0514I read a great article a couple days ago* that discussed body composition, fat vs. muscle, “bulking up” and being lean, toning, etc. Thought I’d share a couple of the highlights. The entire article is linked at the end of this post.

  • You cannot “tone” a certain portion of your body.  Your body will not lose fat in one spot at a time, it will only lose fat.  Thus, you must reduce your overall body fat percentage to see results in the area you want.  This is why the “ab-(insert attention-grabbing verb)” you see on TV won’t work to help you get a better midsection.
  • Lean – having little to no surplus fat - Thus, to look “lean”, you need to have low levels of body fat.
  • Toned – seeing muscle definition on a human body - Thus, to look “toned”, you need to have low levels of body fat combined with having enough muscular development that you can see the shape of the muscle under the skin.  This is usually accomplished at below 20% body fat on women, and below 10% on men.

In other words, doing a lot of ab work will give you great abs. But you’ll never see ‘em if you don’t lose the fat covering them. Makes sense, right? And how do you lose fat? Diet (remember, we’re talking about what you’re eating, not being on Dexatrim or Weight Watchers). Diet and exercise.

One of my buddies in Atlanta promises that if you just want to be skinny, the best way to accomplish that is to go on a Cigarette and Coffee Diet. But I’m not sure that’s what we’re really after, is it? Just eating less isn’t healthy. And we want to be healthy, right? I hope that’s the goal. Looking good is a by-product. Living longer, healthier lives is the priority. Vanity should always take a backseat. Forget gimmicks, fads, promises on how some random guy on TV lost 30 pounds in 10 days, etc. There is no “secret”. Eating well and exercising regularly at moderate-to-high intensity is simply all there is to it. Period.

The above bulleted list taken from an article from Crossfit Southbay called Skinny Fat.

*This is a slight bend in truth. While I did re-read it a couple days ago, I actually found that post two years ago yesterday.

Who’s down for a little Social Time in the next couple of weeks?

Wednesday> AMRAP25: 100 Jump Rope + 25 Push Ups + 25 Sit Ups + 25 Lunges + 800m Run.

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  1. Kathy senior
    May 14, 2014 at 8:37 am #

    I’m in.

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