If you’re not overweight, you’re healthy. Right? Wrong. It’s completely possible to be “skinny fat.” That means you’re metabolically obese, but you’re a normal weight. The term was coined for those who look fit and healthy on the surface but who don’t exercise and eat healthily.
Could you be skinny fat? Look for these signs:
- You don’t exercise or weight train.
- You experience constant “sugar crashes” or things like fatigue, low energy, and difficulty focusing.
- You don’t eat protein-packed foods.
- Your belly is the biggest part of your body—you have love handles.
- Your diet regularly includes carbs, sweeteners, sugar, and processed food.
- You feel light-headed after mild exercise.
So, what can you do to go from “skinny fat” to healthy?
- Eat a Balanced Diet: Stop eating sugar and crap and start eating food based on its nutritional value. Enjoy lean proteins, cooked vegetables, fruits (poached or stewed), and healthy grains.
- Get Moving: Even if you don’t need to workout to stay skinny, you should workout to be healthy. Get your heart rate up for at least 30 minutes every day.
- Add Strength Training: It’s not enough to get cardio into your routine, you need to lift weights and start building muscle mass.
- Sleep: Make sure you get at least six to eight hours of sleep each day.