But rather than just bitch about that beer gut we long ago pledged to lose or that jaw line we've been meaning to excavate from our neck, we decided to consult leading medical and fitness experts, who helped break down each permutation of skinny fat, explain why certain men gain weight in certain areas, and, finally, give us tips on how to best shed those extra pounds from our otherwise Adonis-like physiques. Dennis Cardone, a sports medicine expert at NYU Langone Medical Center tells us, just exactly where we gain weight can be blamed on genetics.
“Nearly all issues of where fat deposits build up are based on genetics, or an imbalance in the levels of testosterone and estrogen" Cardone says.
Be consistent with the aerobic work, and the overall body fat percentage comes down—the face will come along with it. When Lance Armstrong was winning the Tour de France he had a skeletor look. When my body fat percentage drops below 7% I look many years older.
“I got in the best shape of my life watching all five seasons of ,” says Cisco.
Then, sprinkle in a bodyweight-resistance plan throughout your day—"pushups, pullups, air squats, wall squats, planks, dips, and lunges can all be done anywhere with zero equipment," he adds.
, in which he plays fearsome Vinny "The Pazmanian Devil" Paz, the actor feasted on chicken, avocado, spinach, and tomatoes, and kept his morning meals consistent: “Breakfast was protein powder, ice, water, a splash of almond milk, and some frozen fruit—like, maybe, 10 blueberries," he told .
For a clean bulk, you need just enough high-quality, nutrient-dense carbs when your body needs them most—around your workouts.
Men produce less testosterone as they age, which can increase the ration of estrogen in the body." So, basically, you can't drink and you're turning into a woman. That's why we turned to Francisco "Cisco" Liuzzi, a Manhattan-based physical trainer who primarily works with lean, low-body fat percentage endurance athletes like cyclists.
Cisco says consistent and efficient exercise can trump even the flabbiest of genes, and while he used our two least favorite words in the same sentence, "hard" and "work," he did lay out a plan that even the weakest and fattest of us skinny fatsos can follow. The condition: Your fat, swollen ankles make it seem as if they've collided with your calves, giving your lower leg the undefined look of a piano key.
Just think of every Olympic track athlete you've ever seen. Many people fear these exercises, and I've always found that curious.
When done properly they 1) make your back and knees bombproof, 2) improve nearly any athletic motion you encounter, and 3) make your butt feel like it's made of steel.
Fellas, let's just admit it: Whether feeling fit or feeble we've all got some unsightly flab clinging to our carcasses.