Diet Industries Dirty Little Secret Exposed: Skinny Vs. Lean
Over the past week I have spoke to A LOT of people about their goals and one thing that springs up is the scales and how people become obsessed with the numbers on the scales.
People don’t realise that the scales don’t mean a thing… And the reason people care so much about them is because EVERY diet club promotes the measurement of health bases on the numbers on the scales…
Of course they do….
If you lose weight through a HUGE calorie deficit then what happens is you lose muscle, water and lastly body fat….
But they don’t care as the numbers on the scales comes down and you think you are achieving your goal. MEANWHILE, what is actually happening is you are starving your body, slowing down your bodies function and damaging your metabolism and your HEALTH….
But again, the diet clubs don’t tell you that is what is actually happening….
Of course they don’t…
If you are lose weight through muscle loss and reducing your metabolic rate as soon as you come off the diet and normalise your diet your body RAPIDLY looks to STORE energy you eat as BODY FAT…
It’s called Starvation Response!
This a survival mechanism within our body that has helped the human race survive through times of famine.
The diet clubs love this… they start rubbing there hands together!
Why do they love this?
Because you put on weight and you utter the dreaded sentence:
“I need to go back to my diet club”
BOOM: You are now a REPEAT CUSTOMER…. ** CHA’CHING **
Not only that, you BELIEVE that you are achieving great things when you are dieting…
After all, your sever pounds lighter so must be a good thing right?!
Welcome to a vicious circle!
The problem all comes down to people not being told the truth and being encouraged to measure there results in a way that is irrelevant to what they actually want to achieve.
If you want to look like cat walk model, then you want to be skinny! <<< NOT HEALTHY
If you want to look like a bikini model, then you want to look lean! <<< HEALTHY
Those are extreme examples... some people are happy with a jean/dress size smaller, but the same principles apply. Aim to get lean and you will achieve sustainable results, Aim to get skinny and you will Yo-yo.
SKINNY Vs. LEAN
Ok, so what is the difference between being skinny and being lean?
The difference is being “toned”. When you are skinny it is when you have low body fat percentage and low muscle mass. People can end up SKINNY through extreme dieting or calorie deficits. This happens because you are essentially starving your body of vital nutrients it needs to maintain muscle mass to give you that TONED look.
When you are lean you have a good level of muscle mass and a low body fat percentage. People get lean by monitoring their nutrition and conditioning their metabolism through effective eating & exercise.
When you are skinny your body is vulnerable, the severe calorie deficit makes your body weak. Your body will slow down your metabolic rate in an attempt to conserve energy.
When you stop the diet you are EXTREMELY likely to put the weight you have lost back on. If the numbers on the scales reduce dramatically this is a sign that you are on the path to becoming skinny.
What I would like to point out is that when people achieve “skinny” they often change their goals to “toning up”. Now if you were to aim to get “lean” this is easier to achieve the “toned” look rather than losing fat, muscle and water to then actively look to add lean muscle to look toned….
Pointless exercise when they could have worked to get LEAN in the first place which would save time, produce better results and keep them healthy throughout the change….
NOTE: it’s a lot harder to build muscle than it is to lose fat. When your goal is to burn fat, you want to take every measure possible to maintain the lean muscle you already have.
When you are lean your body is strong, your mind is focused and your body will be getting the nutrients that you need. To become lean you do NOT want to be using the scales as a way to measure your results as the number on the scales are irrelevant, it is the BODY FAT you carry which you want to reduce… using a measuring tape is a far better way to monitor your success.
I had a guest writer contribute to todays blog as her powerful story gives a real life example of Skinny vs Lean.
How many times have you said “I wish I was skinnier? Or “I wish i was skinny?”
I was skinny but it was never enough for me, I wanted to be skinnier.
Is that what I really wanted? Looking back, no, it wasn’t, I wanted to be lean but I was uneducated and going about it all the wrong way with detrimental effects to my health.
Before I started FoxFit I practically lived in the gym. It became an unhealthy obsession and took over my life. Some nights I went straight from work to get to the gym before going to 3 classes and then maybe even into the gym again afterwards.. I went night, weekends, and any spare time I had, in fact I even went when I really didn’t have ‘spare time’ but I basically cancelled my life and any plans so that I could be at the gym. I had no social life, my friends would invite me out on Friday nights but how could I possibly go out?? I had the gym and classes that night until 10, then I had classes early Saturday morning until mid afternoon and again early on the Sunday morning.
I had very little time for socialising. My life was the gym and to get ‘skinnier’.
That’s not the only obsession I had. I had an obsession with food. Not eating too much of it, my obsession was not eating. On an average day I would have a cereal bar mid morning, a small pot of Heinz beans for lunch (the little microwave pots), and a slice of toast for dinner, sometimes I would have two slices and feel ‘stuffed’
People would notice me getting skinnier and ask if I was eating enough..
“Yeah” I would say. Was I lying? No. To me that was enough, you see I had starved my body for so long that I no longer recognised hunger.
At the start my stomach would rumble but I would think ‘awk it will pass’, in the early days I would see this as a challenge to myself.. “I’ve got passed the hunger, I wonder how much longer I can go”.
I would even go a day without eating and think “I wonder if I could go another day.” By the time it came to eating I felt physically sick at the thought of putting food in my mouth.
My mum would sit me at the kitchen table and make me eat boiled egg mashed in a cup or boiled egg and toast (she still makes this for me now come to think about it). She wouldn’t let me move until I ate some of it. There would be tears, at 22/23 years of age about how I couldn’t eat it or didn’t want to.
Imagine having to have your mum sit you down and force you to eat your dinner at that age, you only imagine this happening with young children. It makes me cringe thinking about how silly I was but I couldn’t see this at the time. To me I was fine, I was fit and healthy. Only I wasn’t, my hair was falling out, my nails were snapping, my skin was bad at times, my hair was dry and ruined looking despite never colouring it or straightening it often. I didn’t realise this was linked to my poor diet, or should I say lack of diet.
What changed for me?
I started FoxFit. I LOVED it, I would fit it in around the gym but Russell soon caught onto this. He gave me my calorie intake for each day and I had tears in my eyes. How could I eat all that food? I couldn’t, no way!!
I blagged my way through sessions, I realised maybe I did have a problem with eating but at this stage I didn’t realise I needed help. Then I fainted at at a session, I remember it well; I collapsed onto a fellow team member. I remember sitting on down feeling awful and Russell with a small Mars bar for me to eat to get my sugar back up.
I was handed the mars bar..
I looked at the mars bar..
I held the Mars bar..
I opened the Mars bar…
I put the Mars bar to my mouth..
But could I eat it?
Absolutely no way! I burst into tears..
No one forced me to eat it that night but Russell made sure I was safe and well and then spoke to me the next day and the following few days about my lack of eating. I was ready to admit to not only myself but others that I did have problems with food and I desperately needed help.
My team mates looked out for me, encouraged me to eat, Russell and the rest of the instructors really made an effort with me. Wow, the thought of it was tough but Russell made me dinner, scrambled egg, salmon and toast, just a TINY portion but it was tasty and I ate it all. Then he told me how many calories were it it, 800+ calories. This was a huge turning point…
I did it!! I started to eat the correct amount of calories for my body and I felt good!
Russell talked me into trusting him and quitting the gym. So I did.
I cut my exercise down from about 3-4 hours a day to 3 hours a week. I increased the amount I ate each day by WAY more than double the amount of calories. This was madness to me!
How on earth was this going to work?
I thought I was going to put weight on and get out of shape but I put my trust in Russell. All I can say now is thank goodness I did! I don’t know what would have happened to me if I continued to go on the way I had been, I imagine I would have ended up seriously ill.
I increased my calorie intake and cut down my exercise. I was right, I did put on weight! I knew it!!! BUT with these changes my fitness dramatically improved and I went from a size 8 to a size 6.
YES, I did just say I PUT WEIGHT ON, BUT DROPPED A DRESS SIZE!
I got “LEAN” not skinny. I had dropped a dress size yet I put on about a stone in weight and looked so much healthier for it.
FoxFit changed my life! I am now so much more educated, I’ve just had a baby 14 weeks ago and already back into my pre pregnancy clothes, not because iv been back to exercise (I haven’t gone back yet) but because of nutrition. I can also proudly say, “I’m a little eating machine”.