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Unhealthy, lack of tone, loose skin, low energy and a poor diet. What causes this unhealthy condition of skinny-fat? Lack of exercise, sedentary job environments, indulging in more then just a weekend treat, too much alcohol, cigarettes and anything else you can light;) The interesting thing about this condition is the fact that the average north American is so brain washed by food companies that slap deceiving information of food items to make them appear safe and healthy for your family. How do you fight back against a population that has a ever growing risk of heart disease and risk of child obesity? First off head to your local nutritionists and get your body fat tested and then take a look at some of these helpful tips for a healthy body!


1-Educate yourself-How? Read the nutrition label on all food items. How to read a label:

2-Focus on fresh and colorful-When filling your shopping cart you want to focus on items that are whole foods that are packed with nutrition, add color to your plate and health to your lifestyle. By consuming more fruits, veggies and lean protein you are actively fighting the most common killers of our generation-  heart disease, diabetes, obesity and stroke. Shopping list ideas:

3-Get Outside-Not only does it keep you busy and decreases your chances of getting bored and heading to the snack cupboard for just one more chip….It also increases your intake of Vitamin D which offers significant disease prevention and increase of positive energy in the body.

4-Replace the jiggle-There is no other way  to do it then getting your body moving and adding weight training to your workouts.

Strength training has benefits that go well beyond the appearance of nicely toned muscles. Your balance and coordination will improve, as will your posture. More importantly, if you have poor flexibility and balance, strength training can reduce your risk of falling by as much as 40 percent, a crucial benefit, especially as you get older.

Studies have documented the many wellness benefits of strength training. If you have arthritis, strength training can be as effective as medication in decreasing arthritis pain. Strength training can help post-menopausal women increase their bone density and reduce the risk of bone fractures. And for the 14 million Americans with type 2 diabetes, strength training along with other healthy lifestyle changes can help improve glucose control.

You burn calories during strength training, and your body continues to burn calories after strength training, a process called “physiologic homework.” More calories are used to make and maintain muscle than fat, and in fact strength training can boost your metabolism by 15 percent — that can really jumpstart a weight loss plan.

Okay now that you have all this information it’s time to get your body moving!



  1. Kasia says:

    I love the photos of you Rachel. Did you know that I have palindromic rheumatism? It's a precursor to rheumatoid arthritis. I also am a type 1 diabetic, oh joy! So exercise is most definitely a must for me, not an option. All my doctors push the benefits of exercise, which I'm grateful for. Thanks for the encouraging post!!

  2. Syl says:

    Hey Rachel – love the post and the pictures. We often talk of "the skinny fat" in the gym here and with trainers…its quite interesting! I am wondering about the body fat test though. I know there are 3 methods and in Kinesiology we learn that the "bod pod" is the most accurate – but still has a 3-4% error when reading body-fat. For those who are the skinny-fat type (and those who just don't have a lot of fat at all) – 3-4% can be a HUGE margain of error. Most kinesiologists stay away from the body fat test because of this (especially the calipers) and because of the cost (bod pod = a few hundred $'s). Any thougths on this? Just curious!! Thanks!

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