Apparently Skinny Fat Is A Thing, And It's Not Good
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Apparently Skinny Fat Is A Thing, And It's Not Good

Skinny fat isn't just about flabiness.

The other day I heard the term "skinny fat" while scrolling my day away on Facebook. I had heard it in passing every now and again, so I decided to find out what it meant on my own, instead of asking someone and potentially looking stupid. After doing some online research for about ten minutes, here is what I found out:

The first website I looked into made it sound like it was at least okay since they recognized that every has different body shapes and compositions. For those who don't know, skinny fat is a term used for people who have more "mass" (AKA, fat) versus muscle.

According to another site I looked at, it means that you are fat unless you have the muscled bod of a goddess. According to the Urban Dictionary, skinny fat is, "when someone is thin and looks great in clothes, but is all flabby underneath." On Wikipedia, skinny fat is "thin on the outside, fat on the inside."

Firstly, there are so many definitions, which one are we supposed to pay attention to? I couldn't find out where the term originated, but I know it couldn't have magically appeared out of nowhere.

Either way, there were a lot of articles about how to change a skinny fat body, and even one that claimed being skinny fat is worse than obesity because when you are obese, there is an outward consequence of your health habits. If you are skinny fat, there isn't too much of a way to tell that you aren't eating right or exercising enough since there isn't too much of a consequence for it.

At first, I was terribly offended by the skinny fat idea. I thought it was some ploy by athletic beings that wanted to get more people on the exercise 24/7 bandwagon. But then I thought about it for a second... it IS bad to be skinny fat.

If you are able to pound down an entire pizza and still be relatively thin, this still isn't a good thing for your body long-term. Skinny fat people usually don't realize that they have high cholesterol or high blood pressure until they take a blood test (which isn't usually in your typical annual checkup). There isn't a bigger stomach involved when skinny fat individuals eat biscuits and gravy, so why are they going to stop? There's no point to them: they won't.

Most people make the effort to eat healthy and exercise because they want to look better on the outside, but skinny fat people look decent anywhere, so that motivation isn't there. Skinny fat people need to make the healthy choice because *shiver*, it's the right thing to do for your health.

Skinny fat people's body composition will change, but it will not be as drastic as those who have to lose weight to see results. Being skinny fat (though I think a different term might be better to use) is not good for you. Sure, you may be able to eat burgers all day, but you may not be able to when it catches up to you and you end up having to watch what you eat even more strictly because your doctor told you to.

Skinny fat people have it tough because they have to eat right and won't get too much out of it, but it is still a good thing to be healthy, and why not start being healthy now? You don't have to quit your favorite greasy foods cold turkey, you can take baby steps. For example, you could pack a lunch from home every once in a while, eat one sandwich instead of two, or forgo your venti coffee for a tall instead.

Skinny fat people need to make the choice now rather than later to eat healthy. I promise, there is food that is good for you that tastes good too. You just have to go looking for it.

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Stop Fearing Food

Why take pictures of pizza when you can eat it?

My first day of school I did a quick run through the dining hall, then ran right back to my dorm room without eating a thing. I was terrified to eat here. I had never had such an abundance of food at my fingertips. I was terrified of the dining hall.

It was full of so many temptations. My room was safe and stocked up with my usual safety food, which meant Nature Valley bars and Cheerios. Foods I could monitor. I was terrified of calories and gaining weight, and that's exactly what college was threatening to do to me in this very moment.

Skinny. It's all I ever wanted to be. And yet, even when I was at my tiniest, I wasn't happy. Because I couldn't be like some girls, who literally had legs the size of my arms. Growing up I was called "chubby but cute", "muscular and stockier", "bulkier."

These words were drilled into my head. By the end of high school I had reached a bad stage of my life: I had broken up with my boyfriend, and I decided to settle that heartbreak by excessively working out and limiting my intake to less than 1200 calories a day.

So when college came around, I lost control. I had dropped over 25 pounds within the last year, and most of it was unnaturally unhealthy. What most people thought were abs were my ribs poking painfully out of my stomach.

I was below the weight my body type needed, and it rebelled by nourishing itself. It took away the nausea, the pangs in the stomach, the anemia I had given myself from lack of food. It was tired of vitamin supplements and bars in place of meals.

I still tried to resist. I found myself making two trips a day to the gym in an attempt to stop it. I tried to keep myself from the dining halls, yet the more I deprived myself, the worse the binges got.

By the end of first semester, I had reached one conclusion: I had a major problem with food.

So what did I do? I set out to solve this problem.

I was not working out half as much, and I was enjoying myself. I made less excuses as to why I couldn't go to dinner with friends and began accepting that I had to eat around other people.

I also opened up to my best friends on campus about my issues with food, which was one of the best things I could have possibly done - and I still managed to drop off a lot of the weight I had battled with first semester without even trying.

Unconsciously, I had succeeded in doing what I never could have done with the obsessive, unhealthy mindset I was in.

I can't say I am perfect and have overcome all obstacles when it comes to food, but I can say this: learn to love your body. Skinny doesn't correlate with happiness. Weight won't make a guy, or anyone for that matter, like you any more or any less.

You can't spend your entire life worrying about what's going on your plate.

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Let's Talk About Cellulite

It's N-A-T-U-R-A-L.

Turn around, stick it out, baby got backkk... and cellulite. Just the thought of it makes many women groan, shudder, and panic, but let's get this straight. If anyone has criticized or made you feel any less worthy because of your cellulite, you can respond with a royal "eff you," or educate them with the facts. Or both, because personally I don't think you can go wrong with either option.

Even when hot summer days demand minimal coverage, it can be daunting to put on a bathing suit, especially if you're worried about what others are thinking about your backside. True, sometimes you can reduce the appearance of cellulite, but honestly- it's N-A-T-U-R-A-L. Overly photoshopped magazine covers make it seem like we're flawed if we have it, but the reality is that anywhere from 80-98% of the female population have cellulite. So why are we fretting over it?

A lot of times, the fear is that men will be turned off if we don't have a perfectly smooth rear. But if you ask your guy friends like this woman did- you'll be pleasantly surprised to know that they really don't care (unless he's a d-bag, in which case, you're probably better off without him anyway).

So let's get down to the barebones (and butt) facts about cellulite. The dimpling is caused by fat deposits that push through connective collagen fibers under the skin. Being thin doesn't mean you won't get cellulite- women of all sizes have it because it is often hereditary and controlled by hormonal factors.

Cellulite can be found anywhere on the body, but tends to form in areas that get the least circulation (hence, the butt and legs for many). That said, exercise and strength training can help reduce the appearance and formation of cellulite. Exercise helps to boost your metabolism and blood circulation, while strength training such as lunges, step-ups, and squats can help firm muscles.

What you eat can also have an effect on the appearance of cellulite. Highly processed foods filled with sodium and sugar are top culprits. Instead, think lean proteins, veggies and fruits with antioxidants. While a healthy diet can reap many benefits, always remember that extreme dieting is never the answer. Not only can it aggravate the formation of cellulite, but it is extremely dangerous for your health.

This doesn't mean exercise and diet are cure-alls- I'm a healthy and incredibly active college athlete, and yes, I have cellulite. It's nothing to be ashamed of. It just means that HEY, I'M A REAL WOMAN TOO. Instead of criticizing our bodies (which are not flawed, btw), we should be celebrating them. Amy Schumer pretty much nailed it when she sang, "used to be concerned that my booty was too fat, but now I know the truth and that worry has been shot."

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Five Ways to Avoid the Freshman 15

How to fight off the weight and feel good.

We have all heard the dreaded words upon entering college: the freshman 15, the transfer 20, the list goes on. Seldom do we realize when we have become victims to this monster ourselves.

Can you really blame us? All you can eat cafeterias, late night cafes with excellent chocolate croissants, and ungodly amounts of alcohol on the weekends are some of the most enjoyable parts about being in college!

But then it hits you: you can no longer fit into your favorite jeans, you're out of breath just by walking to class, and if you can't see it, you feel it on the inside by experiencing terrible acid reflux.

That was how I experienced it, at least. But I changed all of that my senior year.

Had I known what I know now, I would have avoided the freshman 15 all together (I actually gained the freshman 50). I guess you live and you learn. I can at least show some of you how you can fight off this extra weight, and how to lose it if you want to. I hope this article helps anyone struggling with weight loss, body image, or an eating disorder.

Number one: don't justify eating whatever you want with your studies or stress level
You won't feel any better by eating terrible food late at night. In fact, you will feel less stressed if you choose to eat fruits and veggies over muffins and mocha fraps.

Number two: cafeterias are great, but super markets are better
Granted, you might have purchased a meal card and that's fine. But take some time to go to your local farmer's market on the weekends and purchase some real food. You will not regret it.

Number three: cut back on the alcohol
This might be the hardest one to do for many of you. Give it a shot (literally and figuratively) and see how you feel after cutting back.

Number four: use your school gym
Even if you don't like going to the gym (I personally didn't) your school probably has an outdoor track, and numerous exercises clubs like boxing, jiu jitsu, and rock climbing. Utilize them! Not only will you stay active, but you will also make friends in the process.

Number five: love yourself
I don't want to get all lovey dovey, but too many college students rate themselves by the grades they get or how many times they go out on successful dates. This results in how we treat our bodies. If you want to feel good, you need to make sure you're treating your body right, and you treat your body right when you love yourself.

It's not about looking good; it's about feeling good.

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I Got Fat Sophomore Year

How I lost a little weight and regained a lot of control.

My sophomore year of college, I got fat.

I had always been a thin girl, and doing sports in high school meant I could eat whatever I wanted. When I made it through my freshman year without gaining that dreaded 15 pounds, I figured I was in the clear. That was the riskiest time for weight gain, right? I could maintain my high school weight no problem for the rest of my life.

Then, in the spring of my sophomore year, I went to put on my favorite pair of jeans from high school, and they wouldn't even go up past my mid-thigh. What the hell happened to me?

It's no surprise I didn't notice the weight gain, since I spent the whole winter in leggings (hello, strechy!), hoodies, and sweaters. It was damn cold! But when the weather got warmer and I put on those jeans, it was a wakeup call. It wasn't a huge amount of weight that I gained, but on my small frame, an extra 20 pounds felt like a lot.

Luckily, my identity was never based off the fact that I was thin. Honestly, my huge boobs for my frame were what people really noticed. But for some reason, that weight gain really got to me. I didn't feel like myself. I felt tired and slow. I had to figure out what happened, and the more I thought about it, I realized what had changed in my routine from the fall to the spring.

Number one: After my long distance boyfriend and I broke up, I got more involved in my sorority and was drinking a lot more. I was honest with myself that it probably wasn't going to change. Heh.

Number two: I was walking way less. I went from having classes all over campus five days a week to having my classes clustered in one section of campus just two days a week. On the days I didn't have class, I vegged out and did homework in my bed. I wasn't moving. That had to change.

Number three: I was really busy with the organizations I got involved with. This meant being on campus from 10 am to 10 pm. This meant eating at Panda Express in the student union way more than I went to the dining hall with my sorority sisters. I was eating unhealthy, fatty crap that was making me even more tired.

Once I figured out the three things that had changed, I got myself back on track, little by little. I kept drinking, but I tried to dance more at those parties. When I didn't have class, I hiked across the huge hilly campus to the library to do homework. When I knew I'd be busy all day, I'd grab a to-go salad or healthy meal from the dining commons so I could avoid Panda Express.

These weren't huge changes, in fact they were really easy to do, but they made such a big difference in how I felt. I was eating better, so I had more energy. I left my dorm more, so I saw more of my friends and built up better relationships. Before I knew it, I had lost a lot of the weight I gained, and I finally felt like myself again.

Looking back at that with more life experience, I realize that it wasn't really about the weight, it was about the routine. Yes, eating chow mein and staying in my bed three days a week caused some of the weight gain, but it was changing my routine that got me back on track. I only ended up losing about 15 of the pounds I had gained, but I didn't even realize it. Once my routine was back to normal, so was I.

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Hold The F Up: Wine Will Make You Skinnier

OK, maybe. Well, it made mice less fat...I'll take it.

All hail the scientists at Washington State University! Their recent research indicates that resveratrol, an antioxidant found in wine, can help prevent weight gain and treat obesity. Sure, the study was done on mice, but that's not stopping me from hitting the Wine Barn right about now.

Previous research has indicated that polyphenols like resveratrol have beneficial effects, but this study shed some light on the specifics. WSU's research found that mice who consumed resveratrol gained 40 percent less weight than mice who didn't, despite the fact that both groups were fed a high-fat diet.

So... how does this magic work? I don't really care, but JSYK resveratrol helps the body convert extra fat (white fat) into a different type of fat (beige) that burns energy. Essentially, the natural antioxidants found in wine (and other foods!) help your body burn fat to keep fat cells from multiplying, or your skinnies from busting at the crotch. Not that I would know...

Scientists say the best way to get your healthy polyphenols is by eating fruits with high concentrations of antioxidants in them like strawberries, blueberries, grapes, and apples, because lots of the good stuff gets filtered out of wine during the distilling process. Again, don't care, I'll keep getting the fat-preventing benefits from my vino.

Via Last Bottle and WSU.