“Skinny fat” is a buzz term for what has been scientifically named “normal weight obesity.”
A skinny fat looks decent in clothing but once some of it comes off, it's not too pretty.
Research has shown that many people with an average body weight are harboring dangerously high body fat percentages due to lack of exercise and poor diet.
If possible have a professional measure your body composition. I do this for all my clients, it's so important to track progress. Normal range men fall under 20% and women under 30%. I've measured my body composition most recently at 16% putting me in a ultra lean category for females but my BMI says I'm normal. I've measured clients with underweight BMIs who have abnormally high body fat % in comparison.
Don't rely just on the scale! Track your measurements (chest, waist, hip, arms, thighs) and follow them closely.
How to avoid being "skinny-fat":
- Exercise! Not just cardio because this alone does little to help muscle tone.
- Incorporate resistance training, doesn't have to be weight training but adding strengthening exercises like a plank, or jump squats will go a long way!
- Stop drinking alcohol – it doesn't help your cause. Alcohol fat is unattractive.
- Stop smoking. It's ugly and it's ugly on your body.