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June 13, 2012 2:48 PM
I keep seeing people say they are "skinny fat" or used to be "skinny fat" or want to be "skinny fat." What does that even mean? I thought skinny was skinny and fat was fat. LOL.

I'm new here, so forgive the ignorance.
  23384213
June 13, 2012 2:51 PM
My interpretation is that someone appears to be thin, but lacks muscle tone/definition, so that they look good in clothing, but flabby in a bathing suit.
June 13, 2012 2:51 PM
Skinny-fat is being in the "healthy" weight range or even being underweight, but still having a high body fat percentage. It's called normal-weight obesity.
Edited by Klamber26 On June 13, 2012 2:53 PM
June 13, 2012 6:23 PM
How does that even happen?
  23384213
June 13, 2012 6:35 PM
How does it happen...For me, I was always underweight (think just skin &bones) until I got pregnant with my daughter. After I had her, I was a healthy weight but it was all baby fat weight. I joined a Zumba class, was nicely toned & in shape, but underweight again. My class was canceled and I stopped exercising...voila, skinny fat. I have had to really work to find an exercise routine and a healthy diet that works to keep my body in check. My body has changed so much and I can no longer eat what I want without consequences. If I don't make the effort to change my habits I end up how I was before I joined MFP...a healthy weight, looking ok in my clothes, but with too much fat in the belly & hips. My body fat % is now in the healthy range, but it has taken some work to get there
June 13, 2012 6:38 PM
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June 13, 2012 6:42 PM
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How does that even happen?


It happens when your body composition is off. It happened to me when I lost a lot of weight. Part of my loss was muscle so the scale was going down but I wasnt losing all fat. I was skinny by still had a lot of fat.
June 13, 2012 7:48 PM
I think I was skinny fat??? I weighed in at 163lbs at one point with a BF% of 17. I had people telling me I was `too skinny' but I knew deep down that I still had a fair bit of flabby stuff around my midriff. One of the issues I think is that I overdid the cardio and lost quite a fair bit of muscle in the process.
  15364375
June 19, 2012 8:26 PM
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Skinny-fat is being in the "healthy" weight range or even being underweight, but still having a high body fat percentage. It's called normal-weight obesity.

LMAO!!!!
June 19, 2012 9:20 PM
Think Nicole Ritchie. Or me a year ago. Skinny-fat is so gross. I hated my body when I was there.
  4893513
June 19, 2012 11:23 PM
Now to add to my depression, I'm horrified because I think that describes me.

Sigh. Time to get away from the computer, shut up the whiny voice, and just do a lot of yoga.

A. lot. of yoga.
  14853587
June 20, 2012 3:09 AM
Think that describes me too! I'm 5 7' and weight 132lbs but still carrying a lot of fat around my hips and upper thighs. I'm doing sit ups and stretches and walk a lot. Is it just a matter of time beform my body becomes more defined or do I need to change something in my weightloss plan?
June 20, 2012 3:17 AM
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Think that describes me too! I'm 5 7' and weight 132lbs but still carrying a lot of fat around my hips and upper thighs. I'm doing sit ups and stretches and walk a lot. Is it just a matter of time beform my body becomes more defined or do I need to change something in my weightloss plan?


Walking is just burning calories which means weight loss. Sit-ups aren't going to do anything but focus on a few muscles and while stretching is great, it doesn't build muscles! I'd focus on workouts that include squats, lunges, push-ups, planks and other exercises that are considered "strength training." Building muscle will give you the right curves, lower your body fat, and help with other issues like bone mass!
  96558
June 20, 2012 3:21 AM
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Skinny-fat is being in the "healthy" weight range or even being underweight, but still having a high body fat percentage. It's called normal-weight obesity.

LMAO!!!!


I fail to see the humor... it's an actual medical condition. huh
  2790670
June 20, 2012 3:26 AM
That sounds like me when I was at a healthy weight. Scale said I was good, but I had a horrible pot belly that would not go away. Hopefully loosing weight this time around, I won't be left with the big belly again and a scale that says I'm just the right weight.
  20499199
June 20, 2012 3:28 AM
I know several smokers who are quite unhealthy, yet their weight is "normal".
June 20, 2012 3:33 AM
I hate the words skinny and fat. I'd rather be healthy than labelled either skinny or fat. Its ridiculous.
  24759279
June 20, 2012 3:36 AM
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Skinny-fat is being in the "healthy" weight range or even being underweight, but still having a high body fat percentage. It's called normal-weight obesity.

LMAO!!!!


I fail to see the humor... it's an actual medical condition. huh


It can also be dangerous. Some skinny people (usually undernourished people - a study in India, for example, showed up a lot of people with this) have little visible fat, but register high on body fat percentage. In this case the fat is in their arteries and around their heart. Far more worrying than any fat you can see. Strength training to build lean muscle and eating plenty of the right foods, while doing enough cardio to keep your heart and lungs fit is so important. Remember, you can be undernourished by eating lots of the wrong foods, not just be not having enough food.
June 20, 2012 3:37 AM
Basically, you need to combine a healthy diet along side cardio and strength training. What annoys me about this site is that it bases achievement on weight loss . However, if you are combining strength training for muscle definition and tone you will notice weight gain. Muscle weighs 3 x more than fat.

I use this site to of course count calories, however, I resent putting my weight in here as it is not a clear reflection of my hardwork.

Rant over :)
June 20, 2012 3:37 AM
It's generally used to describe someone that is at a healthy BMI, but their body composition (lean muscle mass & body fat %) is not the greatest. This all depends on the individual and their goals though. Sometimes people just focus on the number on the scale, and don't care what their body is actually made up of - fat, muscle, water etc.
If it doesn't bother you, don't worry.
FOR ME, I want to have a higher muscle mass than fat (for a number of reasons) and aren't too concerned about the number showing on the scale. I also want to be one of those buff looking woman that outlift the men smile
June 20, 2012 3:40 AM
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Think that describes me too! I'm 5 7' and weight 132lbs but still carrying a lot of fat around my hips and upper thighs. I'm doing sit ups and stretches and walk a lot. Is it just a matter of time beform my body becomes more defined or do I need to change something in my weightloss plan?


Walking is just burning calories which means weight loss. Sit-ups aren't going to do anything but focus on a few muscles and while stretching is great, it doesn't build muscles! I'd focus on workouts that include squats, lunges, push-ups, planks and other exercises that are considered "strength training." Building muscle will give you the right curves, lower your body fat, and help with other issues like bone mass!


I find that walking on a high gradient at the gym burns calories, but tones muscle more as you are working different muscles to be able to walk uphill! Cardio exercise normally burns fat more than produces muscle.
June 20, 2012 3:42 AM
It means somebody who is a healthy weight, but has a higher body fat %. Think body composition, muscle v fat.

Ex: When I first started MFP I was 150lbs (a healthy weight) but 27% BF (not bad, but not great either) After losing the weight I wanted to, and then doing a "bulk" to gain muscle, I ended up back at 150lbs, but 22% body fat. Because of this, I looked leaner and fit into clothes I couldn't before.
  1283483
June 20, 2012 3:42 AM
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How does that even happen?


a big part of that is high sugar intake.
  17725808
June 20, 2012 3:47 AM
I usually use skinny fat to refer to the girls at the gym who look great - and therefore I always assume are fit - but when you do a class with them it actually turns out I'm fitter and/or stronger, even though I have 20kg on them
  11248486
June 20, 2012 8:19 AM
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How does that even happen?


a big part of that is high sugar intake.


And thinking one can eat what they want cuz of our metabolism...so we eat McDonalds all day or soda or assorted sat fats etc. That was me.
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