Posted by:Ngina k.
You are skinny and most probably underweight but still have belly fat. You’re skinny-fat. Yeah, that’s actually a thing. Women fall victim to this more than men, mostly because we are afraid of lifting weights but men can be skinny-fat too (narrow shoulders, wide waist).
Being skinny-fat can be quite confusing considering you are not technically overweight, but you have a lot of fat to lose.
So where do you start?
It’s quite simple really. It all starts in the kitchen.
Stop eating excess carbs, low proteins, junk food and alcohol (yes, that too). These will just make you add unwanted fats, especially around your belly. Under-eating will not help you either. Your body will end up burning muscle instead of fats and you don’t want that to happen.
Most skinny people hate working out but here’s a reality check for you, there is no way you’ll stop being skinny fat unless you hit the gym. If you’re skinny-fat, best is to gain weight first. It’s a lot easier to lose fat with the added muscle mass and strength that comes with the weight gain. So gain weight first, then lose fat (Bulk and then cut).
Here’s how to pull it off:
Stop doing cardio
You are already skinny. Why kill yourself with an hour of cardio and end up losing the little fat you have without a muscular body to uncover underneath of it all?
It’s about time you started lifting weights. Forget about the belly fat and prioritize in building muscle. Of course the fat won’t magically turn into muscle, but body fat itself is stored energy. It is broken down and used for energy when needed.
Eat, Eat, Eat!
It can be tempting to reduce your food intake just so you can lose fat, but that’s a recipe for skinny-fat. You are training hard to gain muscle so you do need the energy to keep this up. Opt for natural foods (meats, fish, vegetables, fruits) over processed foods. Remember, the more muscle you have, the harder you train, and the more you eat, the higher your energy flux.
Gaining muscle needs consistency. It’s easy to be consistent when you’re getting fast, visually satisfying results. But it’s much harder to stick with the program when the results slow down. Find a way to motivate yourself and you’ll eventually find that your efforts were worth it.