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Cutting Fitness: 2012 Is the End…And the Beginning?

Cutting Fitness: 2012 Is the End…And the Beginning?

Easier said than done…but doable all the same.

January arrives to the UK in 45 mins (approx). Wherever you are – 2011 or 2012 or 2045 – your fitness goals are at the top of your list. You want to lose weight, gain weight, lose muscle, gain muscle, etcetera…Just like last year.

Just like last year. And the year before. And the decade before. And, if you’re OLD, decades before…

I admit it. I was in the same place last year….No, I wasn’t. I was close to my goal weight, but I fell WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAaaaaaaaaaAAAAY back since January this year (2011).

You did the same thing, didn’t you?

NOTE: If you met your goals (fitness, love, knitting, etc) this year then congrats! Stop looking so damn smug. I could’ve met my goals too if I hadn’t gone on a 12 month binge spree, lost my job, lost my dog (*sob sob*). RANT, I mean, NOTE OVER.

For the so-called failures, what happens now?

It’s up to us.

They, whoever they are, say 2012 is the end. The world’s end, end of an era before the new world order tries to enslave our people, but they WILL lose because we won’t roll over like poodles and be held back from our true potential, our inner chi, our happiness.

Anyway, the world is ending and we’re all screwed…or we thought.

When one fridge door closes, another opens…but not for too long or your food will go off.

This positive mantra also applies to your life.

When one year ends, another starts. If you dwell over the past, you dwell over the past, and dwell over the past, and…go nowhere. When one goal is achieved, another is set. When you screw up one goal, set another, and keep setting them. You don’t have to meet them, but every achievement takes you closer to success. Yes, even when success seems far – too friggin’ far – away.

The end.

Cutting Fitness: Skinny Fat is the New Black!

Cutting Fitness: Skinny Fat is the New Black!

Time for a Cutting Fitness exclusive!

At a secret location, which will remain a secret, insiders in the fashion industry revealed the latest craze to sweep the world. You DON’T want to miss this…

After years promoting the ‘Does she have an eating disorder?’ look on the catwalk, the fashion world has done a u-turn. Sources say fashion icons want to unite supermodels and the Average Joe by combining the modelling world’s underweight preference with society’s obesity epidemic. The result?


“What is skinny fat?” you ask (or not if you’re a smarty-pants).

‘Skinny Fat’ describes someone who is skinny and fat. Duh! Skinny fat people have too much body fat, but you can’t tell from outside their bodies, especially when they’re fully clothed. They’re jiggly like stereotypical fat people, but small like slim people. Skinny outside, fat inside. If you’re skinny fat, fear not! Skinny Fat is the New Black!

Don’t be skinny! Don’t be fat! Be skinny fat!

Being small and flabby is GREAT this season. Saggy arms are better than Michelle Obama’s defined ones. Who wants slender thighs when their legs could wobble and smack together instead? A flat defined stomach is nice, but fat rolls when you bend over are MUCH better.

“How do you get the skinny fat look?” you ask.

If you stop interrupting and let me finish, I’ll tell you…

1. Lose muscle mass

High muscle mass and low body fat create those gorgeous, ripped, toned, slender bodies bodybuilders, athletes, and your favourite celebrities show off. To be skinny fat we need the opposite look! Skinny fat requires removing muscle mass from the equation so your body is mostly fat.

Muscle + Low fat = Tone, definition, and a darn sexy body! Meow!

Body – Muscle = Skinny fat (wobbly, fat, saggy, fat, flabby, fat)

The best way to keep the fat and lose the muscle is by not strength training. ‘If you don’t use it, you lose it’ – the same goes for your muscles. If you don’t work them, the body burns them off when you lose weight. Goodbye and good riddance! You don’t want them taking up unnecessary space and making your heavier. Get rid!

Next, go cardio crazy! 30 minutes of aerobics is cute, but 3 hours on the treadmill is dedication. If you’ve got an impossible deadline then you’re already exercising for hours a day to meet your target, but there’s always room for more, more, MORE! The cardio will burn lots of fat AND muscle. A brilliant 2 for 1 deal!

2. Focus on BMI

The BMI only considers two factors: height and weight. To be more accurate, measure body fat, hip to waist ratio, blah, blah, blah. Too complicated and far too boring! Skinny fat requires being a healthy weight for your height, so the BMI is all you need. It doesn’t matter whether you’re still obese in terms of body fat or at risk of heart failure with regards to your hip to waist ratio. Remember, it’s skinny fat, not skinny healthy!

A low weight = skinny.

A high body fat percentage = fat.

Skinny + fat = Fat skinny, also known as skinny fat


3. Cut out fat

Believe it or not, you must eat fat to lose fat. I know that sounds dumb, but it’s true. This is why you should cut out all fat – yes, ALL of it – when you’re close to your goal weight otherwise you’ll end up skinny slim or skinny skinny.

Low fat isn’t good enough because ‘low’ doesn’t equal ‘no’. Yes, some products with no fat go overboard on the sugar/carbohydrates, but that’s good because carbs fuel those marathon cardio sessions! See how everything works out?

Follow those three steps to be skinny fat in time for the summer/school reunion/bikini shoot/next month! No strength training means you’ll be weaker, hours of cardio will exhaust you, and cutting out your favourite meals because they’ve got fat will suck. Life doesn’t get any better than this. Trust me, I’ve tried.

Cutting Fitness: How NOT to Choose Your Goal Weight

Cutting Fitness: How NOT to Choose Your Goal Weight

After five days writing, I returned to Cutting Fitness. I didn’t have to, but I came because you missed me. I missed me too.

I received this email from a fan:

Zada, I’m closing in on my goal weight and I don’t know what to do! Right now I’m 125.64lbs and should reach 125.633lbs tomorrow morning. My friends and family think I’ve lost enough, but I know I can lose more because I’m still skinny-slim-fat.

Anyway, I’d like to know how you chose your goal weight. I was thinking maybe 110.0lbs, but I’ve seen others my height who are 105lbs.

By the way, I love your blog! I subscribed to the email list, subscribed to your RSS, LIKE you on Facebook, and FOLLOW you on Twitter.

Love Always,


I know what you’re thinking. No, I didn’t write that.

Froda, darling, I get this question all the time. In fact, I struggled over it myself.

My original goal was 140lbs (I started at 200lbs). Around 155lbs I knew I wasn’t anywhere near done. The goal dropped to 135lbs – which is the healthy range on the BMI because I’m very tall (5 ft 2.5. Yes, the half is important or I wouldn’t have included it!). Now I’m 125lbs and still not done. Hopefully 110lbs is the one. Oh well. I’ll just keep going until I disappear…*sob sob*

Do NOT use these methods/tools to choose your goal weight:

  • Body fat
  • Photographs
  • Measuring tape
  • The mirror
  • Calorie intake to maintain
  • WORST OF ALL: How you feel about your appearance

Use the following four methods/tools instead:

1. The Scale

Despite what people claim, the scale IS an accurate way to track weight loss. As long as it heads in the right direction you’re getting closer to your goal. With regards to the scale, ‘weight’ = fat, muscle, bones, organs, boobs, etc. This means you could lose muscle, which lowers your metabolism, when you actually wanted to lose fat. Also, the scale may not change even though you’re getting slimmer. Last of all, the scale fluctuates daily for various reasons, for example, eat very salty food today and gain 5lbs of ‘water weight’ by tomorrow.

Ignore those so-called ‘problems’. It’s fun when you lose muscle because you’ll have to work REALLY hard to regain it. You want more fun? Watch the scale stay the same even though you count every calorie, sweat like a dog/pig in the gym, and drink gallons of water. It feels great when you’re NOT being rewarded for your hard work. Daily fluctuations feel pretty good too. Seeing the scale go up and down everyday for no reason is confusing, but who wants a boring life?

Use the following guideline to choose the right goal weight:

110lbs or less = Put down the carrot. Eat the burger.

110-130lbs = ZOMG I’m so jealous!

130lbs+ = You’re fat. Confirm by taking this quiz.

This might seem a bit strict, but look on fitness forums and you’ll see that everyone wants to be 120lbs! Get as close to 120 as possible and maintain the weight forever.

2. Other People

By ‘other people’ I mean other people.

Loved Ones: family, friends, lover(s), neighbours, and co-workers. If you know someone who lost weight recently then find out how much they weigh. Get to the same weight. They don’t have to be the same height, body fat, age, blah, blah, blah as you, for example, a skinny housewife should aim to weigh the same as an obese bodybuilder. Their differences don’t matter unless you’re sexist.

Celebrities: If Beyonce weighs 20lbs then you should too. If Brad Pitt maintains 300lbs then you should too. If Zada goes vegan then you should think about it. Can you really live without chicken? As I said, just think about it. Always remember not to personalise your goals. Focus on your favourite stars and their fitness regimens. Yes, they probably have personal chefs, personal trainers, nannies, plastic surgery, and are paid to starve on stupid diets for publicity, but you can still copy them if you stop making excuses!

3. Your Past

What did you weigh 30yrs ago? Good. Return to that weight. It doesn’t matter if you couldn’t maintain there, and ended up regaining every lb and then some. I don’t care if your life has changed since then (marriage, kids, thyroid issues, a new job, a pet cat, etc). Excuses won’t be tolerated on this fantastic blog! If you weighed 70lbs when you were 8 then there’s no reason you can’t do it aged 55. Turn back the clock!

4. The BMI

The BMI has a range of goal weights for every height, for example, the BMI says I should weigh between 104-136lbs. This is a BIG range, which doesn’t seem very helpful. However, it IS very helpful. All I had to do was reach my range and then wander around until I found the right number. Simple, right? I’m still looking, but I’ll get there one day. It’s only 30lbs difference. Nothing major…

There you have it! Stick with those four methods to determine your goal weight. I know people talk about goal ranges, but DO NOT have one!!1!!1!!! It’s much easier to maintain one weight e.g. 120.0003lbs than it is to stay in a range e.g. 120-130lbs. Trust me, I’m a doctor.