Are You “Skinny Fat”? BMI Does Not Tell the Full Story

Height and weight. Two important characteristics that tell us a lot of information. But do they tell the full story?

Body Mass Index (BMI) only uses these two attributes to judge whether a person is underweight, normal, or obese. Is that really fair? In today’s article, I plan on answering this question, and many more regarding the “skinny fat” syndrome.

What is the skinny fat syndrome?

A skinny fat person is very close to their ideal weight, but they are soft all over. They don’t really have a good body, yet they aren’t that heavy. With a little fatloss and some more muscle definition, a skinny fat individual would have the “Hollywood Look”. It’s truly a simple problem to fix.

Why BMI does not tell the full story?

Body Mass Index (BMI) is an equation that calculates whether an individual is obese or not. All you do is plugin your height and weight, and the equation will spit out a number back at you. There are different types of BMI calculators depending on what part of the world you’re from, but the basic idea is the same.

It should be easy to see how many problems can arise by using such a simple system. According to this chart a 5’11, 190 pound (1.8 meters, 90 kg) male would be considered overweight.

How much muscle definition does this man have? What is his body fat percentage? Questions like these are not factored into the BMI equation.

 A Normal Range BMI≠ The Hollywood Look

Being close to your ideal weight does not mean much. Not to worry, a skinny fat person is only a few months away from developing a toned-looking body.

So, what is the cure?

Here are my 7 tips to cure the skinny fat syndrome:

1. Limit the high calorie drinks and stick to water. Cut out soda, and only drink to tea, coffee, and water. This will have a positive effect on your health and wallet.

2. Start lifting weights. Follow a proven workout program that will increase strength and muscle tone. Men and women, you will never get a firm body without lifting weights. Going for a walk or a jog is not enough.

3. Give yourself time to recover. Sleep deprivation only increases junk food cravings. Do yourself a favor and leave time for 7-9 hours of sleep a night. I find that I get a much more restful sleep if I do not use any electronics an hour before going to bed. Don’t look at a computer screen, cellphone, or TV. Just read a book and relax.

4. Add contrast showers to your daily routine. 

5. Decrease stress through meditation. Meditation calms the mind, and allows your brain to function at a higher level. It also helps decrease the release of the stress hormone, cortisol. Cortisol not only affects you mentally, it kills muscle gains. Follow the tips mentioned in this article to meditate successfully.

6. Exercise is important, but so is diet. Don’t even think about making the excuse that eating healthy is too expensive. In this article I prove that you can eat nutritious food without breaking the bank.

7. Increase your protein intake. Studies have shown that protein curbs hunger. Start off your day with an omelete, and try to eat chicken, fish, nuts, and other high protein foods throughout the day.

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