What are the Skinny fat symptoms and cure

Published At: 25 November 2019 , 10:50 AM

Skinny fat symptoms and cure: The general wisdom is that if you are overweight you are unhealthy, and if you are skinny fat, you are healthy. But new study points to just how terrible being skinny can be -- if you are a "skinny fat" person, that is.

The medical terminology for this is "MONW," or metabolically obese normal weight, which I prefer to refer to as being a skinny fat person. It means you are below lean but over fat -- not enough muscle and too much fat (especially belly fat). It seems it is enough to be fat and fit than thin and out of shape.

While we acknowledge that 68 percent of the American society is overweight, and that most have diabesity -- being somewhere on the continuum of pre-diabetes to Type 2 diabetes -- the surprising news from a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association is that nearly 1 in 4 skinny people have pre-diabetes and are "metabolically obese."

What's more dangerous is that if you are a skinny fat person and get diagnosed with diabetes, you have twice the danger of death than if you are overweight when diagnosed with diabetes. Perhaps having that extra muscle on your body from having to carry around those extra weights protects you. Signs of skinny fat:

You have a muffin top

Even if you’re a healthy weight overall, sporting a spare tire can be terrible. A recent research in the Annals of Internal Medicine discovered that normal-weight people with excess fat around their center had an even higher risk of dying early than their overweight or obese peers.

“Fat around the middle is more dangerous than fat anywhere else,” says Dr. Jialal. “It’s where the damage begins in terms of insulin opposition and inflammatory proteins.” And this sort of fat doesn’t appear all at once, either, so it’s easy to ignore. “It should be a warning sign if you’re slowly growing your belt size or your pants start feeling tighter around the waist.”

You don’t eat a healthy diet

Maybe you’re capable to eat burgers and guzzle drinks without gaining a pound. Or maybe you calculate your calories, but you fill up on white bread and junk food rather than fruits and veggies. Either way, eating too much sugar and fat—and not enough fiber, vitamins, and lean protein—can harm your organs and raise your risk for diabetes, cancer, and heart disease,  

Yo-yo dieting, skipping meals, and maximum cleanses can also skinny-fat symptoms, says Cynthia Sass, RD, Health’s supporting nutrition editor. That’s because you pack on body fat when you get starving and overeat, but you lose tissue mass when you drastically cut calories—a bad sequence that wreaks havoc on your health.

You can’t do a push-up

Skinny people can still have high levels of body fat, particularly if they lack lean muscle mass. And if you can’t memorize the last time you cracked a sweat, there’s a good opportunity this could be you. “When people aren’t overweight, they don’t have the motivation to work out and get in shape,” says Dr. Jialal. “But without proper exercise, they just get more and more unhealthy.”

Getting consistent aerobic activity—like brisk cycling, walking, or running—is essential for keeping a healthy heart and lungs. But adding in normal strength training will also help you build muscle, which will rev your metabolism and burn toxic fat.

The Cure for the Skinny Fat Syndrome

The cure for skinny fat syndrome is equivalent to the cure for someone who is overweight with diabesity. 

It is quite simple actually.

Eat a Low-Glycemic Load Diet -- Lean animal protein, nuts, beans, seeds, vegetables, and small amounts of non-gluten grains.

Power Up with Protein -- Begin the day with protein and at each meal. This makes your metabolism run hotter and decreases hunger. Incorporate eggs, nuts, seeds, protein shakes, chicken, or fish.

Beware of Frankenfood -- Factory produced foods are often science projects with artificial ingredients including MSG (which makes ravenous hunger and is hidden as "natural flavoring"), high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors, preservatives, and chemicals.

Don't Drink Your Calories -- No drinks, juices, sweetened drinks and no more than 3-4 glasses a week with meals.

Avoid the Deadly White Powder or Flour -- Including gluten-free flour goods. Even full grain flour acts like sugar in your body.

Get an Oil Change -- Eat omega-3 fat-rich meals including sardines and wild salmon and avoid cleaned and processed vegetable oils except olive oil.

Eat From the Right Plant -- If it was produced in a plant stay away if it was grown on a plant it is okay.

Take Supplements -- They lubricate the wheels of your metabolism and help burn calories and balance blood sugar. A good multivitamin, fish oil and vitamin D do the trick for 95 percent of people.

Get Going and Get Strong -- Both strength training and cardio are key. Cardio makes fitness and improves metabolism, and strength training makes muscle so you won't be a skinny fat person.

Protect Sleep Time -- Sleep deprivation alters metabolism and improves cravings for carbs and sugar. Sleep is sacred. Create your bedroom in a sleeping hall and stay there for 7 to 8 hours a night.

These latest facts are alarming because those of us who think we take a pass because we are thin need to get a second look at our health. You can still be skinny and sick and be metabolically obese, which in the end maybe even more alarming.

The great news is that this is a solvable problem.