Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Gettin' over the Hump

Have you ever heard of the term TOFI or skinny-fat? The acronym stands for "thin on the outside, fat on the inside" and it's a person who looks slim and is probably a healthy body weight, but has fatty tissue hugging their organs. They may have a little tummy and suffer from things like pre-diabetes, Type 2 diabetes or high cholesterol. 

Dr. Mark Hyman recently shared an interview where he mentions that a skinny-fat person with Type 2 diabetes has a increased risk of death than an overweight Type 2 diabeticThis fascinates me because we all know someone who eats junk, is skinny as all hell, and we're left wondering WTF? Well a high metabolism or slim build can't save you from a shitty diet and here are a few hump links on the matter.

Are you fat on the inside?

The dangers of being skinny-fat

To overcome skinny-fatness, give up yo-yo dieting and embrace a healthy lifestyle that involves exercise. 

Dr. Mark Hyman's 10 Steps to cure skinny-fat syndrome

(Photo taken in 2012 in Sardinia, just a few months before I was diagnosed pre-diabetic. I would often crash diet in preparation for trips like this one and would go low-carb and restrict calories to slim down. Looking back I think I showed signs of being a TOFI)
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