August 15, 2011
So, you fit in your skinny jeans without a problem. Truth be told, you look hot in them. Unfortunately, I’m about to rain all over your parade. Just because you're thin, it doesn't necessarily mean you’re lean. In fact, you could be considered obese. Yes, skinny little you! This is the fate of one in four women who appear thin, but lack sufficient muscle mass. In some circles, this is called "skinny fat." It sneaks up on more women than men, since women's weight is distributed evenly, while men carry their weight around their stomachs—like a beer gut.
Someone with a 24-inch waist can be at higher risk for heart disease than somebody with a 40- inch waist if she doesn’t exercise regularly. As sexy as you may feel in those tight jeans, being thin does not always equate to being healthy. Regardless of your size, regular exercise and a healthy diet is important to prevent heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and a plethora of other health problems.
“Skinny fat" is real. I have taken body fat measurements on hundreds of people and can confirm that there are many women who fit bitsy pants, but have body compositions of 29% body fat or higher. Below 28% is healthy. Conversely, amazing stats published by New York Times have shown that two-thirds of seemingly “large” women and men are optimally below 22% fat. This means that being overweight does not always translate into somebody being overfat and—vice versa.
So, what should you do to make sure you can't be called "skinny fat" and that you are being conscientious of your health? If you haven't been getting your heart rate up regularly, get your body fat tested by a certified fitness or nutrition professional at your neighborhood fitness facility, and contact your doctor to make sure you don't have any physical limitations. Then, do something active everyday and don't over-eat. You can also check out my other Made Woman Mag articles for more fitness tips and tricks.
If you prefer to speak to somebody, you can look up fitness professionals in your area and filter by rates, specialties, proximity, and more, by going online and checking out this directory-- http://www.ideafit.com/fitnessconnect.
In the meantime, continue rockin’ your skinny jeans, sleeveless tops, and slinky dresses! It doesn’t matter what size your clothing labels say. If you feel good in it, then you look ah-MAZing in it!