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How do people become skinny fat?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created November 22, 2011 at 6:33 AM

I don't get the high body fat percentage low body weight people. How does one get this way?

Cca93695446513d42e376fd80e5bf5a4

(80)

on May 20, 2012
at 05:50 PM

Same for me... by the age of 26 :-/

F77c6462cf6596fe6dabeeb5931821ab

(365)

on November 23, 2011
at 02:02 AM

upvote for Hipster Belly

D12142c8cafb16d9af10b3362cb8fb62

(1590)

on November 23, 2011
at 01:20 AM

Michelle, high fat low carb makes one insulin resistant to preserve glucose for the brain. Insulin sensitivity is highest on a high carbohydrate diet. These statements don't contradict high fat low carb being good for reversing insulin resistance. There is a difference in that statement.

26b7615ef542394102785a67a2786867

(7967)

on November 22, 2011
at 10:13 PM

Not entirely. I was sedentary and ate tons of crap for years, and I have always been lean and wiry. However I was very young and this probably would have changed over my lifetime. But, I had friends who were clearly "skinny-fat" as young as 13 or 14 (and still are)

7255a87872b75e6f691d84dca769b87e

on November 22, 2011
at 05:38 PM

Walking rate, like a mile per hour speed? Any rate that keeps your heart rate under 75% max I suppose. Mine is 6.37 miles per hour.

8949bf87b0e0aefcad10f29975e4fa2b

(8989)

on November 22, 2011
at 05:04 PM

typically, what would be a correct walking rate for LSD?

8949bf87b0e0aefcad10f29975e4fa2b

(8989)

on November 22, 2011
at 05:01 PM

..especially in older women

8949bf87b0e0aefcad10f29975e4fa2b

(8989)

on November 22, 2011
at 05:01 PM

Michelle, that is a very interesting question

7255a87872b75e6f691d84dca769b87e

on November 22, 2011
at 03:04 PM

Long Slow Distance is not the same as "Chronic Cardio". Long Slow Distance entails a low-cortisol producing heart rate while Chronic Cardio keeps your heart rate at 80% max for hours on end, triggering cortisol to release glucose from your liver then from muscle breakdown. Long Slow Distance anything burns fat if you do it correctly....most professional marathoners advocate this in their plans. Chronic Cardio can definitely cause skinny-fat but Long Slow Distance probably doesn't unless you're doing it wrong.

Bf57bcbdc19d4f1728599053acd020ab

(5043)

on November 22, 2011
at 02:16 PM

Yeah, I was a skinny-fat bagel and jelly-bean fueled distance runner for years.

273729a18d2f18903815d2644a4d64de

(1683)

on November 22, 2011
at 02:07 PM

so if thats true (not saying you are right or wrong) what is up with all this HIGH FAT/LOW CARB stuff? i have definitely found that eating lower carb has helped with some fat loss...but if its not necessarily true then why is everyone pushing it?

Ba20b502cf02b5513ea8c4bb2740d8cb

(1669)

on November 22, 2011
at 01:59 PM

We know that because their 10k and half marathon times are all posted online right?

E5c7f14800c5992831f5c70fa746dc5c

(12857)

on November 22, 2011
at 01:51 PM

Mark says fat doesn't get stored as fat sugar does, so what does fat get stored as??? :D He has absolutely no sources and what he says for the most part is absolute bullshit. By desigen high fat low carb diets make your muscles insulin resistant so your brain can get enough glucose.

E5c7f14800c5992831f5c70fa746dc5c

(12857)

on November 22, 2011
at 01:46 PM

Paleo man would go LSD everyday though....

273729a18d2f18903815d2644a4d64de

(1683)

on November 22, 2011
at 01:29 PM

actually....high fat/low carb makes you more insulin sensitive. refer to MDA http://www.marksdailyapple.com/diabetes/

E5c7f14800c5992831f5c70fa746dc5c

(12857)

on November 22, 2011
at 12:22 PM

low fat high carb diet doesn't cause insulin resistance it makes you more insulin sensitive.

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

(4493)

on November 22, 2011
at 10:37 AM

& i was doing 45 min (sometimes 90 min) spin classes. sometimes every day. what a complete waste of time. my weight was okay, but i had too much BF & lacked muscle. the best thing i ever did was to give up cardio

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

(4493)

on November 22, 2011
at 08:44 AM

& i was doing 45min to 90min spin classes. sometimes every day. what a complete waste of time. my weight was okay, but i had too much BF & lacked muscle. the best thing i ever did was to give up cardio.

D3f3b91d1dd9ce60865654faeb2ec809

on November 22, 2011
at 07:07 AM

Especially by not exercising the right way. I was skinny-fat even when running 16km/day as an elite endurance athlete.

D3f3b91d1dd9ce60865654faeb2ec809

on November 22, 2011
at 07:05 AM

Not exercising enough, that is. I was that way even when covering 16km/day as an elite endurance runner.

D3f3b91d1dd9ce60865654faeb2ec809

on November 22, 2011
at 07:04 AM

Not exercising enough, that is. I was that way even when I was running 16km/day as an elite endurance runner.

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Bf57bcbdc19d4f1728599053acd020ab

(5043)

on November 22, 2011
at 06:51 AM

By eating crappy food and not exercising.

D3f3b91d1dd9ce60865654faeb2ec809

on November 22, 2011
at 07:04 AM

Not exercising enough, that is. I was that way even when I was running 16km/day as an elite endurance runner.

Bf57bcbdc19d4f1728599053acd020ab

(5043)

on November 22, 2011
at 02:16 PM

Yeah, I was a skinny-fat bagel and jelly-bean fueled distance runner for years.

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

(4493)

on November 22, 2011
at 08:44 AM

& i was doing 45min to 90min spin classes. sometimes every day. what a complete waste of time. my weight was okay, but i had too much BF & lacked muscle. the best thing i ever did was to give up cardio.

D3f3b91d1dd9ce60865654faeb2ec809

on November 22, 2011
at 07:07 AM

Especially by not exercising the right way. I was skinny-fat even when running 16km/day as an elite endurance athlete.

D3f3b91d1dd9ce60865654faeb2ec809

on November 22, 2011
at 07:05 AM

Not exercising enough, that is. I was that way even when covering 16km/day as an elite endurance runner.

26b7615ef542394102785a67a2786867

(7967)

on November 22, 2011
at 10:13 PM

Not entirely. I was sedentary and ate tons of crap for years, and I have always been lean and wiry. However I was very young and this probably would have changed over my lifetime. But, I had friends who were clearly "skinny-fat" as young as 13 or 14 (and still are)

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

(4493)

on November 22, 2011
at 10:37 AM

& i was doing 45 min (sometimes 90 min) spin classes. sometimes every day. what a complete waste of time. my weight was okay, but i had too much BF & lacked muscle. the best thing i ever did was to give up cardio

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4c197bf333480ae7c349acddb781cb40

on November 22, 2011
at 07:42 AM

Insuline resistance can cause it, low fat, high carb diet, not enough exercise!

E5c7f14800c5992831f5c70fa746dc5c

(12857)

on November 22, 2011
at 01:51 PM

Mark says fat doesn't get stored as fat sugar does, so what does fat get stored as??? :D He has absolutely no sources and what he says for the most part is absolute bullshit. By desigen high fat low carb diets make your muscles insulin resistant so your brain can get enough glucose.

E5c7f14800c5992831f5c70fa746dc5c

(12857)

on November 22, 2011
at 12:22 PM

low fat high carb diet doesn't cause insulin resistance it makes you more insulin sensitive.

D12142c8cafb16d9af10b3362cb8fb62

(1590)

on November 23, 2011
at 01:20 AM

Michelle, high fat low carb makes one insulin resistant to preserve glucose for the brain. Insulin sensitivity is highest on a high carbohydrate diet. These statements don't contradict high fat low carb being good for reversing insulin resistance. There is a difference in that statement.

273729a18d2f18903815d2644a4d64de

(1683)

on November 22, 2011
at 02:07 PM

so if thats true (not saying you are right or wrong) what is up with all this HIGH FAT/LOW CARB stuff? i have definitely found that eating lower carb has helped with some fat loss...but if its not necessarily true then why is everyone pushing it?

273729a18d2f18903815d2644a4d64de

(1683)

on November 22, 2011
at 01:29 PM

actually....high fat/low carb makes you more insulin sensitive. refer to MDA http://www.marksdailyapple.com/diabetes/

8949bf87b0e0aefcad10f29975e4fa2b

(8989)

on November 22, 2011
at 05:01 PM

Michelle, that is a very interesting question

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9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on November 23, 2011
at 12:35 AM

One of the engineers I worked with was skinny as a rail, but every morning he drank a big plastic bottle of Mountain Dew. I don't think he even touched anything nutritious. He sat around coding all day and never exercised. Last year he was diagnosed with prediabetes and had an absurd amount of body fat considering his size. He's now on paleo +exercised and has normalized his blood sugar and reduced his body fat.

I think the same lifestyle is responsible for "Hipster belly." Beer + no exercise + little nutrition + carbage.

F77c6462cf6596fe6dabeeb5931821ab

(365)

on November 23, 2011
at 02:02 AM

upvote for Hipster Belly

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24df4e0d0e7ce98963d4641fae1a60e5

on November 22, 2011
at 11:20 AM

One way can be continual yo-yoing of weight. Exercise and dietary composition can have some impact on preservation of lean mass during a loss phase, but some loss of lean mass is almost a given. Folks tend to stop the exercise regime as part of the regaining of the yo-yo and gain more fat mass than lean. Rinse, repeat ... that's one way.

8949bf87b0e0aefcad10f29975e4fa2b

(8989)

on November 22, 2011
at 05:01 PM

..especially in older women

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96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on November 22, 2011
at 04:58 PM

Age is the easiest way and the most difficult to avoid/change.

Also, regardless of diet if you don't use the muscles they will atrophy and excess energy will be even more likely to go to fat since the muscles don't need it.

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F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

(11698)

on November 22, 2011
at 03:04 PM

Eating disorders - restrict your calories, do too much cardio and lose too much weight (including muscle mass). Then eventually, when you regain, it comes back as mostly fat. Do this a few times in your life and by age 35 you'll be a skinny fat like me.

Cca93695446513d42e376fd80e5bf5a4

(80)

on May 20, 2012
at 05:50 PM

Same for me... by the age of 26 :-/

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26b7615ef542394102785a67a2786867

on November 22, 2011
at 10:18 PM

I've wondered this too. I think it's a combination of many factors. Age is a huge one, many naturally thin people who used to be lean enough end up with high body fat in their 30s or later. But I have met many a skinny-fat young teenage girl.

My father, sisters and I are all naturally very thin, but lean and with hard little muscles, despite often very poor habits (along the lines of no exercise whatsoever and lots of calories from crap foods). I've often wondered what the difference is between us and the other very slender women I have known with very little muscle mass and visibly high body fat. Chronic cardio and a diet low in calories, protein and nutrients seem to be an issue for most of them. But genetics have to be at play here as well.

1
724ba4f39f7bbea7f74b45c0a79615f2

on November 22, 2011
at 05:39 PM

Not eating enough protein, at least for me I think.

When I was really skinny fat I lifted weights plenty, and... nothing happened. I just got tired, and continued to have puny-pre-pubescent-girl-arms and a little pouchy belly (which would have been fine, had I any boobs to speak of, damn you Asian genes!).

Now I eat much, much more of it and have a noticeably (to me) different body composition, without actually lifting that much anymore, at least not on purpose/at the gym/with a trainer. Plus, I grew a butt! Awesome!

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21b36b3de8ff31b0d41e7f0f4b5c1e03

(1688)

on November 22, 2011
at 12:36 PM

In my case eating healthy/paleoish, walking a lot every day but no other kind of strength or endurance exercise.

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Dafb4201d0837266cce83c22bb7f0527

on March 30, 2013
at 12:24 PM

Long Slow destroys muscle tissue...all distance runners look like crack addicts or just plain look sickly and soft despite being thin. They look like they're wasting away. Sprinters are lean, muscular, vascular, and just plain are more robust and powerful. High muscle and low fat, as opposed to ld runners' low muscle and low fat bodies (abulatory skeleton).

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Ba20b502cf02b5513ea8c4bb2740d8cb

on November 22, 2011
at 01:34 PM

Going LSD (long slow distances).

Eg., a sprinters body vs a a long distance runners body.

Ba20b502cf02b5513ea8c4bb2740d8cb

(1669)

on November 22, 2011
at 01:59 PM

We know that because their 10k and half marathon times are all posted online right?

E5c7f14800c5992831f5c70fa746dc5c

(12857)

on November 22, 2011
at 01:46 PM

Paleo man would go LSD everyday though....

7255a87872b75e6f691d84dca769b87e

on November 22, 2011
at 05:38 PM

Walking rate, like a mile per hour speed? Any rate that keeps your heart rate under 75% max I suppose. Mine is 6.37 miles per hour.

8949bf87b0e0aefcad10f29975e4fa2b

(8989)

on November 22, 2011
at 05:04 PM

typically, what would be a correct walking rate for LSD?

7255a87872b75e6f691d84dca769b87e

on November 22, 2011
at 03:04 PM

Long Slow Distance is not the same as "Chronic Cardio". Long Slow Distance entails a low-cortisol producing heart rate while Chronic Cardio keeps your heart rate at 80% max for hours on end, triggering cortisol to release glucose from your liver then from muscle breakdown. Long Slow Distance anything burns fat if you do it correctly....most professional marathoners advocate this in their plans. Chronic Cardio can definitely cause skinny-fat but Long Slow Distance probably doesn't unless you're doing it wrong.

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273729a18d2f18903815d2644a4d64de

(1683)

on November 22, 2011
at 01:27 PM

....actually i thought the whole point of this diet was to regain insulin sensitivity. high fat, low carb is one way to slowly recover that insulin sensitivity.

refer to MDA: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/diabetes/

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