You might be thinking, skinny fat? Isn’t that an oxymoron? While it does sound like one, skinny fat is actually something that is becoming more and more common place. So what is it? A person who has a disproportionate percentage of body fat to lean body tissue on the inside would be considered skinny fat. This is most often something that occurs in people who eat a healthy diet and avoid fatty foods or snacks high in sugar, but fail to exercise enough, or even at all.
Being skinny fat can be deceiving, because even though you look skinny, you could be at risk for health issues that those who are obese face such as increased risk of heart disease, high cholesterol and diabetes.
While of course dieting and eating right can help you lose weight, it won’t help you shed the skinny fat, or decrease that ratio of body fat to lean body tissue. Luckily, there are a few ways you can work on shedding that stubborn skinny fat.
The first way to get rid of skinny fat is probably the most obvious; increase the time you spend exercising! You should strive to get in at least 30 minutes of cardio a day, and then at least 3 days of strength training on top of that. This doesn’t mean you have to spend all day in the gym. Your cardio can be just power walking the block, jogging in the park or doing laps in the pool. Strength training can be accomplished with hand weights, a resistance band, or a yoga or Pilates workout.
The second way to get rid of skinny fat is to reassess your diet. You should be eating mostly whole foods that are unprocessed and unrefined such as fresh fruits and vegetables. Meats should be lean ones like eggs, chicken or fish. You should also try incorporating brown rice or quinoa into your diet. Just remember to avoid anything pre packaged or that contains refined carbs as much as possible.
Another way you can help reduce your accumulation of skinny fat is by avoiding sugary snacks high in refined sugar or high fructose corn syrup. These sweet treats might satisfy your cravings, but the refined sugars and other ingredients are not utilized by the body to be used as energy, meaning they just get deposited as fat in most cases.