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Who wants to be thin?

June 27th, 2012 | Exercise, Muscles, Range of Motion, Wellness | 4 Comments

Who wants to be thin?

I had a life insurance exam and after answering all of the pertinent questions I thought ok I am in pretty good health. A few days later I received a phone call that as expected my health history was good and I was being offered a discount. The agent said the only issue was my weight. I asked “what do you mean.” She replied that I was overweight based upon my height. I asked her define overweight? My question to you today is how do you define being the “correct” weight? Who wants to be thin?

Overweight?

Overweight?

I explained that I was a health and fitness expert and that for my age my body fat was 5 % less than the number for excellence for my age and not only that but it was in the good range for someone 20 younger than me. I’m sorry but these are the parameters and there is nothing she or I could do. I decided not to accept the policy.

The truth about being thin.

Ironically an athletic event requiring me to be able to pull my body weight through the air and over obstacles came up and I dropped weight to see if I could improve on strength and muscular endurance. I dropped about 20 lbs. I wasn’t shocked by what happened I did lose strength, but also lost muscular endurance strength. most shocking; however, at 20 lbs down my body fat went up 3%. In my program I call that a SKIFA or skinny fat. Muscle loss-weight loss but the volume of fat staying the same yields an increase in body fat percentage. It is more important for your health to be lean. Have you changed your opinion yet since the opening question? So who wants to be thin?

 

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