Given the rising number of obese individuals in America, most of our weight loss focus is on combating obesity. The answer is quite simple; if you exercise and eat right you will lose the weight.
What about those people who are not very overweight, but not too fit either? They may have some muscles, but they have a little too much fat on their bodies to show them off. The solution is not as simple because they are in the skinny fat zone. These individuals have too high body fat and too low muscle mass.
The key for skinny fat people is to find the right mixture between weight training and fat loss, along with good nutrition, and a healthy lifestyle.
Get just enough cardio
Cardio cannot build strength all on its own, so you should not put all your focus on it. It does however help build fitness, improve metabolism, and shed fat. That’s why cardio is so important for heavier weight people to lose weight more quickly. Don’t get me wrong, it is still important to incorporate it in your routine; the key is finding the right mix. Too much cardio can make it hard for your body to build muscle and too little cardio will prevent you from shedding fat. You can go easier on the cardio, especially if you skip those extra useless calories through the day.
Start lifting weights
The other part of the fitness equation for skinny fat people is building lean body mass. The best way to do that is to incorporate weight lifting in your workout routine. It is very important to build muscle so don’t be afraid to go heavy and hard. You will not bulk up, especially if you are eating healthy.
I’m sure you see a recurring theme in all these steps. Nutrition is the most important part of your plan so make sure you’re eating clean. That means forgo the sodas, sweets, processed foods, and alcoholic beverages.
Make sure to eat the right amount of proteins, low glycemic carbohydrates, and good fats. Stay within your suggested calorie intake per day. All three of these types of foods are important. Carbs give you energy to train, protein help replenish your muscles, and good fats are essential to good health. Finally, this can’t be stressed enough, drink water like it’s your job!
Get enough sleep
Your beauty sleep is crucial to getting that sexy toned body you want. Lack of sleep impairs metabolism and increases cravings for unhealthy food. You should be getting 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night.
If you can find the perfect mix of these 4 elements for your body (since all of our bodies are different one way will not work for everybody) you will be out of the skinny fat zone and into a thin and fit form before you know it.
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