How Many of You Are “Skinny Fat”?

How many of you are ‘ Skinny Fat ‘ ?

For quite sometime, the term ‘skinny fat’ has been around. It got exploded into our consciousness after the exclusive feature in the 2014 Time Magazine. That featured showed the dangerous side effects of an outwardly skinny physique which most people comprehend as a healthy one.

Frankly, it is right. Being skinny doesn’t mean that you are fit. So, if you are somewhat unclear about what skinny fat is about, it is someone having the BMI and weight abnormal for the height of the individual but lacks the necessary fat or the required muscles for a healthy body. It means from the outside, your body looks skinny however, internally the composition of the body is somewhat unbalanced. So, basically it means that skinny people having too much fat composition in their bodies.

How To Know Whether You Are Skinny Fat?

The best means to find out if you are skinny fat is by having the percentage of your body fat determined and analyzing the body composition. Frankly, there are many methods on how you can have the body composition analyzed, and these come in various kinds and degrees of accuracy and convenience.

One of the common methods is calipers and this is operated by simply pinching the fat that is present under the skin (which is subcutaneous fat) and finding out the visceral or internal fat. This is where most of the skinny individuals hide their weight. Even though this is the best means of measuring the body fat still it isn’t that accurate.

Another one is the BIA devices and this utilizes minute electric currents which can be used for finding out the body composition. Not only are they quick but also very easy to use.The readings apply for all areas of the body and even includes the abdominal area where the visceral fat is most present.

Wrapping Up

Now that you know the facts, you can easily identify whether someone looks skinny or if they are assuming to be healthy. Most people simply aspire to be skinny but they need to be healthy. At the end of the day, it is all about being healthy and fit.


Saravavan Nadarajan (Vanan)

Vanan, fitness expert and leader at EzFit Singapore, specializes in holistic training—home-based, boot camps, and corporate fitness—with over a decade of industry experience.

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