Are You Skinny Fat, Just Fat, or Just Naturally Skinny?

Skinny fat is a term used by fitness experts and personal trainers to describe a person who is at or under their ideal weight and who also has high levels of body fat or unwanted flab or problem areas covered in excess fat.  It's also a term used to describe somebody who appears skinny with clothes on but then looks flabby and out of shape when naked.

Examples that you will find if you do a quick search for this type of thing include: Nicole Ritchie, Lindsey Lohan, Mischa Barton, Paula Abdul, Madonna in her early days and Marilyn Monroe.  The idea that any of these woman are fat sounds pretty ridiculous but this negative label has as much to do with health than it does with looks.

How to Determine if You're Skinny Fat

According to fitness snobs and figure chics who love to hate on other women anybody at their ideal weight and not sporting a six pack falls into the skinny fat category but here's the real deal about who really falls into this unhealthy bodyfat category.

Are you at or below your ideal weight based on your frame size on the height weight charts? Is your Body Mass Index (BMI) in the healthy range? Is your body fat percentage in or below the fitness range?  Could you pass a basic fitness test (strength, flexibility, cardio & muscular endurance, core stability, and balance,) with flying colors?

If you answered yes to all those questions then you are healthy and fit and your doctor probably thinks you're a rock star. If you answered no to one question then you probably still don't qualify as a skinny fat person but you may be unfit and have high bodyfat levels that could affect your health.

Another Factor To Consider Before You Label Yourself Skinny Fat

Before you go slapping negative labels on yourself be sure to look at many different pictures of female body types also known as somatotypes.  Not every woman has a body type that will get muscular and some women have more voluptuous bodies and it's ALL good unless you don't like your body type at all.

In that case be sure to find a workout plan that is going to help you get you a leaner more athletic body such as Bodycon Female Fitness plan which strips bodyfat off like crazy regardless of what body type you have!   

If you're wanting a more figure competitor looking body then you'll have to get on a plan like the ones listed below:

Fitness Model Program
Figure Competition Secrets
12 Week Figure Prep
The Sexy Body Diet

When You Should Worry About Your Bodyfat Category

The skinnyfat label is just a nasty way of saying that you're just shy of where you need to be in terms of body fat, fitness, and health. Unfortunately it is often used to sell dangerous supplements and extreme fitness solutions because who wants to be told they're any kind of fat! But the fact is the label only means something if you actually fall into an unhealthy fatloss category and you are experiencing health problems because of it.

Being called a skinnyfat person if you are healthy and fit simply because you are not as ripped or buff or ultra muscular looking as other people with your body type only means something if being ripped, buff or ultra muscular matters to you at the deepest core level.

If you are happy just being healthy and fit and you don't care about being rock hard and ripped then the label skinny fat shouldn't even bother you.  Examples that you will find if you do a quick search for this type of thing include: Nicole Ritchie, Lindsey Lohan, Mischa Barton, Paula Abdul, Madonna in her early days and Marilyn Monroe.  The idea that any of these woman are fat sounds pretty ridiculous but this negative label has as much to do with health than it does with looks.  

My Skinny Fat Story & Quick Tip

A "friend" of mine who is a CSCS strength and conditioning coach, power lifter, rock climber, and also happens to be 50 lb overweight told me I was skinny fat because I didn't look like Zuzkalight (formerly of bodyrock.tv).

Another trainer I worked with who is super lean and has ripped abs (see pic below) told me I was naturally slim and that putting on muscle and losing more fat wasn't necessary to look better unless I wanted to do that. 

Like I've said many times before, It's your choice how lean and how muscular you want to get. Don't let anybody else make that choice for you.  Do I look skinny fat in the second pic? I think not and my ripped trainer friend pictured below didn't think so either.  

The trainer in the pic here is my friend JB, a competitive cyclist who maintains ultra low body fat year round. He taught me all about carb cycling to lose the last few pounds of bodyfat and showed me other cool interval workouts to look more lean and toned.

According JB and many other sports conditioning experts naturally lean people just aren't that muscular and have to work hard to pack on muscle but putting on more muscle won't make you a better athlete or have a better body. It's really just a matter of preference.