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A short, pseudo-article by The3toedSloth
Relevent info jacked from Chris Shugart

Ok, so perhaps screwed is little harsh, but this is gonna be tougher than you thought. I took the liberty of PMing Chris Shugart to ask him if I have missed an article about
'SkinnyFat' somewhere. There is alot of mention of this affliction on the forum, but I have never found a solid solution mentioned.

I think that the proliferation of new guys posting their skinny fat pictures, holding a shoe, with the thread title
'Should I bulk or should I cut?' is due to the confusion of just how the hell does the skinny fat guy get rid of that gut?

So, you've dieted down, and lost about a kazillion pounds, and everyone is telling you how Fucken GREAT you look. With your shirt on . But you know the truth, when you take that shirt off at night to get into your
flannel pajamas, you see that remaining blubber hanging right in front of you, just below your skinny chest.

Maybe you've been going to the gym
for awhile, and you see some progress. You can flex in your mirror, when no one is looking, and see little bulges you think may be biceps, but still... there's that biafran belly. And you can't diet the fucken thing off, and it seems you can't work it off, either.

Well, apparently, according to CS, you have to WORK it off. You just have to be very patient.

Here's the quote in BOLD from Chris Shugart

[b]Skinny fat is tough to beat, and it can be caused by a lot of things. I think most people think they can get into ideal shape quickly, but it's tougher than that.

I think eating a lot of healthy food is a good first step - don't "diet" but
don't eat crap either. You can get enough muscle-building calories without eating junk.

Also, no aerobics. Use interval(fartlek) training instead. As for weights, - big compound movements, deadlifts, squats, pull-ups, dips, rows, bench etc.

The rest is just putting in the time and finding the balance in your diet. [/b]

I wrote this spurious little 'article' in the hopes that maybe Chris will add some more words of wisdom to it. Since 'Write a Skinny Fat Article'
didn't seem to be floating at the top of his 'to do' list.

I think the first question a skinny fat guy might ask is, 'How do I know when I've dieted down enough, and should start eating normally if I still have the gut?

That's it for me.

\|/ 3Toes



"Should I Cut Or Should I Grow?"

T-Men you gotta let me know
Should I cut or should I grow?
If you say that I am fine
I will bulk 'til the end of time
So you got to let me know
Should I cut or should I grow?

You always say, Eat, Eat, Eat
You're happy when I feed
One day is cut, the next is bulk
So if I wanna be a hulk
Well come on and let me know
Should I cut or should I grow?

Should I cut or should I grow now?
Should I cut or should I grow now?
If I cut there will be trouble
And if I bulk my gut will double
So come on and let me know
Should I cut or should I grow?

This indecision's bugging me
Do you need a shoe to even see
What my body fat is supposed to be
Why is everyone mocking me?
Come on and let me know
Should I cut or should I grow?

Should I cut or should I grow now?
If I cut there will be trouble
And if I bulk my gut will double
So you gotta let me know
Should I cut or should I grow?




That is awesome!




That... is... hilarious...

That is the funniest thing I have read on here for quite a while. Thank you.


Dude... you rock!


A Clash parody and a bodyfat/shoe reference!



Good work!


I love the 3-toed sloth... in an entirely manly and heterosexual way. cough





Wow. Nice rhymes.


Gotta love The3toedSloth! Now I can't get this song out of my head and I'll be singing it all day.


That was inspired!


Just to add a bit of seriousness to the thread, I was a skinny fat guy when I found T-Nation a year or so ago.

In that year I added 20 lbs and am much leaner. For me it was going from a workout routine consisting of an hour joggin on the mill and then doing every isolation exercise known to man for 3 sets of 10 to 12 reps. All while eating no joke 800-1,200 calories.

Oh did I forget to mention I would also drink a LOT of beer.

Now I am up to 2,500 calories and making the push to 3,000 April. All my routines are based around deads / squats / OH presses and pulls, with more posterial work thrown in.

It took a long long time for my skinny fat to go away, but now even though you can't see abs, I am flat and smooth.

So time, eating right and a proper routine.... oh and I very very rarely if ever have a drink anymore. At age 31, I think above all else, cutting the beer diet out was the big mover.

Anyway, back to the fun.


You get 15 TC Funny Points!


I'm thinking it needs to be recorded, karaoke style and put on D-Tap. That should really bump up the TC Funny Points.


This is fantastic.


A good friend of mine had this problem.
He was,what you call,a skinny fat person.
After he lost a good amount of weight he looked great....with a shirt on.
He still had that obtrusive belly fat leaching onto his skinny little frame.
Everyone was telling him to drop the calories further and lose more weight.
He was already on a startvation diet,and had almost NO muscle.

The problem is he hit a plateau.
But why did he hit a plateau?
Well,he had very ltitle muscle mass.
Muscle burns fat.It's not rocket science.
The more muscle you have the easier it is to burn fat.
So I went against all of his UNEXPERIENCED(in the world of nutrition that is) friends of his and told him to start a clean,slow bulk.

He started eating 300 calories above maintanence.Most people start out eating 500-600 above maintanence,but remember,he already lost weight and is a Former fat boy.
So after the fall and winter he actually put on some quality muscle mass.Slowly,but surely.I then told him to diet to remove the belly fat(and do a good colon cleanse,hehe).He was on such a slow bulk,he really didn't gain any fat.
Now I'm proud to say he's got a nice set of abs and doesn't feel depressed about his stomach anymore.
Sometimes you have to think otuside of the box to get what you want.


In regards to the 'article', I truly could not find any definitive answers to the skinny fat dilemma. I think it plagues alot of people, and they are perplexed with how to deal with it. So, all replies from the formerly skinny fat are welcomed.

As for the song, it seemed like a no-brainer, I just kind of started humming it at work the other day.

\|/ 3Toes