Are we better, stronger and healthier than we were 10 years ago? If we are, was it due to popping a pill and losing a quick 10 pounds or just plain hard work, common sense and a daily dose of self esteem? Are you healthier or just thinner? Maybe skinny fat?
The cause of skinny fat is body composition; that is the ratio of fat to muscle. Sufferers of skinny fat lack muscle mass. You could technically have the tiniest, teeniest legs, but if those legs have no muscle the only thing covering your bones is fat and skin. You may look great in that little black dress and panty hose but when the clothes come off, you are plagued by cellulite, wrinkles and sags. Sometimes we becomes so conscious for the “size” number that we accept less than we are to fit into a societal sold norm. Remember “Twiggy”? A good stiff wind would have blown her over. Bet she didn’t looks so good naked either!
The days of starvation, low fat, no fat, no carb, low carb are over with. Those “diets” along with excessive “cardio” have contributed to many people, with women being the biggest culprits, being skinny fat and unhealthy. These days you can “Google” just about anything related to fitness and nutrition and find at least 20 references that are pro/con weight vs cardio, no carb vs carbs etc.
As a fitness professional, nutrition specialist and registered nurse it perplexes me that the average person gets sucked in to the old way of thinking that skinny is IN! Whatever happened to healthy and strong?
We have become a nation of quick fixes. Quick food, quick results etc. But the sad truth is that newest skinny pill, newest fat loss shake, newest juicing or fasting diet may get you that 10lb weight loss you see on the scale but the reality is that once you stop doing whatever you are doing to produce those results you will see an increase in weight and then some. Not only that but you will have lost lean muscle and stored extra fat giving you that skinny fat physic, drained your energy and endurance, and not have what you really want. Most of us want to feel physically and emotionally good, strong, powerful and proud of who we are.
Permanent results takes dedication to nutrition and exercise. Not starving yourself, not doing extreme amounts of cardio or taking skinny pills. There is “no quick” fix. It’s a process and like all things in life.
Let’s talk about this.