(Closed) tired of being “skinny fat”!

posted 7 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
2321 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

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
573 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

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 # 6
18643 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

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
612 posts
Busy bee

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
2280 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

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
357 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

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
292 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

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. Embarassed

Post # 11
7293 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

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
2154 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@morkiemama: Make sure you’re getting enough protein with breakfast and lunch.

Post # 13
1866 posts
Buzzing bee

@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
746 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

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
358 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@morkiemama: Try Jamie Easons 12 week fit trainer at bodybuiding.com AMAZING RESULTS!

Post # 16
1365 posts
Bumble bee

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.

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