Thin might be in but looks can be deceiving! There are many fad diets out there that purport that you can eat all your favourite foods, lose a ton of weight and keep it off, but that doesn’t mean the end result is good health. In some cases you may indeed lose weight but just being thin isn’t the real deal, especially if your weight loss is achieved by not eating enough. What we need to achieve is to lose the fat not just the bulk. There are many TOFIs (thin outside fat inside) out there who probably believe they are healthy but they are just as much in danger of succumbing to diseases that arise from too much body fat as someone who is overweight. The truth is your body fat levels are much more important than what you weigh.
Symbols of health should include your percentage of muscle mass, the level of visceral fat (fat around your organs), subcutaneous fat (fat under the skin) and cholesterol and blood sugar levels. Eating a healthy diet that includes plenty of fruit, vegetables and water and fewer sugary drinks will help you control all of these. But where do you start?
A good place to start is meeting with your GP (doctor) or a dietician who can carry out a simple test to measure your current body fat percentage. If this is high, your GP, dietician or trainer can help you set some goals and work out a diet plan that will help lower the percentage.
With just a few tweaks to your lifestyle you can reduce body fat and have a truly healthy body.
Watch this short BBC video about fat: