etc. rather than reliance on beef show very low levels of osteoporosis.

pabelong
pabelong
5 years 2 months ago

Do you have a study to cite?

Misty
Misty
5 years 1 month ago
Sadly, there are some skinny fat people that will be skinny fat forever. If you could see my body, you’d understand. I have excess fat in my stomach, thighs and bottom. I have cellulite and I’m flabby in those areas. I could use some loss of fat there and yeah, I know that there’s no such thing as ‘spot’ reduction. So what should I do? I should lose weight generally, right?? Well, it turns out I’m VERY thin in my upper body. My arms are like straws, and my backbone and ribs can be seen protruding. I have no muscle… Read more »
Buckie
Buckie
5 years 1 month ago
Misty I totally know what you are talking about. I am 5’6 and weigh 118 lbs and have always been very athletic. my legs are super toned and hot (if I do say so myself) and so is my butt and stomach. But even though I have played sports all my life and in my mid 20s I started proper weight training and yoga that toned me up further my upper arms and upper back are still fat. They look like they belong to another person and even my trainer has suggested lipo for them after trying everything on them… Read more »
baidu
5 years 22 days ago

Although swahili is my first language I was delighted reading it.

Caroline
Caroline
5 years 14 days ago

Hi
Any help for me?
5’4 115 but 28%bf
Ugh
Oh and 53 years old
Is it my diet or exercise
I follow paleolithic diet and Trx and walking

Steve
Steve
4 years 11 months ago
I would suggest something that will add some of your wise knowledge Rule no 1 before eating drink water in ample amount so that when u are eating or after eating you dont have to drink water again. that will gonna give your digestive system boost and this method is for thosse people speically who really dont care what they are eating because they are currently fit and in shape, Rule 2. Specially for over weight ladies 4 cup of black tea in a day with concentration of lemon juice. will gonna burn your fat ,with no sugar in addition… Read more »
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Anjali
4 years 10 months ago

Hi i m 29 yer old married woman. I m from India i have been Canada for 2 years.And my muscle is so weak i couldn’t run properly
even my back shape is curved not straight and i m skinny fat please give me advice.

Thnaks Anjali

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