"Skinny-Fat" Issue

  • vbportugal

    Posts: 82

    Dec 06, 2011 6:14 AM GMT
    Recently I have been doing a lot of research online in order to quench my curiosity. I am 6'1'' and weigh 192lbs. I never thought that I had a lot of fat on me since I have had the same waist size since high school where I was 150lbs. Recently I read that people who look thin can actually have large amounts of body fat surround internal organs. It has gotten me worried recently because I feel like I am one of these people.

    I have always been a decently active person, I have my lazy days and I have my active days but I have always kept up some sort of activity every week varying in amount dependent on injuries. A big reason why I think I may be skinny fat is because of my high positive buoyancy while scuba diving in Mozambique. While I was there I was about 170lbs due to low caloric intake at the time and I needed 8kg (18lbs) plus the larger steel tanks in order to get myself under the water. Other people who were taller or similar build required 5-6kg (11-13lbs) to sink which is a significant difference. The same scuba diving requirements also make me think that it is not that. Thinking about buoyancy laws even if I had 20-30lbs of fat it would have to be compressed in comparison to subdermal fat as it displaces more water, therefore it is more buoyant.

    I guess I was wondering if anyone else has run into the "skinny-fat" problem and if anyone has any thoughts on the situation.
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    Dec 06, 2011 12:55 PM GMT
    you needd to get your body fat % cheked. THere is supposed to be fat around your organs and the liek to protect them. The really low level sof body fat ewe get to for bodybuilding compettion is not natural nor is it safe for long periods. So, start with bf% and then see where you are.
  • natertots

    Posts: 30

    Dec 06, 2011 4:14 PM GMT
    "Skinny Fat" tends to refer to someone that appears "skinny" but has no visible muscle definition, as well. Your worries MIGHT be legitimate per your SCUBA diving trip, but there's a lot that can affect bouyancy too... when I dive, I typically wear around 15 lbs of weight, even if I'm lean beacause my BCD always ends up holding more air than I want it to.

    Are you on a weight-lifiting program? What does "active" mean to you?

    Best,
    =Nate
  • vbportugal

    Posts: 82

    Dec 06, 2011 9:27 PM GMT
    I don't have a particular workout program but I been going to the gym three times a week for back and biceps, chest and triceps, and legs, and I have been doing the P90x ab ripper workout once a week for months. Every time I go to the gym I run a mile for a warm up. I also play volleyball and that will be a range of two to four hours of volleyball a week.
  • natertots

    Posts: 30

    Dec 06, 2011 11:22 PM GMT
    Right on man, sounds like you're pretty active. How's your diet look? If there's anything I've learned in 3 months of hardcore training, it's that mass/muscle/abs etc are all made in the kitchen, not in the gym.

    Can you provide any insight into what you're eating? Maybe we can help there.

    Also, are you using some sort of training tool? Training for a goal? Haphazardly going in and "working your chest" or back or arms?

    Not here to criticize, but help! And, for the record... you're a pretty good lookin' dude icon_smile.gif

    =Nate
  • vbportugal

    Posts: 82

    Dec 06, 2011 11:38 PM GMT
    My diet is quite bad in general. Typical college diet of massive amounts of fatty foods and whatever is in the kitchen at the time.

    As for a work out goal I always made it a goal to reach 210lbs as my dad always said that that could be an ideal weight for me. I have been working towards this goal for a couple years but I fear that I am not gaining the right type of weight. Granted I do not look outwardly heavy, many people do not believe that I am the weight I say I am. As for more specific goals. I want to add four to five inches to my vertical jump and increase my the size of my arms and chest to 15-16inches and 42-44inches respectively.