It is possible to be skinny fat. We’re not talking about skinny girls who think they’re fat, but those who are metabolically fat. It’s a term often used on men, but we reckon it applies to women too. It happens when you’re neither lean nor obese (which is fine), but have fats around your stomach (which is not). Having fats around the abdomen area is a sign that you have high sugar intake and it could very well lead to diabetes, which can be life-threatening. So, instead of fussing over your overall weight, here are some ways to be lean and toned to keep health complications at bay.
- Remove some carbohydrates
Now, we don’t mean letting go of all those delicious donuts and cakes completely, but limiting your carbs and sugar intake. If you find yourself eating way too much per day, writing down what you ate can help deter you from overeating because we’re pretty sure the list will be a shocker. We know it’s difficult but hey, you’ll be smiling once you start seeing the results!
- Add a little cardio
Once you’ve got your diet down, doing cardio will help to tone those muscles up. Instead of blasting a two-hour workout, split it into an hour each. Moderation is key. Start off with a short run in the morning and if you’ve got some spare time during the day, squeeze in another short 30-minute workout! If you’re feeling a little daring, pick up some light weights! A blend of cardio and weights will help to lose that belly fats in no time!
- Increase your protein intake
By cutting those carbs out of your diet, your body will find alternative fuels and the first thing it targets is your muscle tissue. So incorporate some protein in your meals, or if you’re rushing, simply drink a protein shake 20 to 60 minutes after your workout to rebuild and repair your muscles. Say hello to toned muscles!
- Say no to supper
Supper is never good, no matter how much you try to convince yourself that eating that cheeseburger will most probably not do much harm – because it will. Your body’s metabolism decreases at night and it takes a longer time to digest food. And let’s face it, most of time you fall asleep within three hours after eating your supper. In other words, those calories that were not burned will be stored as fats! Plus, you’ll be feeling so bloated the next day so it’s always a no.
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Text: Arin Tan