Skinny-fat is loosely defined as those people that may look good with clothes on, but not so much without them.  With enough denim and elastic clothing it’s possible to pack loose subcutaneous fat in the right spots, but when the support goes, gravity shows the true reality.  Being under muscled is probably just as much of growing trend as obesity.  When you combine the two, you might get someone that has a BMI that is in the normal range but still suffers from the same ill health effects.

 So how does a person get skinny fat?

  1. Eat a Vegan Diet – If you don’t want to eat any meat, your body will just eat you instead.  Unfortunately it’s on a low fat diet in this case. Read More HERE
  2. Do lots of cardio – Training your body to be catabolic, breaking down muscle and to store fat is great if you want that “I used to be 300 lbs until I got sick” look.
  3. Take lots of thermogenic fat burners – Nothing like turning up the furnace while the windows are open.  The room might get warmer, but the bill in the end is never pleasant.  Thermogenic maybe be short term fat burners, but in the long run they are more muscle burners and long term fat storers.
  4. Go on a low calorie starvation diet – The HCG diet is a great examples.  It’s like paying for the experience of a prison camp without making any new undesirable friends.
  5. Join weight watchers – Obviously the only point these people haven’t gotten is that if you want to be healthy you should eat a healthy diet and exercise.  Is there an app for that?
  6. Use lots of scented products –  Scented candles plugins, body sprays, deodorants, perfumes, colognes, and household cleaners and air fresheners are all great ways to completely destroy your androgen levels and increase the fat deposits in your arms and legs. Read More Here
  7. Take a spin class – Did you know spinning classes actually increase lower body fat.  Do enough of them and you might slim your waist after you have completely fried your adrenals, but by then you will be sports some major cottage cheese thighs.
  8. Never pick up a weight ever – I’m serious, it will make you so huge you will have to walk sideways down the hall to your office.  Ok not really, but you know that age old testament, if you don’t use it you lose it.  Well it’s pretty accurate when it comes to muscle tissue.  If you don’t want to be Skeletor for next Halloween, then you might start moving some iron.
  9. Skip meals – Skipping meals is like training for fat storage.  The more you go without proper nutrition the more you tell you body to store fat for these long breaks.
  10. Eat lots of Gluten – Nothing says lose muscle and store fat like a highly inflammatory food that depletes your body of vital nutrients and damages your digestive tract making it harder for you to get nutrients from the rest of your diet.

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  1. janet says:

    This is really interesting. Much of it I agree with whole-heartedly. But I’d like to see the science behind scented candled and perfume causing weight gain. And I also am reluctant to slam on Weight Watchers. It’s a business, so they’re out to make money, but I appreciate that they’re not extreme. And I’ve seen a number of people lose lots of weight and keep it off.

  2. Gregg Cook says:

    Most of those are right on! Maybe Spinning gives you cottage cheese on the thighs;) Try an indoor cycling class:) Good high intensity interval training will take care of that extra fat! Google exercise induced growth hormone response.
    Too much of that and you could fry your adrenals but that does not mean doing a good amount lends tonbeing skinny fat. Honestly REDICULOUS! Also look up Intermitent fasting in regards to skipping meals.

  3. Jane says:

    Sorry but where’s the science. At least link to a study abstract or source your claims with experts. In such short posts like this especially, huge blanket statements should be made with caution.

  4. Kassem says:

    Can spinning make you store fat?
    A must read!!!
    by Charles Poliquin

    Many of us know that Spin class is a waste of time (except for CV fitness) and burns up muscle and provides no real body comp changes. Well here is the proof.

    This is an article by Charles Poliquin that he has in Oxygen when questioned about how he transformed fitness model Chrissy May.

    What is your take on spinning?

    A complete waste of time. Counter productive at best. Want fat legs keep spinning.
    When fitness model Chrissy May hired me to get ready for her Oxygen magazine photo shoots, I first asked what her current exercise was. She told me that spinning was part of training program and yet complained that getting lean legs was her biggest challenge. I told her to drop the spinning immediately, and that she would see results in a matter of a few days. She was quite reluctant, claiming that spinning “made her legs feel tighter”. In my usual diplomatic style, somewhat to the right of the Attilla the Hun, I countered that insanity is defined as doing the same things over and over again and expecting different results.

    Yes spinning is very tiring, is it productive? NO. Where I live in Scottsdale AZ where spinning is more por than tanning for skin cancer. It is attended by women who are as fat in the lower extremities as when I saw them exit their class two years ago when I moved here.

    Why is spinning so useless if I am getting a great workout from it? Because the high velocities fatigue a particular point in the neuro-muscular junction which is responsible for the rapid firing rate of the motor units, you perceive great fatigue even though little work has been done. When you think about it, you could reproduced the same type of fatigue in your triceps if I asked you to hold a pair of fly swatters and swat an imaginary 100 flys in 30 seconds. Would you triceps get tired, sure. Would they improve significantly in terms of conditioning. NO. Why? Because the resistance is not high enough to elicit the hormonal response needed to create adaptive response that would bring about positive body composition changes.

    In spinning exercise, the body adapts by storing both intra-muscular and subcutaneous fat in the thigh and hip areas to provide a more readily available source of fuel for the aerobic recovery periods. The body figures out, if I store fat there it reduces the time to get to the muscles to provide the energy source. Result: Kobe beef thighs and butt, all plump and marbled with fat inside.

    Going back to Chrissy May, she dropped from 15% bodyfat to 9 in three weeks after she switched from the useless spinning to high resistance interval training. Point in case.
    —Charles Poliquin

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