Monday, July 19, 2010

Banish skinny fat

By Sarah Tuff

Banish 'skinny fat'1. Turn off the TV

People who are skinny fat, or normal weight obese, may have the habit of spending more time in front of the boob tube than people with healthy amounts of body fat. But those who think they can tune in to more TV now and exercise off the laziness later can think again. A new study found that people in their 20s and 30s who watch three to four hours of television each day are more likely to develop heart disease risk factors by their 40s – and those negative effects cannot be reversed through exercise.

The bottom line: One of the first steps to take against being skinny fat is limiting your TV exposure to one hour per day.

2. Stop obsessing over your fat intake.

A new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that the percentage of calories people got from fat (versus carbs or protein) had little to do with their weight change over 10 years.

The bottom line: Focus on eating healthy and clean foods. Stop breaking everything down into numbers! (This means your calories
and the number on the scale, too.)

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