Skinny fat and why it matters to me
Friday, February 22, 2013
There are a couple of different definitions of this term. What I mean with it is somebody who is normal weight and/or looks skinny/slim but still has a significant amount of body fat, more than what is ideal for health. This fat is often belly fat but can also be around the hips and it is very often visceral fat, the fat that is packed around our body's organs where it is not really visible from the outside at all.
The other part about skinny fat is a low percentage of lean muscle mass.
Being skinny fat seems to be more common for women, especially women who have been on a lot of diets.
I still put myself in the skinny fat category as my body fat is still over 20%. My ideal would be somewhere closer to 18%.
After doing some reading on the topic I am pretty sure that being skinny fat may put people at a higher risk of disease, especially diabetes and heart disease then being muscular and slightly higher weight .
Of course a lot depends on what type of diet someone uses to maintain weight. I have yet to meet someone who eats a low-carb diet who has not improved their lipid profile significantly by doing so, usually lowering triglycerides and increasing HDL.
For me, I want to get to a level of fitness that will make it even easier and more fun to engage in many types of activities that are still more of a struggle, extended periods of running, hiking and swimming, lifting things without difficulty, all those things that distinguish me from an athlete. Since I'm not competitive I will do this in small increments, doing strength training about 3 times/week for about an hour while continuing my cardio of about 5-6 times/week. I'm also keeping my macronutrient levels at about 80% fat, 15% protein (or about 80 grams) and 5% fat with about 2000-2200 calories/day.
I suspect that people younger than me can make progress a lot faster without hurting themselves but I still have hopes for bathing suit season this year to be better than ever.