Skinny Fat: Why Thin Doesn’t Always Mean Healthy

Have you ever envied the person who could toss back diet sodas, beers, and junk food and still be effortlessly thin? It seems like it would a be a dream come true, but perhaps we shouldn’t be so quick to judge. We focus so much on outward appearances, and the numbers on the scale, without considering that thin doesn’t always translate to healthy. Have you ever heard the term skinny fat?

According to the Urban Dictionary, an undoubtedly reliable source, skinny fat is a person who is thin, looks great in clothes, but is flabby or without any muscle definition underneath. It is more common to overlook a skinny person as unhealthy because you cannot actually see what is happening below the surface. Just like a french fry is skinny and slim, it is full of fat on the inside. Appearances can be deceiving and a person who looks thin on the outside, might just be skinny fat.

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Looks can be deceiving. Just like a french fry is thin, a person who looks in shape, might actually be hiding a lot underneath.

In truth, we need fat to survive, but the kind of fat that you ingest could determine your wellness and longevity. The right kind of fat will help your body function in optimal form. The wrong kind could do the exact opposite. Think you couldn’t you care less about aging? Aging is not limited to wrinkles, freckles, and sagging skin. It also means a greater risk for disease and no one wants diabetes, cancer, or Alzheimer’s. There is significant evidence that these diseases are linked to food and diet, not just genetics and bad luck. Just because you look and feel okay, does not mean it is okay.

The dangers of skinny fat

There are some serious long term risks for the skinny fat body type. The problem lies more in the mindset though. Many people who are skinny fat don’t “look” out of shape or “fat,” and believe ‘they couldn’t gain weight if they tried,’so they often ignore these risks. According to Time, the “skinny fat” epidemic represents a large portion of people who seek medical assistance for conditions related to excess weight such as high blood pressure, strokes, diabetes, and other illnesses.

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Despite the appearance of being thin, skinny fat people carry weight often around the stomach.

A problem area for many skinny fat people is around the stomach or gut. An unhealthy gut could be related to a high intake of sugar and unhealthy, saturated fats, which could result in pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes.

Take some preventative measures now!

Healthy Fat vs. Skinny Fat

An intake of healthy fats allows for better brain function, balanced moods, stronger bones, reduced risk of cancer, and for women, reduced issues with PMS and menopause. Eating healthy fat will allow for healthy muscle development, reduced overall inflammation of the body and support for your metabolism. Finally, healthy fats are filling, so you will be satiated longer. 

How do good Fats lead to Inner Vitality and beauty?

Let your inner glow come to the surface! Eating unprocessed and unrefined oils and other good fats will offer proper insulation, vitamin and mineral absorption, help your neurons fire properly in your brain, as well as protecting cells and organs. Additionally, you will see the glow in your skin, hair, and nails, and your joints will feel lubricated and supported. Your skin will show you what is happening on the inside, so just look at the surface if you are uncertain. Blemishes, dark circles, bad breath, poor digestion are all signs that your vitality is not at its best. Eating healthy fat will not only make you look better, but you will be amazed at how much better and happier you will feel.

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To ensure you do not become skinny fat or just with a surplus of health problems, educate yourself!

Go from skinny fat to fit.

Ever wondered how to get a six pack, one which is not a pack of beers? Unfortunately, you cannot buy this at the supermarket, you have to work for it. Get off the couch and move! A balanced and challenging routine will get you results. A combination of cardio, weights, high intensity workouts, and yoga are all great ways to combat any skinny fat issues. 

Eat your way From a French Fry.

You can achieve a happy, confident body and self by eating healthy fats. You do not have to stop enjoying everything, but moderation is important. Make it a goal to ditch junk food and refined sugar. Load up on healthy fats like raw whole nuts and seeds, omega-3 rich wild salmon and organic eggs, and flax, chia, and krill oil. Always look for the highest quality and unrefined organic oils when shopping. I promise you will look and feel better! For a guide to clean eating, check out Thorbjorg’s 10 Years Younger in 10 Weeks. You can also get the FREE E:BOOK Before & After, which is a preview to this clean style of living.

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by Thorbjörg

A sample of healthy recipes and some insight into a few of the many lives, including Thorbjörg herself, that have been revitalized thanks to Thorbjörg’s proven natural anti-ageing regiment. The bestselling book 10 Years Younger in 10 Weeks reached cult status in Scandinavia thanks to a refreshingly natural approach on how to look and to feel younger.

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Tiffany Lee
12 Sep 2014

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