WHAT IS “SKINNY FAT”?
(METABOLICALLY OBESE — NORMAL WEIGHT)
Not quite a year ago, the August 2012 issue of JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) published a study done at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. The study concluded that almost a quarter of the “normal weight” population would fall in to the MONW category. Think of it another way. According to government statistics, nearly 70% of the adult American population is currently overweight or obese. This latest study brings the total closer to 80%. And here is the real kick in the teeth. These MONW individuals die off at twice the rate of visibly fat people if they have DIABETES. But forget the adults for a minute, lets look at the younger generation.
This is one of the biggest reasons that our government school’s OBESITY PREVENTION PROGRAMS are failing so miserably. They fall into the trap of modern medicine; always trying to tie one’s health to one’s weight (HERE). The so-called “skinny” people feel they are justified in eating whatever they want since they fall into the proper spot on the Height / Weight Chart. The problem is that they are not only undermining their health with these bad habits, sooner or later they will end up visibly undermining their weight. We all know that skinny guy who is constantly scrounging for food —- loading up on fast foods, junk foods, and deserts. Trust me. He won’t be the “skinny guy” forever. If you think your body will perpetually be able to keep up with the steady barrage of SUGAR, JUNK CARBS, and TRANS FATS, and still maintain a normal weight, just show up at your next High School Reunion. You will be in for a rude awakening!
WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE SKINNY FAT
- EAT A WHOLE FOOD-BASED DIET: It is imperative that you eat a diet based on WHOLE FOODS and Whole Food Supplements. As you might imagine, this will likewise help you to………
- AVOID PROCESSED FOODS AND SUGAR: Eating low on the Glycemic Index (LOW CARB or PALEO) will help you CONTROL YOUR BLOOD SUGAR. These first two steps will help get rid of the “fat” part of Skinny Fat. This next step will help you gain some lean body mass (muscle) and change your body’s shape as well as provide your metabolism a significant boost.
- LIFT WEIGHTS / DO SOME SORT OF RESISTANCE TRAINING: Although I am in no ways against things like walking or biking, it is imperative that you add some sort of RESISTANCE TRAINING to your exercise regimen. In case you need some more information on this topic, go HERE.