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"Externally, these people may look
like any other regular slender person,
but internally their organs may be
dangerously surrounded with fat."
March 29, 2015 www.guardian.co.tt Sunday Guardian
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By Orlando Griffith
PERHAPS IT'S TIME we focused on skinny people, since
the attention is generally always on overweight people
when discussing health and fitness. With that in mind,
people can't say "fat" without getting extra sensitive
and offended by the word, especially where in all forms
of media people are shamed for being overweight.
Maybe within this context, the sensitive and easily of-
fended will let me slide with the frequent use of the
The term "skinny fat" describes a person who appears
to be thin but is very unhealthy. I'm sure you have a
friend who you envy because they eat and drink when-
ever and whatever they want, don't exercise, and man-
age to still stay skinny. You, however can't even smell a
piece of cake without gaining five pounds! This week,
my target audience is the skinny folks who scoff at ex-
ercise and healthy living. I'll discuss if these "skinny" folks
are getting away with being genetically blessed, and
also tell you the truth about what's happening inside
Generally, naturally skinny people think they're exempt
from having to work on their health and fitness as hard
as an average-sized or an overweight person. Being
skinny doesn't mean they don't have underlying issues,
either. Most people who are "skinny fat" aren't as con-
scious about making an effort to be healthy, since they
think because they're not seeing the fat it means it's not
there. Therefore their focus isn't on being healthy, but
being remaining slim. As a result of this, they lack mus-
cle mass and their body fat percentage can be very, very
high as well.
The game changes when the clothes come off, specifi-
cally when a "skinny fat" person is evaluated to deter-
mine their general health and physiological profile. You
yourself can tell if you pinch your own skin along your
arms, stomach and legs what type of muscle tone you
have in comparison to fatty tissue. If you're skinny and
fit, you'll most likely feel muscle and bone, the skinny fat
person might just feel skin and adipose tissue or fat and
bone! The skin feels and looks loose, literally skin and
bone. Upon physiological evaluation they can be found
to be metabolically obese and physically feeble. Exter-
nally, these people may look like any other regular slen-
der person, but internally their organs may be
dangerously surrounded with fat.
Generally, a skinny person may have a naturally high me-
tabolism, and because of this they eat a lot and exercise
infrequently, because they leave everything up to their
super metabolism. The negative long-term side effect
to this is that as they age and their metabolism slows
down, their body fat percentage goes up and the likeli-
hood of them developing an insulin resistance, exposing
them to diabetes or heart disease, increases.
So what do you do if you think you're "skinny fat"? Well,
first get evaluated. Get your body fat percentage
checked. A certified personal trainer should know how
to do get this done at your local gym. After that's done,
reassess your activity levels, your diet and other factors
that can contribute to your situation. Next, you can start
cleaning up your diet and stop eating like you're in pri-
mary school. All the unnecessary junk you're consuming
contributes to your unhealthy state, so grow up and
start eating like an adult that wants to change their life
for the better; the occasional salads, extra greens on
your plate, lean meats and good carbs won't hurt a bit.
Give it a try.
Finally, you can still be "skinny fat" even if you're active.
Typically, the classic distance runner is a prime candi-
date for Champion "Skinny Fat" Person. They're always
running rather than adding strength training to their rou-
tine. They'd much prefer to run every day, believing that
cardio is the only exercise modality that would get them
fitter. This is false. Avoiding the weight room is a no-no.
You need to build strong muscles to help you run faster
and make you less injury prone. You can still stay slender
even when you weight train. The fear most runners have
is that they'd add weight, which will inhibit them from
going further, which isn't the case.
Remember, since everyone comes in different shapes
and sizes, it doesn't mean neglecting yourself because
you're exceptional and don't fit the mould. Don't be one
dimensional. Good luck!
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