Post # 1
So, I came to the conclusion over the weekend that I’m “skinny fat”. I don’t think I’m overweight. My BMI is in the healthy range (although it’s towards the heavier end, but I’m ok with that). The thing is, I’ve got so much FLAB. It makes me hate my entire body, and makes me feel disproportional. It’s mostly in the midsection, but I could stand to tone up my thighs and arms as well.
Had anyone ever had any success in getting rid of the skinny-fat syndrome and toning up? I just can. not. get. toned!!! What’s the best thing to be doing? I’m currently doing c25k (running/jogging/walking), and the 100 push up/ 200 sit up challenge. I also sporatically do pilates and zumba.
Post # 3
If you are doing all that exercising, then perhaps it’s the diet? What does your diet consist of on a daily basis?
Also, remember, eating TIME also has a huge effect. You could be eating light salads but if you are doing so a hour or so before bed, or just laying around after eating that, it will still give you that dreaded ‘flab’.
Post # 4
I can relate. I was skinny but completely untoned when I started working out again this year for the first time in a few years. I wouldn’t say I am perfect now but I am definitely noticing a difference. I joined the gym and go 4-5 times a week. I run at least 2 miles a day and do more a couple times and I also life weights every day focusing on the different muscle areas each time. I also changed my diet and cut out junk food in favor of lean protien, fruit and veggies except on my cheat day. I also drink alcohol less often, I only drink on the weekend now.
Post # 5
I definitely watch what I eat, though I wouldn’t say I’m a health nut. I definitely treat myself. On a typical day I eat yogurt and a banana for breakfast, a light salad for lunch, than a normal dinner (chicken or pork usually, and some veggies on the side). I don’t really eat after 8pm too much. I’m trying to drink more water, although I usually only get in 6 out of the 8 recommended. Friday nights are our “free” nights and we do usually have pizza, but it’s usually 2 pieces, nothing outrageous.
It’s just so frustrating!
Post # 6
It sounds like you need more toning in your work out. If you can’t get to the gym for classes, maybe try a Jillian Micheals DVD like No More Trouble Zones. Cardio by itself can only get you so far.
Post # 7
Just remember that it’s normal to take a long time to see results, especially when you’re starting from a decent starting point. You can’t expect to see drastic results in a few months. It sounds like what you’re doing is great, so keep at it and try and be patient! Even though I know it sucks!
Post # 8
I’d suggest eating more of the healthy foods you’re eating now, more frequently, to kick up your metabolism. Lots of vitamin-packed veggies and protein foods. Cut out carb/gluten snacks, sugars, and “liquid calories” (soda, fruity drinks, etc.) completely or as much as possible, if you haven’t already.
You’ll also need to build muscle to replace the fat flab. Otherwise you’ll always be a little jiggly and your body won’t have a healthy place to put your food–into muscle mass, rather than fat stores. Why not try adding weight lifting to your exercise routine? It will NOT make you bulky, I promise!
Post # 9
I have always had this same problem. I am a size two but look awful in a bikini! In addition to my flabby stomach i have cellulite under/on my butt and this gets worse as I get older. Last year I was working out quite a bit and I really did notice a difference, but as soon as summer was over I went back to couch potato ways.
But I was-
-running four times a week
-Pilates five times a weeK
I felt way better too, I need to get back to that!
Post # 10
I’m in your boat. I’m not technically overweight, but I definitely have flab I want to be rid of. I think my problem is that I have a small frame and a short torso, so any excess weight really shows. I’m at the beginning of the toning up process. I just got the Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred DVD and holy crap, it knocked my butt right on the floor! I’m planning on doing it 3 times per week anyway.
My biggest problem is discipline. I’m so bad about eating unhealthy foods, and even though I start out motivated to exercise, I eventually stop. I’m making a conscious effort to stay disciplined because my wedding dress arrived two months early and I don’t think I’m gonna fit in it.
Post # 11
Lift some weights to get some shape and muscle going! Also pilates/yoga is great for toning!
Sounds like your diet is pretty healhty, just gotta start pushing your body a bit! Also sprinting works wonders and doesn’t take long. Many fun outdoorsy type sports can be great too- rock climbing, horseback riding, swimming, tennis etc etc
Post # 12
@morkiemama: Make sure you’re getting enough protein with breakfast and lunch.
Post # 13
@morkiemama: Hi future! It sounds to me like you could benefit from interval training. Intervals are great because they get your heart rate up really really high, and then even during your “resting” periods, your heart rate is still higher so you burn more calories. Try sprinting on a treadmill for 1 minute, jogging for 2, sprinting for 1, jogging for 2, etc. Also I think you should start doing more resistance exercises. Pushups are great but you really need to add more to your routine – get some free weights and add bicep curls, tricep extensions, shoulder presses, etc. Good luck!!
Post # 14
Ugh, I’m struggling with the same thing. When I was younger, I could eat whatever I wanted and not gain a pound…but since I’ve hit my mid-twenties, my metabolism has slowed wayyyy down. Unfortunately, I’m still deluding myself and thinking I can eat pasta and cookies for every meal. I’m going to start changing my diet (um…after the holidays…) Let me know if you need support!
Post # 15
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Post # 16
I feel the exact same. My BMI is 24, so the top end of healthy, but my body looks awful compared to how it used to and how I would like it to. I don’t feel comfortable at all and it sounds silly but I never thought weight gain would happen to me. I’ve put on a lot of the past few years. Any support to help lose it, or for a bunch of us to get toned together, would be lovely.