If you can relate with a few or all of the statements below, it may be time to revamp your lifestyle and schedule your next health check.
1. You haven’t done any strength workouts / weights since high school.
2. Your diet regularly consists of EXCESS carbohydrates, sugar and processed foods.
3. You feel light headed after light exercise.
4. You experience regular “sugar crashes” or “brain fog”, such as fatigue.
5. You have abnormal body fat in your mid section.
What is skinny fat?
The medical term for “skinny fat” is metabolically obese normal weight. This is used to identify people who look thin and seemingly healthy but due to a lack of exercise or poor diet, are suffering from high blood pressure, low good cholesterol, inflammation and/or high blood sugar.
Other traits of skinny fat people are low muscle mass which is due to a lack of exercise or sometimes a past of crash dieting without consuming enough protein to maintain muscle mass. Besides that, vitamin deficiencies in the system can lead to fatigue or low concentration levels too.
The lifestyle choices that lead to these disorders or symptoms aren’t always exclusive to being overweight. Hence, people with normal BMIs often don’t always consider the risks and overlook their fitness until it is too late.
Kickstarting Your Health
If you need a lifestyle change, it is important to be mindful of your daily habits. What you eat and how often you exercise can make or break your path to wellness. Follow these little steps for an easy and impactful way to restore your fitness.
- Move it, Move it. It’s not always easy, but even getting your heart rate up for just 30 minutes a day can do wonders to your health.
- Lift, brah. Pair your new workout routine with strength training to optimise muscle mass.
- Eat a balanced diet. Less sugar and more good for you nutrients. Eat your protein, good fat, leafy vegetables and carbs.
- Protein up. Take in more eggs, nuts, seeds, fish, or chicken. Sufficient protein intake protects your muscles and maintains a healthy metabolism.
- Chill. Stress can cause your blood pressure to spike. Incorporate some meditation or anything that will get your stress levels down.
- Sleep. 6 to 8 hours is the target.