Curvy-Fat or Curvy-Fit
In today’s video, I will talk about one of the biggest misconceptions in fitness and health, related to women. The idea that some women believe they can only be curvy with being fat or overweight, worse, that some think they are naturally thick boned but not actually overweight.
If you want to age with grace, stay healthy, and improve your fitness, you have to be aware of this myth and not fall into this thinking trap.
I wrote this video from experience, talking to women I helped get in shape and for relatives, friends, and people that this video might help.
Before diving in this topic, I have to say that, when it comes to aesthetics, beauty is indeed in the eyes of the beholder. But my focus is health, and that’s pretty straight forward, being curvy and fat is unhealthy.
A great aspect of the United State culture is that, even though 70% of the population is overweight or obese, women are more into fitness than a lot of countries around the world. There is probably a bigger culture of sport in women here in the state than in any other culture.
Yet, many women are not into lifting weight, even though this has changed a lot in the past 10 years. The discussion I have with many women looking to lose weight is this…But Karl, I will lose all my curves and look skinny.
Now, back 20-30 years ago, being a skinny woman was not bad in some groups of American Society. But today, being curvy is a fitness goal all across the board. Just look at the top Instagram women account in fitness.
Here lies the problem, many women are satisfied with appearing curvy, without caring about the nature of those curves, is it muscle or is it fat, and why should they care?
You should care because if you are only interested in how you appear, you might be sabotaging your health now and in the future. Being overweight and obese exposes you to a plethora of diseases, hypertension, disease, heart failure, cancer, knee, back pain, hip replacement later in life…
If you only care about looking the part, fine…but if your health matters to you, don’t deceive yourself.
First, let’s check this idea that if you lose weight, you will automatically lose all your curves and become skinny. That’s a lie. And you don’t have to spend too much time breaking this myth because today, Instagram and many people in our lives are proof that you can be curvy and fit, curvy and healthy. It’s not either-or, you can have both.
Second, what is the difference being curvy fat or curvy fit?
Number one, curvy, and fat means your body fat percentage for your height puts you right into the overweight or obese BMI chart.
Google Image the BMI chart, that stands for body mass index. In it, you can see where you stand, you only need to know your current weight and connect it to your height.
But this chart doesn’t take into account your body fat percentage, which makes the difference between a woman that is fit and curvy and another one who is curvy and fat.
So Next, you want to google image body fat percentage estimations. Look at these pictures and check which body type is the closest to you. A woman who is fit should have from 18% body fat to 23% body fat. 23 to 25% of body fat is okayish, above that you are not fit anymore, trending toward being overweight and obese.
There are specific machines that can help you assess your true body fat percentage, check your local gym if you want to get better measurements.
When you look at someone like Jennifer Lopez, Eniko Hart, The Bella twin, Whitney Simmons, or Michelle Lewin, you can see how they have all the curves and then more yet, flat stomach and overall, lean. That’s because their body fat percentage is below 23%, closer to 20%, yet they have a curve because of muscle mass.
This is it, in order to be fit, healthy, and keep your curve, you have to eat well and add lifting to your workout, lower and upper body.
It’s far easier to say, well, I don’t like to lift weight or don’t know what to do, so I rather stay curvy and look the part. If that’s your choice, great, but understand you are in an unhealthy range and exposing yourself to preventable disease.
Diabetes, which is common among overweight and obese people cost about 16k dollars a year, in term of medical expenditure. We are not even thinking of the mental cost of being sick.
Now, before I finish this video, let’s go over another fitness myth linked to women being curvy and fat yet being okay with it.
The myth of being naturally thicked boned. Some women out there, unconsciously believe that naturally, genetically, they have heavier, thicker bones than other women, not because of the extra fat but because of their bone density.
Naturally, some women do have more muscle mass than other women, which can make them carry less fat. But this doesn’t last long, around 26, 27 years old, if you have not been proactive with your health, eating healthy and staying physically active, your muscle mass will waste away rapidly, before you know it, you will gain fat and continue to do so in your 30 and 40s.
The thick bone myth is so absurd, yet, millions of women and men believe it. Understand that the body does not like to waste things away. Your bones adapt to your lifestyle. If you are not in an environment that stimulates your bones, like living in the African jungle twenty thousand years ago or lifting weight and exercising today, your overall bone density will waste away as you age.
Which is why so many women face osteoporosis and fractures as they get older, because of having weak skeletal structures.
The same way muscles grow because we stimulate them, bone density also grows by external stimulation. No women are walking out there with high bone density and not working out, don’t fall for this.
And finally, I have to highlight one problem destroying the health of black women in America and around the world. For some reason, many have accepted the fact that being overweight or obese is the only way to be curvy. And since many are getting positive feedback from men and society, they keep going with it.
If you are my friend, daughter, a client, or relatives, there is no way I can agree with you that, you know what, it’s okay to be overweight, fat and curvy, just love yourself. Keep eating the way you do. That’s like saying to a friend who is addicted to drugs that it’s okay.
In the end, these women are putting their health at risk, and if they are parents, what are the consequences on their family, of them eating unhealthy and worse, getting sick because of it.
It’s possible to go from overweight and curvy to fit and curvy, but first, you have to lose weight, lose fat. Which means you will go through a period of losing your curves.
This happened to some women I was coaching. And I had to remind them that this was a transitional phase because we have to stay focused on one goal at a time. You can’t say, I’m going to keep all my curves, mostly made of fat, and then build muscle. This will lead you to gain more weight in total and expose your health.
You have to slim down first and then, after reaching a healthy, normal body weight, which is key here, we are prioritizing your health…you can then keep a good diet while building lean muscles to get all the curves you want.
If you are a woman on Instagram these days, there are 1000s of women out there who are fit and curvy with super healthy lifestyles. But it comes down to you, your beliefs, and what you want out of your life.
It’s up to you, Thank you.