Skinny Fat?

“I have heard many clients, friends and even kids, tell me that their goal is to be skinny.  No mention of eating better, having more energy, feeling great or staying active.  Just skinny.

Hmmm, there is something definitely wrong with this picture.

The truth is that skinny does not always equal healthy.  Enter the “fat” skinny person.

You know her.  She has never struggled with her weight, doesn’t exercise, eats whatever she wants and is a perfect size 4.  What you may not know is that beneath this “perfect” 5’9″ 115 lbs frame lies 32% body fat and nearly no muscle tone.  Does that sound healthy to you?” – Tracy Simmons

“You can do all of your weight loss by just dieting and that’s fine, but that’s not going to change your percentage of body fat to your lean body tissue,” says fitness expert Jill Brown.

On the flip side there are those who like to exercise and feel this gives them room to slide when it comes to what they eat. These people can also fall victim to skinny fat. Fat intake should be 20% of your calories or less. When we eat fat it is stored as fat in our bodies and while it may not be visible from the outside it can be doing harmful damage on the inside. Some doctors are concerned that this fat may be stored around vital organs, which can eventually lead to diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. The risk for these diseases is lowered when your body has a lower percentage of fat and a higher percentage of muscle. Eating a diet high in protein provides the body with what it needs to rebuild and preserve muscle mass, so that it can be lean and healthy.

A body fat percentage test is a great way to determine if you fall into this “skinny fat” category.  Here are four easy ways to keep your body lean and healthy:

1. Eat a substantial protein rich breakfast within 1 hour of waking. This jump starts your metabolism, sets the tone for the day ahead, and will help prevent the post lunch energy slump.

2. Fill your plate with vegetables that are from all colors of the rainbow. It is the easiest way to ensure you are getting all the nutrients you need.

3. In order to reduce sugars, refined carbohydrates, and food additives, stay away from anything that comes in a package. In doing so, you will improve your mood and energy levels.

4. Exercise at least 20 minutes every day!

If you would like to see what range you fall in, contact me for a body fat percentage test. Let’s all get on the path to be the healthiest us we can be!

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