Read the whole article at:http://www.crossfitsouthbay.com/2011/05/skinny-fat/
And now, here's an article about that article, and about crossfit in general:
My favorite part of the crossfit article is this:
Definitions and Misconceptions:
To begin, we need to address some misconceptions about how the body works…
- 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.
- You will never “bulk up” overnight, except from maybe an ice cream and beer binge (guilty). You will never wake up one morning, look in the mirror, and realize that you just built bulky muscles in your sleep.
Note: I have never done crossfit (though I do have a Groupon for it). I just like the idea of women wanting to be stronger instead of skinnier.
Oh, man, this week on Biggest Loser, when they were playing the video game, and one of the purple sisters shat herself with joy that her avatar's thighs didn't touch?
This should not be what women strive for. It should not be a goal. If it happens, it happens, but genetics plays a huge part it in. And thighs touching does not equal fat or gross or unsexy.
I mean, look at this heifer. Wouldn't she be more attractive if she lost more weight, so you could see what's behind her through the gap in her thighs?
Thighs touching does not mean shit, really. You can have 12% BF and have your thighs still touch. It doesn't make you some whale, some lump of a thing that men will only love if you can create that magical gap.
The majority of men don't give a shit if your thighs touch. They'd rather touch your thighs.
/stepping off soapbox.